Today, U.S. Rep. Peter T. King (R-NY), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, and U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers (R-AL), Chairman of the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Transportation Security, announced the establishment of the Congressional Transportation Security Caucus. King and Rogers will serve as co-chairs of the Caucus.
The Caucus will serve as an informal group of Members of Congress dedicated to issues related to the security of aviation, passenger rail, freight rail, pipelines, buses, public transit systems, commercial trucking and other transportation systems in the U.S.
Chairman King said: "More than 10 years after 9/11, the threat of a terrorist attack on our transportation systems is still very real, and there remains much work to be done to secure this vital sector. I commend Chairman Rogers for his initiative in establishing this Transportation Security Caucus."
Subcommittee Chairman Rogers said: "This Caucus will provide an important forum for Members to become more informed on the issues our Nation faces in better securing our transportation systems, which is essential for protecting American lives. The primary federal agency charged with transportation security, TSA, has grown into a bloated, inefficient bureaucracy in need of reform. This necessary reform will certainly be one of the major topics of discussion within the Caucus, as well as how we can promote technology innovation to assist private sector job creation and strengthen privacy protections for travelers."
The Caucus will hold informal meetings with senior Administration, Department of Homeland Security, and Transportation Security Administration officials, as well as those from the private sector. The Caucus will also facilitate Member site visits and host security technology expositions.