Washington’s ports serve as a gateway to the world, handling 7 percent of the country’s exports and 6 percent of imports. Ensuring port safety is critical to Washington’s economy and future. Maria has fought for port security funding that’s helped hire security personnel and upgrade security infrastructure such as gates, lighting, surveillance and screening equipment. She spearheaded legislation authorizing more Coast Guard personnel to inspect security at foreign ports, before potentially dangerous cargo ever enters US waters. She also passed legislation to strengthen security at ports, like the Port of Tacoma, that load cargo directly on and off trains. Her bill also created a test center for ports to first screen cargo for radiation before shipping it forward. Maria has also fought successfully to improve ferry security on international ferries before they embark for Washington.