Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., has criticized Republicans for the U.S. government shutdown, which halted key regulatory systems such as the Department of Homeland Security's Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards program. Because of the shutdown, "CFATS as a program is effectively dead -- it has no funding or authorization," Thompson said. "The speaker needs to stand up for what is right and let the House vote on a clean [continuing resolution] that funds the entire government and renews authorization for CFATS."

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