McCaul Urges Senate to Act on Critical Bills to Reduce Airport Security Wait Lines

WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) today urged the Senate to take action on two critical bipartisan bills the House passed this Congress that would immediately reduce wait lines in airport security check points across the country. The Committee has been focused on providing legislative solutions to combat growing airport lines around the country and expedite the normal screening process even before the busy summer travel season, but these bills are currently stalled in the Senate.

Chairman McCaul: “The safety of Americans traveling by air is of utmost importance, but today’s lengthy security lines and endless travel delays are completely unacceptable. This is not our first rodeo when it comes to high travel seasons. We should have been better prepared. The House has already taken action by passing bills that address the situation and shorten the lines while not compromising security. But, sadly, those bills are stalled in the Senate. The Senate has an obligation to act now on the House-passed bills that will make travel during the peak summer season more efficient.”

House-passed legislation to reduce wait times includes:

  • H.R. 2843, The TSA PreCheck Expansion Act was introduced by Rep. John Katko (R-NY) and approved by the House on July 27, 2015 by a voice vote.
  • H.R. 3584, Transportation Security Administration Reform and Improvement Act of 2015 was introduced by Rep. John Katko (R-NY) and approved by the House on February 23, 2016 by voice vote.

NOTE: The Committee will introduce a bill later this week with input from various stakeholders, including officials from the airports and airlines that will further address the situation.

Additionally, the Committee will hold two hearings on this topic this week.