LAUTENBERG, MENENDEZ, SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND INTRODUCE BILL TO IMPROVE SECURITY AT NATION'S 361 SEAPORTS
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) today introduced legislation to increase security at the nation's 361 ports. Their bill would, for the first time, create minimum security standards for all containers entering the United States.
"It's been eight years since 9/11 and our ports are still not yet secured. Port security is essential to protect our residents from a possible terrorist attack. This bill would set minimum security standards for every container coming into our country and help ensure port security grants are awarded based on risk. It is vital we take every possible step to make our ports safe," said Sen. Lautenberg. Senator Menendez said: "Securing our ports is essential for the security of our hometowns and our families. We have been told repeatedly, by the 9/11 Commission and by other security experts, that our ports are vulnerable and time is of the essence. We have to work to ensure that this critical legislation gets passed into law and that the provision I sponsored in 2006 mandating 100% cargo scanning remains the goal that we are working toward."