ARLINGTON, Va., July 30, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs approved draft legislation on the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards program administered by the Department of Homeland Security. The proposed legislation would fund the CFATS program for multiple years, providing the industry with much-needed certainty, and is similar to a House bill passed earlier this month. NACD supports both pieces of legislation and urges the Senate to bring the bill to the floor for a full vote.
First enacted in 2006, the program has continued to be funded in recent years through riders to appropriations bills. As a consequence, the program actually ceased to exist during the government shutdown in October 2013. "Such a result falls far short of the robust national system of readiness needed to prevent terrorist acts," said NACD Vice President of Legislative Affairs John Shanahan. "Authorizing the law for an extended period of time is the best way to avoid an interruption to the program like we saw last October."
Continues Shanahan, "While we applaud the committee for their work on this issue, it ultimately serves the CFATS program, the chemical industry, and our collective national security no good without full passage of this legislation. We strongly urge the Senate leadership to bring this legislation to the floor for a vote to extend the CFATS program."
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SOURCE National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD)