Berry Votes to Strengthen Port Security

MAY 4, 2006 - Posted at 3:12 p.m. CST

WASHINGTON - First District Congressman Marion Berry voted today for the Security and Accountability for Every (SAFE) Port Act which will authorize an additional $5 billion for port and cargo security problems.  The measure, which passed the House overwhelmingly, is intended to secure U.S. ports from a nuclear attack and increase the number of random cargo inspections on shipments entering the U.S.

"Our seaports handle 95 percent of our national trade worth more than $1 trillion a year.  An attack could severely jeapardize our national and economic security," said Berry.  "Fortunately we have identified this vulnerability, and are working together to make sure our ports are stronger than before.  This legislation is a significant step in the right direction."

Berry is an original co-sponsor of the SAFE Port Act and a member of the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee.