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Gauging American Port Security Act

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Ms. CLARKE of New York. Mr. Speaker, I rise in support of H.R. 4005--''Gauging American Port Security Act'' also known as the ``GAPS Act.'' I would like to thank Congresswoman JANICE HAHN from California for her diligent work on this bill. I would also like to thank the efforts of the Committee on Homeland Security. This bill requires the Homeland Security Department, within one year of enactment, to conduct a study of the remaining gaps in port security in the United States and submit a classified report to Congress prioritizing these gaps and a plan to address them.

As a New York City Member on the House Homeland Security Committee, I understand how important border security is and how threats to our national security need to be reduced. I will continue to work to ensure that our nation is better prepared to terrorist attacks at our ports.

Ports are important to American commerce and a way to connect us to the rest of the world. We have more than 11 million cargo containers arrive in U.S. ports every year and we need to ensure that our ports are secure for this part of commerce.

Congress needs to continue to focus on improving security on our borders, land and port. I fully believe that this is a step to improving our port security and H.R. 4005 will help the Homeland Security Department to come up with a plan that will help with these challenges at our ports. This plan will address threats we face at maritime borders by closing the gaps in our security at our Nation's ports. The benefit of this legislation will greatly outweigh the cost. It is a way for us to adequately invest in our response capacities and security to safeguard our citizens and economy.

So today, I urge my colleagues to support this bill.


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