Katko Legislation to Improve Aviation Security Passes House
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S.Rep. John Katko (NY-24), Chairman of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Transportation Security, had two bipartisan bills, H.R. 2750- the Improved Security Vetting for Aviation Workers Act of 2015 and H.R. 2843- the TSA PreCheck Expansion Act, pass the House Monday evening. Since taking office in January, Rep. Katko has authored four bills that have passed the U.S. House of Representatives.
“The Department of Homeland Security Inspector General issued a report in June which found that a stunning 73 aviation workers have ties to terrorism,” said Rep. John Katko. “Working in a bipartisan way, our committee promptly investigated the matter, held a hearing, and responded with H.R. 2750. The House also passed H.R. 2843, which enhances and expands TSA PreCheck, a program that allows for expedited screening of passengers in a more secure manner. With the passage of these bills we have taken a step towards making the national airspace and airports safer for the American traveler.”
Passage of these bills comes after systemic failures have been found surrounding security at our nation’s airports.
- H.R. 2750, the Improved Security Vetting for Aviation Workers Act of 2015, strengthens the vetting of employees who have sensitive access within airports
- H.R. 2843, the TSA PreCheck Expansion Act, expands enrollment, marketing, and identity verification for the PreCheck program
“The bipartisan support for my bills shows that airport security is a serious and important issue that extends beyond party lines.” Katko said.
Chairman McCaul said, “I commend Representative Katko for championing two vital aviation security bills which hold TSA accountable by ensuring security within United States airports and strengthening the vetting process of credentialed aviation workers, who have access to sensitive areas of airports. Today, the House took a significant step in the Congressional oversight of DHS and I encourage our counterparts in the Senate to pass this important legislation.”
Rep. John Katko chairs the Subcommittee on Transportation Security which has jurisdiction over the Transportation Security Administration. He has already passed H.R. 719, the TSA Office of Inspection Accountability Act, and H.R. 720, the Gerardo Hernandez Airport Security Act.
Congressman John Katko chairs the House Homeland Security Committee’s Subcommittee on Transportation Security. He represents the 24th Congressional District of New York, which includes all of Onondaga, Cayuga, and Wayne Counties, and a portion of Oswego County. For more information,please visit Katko.house.gov or facebook.com/RepJohnKatko.