The US Congress has approved a bill requiring the screening of all cargo bound for the United States and a string of other anti-terrorism measures. The House of Representatives voted the bill a day after it was approved by the Senate: “I think that America is not as safe as it could be and this legilsation will take us forward to a great extent to make America safer,” said House Speaker Democrat Nancy Pelosi.
The bill will implement many of the recommendations of the commission that investigated the September 11th attacks.
It was a high priority for the Democrats who hope it will boost low public approval ratings of Congress since they took over in January.
The bill enables state and local governments to better share information with federal authorities and allocates a greater share of anti-terrorism funding to high-risk cities.
The new regulations require that all cargo on US-bound passenger planes be screened within three years, and that all container ships be scanned for nuclear devices within five years.