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Unformatted text preview: f Energy announced the fo rmation of the Secure Freight Initiative (SFI) pilot program in December 2006." 32 | P a g e Port Security Affirmative BDL Article: SMART Port Security Representative Candice Miller, March 22, 2012, “SMART Port Security,” http://candicemiller.house.gov/2012/03/miller-smart-port-security-act-to-combat-threats-before-theyreach-our-shores.shtml WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Candice Miller (MI-10), Chairman of the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security, today introduced the Securing Maritime Activities through Risk-based Targeting for Port Security Act (SMART Port Security Act) in the U.S. House of Representatives. Miller’s bipartisan bill seeks to improve and update our maritime and port security. Miller said: “More than 11 million cargo containers arrive in America’s ports every year which present the potential for dangerous materials to be smuggled into our country through the supply chain. Port and maritime security are becoming increasingly essential components of a total national security plan. We are faced with the fact that if there is a major disruption at one of the nation’s ports, especially a terrorist attack, the resulting potential effects will cause a crippling of the global supply chain and cause severe economic damage to the nation. “Recognizing the growing threat to the global supply chain, I introduced this legislation to improve and update our laws governing our ports by enhancing security measures overseas before threats reach our shores, to foster a collaborative environment between Customs and Border Prot ection and the U.S. Coast Guard in sharing port security duties, and to leverage the maritime security work of our trusted allies. Our nation’s maritime borders are equally important as our southern and northern borders and each one is vital to our global commerce and our national security. In an era of tight budgetary times, we must ensure that we are making the best use of limited tax-payer dollars. My legislation seeks to guard against these threats in a risk-based, coordinated way that enhances the programs in place to protect our maritime borders.” Miller’s SMART Port Security Act will: • Encourage the Department of Homeland Security components with shared jurisdiction to cooperate in maritime operations and partner with state and local law enforcemen t agencies in order to enhance the nation’s maritime security; • Secure the supply chain through the use of a risk-based methodology; • Find cost savings through increased collaboration with international, federal, state, and local partners. Miller’s legislation builds upon the SAFE Port Act of 2006 (P.L. 109-347) by enhancing security measures overseas before threats reach our shores, emphases a stronger collaborative environment between Customs and Border Protection and the U.S. Coast Guard in sharing port security duties, and leverages the maritime security work of our trusted allies...
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