Congress Sends Pro-Security Aviation Bill to the President’s Desk

July 13, 2016

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), chair of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, and Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), ranking member of the committee, released the following statements on the Senate’s bipartisan passage of the FAA Extension, Safety, and Security Act of 2016 by a vote of 89-4.
The bill will provide important safety, security, and time-sensitive improvements for the U.S. aviation system and awaits the president’s signature before the Federal Aviation Administration’s reauthorization deadline on Friday.
“Today, Congress passed the most significant airport security reform bill in over a decade,” said Thune. “Reforms in our bill will help ensure that attacks like those in Brussels and Istanbul do not happen in American airports. I’m proud of the Commerce Committee’s work leading this effort and look forward to seeing the president sign this bill into law before the end of the week.”

“This bill will bolster security at many of our nation’s airports and help us better protect the flying public,” said Nelson. “In these tumultuous times that we live, ensuring the safety of Americans must remain a top priority.”
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