Congressman Steve Scalise today made the following statement after the House Energy and Commerce Committee passed the Chemical Facility Regulation Bill, H.R. 2868.
"It is policies like these by the liberals running Congress that have America's unemployment rate approaching double digits, while making our country less safe. Even the Department of Homeland Security, the agency charged with overseeing these new federal mandates, testified that they do not have the expertise to determine what would be safer for those facilities. These types of radical environmental policies cost American families thousands of jobs, and could leave our chemical plants more vulnerable to attack."
Congressman Scalise was able to pass an amendment that will make sure that any labor representatives or union bosses from another state like New Jersey who come to Louisiana have to go through the same security and background checks that normal employees have to go through. If the Scalise amendment had not passed, these union bosses would have had full access to the security vulnerability reports for Louisiana chemical plants without having gone through the criminal and terrorist background checks that all employees must pass.