FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 27, 2007
CONTACTS: Afshin Mohamadi (Menendez) 202-224-4744
SEN. MENENDEZ HAILS FINAL PASSAGE OF BILL
Cargo security provisions spurred by Menendez amendment and move to more risk-based funding included
– Late last night, the U.S. Senate passed legislation implementing the remaining
“This bill fills some major gaps in our security that were exposed three years ago by the but went unaddressed by the previous Congress,” said Menendez. “ has the busiest port on the east coast, and we are fully aware that the current level of cargo scanning creates a major weakness for terrorists to exploit. I am proud to have helped move our country toward a 100 percent scanning system.
“As the nation’s most densely populated state, has been losing out on valuable security resources to states that are nowhere to be found on the terror target list. We learned last week that has regrouped along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, which only heightens the need to protect our high-risk areas here at home.”
Menendez was able to attach the only cargo scanning amendment to the earlier Senate version of the bill, an amendment that required the Secretary of Homeland Security to report on efforts to achieve 100% scanning.
Regarding funding, the bill lowers the minimum amount every state, including low-risk states, receives to from 0.75% of the total amount to 0.35%, thus freeing up more money to be distributed based on risk. recommendations, thus sending it to the president’s desk. The bill includes a provision to scan 100% of cargo in a few as five years, which was spurred by Sen. Robert Menendez’s (D-NJ) successful cargo scanning amendment attached during the original Senate debate on the bill. The legislation also moves toward a more risk-based funding system, which stands to benefit first responders in .
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Senator Robert Menendez