House port security bill advances
WASHINGTON – A Homeland Security subcommittee approved a measure Thursday that aims to improve cargo inspections and strengthen U.S. ports security in the wake of the Dubai controversy.By voice vote, the House Homeland Security subcommittee on Economic Security, Infrastructure Protection and Cybersecurity sent the wide-ranging bill to the full committee, which is to vote on the measure in late April.The House bill, similar to a measure pending in the Senate, would require the Homeland Security Department to lay out a timetable – and meet its targets – for putting radiation portal monitors at U.S. seaports that don’t have them.Overseas, the bill would require the Homeland Security Department to assess the security implications associated with foreign ports that want to participate in a U.S. program designed to allow the agency to examine high-risk cargo before it reaches the United States.Reps. Dan Lungren, R-Calif., and Jane Harman, D-Calif., sponsored the measure as Congress was in a bipartisan uproar over now-abandoned plans by United Arab Emirates-based DP World to manage terminals at a half-dozen major U.S. ports.Vail, Colorado
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