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House Proceeding 11-17-09 on Nov 17th, 2009 :: 1:08:05 to 1:13:25
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Elijah E. Cummings

1:07:57 to 1:08:18( Edit History Discussion )

Elijah E. Cummings: announcement, further proceedings on this motion will be postponed. for what purpose does the gentleman from marylanrise? mr. cummings: mr. speaker, i move to suspend the rules and pass the bill 3360 as amended, the cruise vessel security and

Elijah E. Cummings

1:08:05 to 1:13:25( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Elijah E. Cummings

Elijah E. Cummings

1:08:19 to 1:08:40( Edit History Discussion )

Elijah E. Cummings: safety act of 2009. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 3360, a bill to amend title 46, united code, to establish requirements to ensure the security and fety of passengers and crew on cruise vessels, and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: gentleman from maryland, mr. cummings, and the gentleman

Elijah E. Cummings

1:08:41 to 1:09:02( Edit History Discussion )

Elijah E. Cummings: from new jersey, mr. lobiondo, will each control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from maryland. mr. cummings: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on h.r. 3360. the speaker pro tempore: without objection.

Elijah E. Cummings

1:09:03 to 1:09:23( Edit History Discussion )

Elijah E. Cummings: mr. cummings: i also ask, mr. speaker, to insert into th record an exchange of letters between the committee of transportation and infrastructure and the committee on homeland security. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. cummings: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. cummings: mr. speaker, i rise today in strong support of

Elijah E. Cummings

1:09:24 to 1:09:47( Edit History Discussion )

Elijah E. Cummings: the cruise vessel security and safety act of 2009, h.r. 3360, as amended. this legislation authored by congresswoman doris matsui, woulrequire that cruise vessels calling on the united states take reasonable steps to improve the physical and -- physical safety and security of their vessels.

Elijah E. Cummings

1:09:48 to 1:10:09( Edit History Discussion )

Elijah E. Cummings: legislation also would vessels to report to u.s. authorities allegations of specific crimes on cruiseships. almost all of the nearly 200 cruise vessels embarking and disembarking passengers in the united states are registered in foreign countries.

Elijah E. Cummings

1:10:10 to 1:10:31( Edit History Discussion )

Elijah E. Cummings: as a result, u.s. laws apply directly to these vessels and to those sailing on these vessels only when they are sailing in u.s. waters. while available statistics suggest that crime is infrequent on cruise vellsles, many americans do not real -- vessels, many americans do not realize when they step on a

Elijah E. Cummings

1:10:32 to 1:10:54( Edit History Discussion )

Elijah E. Cummings: cruise ship they step on what becomes a floating piece of some other country's jurisdiction as soon as it is more than 12 miles from the united states shores. unfortunately, for those who are the victims of crime on cruise vessels, the implications of this reality become clear only after they learn that the

Elijah E. Cummings

1:10:55 to 1:11:15( Edit History Discussion )

Elijah E. Cummings: the cruise vessel may not and often do not extend to them the kinds of protections united states laws would extend. additionally, the unique circumstances of life at sea, particularly if a vessel is far from the kinds oflaw

Elijah E. Cummings

1:11:16 to 1:11:36( Edit History Discussion )

Elijah E. Cummings: available on land often make the prosecution of those accused of committing a crime on a cruise ship very difficult. as a result, though crime is infrequent on cruise vessels, so are prosecutions of those accused as chairman of the subcommittee

Elijah E. Cummings

1:11:37 to 1:11:57( Edit History Discussion )

Elijah E. Cummings: on the coast guard and maritime transportation, i needed two hearings of dis on cruise ships. i believe that h.r. 3360 responds directly to the problems we've examined in our hearings regarding reasonable alterations in vessel design, equipment and

Elijah E. Cummings

1:11:58 to 1:12:18( Edit History Discussion )

Elijah E. Cummings: standards, to increase the physical safety and security of passengers. for example, h.r. 3360 requires that cruise vessels install peepholes on similar -- or similar features in cabin doors so that passengers can identify who is at their having to open it. h.r. 3360 also requires the

Elijah E. Cummings

1:12:19 to 1:12:40( Edit History Discussion )

Elijah E. Cummings: cruise vessels have railings that are high to help from falling orboard. to ensure that those who are victims of sexual assaults have immediate access to state-of-the-art medical care, h.r. 3360

Elijah E. Cummings

1:12:41 to 1:13:03( Edit History Discussion )

Elijah E. Cummings: ships have onboa personnel who can provide treatment assault victs, collect evidence support prosecutions and administer medications as soon as possible. the legislation also requires that a store of such medications be maintained on cruise vessels.

Elijah E. Cummings

1:13:04 to 1:13:26( Edit History Discussion )

Elijah E. Cummings: h.r. 3360 also specifies certain crimes that must be reported to u.s. authorities. and it requires the secretary of transportation to maintain an internet site that provides a numerical accoun crimes reported to united states authorities. such statistics will be aggregated by individual cruise lines and cruise lines will be

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