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Mass Transit Intelligence Prioritization Act

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Mr. THOMPSON of Mississippi. Mr. Speaker, I rise in support of H.R. 3140, the Mass Transit Intelligence Prioritization Act, and I yield myself such time as I may consume.

Mr. Speaker, as ranking member on the Committee on Homeland Security, I have observed that mass transit systems over the years have consistently been a target for terrorist groups, including al Qaeda. H.R. 3140, the Mass Transit Intelligence Prioritization Act, requires the Secretary of Homeland Security to prioritize the assignment of mass transit intelligence analysts, including from TSA, to State and local fusion centers with major mass transit systems in their jurisdictions.

In short, this is a commonsense bill that would enhance security for the mass transit systems of our Nation by improving the sharing of information, and I urge my colleagues' support of it.

With that, Mr. Speaker, I reserve the balance of my time.

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Mr. THOMPSON of Mississippi. I have no other speakers, and I'm prepared to close.

Mr. Speaker, H.R. 3140, as introduced by our former committee colleague, Ms. Speier, is a needed, commonsense piece of legislation with a history of bipartisan support. I urge my colleagues to support this measure and the security of our mass transit systems.

With that, I yield back the balance of my time.

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