Bipartisan bill will help secure nation's ports
Published 9:04 pm Monday, May 8, 2006
We continue to fight the war on terror, and security of our nation must be our main priority. Since Sept. 11, 2001, the vulnerability of our nation's ports has become a major concern to people all across this country, and obviously, the security of the Port of Mobile is a major concern to those of us living in Alabama's First Congressional District.
In order to more carefully monitor the goods and cargo passing through our nations ports of entry, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed H.R. 4954, the Security and Accountability for Every Port (SAFE) Act, by a vote of 421-2.
This bipartisan bill will strengthen security at our nation's ports, eliminate weaknesses in our defense system, and make it more difficult for terrorists to mount an attack.
Terrorists are always looking for ways to exploit our vulnerabilities, and securing our ports is an important way to stay ahead of them.
Some of the major provisions of the SAFE Act are: