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Murray Helps Fund Port Security Grants Program in Homeland Security Appropriations Bill

Jul 15 2010

Port security grants program is key part of Murray's SAFE Port Act; $350 million included in spending bill is $50 million increase over the President's request

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced that the port security grant program, a key part of her landmark SAFE Ports Act, received $350 million in the 2011 Homeland Security Appropriations bill. The bill passed the Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Committee today.

"This is a big victory for the security infrastructure of our nation’s ports," said Senator Murray. "These grants mean more bomb and chemical detectors, cameras, and security gates. They also mean more funding for the security operations and training that are critical to responding to an incident. I am committed to keeping these grants fully funded so that our ports – the economic engines of our state – remain secure."  

The Department of Homeland Security awards the grants on a competitive basis based on risk.  In 2009, ports in the Puget Sound, along the Columbia River and in Grays Harbor received over $30 million in port security grants. 

Senator Murray is a national leader in port security.  She authored the SAFE Port Act, which was signed into law in October 2006, and took critical steps forward in securing our nation's ports, while keeping trade moving efficiently.