The organization that represents the nation’s port authorities is both
praising and criticizing the U.S. Congress about the recently approved port
On the one hand, American Association of Port Authorities President
Kurt Nagle applauded lawmakers for passing a bill that will make the ports less
vulnerable to terrorism.
On the other, Nagle said he’s “troubled” that Congress decided to only
appropriate about half the money it had authorized to pay for port security
during the first year.
Although the bill has been approved by the legislature, it still
requires President George W. Bush’s signature before it can become law.
According to media reports, he could sign it as early as Friday, Oct. 13.