This bill would reauthorize the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program for two years. CFATS has regulated security at high-risk chemical facilities to prevent hazardous chemicals from being exploited in terrorist attacks since its creation in 2007. The program’s last reauthorization was in 2014, which is set to expire in January 2019.
What is House Bill H.R. 251?
Cost of House Bill H.R. 251
In-Depth: This CFATS reauthorization bill was introduced by Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) and has the support of seven bipartisan cosponsors, including four Republicans and three Democrats.
In December 2018, House Republicans passed a continuing resolution to avoid a shutdown that would’ve reauthorized CFATS until February 8, 2019, so that Congress could include a longer reauthorization in to-be-negotiated legislation funding the Dept. of Homeland Security. However, the bill stalled in the Senate, which led to the partial government shutdown.
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Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards Program Extension Act
To extend by two years the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards Program of the Department of Homeland Security, and for other purposes.
- EnactedJanuary 18th, 2019The President signed this bill into law
- The senate Passed January 16th, 2019Passed by Voice Vote
- The house Passed January 8th, 2019Roll Call Vote 414 Yea / 3 Nay
Committee on Homeland SecurityIntroducedJanuary 4th, 2019
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