Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said he will very likely re-introduce legislation to drastically scale back the Transportation Securities Administration’s reach by privatizing TSA security screening operations at airports and creating a series of passenger protections, Politico
“I think we are going to,” Paul said when asked if he would take another crack at the agency. “We have two different bills, one to privatize the TSA and then we have another one which is a passenger bill of rights.”
Paul’s introduced TSA privatization and flier bill of rights legislation last summer after resisting a pat-down, which postponed his flight and caused him to miss a speech at a March for Life rally.
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One bill would have ended the TSA screening operation and require airports to choose companies from the private sector to do screening. The other bill would have allowed certain people to opt out of pat-downs, required distribution of a list of fliers’ rights, and greatly expanded an expedited screening program for frequent fliers.
Both of Paul’s bills died in the Commerce Committee last year
The senator said the bills he would present to the new Congress would be “similar” to the former bills “unless we get some suggestions on changes.”
Paul senses he may get some help on this issue from across the aisle, but he’s remaining a realist.
“I really think there is some bipartisan support for reforming the TSA,” he said. Then he added, “It’s hard to move anything around here.”
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