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house Bill H.R. 251

Should a Program Securing High-Risk Chemical Facilities From Terrorist Attacks Be Reauthorized?

Argument in favor

The Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program helps prevent hazardous chemicals from falling into the hands of terrorists. This bipartisan bill would allow that vital work to continue by reauthorizing the CFATS program for two years.

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01/06/2019
H.R. 251 AKA Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) Bill I’m in support of and recommend the passage of the House Bill H.R. 251 which 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. The Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program helps prevent hazardous chemicals from falling into the hands of terrorists. This bipartisan bill would allow that vital work to continue by reauthorizing the CFATS program for two years. SneakyPete..... 👍🏻PASS👍🏻. 1*6*19.....
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Chickie's Opinion
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01/06/2019
I would hope that both sides of the aisle would see the enormous benefit of reauthorizing this law. In addition, a group in our Department of Homeland Security, (DOHS), should constantly review all types of bills/laws in place to ensure the best actions are in place for storage of hazardous material, destroying of hazardous material and how to transport hazardous material. If revisions or replacing current laws regarding hazardous material is needed, DOHS should apprise the Legislative branch immediately to make sure our laws reflect any changes needed.
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Sandra's Opinion
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01/06/2019
The argument for "opposed" made no sense to me....Can't a "Bill" be "reformed or amended for the better" while being implemented?.....which, it certainly should be, implemented.
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Argument opposed

While there may be bipartisan support for a two year reauthorization of the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards program, a shorter reauthorization would allow Congress an earlier opportunity to reform it.

John's Opinion
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01/06/2019
Let’s reopen the government and deal with all issues. And what are the “other purposes” of this?
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Valerie 's Opinion
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01/06/2019
Open the government first. Otherwise this is useless because there won't be personnel to do the work.
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Mark's Opinion
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01/07/2019
Stop the fear mongering and corporate welfare disguised as security.
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  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
  • The house Passed January 8th, 2019
    Roll Call Vote 414 Yea / 3 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Homeland Security
    IntroducedJanuary 4th, 2019

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What is House Bill H.R. 251?

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.

Impact

Chemical facilities covered by CFATS; and Homeland Security regulators.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 251

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

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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Summary by Eric Revell

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AKA

An Act to extend by 15 months the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards Program of the Department of Homeland Security, and for other purposes.

Official Title

To extend by two years the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards Program of the Department of Homeland Security, and for other purposes.

    H.R. 251 AKA Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) Bill I’m in support of and recommend the passage of the House Bill H.R. 251 which 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. The Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program helps prevent hazardous chemicals from falling into the hands of terrorists. This bipartisan bill would allow that vital work to continue by reauthorizing the CFATS program for two years. SneakyPete..... 👍🏻PASS👍🏻. 1*6*19.....
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    Let’s reopen the government and deal with all issues. And what are the “other purposes” of this?
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    I would hope that both sides of the aisle would see the enormous benefit of reauthorizing this law. In addition, a group in our Department of Homeland Security, (DOHS), should constantly review all types of bills/laws in place to ensure the best actions are in place for storage of hazardous material, destroying of hazardous material and how to transport hazardous material. If revisions or replacing current laws regarding hazardous material is needed, DOHS should apprise the Legislative branch immediately to make sure our laws reflect any changes needed.
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    Open the government first. Otherwise this is useless because there won't be personnel to do the work.
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    The argument for "opposed" made no sense to me....Can't a "Bill" be "reformed or amended for the better" while being implemented?.....which, it certainly should be, implemented.
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    Stop the fear mongering and corporate welfare disguised as security.
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    Seems like a pretty good idea to make sure terrorists don’t have access to dangerous chemicals
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    Of course...duh!?
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    It’s common sense legislation so there’s no question that it should be approved. Meanwhile, we have TSA agents calling out sick so they can work a second job, in order to get a paycheck. Congress and the POTUS must remember the shutdown and fix that too!
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    This is a no brainer, but The Democrats have to come around to open the government and give President Trump the money for the WALL before anything can get past.
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    Yes.#MAGA
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    I work at a CFATS facility that has an eight mile blast radius. Security is good.
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    Why is this even a question you idiots?!
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    No question. Anything to keep the Russians or/& Other enemies from securing any of our information. We need a much better computer system for the whole government.
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    We should reopen the gov't so that we can be safe, not only from terrorism, but also from a wacked out president who is more of a threat than any terrorist. And we should keep chemicals out of the hands of those who wish us ill including number 45.
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    Protecting americans is always a good idea so build the boarder security wall and stop all of this silly bickering and do what is right for the people over your socialist democrat party. Simple
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    We need to be more active on this front. Probably put even more chemicals on high alert. We need to keep our guard up every second of every day.
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    Not sure why there should even be a discussion about this. Reauthorizing this program should be a no-brainer.
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    Have to secure chemical plants for sure.
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    Why is this a question?
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