Administration officials are set to brief a Senate panel Thursday on why they approved the controversial ports deal. They'll explain the security implications of the sale of operations at six US ports to a company owned by the United Arab Emirates.
The deal, set to go into effect a week from Thursday, has triggered a bipartisan uproar on Capitol Hill. The administration acknowledges it should have briefed Congress on the deal sooner, but denies the sale raises the risk of terrorism.
Administration assurances notwithstanding, numerous lawmakers plan to introduce legislation to block the deal, and even some Republicans say they have the votes to override a threatened veto.
The ports involved in the management deal are New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Miami and New Orleans.