On May 4th, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on the Environment and the Economy approved a bill (H.R. 908) that would extend the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) authorization for the Chemical Facilities Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program through 2017, according to the Agricultural Retailers Association. 

The bill, sponsored by Reps. Tim Murphy (R-Pa.) and Gene Green (D-Texas), is strongly supported by ARA as the current CFATS program is still being implemented and any major changes would create major disruptions to the industry and cause unnecessary cost increases. 

Only one amendment was offered by Subcommittee Chairman John Shimkus (R-Illinois) that would cap funding authorization up to $89.92 million per year through 2017. This amount matches the Obama administration’s 2012 budget request. The Shimkus amendment was approved by voice vote. 

Click here to view a copy of ARA’s letter of support for H.R. 908 that was mailed to Shimkus and other key members prior to the subcommittee vote.