In the wake of growing concern about the security of the
nation’s ports, two U.S. Representatives have introduced a plan designed to
beef up port security.
Reps. Dan Lungren, R-CA, and Jane Harman, D-CA, introduced
the Security and Accountability For Every Port, or SAFE Port Act, on Tuesday,
According to a written statement issued by Lungren, the $4
billion plan calls for minimum standards for cargo container screening and
would require that the names of port employees be matched against terrorist
The bill would also require that all containers be scanned
The plan also calls for the creation of a tier system that
would give countries and companies that provide the greatest level of security
cooperation more benefits than those that don’t.
Lungren, who is chairman of the Subcommittee on Economic
Security, Infrastructure Protection and Cybersecurity, said in his statement
that the timing of the bill is critical.
“I am hopeful that the recent heightened attention paid to
the issue of national port security will inject a sense of urgency and spur the
adoption of real-time legislation that ensures the safety of the American
people and the security of our global supply chain,” he said.
A hearing on the bill is scheduled for Thursday, March 16.