John Pistole, Administrator of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), has started returning fire from Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.), the chairman of the House Transportation Committee, who has declared war on the TSA.
United States House Committee on Homeland Security
The House Homeland Security Committee was expected to take action last month on the “Aviation Security Stakeholder Participation Act of 2011,” which will establish an industry committee within the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to advise the assistant secretary of Homeland Security on aviation security matters.
November 18 has been set as the day the House Committee on Homeland Security will take up the issue of repair station security. It is part of a Congressional review of the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) proposed repair station security rule currently being reviewed by the Office of Management and Budget.
As a result of the Congressional elections in November, the 108th Congress, due to convene early this month, will enjoy a Republican majority in both the Senate and the House of Representatives. In the Senate, Sen. Tom Daschle (D-S.D.), whom many Washington pundits regarded as an obstructionist when it came to moving legislation through that body, gave way as majority to Sen. Trent Lott (R-Miss.).
A limited number of general aviation operations may return to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) soon, but some rather onerous requirements will be attached.