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October 23, 2019

Chairman Cummings’ Aviation Security Bill Approved by Homeland Security Committee

(WASHINGTON) – Today, the House Committee on Homeland Security approved legislation authored by the late Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD), Chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, to help secure our skies and improve the Transportation Security Administration’s security operations.  Congressman Cummings introduced H.R. 3469, the “Covert Testing and Risk Mitigation Improvement Act in June to improve the effectiveness and integrity of the covert tests TSA conducts of airport checkpoint security operations to identify vulnerabilities in security operations. 

Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, who acknowledged at the Committee meeting that the House, as an institution, feels the absence of Chairman Cummings’ great leadership, released the following statement, after the bipartisan approval of the bill in Committee:

“Today, we honored Chairman Cummings’ legacy in a small but appropriate way, by considering a bill he authored to make concrete improvements to our government.  Congressman Cummings’ bill, the Covert Testing and Risk Mitigation Improvement Act, directs TSA to not only carry out and refine its covert testing programs, but also to use the information gathered to improve the agency’s security operations.  When passed, his legislation will make our skies safer. I thank my colleagues for their support of this important bill and for helping to carry forward Chairman Cummings’ work.”

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