Additional Funding Urged for Port Security

U.S. public port authorities discussed the need for Federal legislation and continued Federal funding for maritime security. Urging Congress to appropriate additional funds for Fiscal Year '03 during their Legislative Policy Council (LPC) meeting on September 23, 2002, port authorities met recently at the 91st Annual Convention of the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA), at the Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach, Ha.

John A. Flaherty, Chief of Staff of the Department of Transportation, said that ports have an historic opportunity to influence reauthorization of the Transportation Efficiency Act (TEA 21) next year, when the current legislation expires in September. TEA 21, AIR 21, and Amtrak reauthorization will be debated at the same time. The House Appropriations Transportation Subcommittee also approved $150 million for port security grants in Fiscal Year (FY)'03 appropriations, with the full Appropriations Committee taking action on September 26. Earlier this year the Senate approved $100 million to continue the port security grant program in FY'03. The Administration recently agreed to reprogram additional funding of $125 million in port security grants for FY '02.

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