04.26.17

House Passes Committee Bill to Reform Key TSA Programs

Washington, D.C. – At a time when America faces heightened threats to our aviation sector, we must ensure that our airport access controls are strong and that we are doing all we can to mitigate the threat. The House Homeland Security Committee continues to work to secure our nation’s airports and close gaps that may put our homeland and our citizens at risk. Yesterday the House unanimously passed H.R. 876, the Aviation Employee Screening and Security Enhancement Act of 2017, which reforms key TSA programs. Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) and Transportation and Protective Security Subcommittee Chair Rep. John Katko (R-NY) have made reforming TSA a top priority and recently released a report entitled, “America’s Airports: The Threat From Within” to review the network of our nation’s airports and assess their security vulnerabilities.

Chairman McCaul: “Subcommittee Chairman John Katko has made great strides in improving aviation security and TSA, and his leadership on this important national security issue has been pivotal in securing key reforms. While more needs to be done to diminish threats facing our country’s aviation sector, I am proud of the work this Committee continues to do to better eliminate insider threats.”

Legislation passed yesterday includes:

  • H.R. 876, Aviation Employee Screening and Security Enhancement Act of 2017, introduced by Rep. John Katko (R-NY), amends the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to reform programs of the Transportation Security Administration.
  • H.R. 1372, Homeland Security for Children Act, introduced by Rep. Donald Payne (D-NJ), amends the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to ensure that the needs of children are considered in homeland security planning.

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