Hastert to Bush: Moratorium for Port Deal

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In diplomatic language, House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) tells President Bush he has reservations about using an Arab company to guard six U.S. ports.

Speaker’s Press Office

United States House of Representatives

Washington, DC 20515

Speaker Hastert Sends Letter to President Bush Regarding Moratorium and

Review of Seaports Deal

The Honorable George W. Bush

President of the United States

The White House

Washington, D.C. 20500

Dear Mr. President:

It has come to my attention that there is a proposal by the Dubai Ports

World of the United Arab Emirates to provide operational management of six

American seaports. I am very concerned about the national security

implications that this could have for the safety of the American people.

Therefore, I believe there should be an immediate moratorium placed on this

seaport deal in order to further examine its effects on our port security.

Secondly, I believe the Administration should conduct a more thorough review

of this proposal that will more fully assess the risks involved in allowing

a state-owned company to provide operational oversight of American ports.

Finally, this proposal may require additional Congressional action in order

to ensure that we are fully protecting Americans at home. I know we are

both committed to fighting the global War on Terror. We must not allow the

possibility of compromising our national security due to lack of review or

oversight by the federal government.

Sincerely,

J. Dennis Hastert

Speaker of the House

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