Senate Republicans Vote Down Port Security Deadline

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  1. "The Senate, controlled by Bush's Republicans, voted 61-37 earlier to scrap a Democratic proposal for a four-year deadline for scanning all U.S.-bound cargo while still overseas. Such a deadline is also opposed by the shipping industry and the Republican majority in the House.

    New York Democratic Sen. Charles Schumer (news, bio, voting record), who sought the deadline, said that it was not enough to install radiation detection devices at home.

    He said other countries should install scanning systems that capture an image of contents of U.S.-bound container ships to help inspectors spot suspicious cargo. Shipping companies could pay the cost, about $8 per container, Schumer said."

    Reuters, Susan Cornwell