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Gauging American Port Security Act

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Location: Washington, DC

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Mr. THOMPSON of Mississippi. Madam Speaker, I yield myself such time as I may consume.

I rise in support of H.R. 4005, the Gauging American Port Security Act.

This bill, authored by Representative Janice Hahn, who is a member of the Committee on Homeland Security, would require the Secretary of Homeland Security to conduct a study of the gaps in port security in the United States. The study, which will be submitted to Congress, must set forth the prioritization of those security gaps and a plan for addressing them.

Finally, the bill would require the Secretary of Homeland Security to share relevant port security information, as appropriate, with Federal, State and local government partners, as well as with those port owners and operators who are involved in protecting ports.

Given the importance of America's ports and waterways to our Nation and its economy, they are an attractive target for terrorists and criminals. The impact of a terrorist attack on a major port would be catastrophic--with massive economic losses in addition to the probable loss of life. By requiring a comprehensive assessment of port security vulnerabilities and a plan for addressing them, we will be one step closer to making our ports and our Nation more secure.

With that, Madam Speaker, I reserve the balance of my time.

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Mr. THOMPSON of Mississippi. Mr. Speaker, our Nation's ports are as diverse as the people they serve. The importance of this infrastructure to the global supply chain cannot be overstated.

Enactment of H.R. 4005 will help ensure that our limited security resources can be targeted to those threats that put our ports at the greatest risk.

With that, Mr. Speaker, I urge the passage of H.R. 4005, and I yield back the balance of my time.

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