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H.R.583: Putting Our Resources Toward Security (PORTS) Act

About this Bill

This bill was introduced in the 113th Congress
This bill is primarily about emergency management
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Sponsor Filemon Vela, D-Texas
Total Cosponsors 15 (All Democrats)
Introduced Feb. 6, 2013
Latest Major Action Feb. 25, 2013
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Bill Progress

  • Bill introduced in the House   
  • Bill passed in the House   
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Bill Summary

Putting Our Resources Toward Security (PORTS) Act - Directs the Secretary of Homeland Security, between FY2014-FY2018, to increase the number of full-time Customs and Border Protection officers, active-duty agriculture specialists, and active-duty border security support personnel for U.S. ports of entry by not fewer than 5,000, 1,200, and 350, respectively, above the number of such personnel for which funds were made available during FY2012.

Authorizes appropriations to the Administrator of the General Services Administration (GSA) for each of FY2014-FY2018 to make improvements to existing U.S. ports of entry to improve border security. Directs the Administrator to give priority to ports determined to be in most need of repair in accordance with required infrastructure assessment studies.

(Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
Feb. 25, 2013 Referred to the Subcommittee on Horticulture, Research, Biotechnology, and Foreign Agriculture.
Feb. 20, 2013 Referred to the Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security.
Feb. 19, 2013 Referred to the Subcommittee on Trade.
Feb. 7, 2013 Referred to the Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management.
Feb. 6, 2013 Referred to House Transportation and Infrastructure
Feb. 6, 2013 Referred to House Agriculture
Feb. 6, 2013 Referred to House Ways and Means
Feb. 6, 2013 Referred to House Homeland Security