Port Security: Hearing before the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, United States House of Representatives One Hundred Seventh Congress, First Session, December 6, 2002 [open pdf - 93KB]
The purpose of this hearing is to receive the recommendations of the Secretary of Transportation on the need to increase security in our nation's ports and waterways against terrorist attacks. The Subcommittee will discuss the Federal government's current maritime security efforts and the Administration's suggestions on ways to further reduce the vulnerability of our ports and waterways to terrorist attacks. In response to the terrorist attacks, Congress passed a $40 billion emergency supplemental appropriation to combat terrorism. The Coast Guard received $18 million to cover operating expenses in New York Harbor and for Coast Guard Reserve activations. The President requested an additional $203 million for the next 6 months for the Coast Guard to activate reservists, increase its homeland security operations, and provide for three nuclear and biological detection strike teams. Division B of H.R. 3338, the Fiscal Year 2002 Supplemental Appropriation, contains approximately $145 million in supplemental funding to cover additional Coast Guard homeland security costs. Statements include those of Norman Mineta and James M. Loy.