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Gauging American Port Security Act

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Location: Washington, DC

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Mr. KING of New York. Madam Speaker, I yield myself such time as I may consume.

H.R. 4005, the Gauging American Port Security Act, or GAPS Act, is a commonsense bill that requires the Secretary of Homeland Security to determine if appropriate security measures to protect the Nation's ports are in place or if gaps in the security of U.S. ports exist. A lot of emphasis and attention is focused on our northern and southern land borders; however, it is important not to forget our largest border, the maritime border.

While DHS employs a layered approach to maritime and port security based on risk, it is important to examine whether gaps in the current risk-based approach exist which may have a detrimental impact on the security of our Nation's ports and global supply chain.

While DHS has come a long way in articulating the need for greater maritime cooperation through its Maritime Operations Coordination Plan and similar Interagency Operations Centers and other regional operational centers, this bill will ensure that gaps in port security are identified, allowing DHS to better execute its risk-based approach to maritime and port security.

I would like to especially thank Congresswoman Janice Hahn for her work on this bill. I would also like to thank the contributions of the committee, and I urge my colleagues to support it.

I reserve the balance of my time.

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Mr. KING of New York. This bipartisan bill is a good bill. I urge my colleagues to support it. It builds very strongly on the initial port security bill of 2006 that was sponsored by Mr. Lungren, who is here today, and Jane Harman, who was also in Congress at that time. It was a very good bill. This adds to it, improves on it, and it keeps up with the changes in the times.

I urge its adoption, and I yield back the balance of my time.

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