Statement on FAA Extension Agreement

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The House today passed a critical bill, H. Res. 818, the “FAA Extension, Safety, and Security Act of 2016,” to support the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and strengthen security for Americans traveling by air in the United States, and those flying home from abroad. This legislation expands the PreCheck program, which shortens wait times by providing expedited screening. Additionally, the legislation improves efficiency at airport checkpoints by redeploying Transportation Security Administration (TSA) personnel to perform additional security functions and requires a review of TSA’s employee staffing allocation model to ensure airports are receiving sufficient resources. These airline enhancements were informed by working with TSA, local airport authorities, and other stakeholders.

Chairman McCaul: “When we go to airports, we should expect two key things: reasonable wait times and proper security. This bill helps meet these expectations. As we have been reminded recently, terrorists continue to target the aviation sector, including in Istanbul, Brussels, and the Sinai Peninsula. Keeping Americans safe requires a holistic approach to security that is risk-based and intelligence-driven. The measure passed by the House today will play a critical role in keeping air travelers safe in the United States and those flying home from abroad.”

Rep. John Katko: “I am pleased to see that the House has acted in a bipartisan manner to include a number of my legislative proposals in the FAA Extension. Specifically, the bill includes the PreCheck Expansion Act, the Checkpoint Optimization and Efficiency Act, and the Committee’s SAFE GATES legislation. These provisions, which previously passed the House individually, provide expedited screening to low risk travelers, reduce wait times at our nation’s airports, and focus on enhancing security at foreign airports with direct flights to the United States. While I hope to see further action by the Senate on my legislation to improve airport access controls, it was important to get these additional provisions over the finish line. In the midst of this high threat environment facing airports and commercial aviation, I am glad to see my colleagues coming together to act on these critical pieces of legislation.”

The bill contained key legislation that will help airport wait times and enhance security, including:

  • H.R. 2843TSA PreCheck Expansion Act
  • H.R. 4698 Securing Aviation from Foreign Entry Points and Guarding Airports Through Enhanced Security Act
  • H.R. 5338Checkpoint Optimization & Efficiency Act

House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee statement is available, here.