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Homeland Security Border and Maritime Security Subcommittee to Mark Up H.R. 4251, the SMART Port Security Act – TOMORROW

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Washington, D.C. – The Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security, chaired by Rep. Candice Miller (R-MI), will consider H.R. 4251, Securing Maritime Activities through Risk-based Targeting for Port Security Act (SMART Port Security Act), tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. in Room 311 Cannon House Office Building.

Miller introduced the legislation last week with the support of Full Committee Chairman Peter T. King (R-NY), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security Henry Cuellar (D-TX), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Oversight, Investigations, and Management Michael McCaul (R-TX), and Committee Member Hansen Clarke (D-MI).

H.R. 4251 directs DHS components with maritime security responsibilities to improve coordination and partner with other Federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, as well as appropriate international entities, in order to enhance the Nation’s maritime security; implement risk based-methodology to secure the global supply chain; and find cost savings. The SMART Port Security Act also incorporates several maritime provisions from H.R. 3116, the DHS authorization bill passed by the Full Committee on October 13, 2011. The legislation builds on the SAFE Port Act of 2006 (P.L. 109-347).

At tomorrow’s markup, it is expected that Chairman Miller will offer an Amendment in the Nature of a Substitute.

What:        Subcommittee Markup of H.R. 4251

When:        10:00 a.m., Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Where:      311 Cannon House Office Building

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