Anti-terror bill goes to Bush for signature Mike Rosen-Molina at 7:02 PM ET
[JURIST] The US Congress sent an anti-terror bill [PDF text, HR 1 materials] to President George Bush for signature Friday. The bill, based on recommendations by the 9/11 commission [official website], would transfer funds to states and cities found to be at high risk for terrorist attacks. It also includes a provision to screen all air and sea cargo coming into the US within five years. The bill passed the Senate on Thursday by 85-8 [roll call] and the House on Friday by 371-40 [roll call]. Bush has said he will sign the legislation.
Critics have argued that the technology does not exist to efficiently monitor cargo without interrupting trade; as a compromise, the bill allows the Homeland Security secretary to extend the five-year deadline in two-year increments if necessary. The White House has also expressed displeasure with a requirement that intelligence community budgets be made public. AP has more.
Paper Chase is JURIST's real-time legal news service, powered by a team of 30 law student reporters and editors led by law professor Bernard Hibbitts at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. As an educational service, Paper Chase is dedicated to presenting important legal news and materials rapidly, objectively and intelligibly in an accessible, ad-free format.