Commends Lawmakers for Aviation Security Agreement
November 15, 2001
I commend the House and Senate conferees for reaching an agreement that puts
the federal government in charge of aviation security, making airline travel
safer for the American people.
This agreement improves upon the Senate-passed legislation in several important
ways, including putting responsibility for all modes of transportation security
at the Department of Transportation, where it belongs. Today's agreement also
gives the federal government the flexibility to ensure a safe transition to
a new aviation security system and will ultimately offer local authorities an
option to employ the highest quality workforce-public or private. In addition,
the compromise will help ensure security by requiring that all screeners be
U.S. citizens and by guaranteeing the screening of all checked bags.
Safety comes first. And when it comes to safety, we will set high standards
and enforce them. I congratulate the conferees and look forward to signing
this important legislation into law.