Congresswoman Laura Richardson issues the following statement today applauding actions taken by the Port of Long Beach to upgrade facilities and enhance security:
"Eleven years ago today, the United States of America was attacked by terrorists and the nation paid a terrible price in terms of loss of thousands of lives and destruction of billions of dollars in property. The terrorist attacks on 9/11 also exposed vulnerabilities in the nation's critical infrastructure, including its air travel system and its ports and maritime facilities.
In the aftermath of 9/11, the nation committed to taking effective action to close these security gaps. The House Homeland Security Committee, of which I am a senior Member, has played a critical role in developing the policies and providing the funding to keep our homeland safe. One of the important programs developed by the Homeland Security Committee and enacted into law is the Port Security Grant Program, which supports the port's ability to prevent, detect, respond, and recover from a terrorist attack through training and safety improvements.
In the past three years, the Port Security Grant Program, which I strongly supported, was awarded nearly $80 million to the Port of Long Beach. This funding has enabled the Port of Long Beach to train first responders, modernize new fire stations and fireboats, acquire enhanced underwater inspection technology, implement a virtual port system and obtain a Non-Intrusive Inspection System, which allows inspections of high-risk cargo to detect weapons and explosives and stop the flow of contraband.
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