Hill Watch Alert
Bills Conference Committee
House Aviation Security
of Representatives stopped the expansion of big government under the
guise of security with the passage of the Secure Transportation for
America Act of 2001 (H.R. 3150) by a vote of 286-139.†
The measure, based on a proven model of air traffic security
used in Europe and Israel, will be quicker to implement than an alternative
Senate bill (S. 1447)Ė which could take a full year, at minimum, to
set in motion.†
standpoint of security, European airports are particularly skilled at
screening passengers.† In the
last decade, Europe has experienced only four hijackings.
gives the government the flexibility to facilitate the transition to
a new security system with private contractors, to promote better screening
through competition, and to empower security managers to swiftly discipline
or remove employees failing to meet rigorous new standards.†††
Security Act† †††††††††††
among some Senate Republicans about its authorization of an all-federal
work force at the nationís 420 commercial airports, the Senate passed
its own version of the air traffic security bill called the Aviation
Security Act (S. 1447) by a 100-0 vote on October 11, 2001.
is provided by the Senate bill, overlooking thousands of caterers, cleaners,
refuelers and others lacking mandatory background checks or secure I.D.
cards.† The Senate measure also
ignores the fact that in one out of every three attempts federal investigators
have been able to breach security and gain access to tarmac.
incompetent or untrustworthy employees would have to be disciplined
and, if necessary, fired.† If
an employee is a federal civil servant, this could be difficult to do.† Flexibility would be required when employees require reassignment
or are retired because of positions that are eliminated by new technology.† In a federal civil-service bureaucracy, this
would often be too difficult to do.
In size and
design, passenger airports vary vastly.†
Unfortunately, what is likely to be a poor solution to many airports
security problems is a one-size-fits-all mandated solutions since the
answer for implementing more affordable and effective security as of
yet has not been developed.† For
example, the cost and effectiveness for many of the possible security
solutions such as biometric ID cards for employees and frequent fliers,
sophisticated profiling of high-risk individuals and superior X-ray
machines has not yet been determined.
Senate bill would increase the Washington bureaucracy, empower unions,
and in a federal civil service bureaucracy would make it almost impossible
to eliminate incompetent and untrustworthy employees.†
It would also do little to answer the problems of implementing
affordable and effective security.
7, 2001, the House and Senate lawmakers opened negotiations for the
House-Senate Conference Committee on the†
competing aviation security legislation (H.R. 3150; S 1447).
What Can You Do?
the following Conference Committee members (Contact House members designated
with (*) ; and all the listed Senators) and urge
them to support the legislation set-forth in H.R. 3150 as the basis
for an aviation security legislation.
* Voted Against H.R.
3150† (Contact these and ask
to support H.R. 3150)
1. Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska)
2. Rep. Thomas E. Petri
3. Rep. John J. Duncan
4. Rep. John Mica (R-Florida)
5. Rep. Vernon† Ehlers (R-Michigan)
1. Rep. James L. Oberstar (D-Minnesota)*
2. Rep. William O. Lipinski
Peter A. DeFazio (D-Oregon)*
1. Senator Ernest F. Hollings (D-South
2. Senator Daniel K.† Inouye,† (D-Hawaii)
3. Senator John D. Rockefeller (D-West
4. Senator John† F. Kerry (D-Massachusetts)
5. Senator John B. Breaux (D-Louisiana)
6. Senator Byron L. Dorgan (D-North
7. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Oregon)
1. Senator McCain (R-Arizona)
2. Senator Ted† Stevens (R-Alaska)
3. Senator Conrad Burns (R-Montana)
4. Senator Trent Lott (R-Mississippi)
5. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas)†
6. Senator Olympia J. Snowe (R-Maine)
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