H.R. 1509, The Recreational Boaters Streamlined Inspection Act: Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Economic Security, Infrastructure Protection, and Cybersecurity of the Committee on Homeland Security, House of Representatives, One Hundred Ninth Congress, First Session, May 19, 2005 [open pdf - 133KB]
From the opening statement of Dan Lungren: "Today's hearing is similarly focused on ensuring that security policies and resources are appropriately directed. H.R. 1509 is intended to make it easier on travelers entering the United States by recreational boat to comply with the immigration custom laws of the United States. Currently recreational boaters entering the United States through one of Florida's marinas must report to U.S. Customs and Border Protection offices after arrival to complete their required immigration and custom entry declarations. I am advised that these offices are quite far away from the ports oftentimes, requiring car rentals, long drives, things of that sort. The legislation that we are discussing today aims to relieve some of this burden on law-abiding travelers. As we will hear shortly from Mr. Foley, H.R. 1509 is intended to allow these travelers to meet Custom and Immigration requirements by creating an inspection program that uses two-way video phones. Video phones, under this legislation, would be installed at 13 ports in the State of Florida through which travelers could communicate with Customs and Border Protection officers during inspection." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Daniel E. Lungren, Loretta Sanchez, Christopher Cox, John Linder, E. Clay Shaw, Mark Foley, Jim Ellis, and Robert Jacksta.
Serial No. 109-14
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