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Funds for Seaport Cargo Security Released

The Bush administration Friday released $28 million for a program to strengthen security at the nation’s three largest seaports. The grants are the second round announced for the port program and bring total spending to $58 million for 2003. Friday’s announcement completes a turnaround by the administration, which had planned to cut the port program in half to offset overspending in other areas. Instead, under pressure from Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge agreed to fully fund the program, known as Operation Safe Commerce. Under the latest grants, the ports of Seattle and Tacoma, Wash., will receive an additional $14.2 million, bringing total funding for the two ports to $27.5 million. Full Story

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