07.13.16

Gardner’s TSA Bill Included in Senate-Passed FAA Reauthorization

Gardner’s SCREEN FAST Act Headed to President’s Desk to be Signed into Law

Washington, DC Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) secured language in the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act, bipartisan legislation approved by the Senate that will fund the FAA through the next fiscal year, that will help ease security lines at Denver International Airport (DIA) and airports across the country. The legislation will now be sent to the President to be signed into law before the current FAA authorization expires on July 15th. 

 

A member of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, Gardner introduced the Safe Convenient Reliable Efficient Effective Next-Generation Functional and Secure TSA (SCREEN FAST) Act in May. Although the SCREEN FAST Act was not included in the original Senate bill, Gardner worked with his colleagues to ensure it was included in the final FAA package that overwhelmingly passed the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. 

 

“I’m proud the House and Senate came together and approved the FAA Reauthorization Act that includes my SCREEN FAST Act, legislation that addresses airport security screening processes and keeps Americans safer,” said Gardner. “I share frustration with Coloradans and Americans across the country that have to cope with long security lines, and my SCREEN FAST Act will address this problem by providing TSA and airports the flexibility to best ease security lines, while preserving safety and enhancing security. The bipartisan FAA reauthorization package is yet another example that the Senate is back to work for the American people.”

 

Gardner’s SCREEN FAST Act will address both short-term and long-term concerns with TSA security lines at airports across the nation and is funded using existing TSA resources and airport reimbursements. The bill creates two pilot programs focused on increasing efficiency and security at airports and establishing prototypes for new and innovative screening techniques. It also directs the TSA to report to the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation and House Homeland Security Committees on the pilot programs. 

 

Kim Day, CEO of Denver International Airport, added, "Events this year have underscored the increased pressures on our nation’s security system. We are hopeful that Sen. Gardner's amendment will give TSA the flexibility needed to continue working closely with DEN and other airports on innovative enhancements that improve security as well as  the passenger experience.” 

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Cory Gardner is a member of the U.S. Senate serving Colorado. He sits on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, the Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee, and the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy.

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