Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a senior member of the Florida Congressional Delegation, is proud to support and co-sponsor H.R. 2200, which would authorize the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) programs relating to the provisions of transportation security adding more inspectors and removing duplicative security screening requirements. The legislation is also backed by both major ports in Ileana's Congressional District, the Port of Key West and the Port of Miami. The legislation was approved by the House today.
The legislation would direct the TSA to establish a system to verify that cargo aboard inbound foreign passenger flights was screened. It would require flight attendants to complete 5 hours of TSA administered self defense training and require TSA to establish a security training program for crews operating cargo plans. It would also authorize the hiring of an additional 300 TSA surface transportation security inspectors over the next two years and increases the number of canine bomb sniffing teams.
The Port of Key West Director, Raymond Archer, praised Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen's support for this bill, stating "The duplication of security checks posed an undue hardship on the Port of Key West. This bill streamlines the process, which is very important for our growing port. I also want to thank Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen for her firm compromise and tireless work on behalf of the Port and the Florida Keys."
Said Ros-Lehtinen, "This is a good bill that was needed and which will make a positive difference in airport security. My District has the benefit of having two large maritime ports, The Port of Miami and the Port of Key West, which serve hundreds of thousands of visitors a year coupled with billions of dollars in trade and commerce. Both Port Directors from my District have supported this bill so I am pleased with today's passage. The end result will be better security, less personal intrusion and a TSA that is leaner and more efficient."