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Aviation Security Stakeholder Participation Act of 2012

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Location: Washington, DC

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Mr. KING of New York. Mr. Speaker, I yield myself such time as I may consume.

I rise in support of H.R. 1447, the Aviation Security Stakeholder Participation Act of 2012. I commend Ranking Member Thompson for his dedicated work in this area.

The FAA established the Aviation Security Advisory Committee in 1989 following the bombing of Pan American World Airways Flight 103. When TSA was created, the sponsorship of ASAC transferred to TSA, and it continued to provide a mechanism for industry and other outside stakeholders to inform the Federal Government's decisionmaking on aviation security matters.

Despite its important contributions to security, TSA allowed the ASAC's charter to expire. Last year, TSA revived the ASAC with the strong support of industry. Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano subsequently appointed 24 new ASAC members.

H.R. 1447 simply codifies the ASAC, which exists today, and ensures that it remains intact, providing necessary stakeholder guidance to TSA. It establishes important working groups focused on air cargo, general aviation, and airport perimeter security, all of which have unique challenges that require a collaborative effort to solve.

In these difficult economic times, it is essential for TSA to get the input of stakeholders on security procedures and technology to ensure that it is spending its limited resources on initiatives that will enhance security for the traveling public without compromising the freedom of people and goods to move freely.

I urge the adoption of this bipartisan bill, and I reserve the balance of my time.

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Mr. KING of New York. Mr. Speaker, the private sector is a vital partner in transportation security, and the ASAC ensures that industry has a seat at the table as the government works to make our homeland more secure.

I urge the adoption of this bipartisan bill, and I yield back the balance of my time.

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