Port security bill garners mixed reactions

| 10/10/2006

The organization that represents the nation’s port authorities is both praising and criticizing the U.S. Congress about the recently approved port security bill.

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.