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Press Release - Carter Applauds Signing Of Bill To Secure Nation's Ports

Location: Washington, DC

Carter Discussed Security Concerns at Port of Houston Monday

Washington, DC, Oct 13 - Representative John Carter (TX-31) today praised President Bush for signing into law the Security and Accountability for Every (SAFE) Port Act. The President's signing of this bill comes just days after Congressman Carter toured the Port of Houston and discussed homeland security and economic development issues with port authority and security executives.

The SAFE Act is a comprehensive measure that will help secure our nation's ports and prevent threats from reaching the United States. This law implements procedures to tighten security at our nation's ports, increase cargo security, and defend our nation from nuclear threats.

"In a post-9/11 world, we must ensure that we continue to be vigilant in our homeland security efforts—at our ports, our borders, and our skies. Just this week I visited the Port of Houston and discussed a number of port security concerns that the SAFE Port Act addresses. This Act is critical to keeping our nation safe by securing our ports and stopping threats before they reach American soil," Congressman Carter said. "Our coastline is 12,000 miles, and our nation's ports handle approximately 11 million shipping containers each year. I commend President Bush for swiftly taking action to protect our nation's ports."

The House passed the SAFE Port Act on September 30, 2006, by a vote of 409 - 2.


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