H.R. 2200 passes in House

Rep. Martha McSally (R-AZ) | Courtesy of the U.S. House of Representatives
The House passed a bill from Rep. Martha McSally (R-AZ) that would enable improved intelligence sharing of information on threats of chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) attacks on Thursday.

As chair of the Emergency Preparedness, Response and Communication Subcommittee, McSally hosted several hearings relating to the bill.

"Experts have continually testified before our subcommittee about the importance of continuous information-sharing related to chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear threats," McSally said. "My bill puts those recommendations into action by requiring the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to gather intelligence on these threats and make sure officials at the state, local and tribal levels have access to this information.”

According to the announcement, 420 representatives approved the bill. McSally's office states that this is her first full bill to pass before the House.

The bill amends the Homeland Security Act of 2002 and directs the Office of Intelligence and Analysis of DHS to support intelligence analysis in CBRN cases and to facilitate enhanced capabilities in prevention, response, protection and recovery activity. Also, the bill requires DHS to provide annual reports on information and intelligence sharing activity relating to CBRN activity and threats. The bill also entails that this information is provided to local and state governments as well as private entities and the general public.

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