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Cruise Vessel Security And Safety Act Of 2009

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Location: Washington, DC

Cruise Vessel Security And Safety Act Of 2009

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Mr. LoBIONDO. Mr. Speaker, I rise in support of H.R. 3360, the Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act of 2009, and yield myself such time as I may consume.

I would like to state that I believe this language is a significant improvement over legislation that was considered by the House in the 110th Congress and mirrors language currently awaiting final action in the Senate.

The provisions of this legislation were also included as part of H.R. 3619, the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010, which the House overwhelmingly approved last month.

For several years the Committee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation has closely examined the factors impacting the safety and security of American citizens aboard cruise ships that operate in and out of U.S. ports. H.R. 3360 makes commonsense improvements which will enhance safeguards for passengers during a cruise. While no level of procedural or structural modifications can prevent all incidents from occurring, I believe this bill will significantly enhance the capabilities of both passengers and cruise lines in the future.

The bill will also codify an agreement between the FBI and cruise lines which will require cruise operators to immediately notify Federal law enforcement agencies of major incidents that occur aboard a vessel.

I support the bill.

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