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"House Panel Approves DHS Authorization Bill"

Thursday, March 29, 2007

House Panel Approves DHS Authorization Bill

The House Homeland Security Committee Wednesday considered and approved
legislation, H.R. 1684, authorizing DHS programs for fiscal year 2008.
Although the $39.8 billion measure approved does not include an
aviation-related title, several members offered and subsequently withdrew
aviation-related amendments, the most notable of which addressed employee
screening at airports. In the course of discussing those amendments,
committee leaders announced that they would address aviation security and
TSA issues as part of separate legislation that will be considered in April.

While it is not yet clear what approach the committee will take on employee
screening as part of the upcoming TSA related bill, the most likely scenario
will be the consideration of legislation - H.R. 1413 - introduced earlier
this year by Rep. Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) that would create a pilot program at
five airports to physically screen all airport workers with access to secure
and sterile areas. 

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