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house Bill H.R. 3438

Are National Laboratories Underutilized?

Argument in favor

The law should enable National Laboratories and grant recipients of National Security initiatives to work together in addressing the country’s most crucial national security projects.

Argument opposed

Having National Laboratories and grant recipients of National Security funds work together could muddle findings, and not allow for competing beliefs when addressing national security concerns.

bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
  • The house Passed December 2nd, 2014
    Roll Call Vote 386 Yea / 0 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Homeland Security
    IntroducedOctober 30th, 2013

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What is House Bill H.R. 3438?

H.R.3438 — the National Laboratories Mean National Security Act — aims to open up a partnership between the National Laboratories and recipients of federal homeland security grants.


The bill would affect organizations receiving grants from the Urban Area Security Initiative and the State Homeland Security Grant Program. In a nutshell, the bill would enable those organizations to legally use National Laboratories for the use of national security projects.


The National Laboratories referred to in the bill research chemical, biological, and radiological weapons.

Impact

Receipts of the Urban Area Security Initiative and the State Homeland Security Grant Program, the Department of Homeland Security, Lawrence Livermore, Sandia and our other Department of Energy national laboratories

Cost of House Bill H.R. 3438

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

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In Depth:

Sponsoring Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) rallied for H.R. 3438 to encourage the use of National Laboratories like Lawrence Livermore Lab. He blamed the vague wording of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 for creating a legal disconnect between the Department of Homeland Security and National Laboratories:

“We can’t let a lack of clarity prevent states and localities from consulting with the best and brightest at our national labs on issues as critical as our homeland security. This is commonsense legislation that would provide a boost to the safety of our communities.”


Media:

Sponsoring Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) Press Release

(Photo Credit: PhysicsWorld.com)

AKA

National Laboratories Mean National Security Act

Official Title

To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to authorize use of grants under the Urban Area Security Initiative and the State Homeland Security Grant Program to work in conjunction with a Department of Energy national laboratory.

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