Common sense security measures will help keep Americans safe
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Homeland security measures to enhance U.S. airport and mass transit security supported by U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, a member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, passed the Senate today as a part of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization bill. The legislation passed the House earlier this week and is now headed to the President’s desk to be signed into law.
“We need to adapt to the new security challenges and a threat that is changing,” said Senator Baldwin. “These new security measures will help provide the Department of Homeland Security the tools they need to respond to threats and increase security in our most vulnerable areas.”
In April, Senator Baldwin cosponsored an amendment to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization bill to strengthen U.S. airport security, especially in non-secure “soft” target areas at airports like check-in and baggage claim areas. The security measures would update federal security programs to provide active shooter training for law enforcement and increase the presence of federal agents with bomb-sniffing canines at these non-secure areas. They were added to the FAA Reauthorization bill after Senator Baldwin sent a letter to the leaders of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation and U.S. House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Committee who were negotiating the FAA Reauthorization bill.
The Baldwin-supported security reforms will:
A copy of the letter is available here.