July 9, 2009, 12:00 am ET - Amendment SA 1459 proposed by Senator Murray for Senator Tester to Amendment SA 1373.
July 9, 2009, 12:00 am ET - Amendment SA 1459 agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.
Full Text of this Amendment
On page 77, between lines 16 and 17, insert the following:
Sec. 5__. None of the funds made available under this Act may be obligated for the construction of the National Bio and Agro-defense Facility on the United States mainland until 90 days after the later of--
(1) the date on which the Secretary of Homeland Security completes a site-specific bio-safety and bio-security mitigation assessment to determine the requirements necessary to ensure safe operation of the National Bio and Agro-defense Facility at the preferred site identified in the January 16, 2009, record of decision published in Federal Register Vol. 74, Number 111;
(2) the date on which the Secretary of Homeland Security, in coordination with the Secretary of Agriculture, submits to the Committee on Appropriations of the Senate and the Committee on Appropriations of the House of Representatives a report that--
(A) describes the procedure that will be used to issue the permit to conduct foot-and-mouth disease live virus research under section 7524 of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (21 U.S.C. 113a note; Public Law 110-246); and
(B) includes plans to establish an emergency response plan with city, regional, and State officials in the event of an accidental release of foot-and-mouth disease or another hazardous pathogen.
(As printed in the Congressional Record for the Senate on Jul 9, 2009.)