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Capital Hill Watch Alert

House Aviation Security Bills

The House of Representative plans to vote Thursday, November 1, 2001, on whether airport security screeners should work for private firms hired by the government or work directly for the federal government. To a newly created Transportation Security Administration, all responsibility for passenger and baggage screening as well as airport flight security would be transferred by the Transportation Security Enhancement Act of 2001.This proposed legislationwould expand the size of big government by 28,000 new federal law enforcement jobs.The money for the new federalized system supposedly would be provided by a passenger fee of $2.50 per trip.

In contrast, the Secure Transportation for America Act of 2001 is based on a proven model of air traffic security used in Europe and Israel.This measure would create a system that establishes clear federal responsibilities.It would require a federal supervisory presence at every security screening checkpoint and baggage checkpoint in the U.S.The billís greatest importance is the flexibility it gives the President since security issues are not the same from airport to airport.

What Can You Do?

Urge your representative to OPPOSE Transportation Security Enhancement Act of 2001 (H.R. 3110) and SUPPORT the Secure Transportation for America Act of 2001 (H.R. 3150)

Contact Information:

Capitol Hill Switchboard Numbers: 202-225-3121 or 202-224-3121 (Those numbers will direct you to the Capitol Hill operator. Ask for your representative's office.)

To go to your representative's website, find his E-mail or to find out who your representatives are... http://www.house.gov/house/MemberWWW.html

To electronically mail your U.S. House of Representative, go to http://www.house.gov/htbin/wrep_findrep.

Addressing Correspondence:

The Honorable (full name)
United States House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Representative (last name):

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