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The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) today lauded Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Patty Murray (D-WA) for introducing a bill in the U.S. Senate that includes revisions and clarifications to the Department of Homeland Security’s Port Security Grant program.

The AAPA represents public ports throughout the Western Hemisphere.

“AAPA praises the senatorial leadership of Susan Collins who chairs the Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs and Washington State’s Patty Murray who today have introduced the ‘GreenLane Maritime Cargo Security Act’” said Kurt Nagle AAPA’s president and CEO. “Both senators have a long and distinguished history of leadership in protecting our seaports against terrorism and this bipartisan bill shows their continued commitment to this critical area of our national security.”

Nagle added that while there are DHS programs that address cargo and port security the “GreenLane Maritime Cargo Security Act” appears to clearly outline Congress’ thoughts on these important programs and encourages them to go to the next level. He noted that AAPA is especially supportive of the portions of the bill that direct $400 million a year in appropriations from Customs duties for the federal Port Security Grant program clarify who can apply for funding and provide allowances for at least limited multi-year funding for port security grants.