The controversy over the planned acquisition of six port facilities in New York
, New Jersey
, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Miami, and New Orleans by UAE-based Dubai Ports World (DPW) continues apace. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist
(R-TN) issued a Press Release stating that he is asking the Administration to delay the acquisition until a detailed briefing is provided. Representative Chris Shays
(R-CT) is seeking a new thorough federal review of the acquisition. Representative Clay Shaw
(R-FL) plans to introduce legislation aimed at preventing foreign entities from operating U.S seaports. Meanwhile, the White House released
remarks made by President Bush defending
the Administration’s decision to not block the acquisition.