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2006-07-18 17:28:03

By Doug Palmer WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congressional opponents of a free-trade pact with Oman raised concerns on Tuesday about provisions they said could jeopardize U.S. port security, but other lawmakers said they were misstating the facts. The exchange came as the House of Representatives was set to vote on Thursday on the agreement. The Senate approved the trade pact with the Gulf Arab state last month 60-34. Rep. John Murtha, a Pennsylvania Democrat who serves on the House...

2006-07-11 11:53:31

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has received more than 1,000 documents of feedback on the new rules for workers entering domestic ports, which include fingerprinting and conducting background checks, a TSA spokeswoman said on Tuesday. In late April, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) implemented the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) program, which included name-based background checks on nearly 400,000 port...

2006-06-09 11:52:44

By Edgar Ang NEW YORK (Reuters) - All coastal ports in the United States are still vulnerable to terrorist attacks despite ongoing efforts to safeguard the maritime industry, security experts said late on Thursday. Stephen Flynn, a Jeane Kirkpatrick senior fellow in national security studies at the Council of Foreign Relations, said port security measures should focus on the ability to isolate the potential terrorist attack problem and protect the U.S. shipping system. At a...

2006-05-04 17:20:53

By Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to bolster security at U.S. ports, spurred by the recent uproar over a failed plan for a Dubai company to manage several port terminals. The bipartisan bill, approved by 421-2 and backed by the White House, authorizes $5.5 billion for port security. It requires the government to finish installing radiation screening equipment at major U.S. ports by the end of 2007. The measure,...

2006-05-04 13:43:00

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday approved a bill bolstering security at U.S. ports, spurred to action by the recent uproar over a failed plan to transfer some port operations to a Dubai company. The bill authorizes $5.5 billion for port security and requires the government to finish installing radiation screening equipment at major U.S. ports by the end of 2007. It would let the United States deny entry to cargo from countries that refuse to...

2006-05-02 14:26:04

By Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - All U.S.-bound cargo would have to be screened overseas for dangerous materials or be turned away from American ports under a bill approved on Tuesday by the Senate Homeland Security Committee. The panel did not set a date for starting the initiative, which was sponsored by Democrats and included in legislation to beef up U.S. port security. Congressional Democrats seized on the port security issue after the Bush administration ran into a...

2006-05-02 12:44:47

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - All U.S.-bound cargo would have to be screened as soon as possible under a bill approved on Tuesday by the Senate Homeland Security Committee. The panel did not set a deadline for the initiative, which was included in legislation to beef up port security. The bill also includes a plan for cargo screening pilot projects at three foreign ports to check containers for dangerous shipments, including radioactive materials. A U.S. House of Representatives committee...

2006-04-26 15:14:12

By Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A House of Representatives committee on Wednesday rejected a Democratic proposal to require physical inspection of all U.S.-bound marine containers but approved a separate plan that may lead to expanded screening. Democrats have seized on the port security issue after the Bush administration ran into a storm of controversy for its decision to approve a state-owned Dubai company's plan to manage six U.S. port terminals. The plan has since been...

2006-04-25 16:30:05

By Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrats in Congress took the offensive on port security on Tuesday by urging that a bill require all U.S.-bound cargo containers to be inspected for items such as dirty bombs. Seizing on anxieties raised by the recent Dubai ports deal, Rep. Edward Markey of Massachusetts and other Democrats said Republicans should accept his plan to show they are genuinely concerned about port security. The shipping industry rejects the idea of insisting on...

2006-03-30 17:34:06

By Vicki Allen WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Forty percent of cargo containers entering U.S. ports are now screened for radioactive material but a minimum of containers tagged as potential risks are inspected before they reach the country, according to a congressional report released on Thursday. A three-year study by a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs subcommittee also found that the system used to identify high-risk containers has never been tested or validated. The...


Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'