From: The Honorable Alan S. Lowenthal
Sent By:
ben.kane@mail.house.gov

Date: 3/28/2017

Secure Our Ports

Support the Port Security Grant Program in FY 18 Homeland Security Appropriations

Deadline: COB Tomorrow, Wednesday, March 29

Current signers: Barragan, Bordallo, Brownley, Cardenas, Castor,
Buddy Carter, Cicilline, Clarke, Cohen, Correa, Conyers, Cummings,
Curbelo, Susan Davis, DeLauro, DeSaulnier, Donovan, Engel, Esty,
Farenthold, Foster, Fudge, Garamendi, Al Green, Gene Green, Hanabusa, Hastings, Heck, Huffman, Jackson Lee, Jayapal, Robin Kelly, Langevin, Lawson, Lynch,
Mast, McEachin, McNerney, Nadler, Nolan, Norton, Olson, Payne, Scott Peters, Pingree, Plaskett, Kathleen Rice, Richmond, Ross, Ruppersberger, Sablan, Bobby Scott, Shea-Porter, Sires, Soto, Speier, Takano, Torres, Vargas, Vela, Wasserman Schultz,
Watson Coleman,
Weber, Frederica Wilson, Don Young

Dear Colleague,

Ports serve as one of the critical linchpins of our economy. Each of our 50 states depends on at least 15 ports to import and export its goods. In addition, each year American seaports generate $4.6 trillion and employ 23 million people all over the country.
Given the importance of ports to our national economy, it is vital that they remain secure.

The Port Security Grant Program is a vital tool for safeguarding our ports from threats, and we invite you to join us in requesting funding for this important program be maintained at $100 million in the upcoming FY 2018 Homeland Security Appropriations
bill.

Funds made available by the Port Security Grant Program are used to protect critical port infrastructure from criminal and terrorist attacks—both physical and cyber. According to the Brookings Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence, it would only
take a small attack on our ports to grind U.S. commerce to a halt within days. It is imperative that we make sure that our ports have the resources they need to successfully prevent, counter, and recover from all potential security threats.

We strongly believe this program is critical to the vital interests of the national port community and to our nation’s economy. Please join us in requesting that the Port Security Program once again be funded at $100 million for FY 2018.

If you would like to sign on or receive more information, please contact
Ben.Kane@mail.house.gov
(Rep. Lowenthal),
Anthony.Zampelli@mail.house.gov
(Rep. Donovan),
Javier.Gamboa@mail.house.gov
(Rep. Barragán), or
Adam.Wolf@mail.house.gov
(Rep. Curbelo).

Sincerely,

 

Alan Lowenthal                                                                                            Daniel M. Donovan, Jr.
Member of Congress                                                                                    Member of Congress

 

Nanette Diaz Barragán                                                                                 Carlos Curbelo
Member of Congress                                                                                    Member of Congress

 

April XX, 2017

Dear Chairman Carter and Ranking Member Roybal-Allard,

As you begin work on the FY 2018 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill, we urge you to maintain funding at $100 million for the Port Security Grant Program (PSGP). As you know, funds made available by the PSGP are used to protect critical port infrastructure
from criminal and terrorist attacks—both physical and cyber. While the needs of our ports have grown, funding for the PSGP has not kept pace. In order to ensure our ports receive the critical funding they need, it is vital that this program remains funded
at $100 million.

Ports in many ways serve as the linchpin to our economy. Each of our 50 states, whether it be California or Oklahoma, depends on at least 15 ports to import and export its goods. Our ports are responsible for transporting 99 percent of the country’s overseas
cargo, totaling $3.8 billion worth of goods each day. Additionally, each year American seaports generate $4.6 trillion and employ 23 million people all over the country. Given the importance of ports to our national economy, it is vital that they remain secure.

However, the security of our seaports has been largely ignored.  Ports continue to face emerging cyber, nuclear, radiological, and chemical threats that we believe call for a larger spotlight on our port security efforts. It is imperative that we make sure
that our ports have the resources they need to successfully prevent, counter, and recover from a potential terrorist attack. According to the Brookings Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence, it would only take a small attack on our ports to grind
U.S. commerce to a halt within days.

In working directly with ports throughout the nation, we are extremely conscious of the current economic pressure they face, their substantial contributions to the national economy, and the broad level of vulnerability they are up against. We appreciate
the support that the committee has given to this program in previous years. Due to the program’s importance to the vital interests of our nation and our ports, we respectfully urge you to fund the Port Security Grant Program at $100 million in the FY 2018
Homeland Security Appropriations bill.

Thank you for your consideration of this important request to continue protecting our critical port infrastructure.

Sincerely,