HOUSE PASSES U.S. REP. MCSALLY BILL TO BETTER PROTECT LOCAL COMMUNITIES

HOUSE PASSES U.S. REP. MCSALLY BILL TO BETTER PROTECT LOCAL COMMUNITIES

Legislation to Improve Information Sharing Related to Terrorist Threats Passes 420-2

WASHINGTON, D.C. – June 26, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — The House of Representatives today voted 420-2 to pass legislation introduced by U.S. Representative Martha McSally to improve intelligence and information sharing on the threat posed by terrorist attacks using chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) materials. The bill, The CBRN Intelligence and Information Sharing Act of 2015 (H.R. 2200), is Rep. McSally’s first bill to pass the House of Representatives and follows months of hearings Rep. McSally chaired on the Homeland Security Committee about the preparedness of local communities.

“I’m glad to see the House pass my legislation to improve the preparedness and security of our communities,” said Rep. McSally. “Experts have continually testified before our subcommittee about the importance of continuous information-sharing related to chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear threats. My bill puts those recommendations into action by requiring DHS to gather intelligence on these threats and make sure officials at the state, local, and tribal levels have access to this information.”

As chair of the Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications Subcommittee on the Committee on Homeland Security, Rep. McSally has held hearings on the threat of chemical and biological attacks on our homeland, which included testimony from University of Arizona College of Medicine Interim Dean Dr. Charles Cairns. She has also held a hearingabout the military’s role assisting civil authorities and responding to disasters with the head of the Arizona National Guard.

Less than six months into office, Rep. McSally already has had numerous pieces of legislation pass the House of Representatives. In addition to H.R. 2200, Rep. McSally’s amendments to protect the A-10 Warthog and EC-130H Compass Call aircraft in the Fiscal Year 2016 National Defense Authorization Act passed the House on May 15. Her amendment to protect the EC-130H Compass Call in the Fiscal Year 2016 Defense Appropriations Act passed the House on June 11.

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