Summary of Amendments Submitted to H.R. 2200 - Transportation Security Administration Authorization Act

Summaries Derived from Information Provided by Sponsors

Listed in Alphabetical Order

May 20, 2009 2:25 PM

Bachus (AL)/
Moore, Dennis (KS)


Revised Would direct the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to develop and implement an expedited security screening program for members of the Armed Forces traveling on official orders while in uniform through commercial airports. Additionally, family members would be eligible to accompany the servicemembers through the expedited screening process onto the concourse.

Bordallo (GU)


Revised Would direct the Secretary of Homeland Security to report to Congress on a review to be conducted by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for preferred and alternative methods of having the Guam International Airport comply with TSA security regulations. The report would also address the cost differences and financing opportunities for the Guam International Airport to fully comply with the TSA regulations.

Butterfield (NC)


Would require a study on the use of the combination of facial and iris recognition to rapidly identify individuals in security checkpoint lines. The study would focus on increased accuracy of facial and iris recognition and the possibility of using this advanced technology broadly for accurate identification of individuals.

Castor (FL)


Would direct the Secretary of Homeland Security to prohibit states from requiring separate security background checks for transportation security cards, and waives application of the prohibition if a compelling homeland security reason necessitates a separate background check.

Chaffetz (UT)/
Shea-Porter (NH)


Would prohibit the TSA from using Whole Body-Imaging machines for primary screening at airports, and would require the TSA to give passengers the option of a pat-down search in place of going through a WBI machine, information on the images generated by the WBI, the privacy policies in place, and the right to request a pat-down search, and would prohibit the TSA from storing, transferring, or copying the images.

Cuellar (TX)


Revised Would require the Assistant Secretary, in collaboration with OMB, to establish performance measures, program assessment, and reporting requirements for each program carried out by the Administration every 5 fiscal years.

Diaz-Balart, Lincoln (FL)


Revised Would reimburse airports for eligible costs incurred before August 3, 2007, that were previously reimbursed at 90% of such costs. The Secretary would reimburse such airports an amount equal to the difference for such eligible costs.

Flake, Jeff (AZ)


Revised Would prevent earmarking in a new grant program established in the bill, and would clarify that Congress presumes that grants awarded through that program will be awarded on a competitive basis, and if they are not, require the Assistant Secretary to submit a report to Congress explaining the reason.

Hastings, Alcee (FL)


Requires the TSA, within 6 months of enactment, to submit a report to Congress on complaints and claims received by the TSA for loss of property with respect to passenger baggage screened by the TSA.

Hastings, Doc (WA)


Revised Would require TSA to increase the number of canine detection teams used for air cargo screening by a minimum of 100 from the date enactment.

Lungren (CA)


Would require the Federal Air Marshals Service to require air marshals hired no sooner than 30 days after enactment to complete the criminal investigative training program at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center. A marshal who has previously completed the course shall not be required to repeat it. Not later than 3 years after enactment, an air marshal hired before such date who has not completed the course shall be required to complete an alternative training program.

Lynch (MA)


Withdrawn Would provide that any personnel of the Homeland Security Department, including TSA, voluntarily may wear personal protection equipment (including surgical and N95 masks, gloves, and hand sanitizer) during any public health emergency.

Lynch (MA)


Revised Would provide that any TSA personnel voluntarily may wear personal protective equipment (including surgical and N95 masks, gloves, and hand sanitizer) during any public health emergency.

Markey, Edward (MA)


Would strike language in section 201 (screening air cargo and checked baggage) that directs the Assistant Secretary to establish a system within two years from the date of enactment to screen for explosives any air cargo transported on passenger planes bound for the United States.

Mica (FL)


Would make changes to sections 401 and 432 to: (1) require the GAO report to be submitted to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure as well as the Committee on Homeland Security; (2) require GAO to consider whether State background checks are useful in carrying out States’ safety, security, and law enforcement responsibilities, including States ability to enforce anti-drug laws; and (3) require GAO to recommend ways to minimize redundant background checks, and facilitate the sharing of background checks with States. The amendment also clarifies that the prohibition on State background checks for HAZMAT drivers does not prohibit States from doing background checks to port access in order to prevent the entry of drugs into ports.

Mica (FL)/
Ehlers (MI)/
Graves (MO)/
Petri (WI)


Would alter the standard for when TSA can issue an emergency regulation or security device without adhering to the rule making and public notice and comment provisions of the Administrative Procedures Act (APA). Would allow TSA to issue a regulation or security directive when needed "to respond to an imminent threat of finite duration" and would require TSA to comply with the rule making requirements of the APA when a security directive or emergency order has been in place for more than 180 days.

Mica (FL)


Requires the Assistant Secretary to establish a “known air traveler credential” that incorporates biometric identifier technology.

Miller, Jeff (FL)/
Reyes (TX)


Would direct the TSA to transfer annually all unclaimed monies left behind by airline passengers at airport security checkpoints to the United Services Organization, Inc. for its airport programs in support of U.S. Armed Services members.

Oberstar (MN)


Withdrawn Would direct the Secretary of Homeland Security to carry out a program, within 18 months, to limit disruptions in the security screening of individuals with metal implants traveling in air transportation through the development of a travel credential or system that incorporates biometric technology and other applicable technologies to verify the identity of such individuals.

Roskam (IL)


Revised Would require the Secretary of Homeland Security to collect public comments from transit agencies to determine the extent to which current allowable uses of grant funds under the Transit Security Grant Program are sufficient to address security improvement priorities identified by transit agencies. Where security improvement priorities identified by local transit agencies are not met by the regulations implementing the grant program, the Secretary will report to Congress on how such regulations should be changed to accommodate them or why these are not appropriate priorities.

Snyder (AR)


Would strike section 234 (registered traveler) and prohibit funds from being used for the Registered Traveler Program.

Souder (IN)


Would replace Section 405 to require that all detainees held at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay as of January 1, 2009, be placed on the TSA No Fly list.

Terry (NE)


Would bar the Secretary from issuing a final rule, interim final rule, or proposed rulemaking to address the proposed rulemaking entitled Large Aircraft Security Program, Other Aircraft Operator Security Program, and Airport Operator Security Program (TSA-2008-0021) unless the Secretary establishes a negotiated rulemaking and the Secretary receives a report from the relevant advisory committee detailing its findings. The Secretary may issue a rule prohibited by the amendment if the Secretary determines, based on a credible and urgent threat, that an emergency exists. Not later than 30 days after issuance of a rule under the emergency exception, the Inspector General shall determine if a credible and urgent threat existed.

Thompson, Bennie (MS)


Revised Would clarify which aviation facilities qualify for general aviation security grants, including helicopter operators and heliports, establishes a plan and implements a program for screening air passengers with metal implants, improves transportation security assistance, studies the creation of new transportation security positions at TSA, and has a GAO review of other transportation security functions at TSA.

Wu (OR)


Would stipulate that the Committee on Science and Technology shall receive a copy of the strategic plan developed as part of section 225. Also requires the strategic plan to assess operation and maintenance costs, as well as input from end users on the suitability of technologies in an operational environment.