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Members of the U.S. military flying on official orders may soon see faster security screening while traveling through the nation's airports.
H.R. 1801, introduced in May by Rep. Chip Cravaack, R-Minn., would create new airport security screening procedures for members of the U.S. military. The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote today on the legislation.
"I'm pleased this bill is coming to the floor — it is past due for so many of our nation's heroes serving our great country," Cravaack said in a statement. "Our soldiers who are putting their lives on the line in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, and elsewhere should be afforded extra respect when returning home to their loved ones and shouldn't be viewed as potential terrorists in our airports."
The bill, also known as the ‘‘Risk-Based Security Screening for Members of The Armed Forces Act," would direct the Transportation Security Administration within six months to implement expedited security screening for members of the U.S. military and any family members traveling with them.
Rep. Laura Richardson, D-Calif., a member of the Committee on Homeland Security on which Cravaack also serves, urged support of the bill. "It’s needed, it’s common sense and it’s legislation with bipartisan support,” she said.