The House of Representatives passed the Security and Accountability For Every 'SAFE' Port Act
. The legislation is a comprehensive, bipartisan port security bill that will enhance security at United States ports
, track and protect containers en route to the United States, and prevent threats from reaching U.S. soil.
It would provide $7.4b in spending on new port-security inspectors, nuclear-weapons screening and the development of an automated system to pinpoint high-risk cargo.
With an additional $7.4b over the next five years, the legislation would bolster the Homeland Security Department
's existing Domestic Nuclear Detection Office
, requiring the deployment of nuclear- and radiological-detection systems
to all domestic seaports.
It also sets up new tracking systems to discover and monitor high-risk cargo, and it would accelerate the creation of a new transportation
-worker identification card.
The following is a statement by President Bush
: I am pleased that the House of Representatives today
passed a bill to enhance the security of our Nation's ports. I look forward to working with Congress
on passage of legislation that will make our people safer and facilitate trade.