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Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act of 2010

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Location: Washington, DC

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Mr. LoBIONDO. Mr. Speaker, I yield myself such time as I may consume.

Mr. Speaker, the House is considering the Senate amendments to H.R. 3360, the Cruise Ship Security and Safety Act of 2010. I supported passage of the original bill and intend to support this final version because, on the whole, the bill is a significant improvement over legislation that was considered by the House in the 110th Congress.

The Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure has closely examined the factors that are impacting the safety and security of American citizens aboard cruise ships that operate in and out of United States ports. H.R. 3360 makes commonsense improvements which will enhance safeguards for passengers during the cruise. While no level of procedural or structural modification 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 ship lines which will require cruise operators to immediately notify Federal law enforcement agencies of major incidents that occur aboard a vessel.

I am concerned by one change that was included in the Senate bill to expand criminal liability to apply to a wide range of actions under the bill. This goes far beyond what was agreed to in the original House bill, and I believe we should review the impacts of this language at some point in the future.

That being said, the bill will provide additional protections to U.S. passengers, and I ask all Members to join me in supporting the bill.

I reserve the balance of my time.

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