Thursday, March 21, 2024

2nd FY 2024 Spending Minibus Published – 3-20-24

Late last night the House Appropriations Committee published the 2nd FY 2024 spending minibus. As with the earlier spending bill, this takes the form of a House Resolution (not yet numbered as it will be introduced today) providing a House amendment to the Senate amendment to a previously passed House bill (HR 2882, the Udall Foundation Reauthorization Act of 2023). A committee print of the resolution is available.

There is no mention of an extension/reinstatement of the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program in the text of the bill. There is, however, an odd comment about the program in the Division C (DHS) Joint Explanatory Statement (pg 38):

“The agreement includes $15,077,000 below the request for Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) due to cost savings within the program.”

Since the Appropriations Committee Report (H Rept 118-123) provided $41 million for ‘Chemical Security’ (table on page 170), it looks like this bill will continue some level of funding for the program through the end of September. So the program may yet be resurrectable.

It is unlikely that the resolution will be brought to the floor of the House today (it is not listed on the Majority Leader’s schedule for today) and only slightly more likely for tomorrow. This means that another short-term continuing resolution will be required to stop a government shutdown on Saturday.

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