New Approach to Increase Trade and Security: An Examination of CBP's Public and Private Partnerships, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security of the Committee on Homeland Security, U.S. House of Representatives, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, First Session, November 4, 2015   [open pdf - 681KB]

This is a testimony compilation of the November 4, 2015 hearing "A New Approach to Increase Trade and Security: An Examination of CBP's Public and Private Partnerships," held before the House Committee on Homeland Security. From the opening statement of subcommittee chairman Candice Miller: "The commerce that moves through the nation's ports of entry powers our economy, drives job creation and is fundamental to our way of life. If ports of entry shut down, or traffic is backed up -- millions of dollars may be lost, economic growth comes to an abrupt halt, travelers find other destinations to visit, and would-be customs revenue destined for the U.S. Treasury goes away. Despite the importance of ports of entry to the nation's economic health, port of entry modernization efforts have been significantly underfunded, and Customs and Border Protection [CBP] staffing has not kept pace with growing demand. While CBP is frequently asked to provide new or additional service at ports of entry across the country, CBP is often unable to accommodate these requests due to staffing shortages and other resource constraints. Over the past few years this Congress has appropriated more than $2 billion dollars for port of entry construction, but that is dwarfed by the estimated $ 4-6 billion dollars needed to fully modernize our ports of entry. Air passenger volumes are growing at a rate of 4 to 5 percent a year, the nation has experienced a 24% increase in cargo containers since the dark days of the Great Recession, and more cars and trucks transit the land ports of entry than ever before. We are falling further behind every year to match the demands placed on our CBP officers and infrastructure." Statements, letters, and other materials submitted for the record include those of the following: John Wagner, Michael Gelber, Sam F. Vale, and David A. Garcia.

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