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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Rare, Doubly Accurate Acronym Title

In a rare feat of double short title accuracy, Rep. Vera (D., Tex.) gets both the acronym short title and the spelled out short title to be a fairly genuine description of her bill, the Putting Our Resources Toward Security (PORTS) Act. Here is the summary: 

Putting Our Resources Toward Security (PORTS) Act - Directs the Secretary of Homeland Security, between FY2014-FY2018, to increase the number of full-time Customs and Border Protection officers, active-duty agriculture specialists, and active-duty border security support personnel for U.S. ports of entry by not fewer than 5,000, 1,200, and 350, respectively, above the number of such personnel for which funds were made available during FY2012.
Authorizes appropriations to the Administrator of the General Services Administration (GSA) for each of FY2014-FY2018 to make improvements to existing U.S. ports of entry to improve border security. Directs the Administrator to give priority to ports determined to be in most need of repair in accordance with required infrastructure assessment studies.

1 comment:

  1. Interesting and rare. Perhaps a best practice in bill naming?