Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02) announced today that he will join Rep. Debbie Wasserman Shultz of Florida in sponsoring the Port Security Act of 2006. This is the House version of legislation introduced in the Senate by Senators Robert Menendez and Hillary Rodham Clinton. This legislation will prohibit foreign, state-owned companies from controlling operations at US ports and stop the UAE/P&O deal by mandating a Congressional review of existing foreign state-owned companies operating in US ports.

Congressman Poe issued the following statement:
In the world we live in today, there is nothing more important than our country's security. This legislation is a step in the right direction in securing American Ports and keeping the fox out of the hen house. The decision to let the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have a stake in the operations of US ports is simply a dangerous one. History has shown that friends of the United States come and go, who is with us today may not be tomorrow. There is solid evidence that shows the UAE recognized the Taliban, laundered money to 9/11 terrorists and continues to participate in the Arab boycott against Israel. By allowing this deal to go through, these same foreign entities will have access to US manifests showing what cargo is being shipped and when and where it is going, including military cargo. The Port of Beaumont, which is in my district, sees one-third of all military cargo deployed to and from Iraq. It defies history and common sense to take a chance on our national security. By opening ourselves up, we are just asking for trouble down the road. This UAE owned business is truly a risky business for America.

In addition to the Port Security Act of 2006 Congressman Poe plans to file additional legislation that will expand on this bill by requiring additional Congressional Oversight as it applies to foreign state-owned companies and homeland security concerns.

Congressman Poe is a member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Waterways Subcommittee; International Relations Committee, Terrorism Subcommittee; and the Congressional Port Security Caucus.