Cravaack’s TSA bill clears Senate

WASHINGTON – Rep. Chip Cravaack achieved a rare legislative victory in a year generally marked by gridlock on Capitol Hill when the Senate on Monday night unanimously passed his bill authorizing expedited airport security screening for soldiers traveling on orders.

The bill orders the Transportation Security Administration to come up with a plan within 180 days to devise a separate screening procedure for uniformed members of the armed services. As a result of the bill, they should be able to pass through security checkpoints with less intrusive screening. Under the current law, soldiers receive the same level of screening as regular travelers.

Cravaack, a first-term Republican, was inspired to introduce the bill after seeing a service member have to remove his combat boots at an airport checkpoint.

“This is the least we can do for our military personnel and their families traveling our nation’s airports while serving our country,” Cravaack said.

The measure passed the House with overwhelming support on Nov. 29 but must return again to the House for a voice vote before heading to the president’s desk for signature.

On Monday evening, the House also passed another measure proposed by Cravaack that designates the post office in Pine City, MN as the “Master Sergeant Daniel L. Fedder Post Office. The 34 year-old Marine was killed in Afghanistan in August 2010 by an improvised bomb.

  • LibbyMN

    Figures Cravaack would be wasting time on something like this while the economy is barely holding on because of what his party has done to de-regulate the banking industry and caused a full global crash of the economy.

    I’d like the take-responsibility party take responsibility once and awhile. But no, this guy collects disability from his union job, while he tries to dissolve every other worker their union rights, and he collects a double paycheck from the taxpayer for doing NOTHING in Washington.

    Don’t get me wrong the troops deserve this right and so do we. The troops are supposedly fighting for our freedom, while we give our freedom away while they’re gone. The soldiers I’ve talked to are pretty pissed off that we are giving up our freedom. They aren’t happy with the GOP for not providing them appropriate pay, healthcare, equipment and other services, but I’m sure not having to remove their shoes at the airport will make up for that. Give me a break.

  • Minnesota Central

    Mr. Cravaack’s press-machine must be in full throttle … when any bill passes by such a large measure, shouldn’t that raise questions ….

    Let’s look at what the Congressional Budget Office said about the bill :

    According to TSA, the agency already intends to implement risk-based screening procedures for specific populations of air travelers, including uniformed members of the armed forces. Based on information from the agency about the status of those activities and the relatively small number of individuals that would qualify for expedited screening under H.R. 1801, CBO estimates that fully funding H.R. 1801 would cost less than $500,000 annually, assuming the availability of appropriated funds

    So, the taxpayer’s could spend up to $500,000 for something that the TSA is already in the process of doing.

    It should be noted that no hearings were directly held on H.R. 1801 in the 112th Congress and the number of effected military personnel is not considered to be large as this would only apply “when member of the Armed Forces presents documentation indicating official orders while in uniform through a primary airport”.

    Yep, a clear victory for the Cravaack Press Team

  • Steve Erickson

    I do agree with the intent of the law, but I wonder about, the incident in Texas! While rare, I would feel safer knowing that there were not any people just dressed as military to bypass screening. Having served in the military myself being bumped, being forced to travel standby because I was not able to afford to travel standard or first class because of low pay while in the military.

    Thank You.