U.S. Rep. Peter T. King (R-NY), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, today issued the following statement on the new TSA aviation security measures announced today:
"Based on press accounts and what reporters have told me, I believe that the new TSA aviation security measures are a significant step forward. I wish that I could provide more comment, but apparently the White House has prevented the TSA from briefing the Homeland Security Committee on this vital issue.
"This is yet another instance of homeland security advisor John Brennan and other White House staff withholding important security information from Congress. It happened on Christmas Day when Brennan ordered DHS and TSA to cease communications with Congress regarding the attack on Northwest Flight 253; and now it has happened again. President Obama must take control of his homeland security staff and lift the iron curtain of secrecy that John Brennan has lowered between the Administration and Congress."