March 7, 2006

House may consider ports deal in war funding bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A key U.S. House of Representatives
member said on Tuesday he would propose legislation to block a
controversial deal in which state-owned Dubai Ports World would
manage facilities at several U.S. ports.

"I have heard from many of my constituents who have strong
concerns about the possibility of foreign-owned companies
managing U.S. ports. I have also heard from many of the members
of my committee who have similar concerns," House
Appropriations Committee Chairman Jerry Lewis said.

He said he would offer the measure as an amendment to an
emergency spending bill for the Iraq war and hurricane relief.