U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent (PA-15), a member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, today visited a major chemical manufacturer in Pennsylvania to discuss recent chemical security legislation being considered in the Congress and its impact on the local economy.
The Congressman visited Air Products and Chemicals, Inc., one of Pennsylvania’s largest private employers, at their global headquarters near Allentown. Air Products employs about 4,000 employees in the 15th District, with 21,000 employees worldwide. There, Congressman Dent expressed his concerns about against the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Act of 2009 (H.R. 2868).
“I continue to be deeply concerned about unnecessary and costly legislation in Washington that imposes expensive new requirements on private businesses under the guise of ‘security’ while providing no security benefit.” Congressman Dent said. “Companies like Air Products have had to cut Pennsylvanian jobs to stay profitable. Now is not the time to place costly new government mandates on business.”
Congressman Dent objected to several provisions in H.R. 2868, siding with Department of Homeland Security officials that several of the most costly provisions were unnecessary and would divert important resources. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has estimated that the proposed legislation would cost over $1.1 billion dollars to implement over the next five years. The legislation will be considered by the House Committee on Energy and Commerce when Congress reconvenes in September.