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Unformatted text preview: bs/scholarly/TR/2007/NPS-97-07-003.pdf) The security measures undertaken by the port authority and port operators play a key role in deterring intrusions. First, the infrastructure that port operators install, such as container scanners, would help to defray intruders from planting contraband in containers. [___] Security expansion is part of infrastructure expansion Michael McFaul, US Representative, 2012 (House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security Hearing; May 1, "Using Technology to Facilitate Trade and Enhance Security at Our Ports of Entry."; Testimony by Rep. McCaul, Michael 01-12%20McCaul%20Open.pdf Over the last few years the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has increased the number of CBP officers. While these men and women may be needed to address specific gaps, it is clear that we cannot secure the ports of entry only with boots on the ground. A key to security is the maintenance and expansion of infrastructure. Our nation's ports of entry need modernization. 28 | P a g e Port Security Affirmative BDL Article: Maritime Industry Awaits Action in Congress Stamford Advocate, May 8, 2012, “Maritime Industry Awaits Action in Congress”, The maritime businesses should not expect any industry-related legislation soon from Congress as the Republican-controlled House and Democratic-controlled Senate continue to do battle. Joan M. Bondareff, an attorney with the Washington, D.C., office of Blank Rome LLP, told more than 150 participants at the Tugs & Barges Marine Log Conference & Expo on Tuesday at the Stamford Marriott that the impasse will continue until after the presidential and congressional elections in November. "This Congress is in considerable gridlock, and nothing much will happen until after election," said Bondareff, who focuses on marine transportation and environmental issues. Much of proposed transportation funding that is tied up in the 2013 federal budget pertains to maritime programs, including port security and improvements, said Bondareff, who encouraged the audience to contact their senators and representatives to urge action on maritime-related legislation. "Don't wait for the lame-duck session to make your case to Congress," she said, commenting that there is federal funding immediately available to help ship operators to curb pollution emitted from their diesel engines. "There's $29 billion out there. If you don't apply for it, someone else will get it." Bondareff is one of a series of speakers addressing participants during the two -day event, which ends today. Besides federal legislation, other topics revolve around environmental issues, ship building, markets and regulatory issues. Stamford is ideally suited to host the conference and expo because of the number of companies involved in the industry in Greater New York and Fairfield C...
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