Amid Hyper-Partisanship and Gridlock in Congress, House Passes Bipartisan Katko Legislation to Cut Through Red Tape, Keep Travel Safe

September 26, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C— Despite the ongoing hyperpartisanship in Washington, U.S. Rep. John Katko (NY-24) is continuing to work across party lines to legislate, today announcing passage of H.R. 3675, the Trusted Traveler Reconsideration and Restoration Act of 2019 — bipartisan legislation he authored to help cut through bureaucratic multi-agency processes while keeping travel safe.

This bill provides relief for travelers who have had their Trusted Traveler Program erroneously revoked or suspended due an error committed by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which administers these programs. Trusted Traveler Programs, such as TSA PreCheck, eases the burden on travelers and security personnel by allowing pre-approved travelers to use expedited lanes at U.S. airports, and when crossing international borders. Currently, if a Trusted Traveler enrollee has his or her status erroneously revoked or suspended, reinstatement in the program is a costly and arduous process. For example, if an innocent individual has the same name as a known or suspected terrorist, he or she could have his or her Global Entry status revoked.  This requires that these individuals navigate red tape across several federal agencies losing time that they have paid for to participate in the program.

“Under current law, it is time-consuming and difficult for individuals to navigate multiple federal agencies and bureaucratic hurdles to get Trusted Traveler status reinstated if it has been erroneously revoked,” Rep. Katko said following the vote. “With my legislation, travelers will be able to more easily remedy these types of errors, and, once resolved, Trusted Traveler enrollees who have had their status wrongly suspended will be provided an extension equivalent to the length of the wrongful delay. My legislation will also work to prevent future errors by directing DHS to assess existing Trusted Traveler Program enrollment and redress procedures. I am proud to have received bipartisan support for this legislation and will continue my work to ensure traveler efficiency, safety, and security.” 

“In a Congress that continues to be plagued by hyper-partisanship and gridlock, I am proud to have this legislation pass the House with overwhelming support from Representatives of both sides of the aisle. I am determined to keep my promise to constituents, working as a bipartisan representative focused on the issues that matter to Central New Yorkers.” concluded Rep. Katko.

This is Rep. Katko’s third measure to pass the Democratic-controlled House during the 116th Congress.