Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware, senior Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said he will introduce legislation calling for billions of dollars in additional security measures, including screening of all containers at U.S. ports.
The legislation, announced earlier this week on the eve of the one-year anniversary of the 9/11 Commission's report, would create a Homeland Security Trust Fund to fully fund implementation of the Commission's recommendations.
The new legislation would set aside $53.3 billion over the five years for homeland security, much of it from a partial rollback of President Bush's tax cuts for the wealthy, or about $10 billion a year.
In a release, Biden's office said the bill would require 100-percent screening of cargo containers at U.S. ports. The bill also would help fund research and implementation of new screening technology at sea and air ports.
"We must reorder our priorities and focus on protecting the American people," said Biden in a statement. "In 2006 alone, the Bush tax cuts for millionaires will exceed $60 billion. For that we could implement the 9/11 Commission recommendations."
Biden introduced legislation to create a security trust fund as recently as September.