In a win for manufacturers and U.S. national security, the House of Representatives sent H.R. 251, the Chemical Facilities Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) Program Extension Act, to the president’s desk for signature on Thursday. Manufacturers commend the Congress for working on a bipartisan basis to get this critical legislation across the finish line, which reauthorizes the program for an additional 15 months.
The continuity of the CFATS program without interruption is critical for industry and national security because it ensures manufacturers can confidently make appropriate, economically justifiable, long-term investments to protect high-risk facilities. The bipartisan agreement struck between committee leadership in the House and Senate allowing this important reauthorization to move forward sends a strong message that the United States remains prepared and resilient in the face of the threat of terrorism.
With member companies operating 2,152 of the approximately 3,400 facilities tiered under CFATS, the NAM has been a leading industry advocate for the continuation of the program. Last June, the NAM filed a detailed submission with the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs strongly urging Congress to reauthorize CFATS. The NAM is also an active member of the CFATS Coalition, a diverse coalition comprised of trade associations whose members prioritize facility security and are required to comply with CFATS regulations.
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