Bill honors soldiers by treating them as patriots
On Dec. 20, H.R. 1801, Risk-Based Security Screening for Members of the Armed Forces Act, was cleared for the White House by voice vote.
Sponsored by U.S. Representative Chip Cravaack (MN-8), the legislation would require the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to develop a separate screening process for military personnel flying on civilian aircraft. The Clerk of the House will now send the bill to the President to be signed into law.
“An expedited, risk-based TSA screening process is the least we can do for our men and women in uniform and their families who sacrifice so much. It’s a privilege to see this bill pass through Congress with unanimous support and onward to the President’s desk,” said Rep. Cravaack. “I look forward to getting this bill signed and a new screening process in place, whereby we honor our soldiers by treating them like the patriots they are.”
H.R. 1801, which is endorsed by the U.S. Travel Association, serves as an important piece of the broad-based move towards a risk-based, intelligence-driven security screening system. It also moves away from the current one-size-fits-all screening program. The House first approved H.R. 1801 on Nov. 29, and was subsequently passed by Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas on Dec. 13.
“Our nation’s military have earned the right from a grateful nation to go to the front of the line,” said Sen. Hutchison. “I think the vast majority of Americans would agree that our servicemen and women make sacrifices for our nation every day. The least we can do is make their lives—and the lives of their family members—easier when they travel on official orders around the country they defend.”
“I strongly support Chip Cravaack’s bill to provide expedited screening for members of the U.S. military. Not only would such screening make official travel easier for the men and women serving our country, it would be an important move toward a more risk-based approach to aviation security—something I have long advocated,” said Homeland Security Committee Chairman Peter King (NY). “Expediting the screening of members of our military will enable TSA screeners to focus on more higher-risk travelers.”
Additionally, earlier this year Rep. Cravaack inserted language into the Transportation Security Administration Authorization Act of 2011 that banned intrusive TSA ‘naked’ body scanners.
Rep. Cravaack serves on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee—where he is Vice Chair of the Aviation Subcommittee—the Homeland Security Committee, and the Science, Space and Technology Committee. The 8th Congressional District covers 18 counties in Northeast Minnesota.