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CLINTON, SCHUMER WELCOME SENATE SUPPORT FOR GAO REPORT

 
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 18, 2006 2:51 pm    Post subject: CLINTON, SCHUMER WELCOME SENATE SUPPORT FOR GAO REPORT
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July 18, 2006



CONTACT: Clinton Press Office (212-688-9559)

Schumer Press Office (202-224-7433)



CLINTON, SCHUMER WELCOME SENATE SUPPORT FOR GAO REPORT INTO TSA SECURITY MEASURES



Clinton-authored amendment would require government accountability investigation into security risks associated with TSA decision to allow long scissors, screwdrivers, pliers and other items back onboard aircraft



Washington, DC – Senators Hillary Rodham Clinton and Charles Schumer welcomed the Senate’s approval late last week of an amendment authored by Senator Clinton and co-sponsored by Senator Schumer, that would require the Comptroller General of the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to investigate the impact on public safety and the effectiveness of screening operations resulting from the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) decision to allow four-inch scissors, six inch tools, and other items back onboard aircraft that were banned after the attacks of September 11, 2001. The Association of Flight Attendants, the Federal Law Enforcement Officer’s Association, and some airlines expressed disapproval of these changes first announced by the TSA last year.



“As we approach the five year anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center, there is still no logical justification to allow dangerous items such as scissors onboard commercial planes, and I have yet to receive an explanation as to how this is making the flying public and our flight attendants any safer than if these items were still barred. I am grateful that the Senate included a requirement for the GAO to study the safety risks associated with this decision and I will continue to fight these dangerous changes,” said Senator Clinton, who wrote to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff on December 1, 2005, urging him to revisit this change.



“After the tragedy of September 11, Americans shouldn't have to get on planes with knives or other objects that can so clearly be used as weapons against passengers, flight attendants, or pilots. As we try to make traveling safer, this rule change was a big step in the wrong direction,” Senator Schumer said.



The Amendment was approved as part of the FY 2007 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill that passed the Senate 100-0. The bill now heads to a conference with the House to resolve the differences between the two bills. The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee conducted hearings about this issue expressing their concern about the decision.
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