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7/30/2007



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Congress passes Improving America's Security Act



Last week, Congress signed off on Improving America’s Security Act of 2007 (H.R. 1), which will provide $3.4 billion in transit security funding during the next four years.

If signed by the president, the legislation will provide direct funding to public transit agencies and require no state or local matching funds. The bill would provide $640 million for transit security in FY2008, $750 million in FY2009, $900 million in FY2010 and $1.1 billion in FY2011.

H.R. 1 also includes funds to continue the Public Transportation Information Sharing Analysis Center, which collects, analyzes and distributes cyber and physical security and threat information 24/7 from government and other sources.

On the freight side, the bill mandates security training for front-line workers and provides strong whistleblower protections, according to the Transportation Trades Department of the AFL-CIO.




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