AAPA advocates for TIGER and security funding

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As US Congress begins work on FY 2019 appropriations bills, American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) has stepped up its funding advocacy for port security and the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant programme.

AAPA requested, in a letter to Congress, continued funding at a level of US$1.5bn for the TIGER grant programme, which recently passed in the FY 2018 Omnibus.

With additional TIGER funding, as well as increased Marine Highway Program (MARAD) funding and the normal funding level authorised for INFRA grants, a new session has been added to AAPA’s Capital Projects Seminar in May. The panel discussion will focus on how ports can tap into billions of dollars in new federal money available for the U.S. Department of Transportation’s grant programmes.

For FY 2019 Homeland Security appropriations, AAPA urged Congress to fund the Port Security Grant Program at the originally authorised level of US$400m, but at a minimum of US$100m, the amount recently enacted in the omnibus bill.

Earlier this year, the Administration requested US$36m in its FY 2019 budget proposal. In addition, AAPA strongly encourages that U.S. Customs and Border Protection direct staffing resources to ports and terminals to address the growing freight, passenger and business development opportunities within the maritime environment.

This week both the House and Senate Appropriations Committees will begin the process of convening hearings on the FY 2019 budget and appropriations requests.

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