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Aviation Security Stakeholder Participation Act of 2013

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Location: Washington, DC

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Ms. JACKSON LEE. Mr. Speaker, I rise in strong support of H.R. 1204, ``Aviation Security Stakeholder Participation Act of 2013.'' Ranking Member Thompson's steady and long term work on improving airport security is recognized and respected by members on both sides of the aisle.

The Aviation Security Stakeholder Participation Act, introduced by Ranking Member Thompson, establishes in law the critical Aviation Security Advisory Committee.

The bill states that the Security Advisory Committee shall be consulted by and advise the Assistant Security on aviation security matters, including the development and implementation of policies, programs, rulemaking,
and security directives pertaining to aviation security.

Since just after 9/11, the Aviation Security Advisory Committee has played the critical role of being industry's voice before TSA, helping to develop policies that make sense operationally, and more importantly, work for the American people.

When Congress established TSA in the wake of the tragic terrorist attack on 9/11, we granted TSA broad latitude to implement policies stakeholders are required to comply with and, in some cases, implement.

The Aviation Security Advisory Committee ensures that the security directives TSA develops are not created in a vacuum.

Establishing the Aviation Security Advisory Committee in law will ensure that the Committee never again becomes inactive, as was the case during the previous Administration.

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