The Alliance for Aviation Across America and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association were among the first groups applauding inclusion of the Mica Amendment to the Transportation Security Administration Authorization bill, H.R. 2200. The amendment was offered by Reps. John Mica (R-7-FL), Sam Graves (R-6-MO), Vernon Ehlers (R-3-MI) and Tom Petri (R-6-WI).
GAMA was quick to praise passage of the amendment, which limits the TSA’s ability to use security directives to circumvent the normal rulemaking process without consideration of operational impacts or economic burdens. While the amendment still “leaves the TSA plenty of latitude to respond to imminent threats,” it brings a common sense approach to the agency’s use of security directives, GAMA’s president and CEO, Pete Bunce, commented.
Bunce said: “We very much appreciate Congressman Mica’s leadership on this important amendment and the hard work of Congressmen Tom Petri (D-WI), Sam Graves (R-MO) and Vern Ehlers (R-MI) to help get it passed,” said GAMA President and CEO, Pete Bunce. “This amendment is critical to ensuring that our aviation system remains both secure and fair to those who use it.”
In a similar vein, The Alliance for Aviation Across America statement read: “We applaud the House of Representatives for adopting this important measure. Our members have worked closely with the Transportation Security Administration and other agencies to help develop security measures to protect our country and ensure the safety of our transportation system. This amendment will allow the TSA to respond to imminent threats while providing the flexibility to develop effective policies and a public review process. We look forward to continuing to work with the TSA and Congress to ensure that we are protecting our nation against security threats.”