Patty Murray: Supporting Port Security
The Commandant of the Coast Guard has testified that it will take more than $7 billion, including $1.5 billion this year, to implement the port security plans which were mandated by the Maritime Transportation Security Act.
The same day, Roll Call reports that another amendment to that same bill would have shifted $70 million from consultants to first responders. The money would have upgraded emergency services communication gear so that the different services could all talk to each other during a crisis.
Both of our Washington Senators voted to increase funding for port security and first responders, but they were overruled by the Republican majority.
Senator Murray is a strong voice in the Senate for keeping us safe here at home. She supports using our money effectively in the war on terror, and protecting our state's vital economic interests. So, make sure and send her back to the Senate this year, she's doing a fine job.