100% Air Cargo Screening: Can We Secure America's Skies? Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Transportation Security and Infrastructure Protection of the Committee on Homeland Security, House of Representatives, One Hundred Eleventh Congress, First Session, March 18, 2009   [open pdf - 681KB]

From the opening statement of Sheila Jackson Lee: "Today, this subcommittee will continue its commitment to robust oversight of one of the most important issues addressed by Congress in the 9/11 Act, the screening of cargo on commercial passenger aircraft. This is my second hearing on this issue as Chairwoman of the subcommittee which has jurisdiction over aviation security, and we will continue to monitor TSA's [Transportation Security Administration] progress in screening cargo during the 111th Congress. I look forward to engaging with my colleagues on the subcommittee and learning from our witnesses about how TSA and industry are working together to achieve the cargo screening mandate. This mandate is a critical step toward securing aviation. Might I add, as I started out, it is important when Congress issues mandates to note that they are for the betterment of the American people; and we will work diligently to comply. The subcommittee is determined to work with the new administration and conduct thoughtful oversight to make sure we can move forward and complete implementation of this essential element of the 9/11 Act. The logic is clear. If we screen passengers and their checked baggage, we must screen the other cargo on-board the same aircraft. It is my intent to view a number of airports and to really see in action whether or not we are utilizing officers or, in fact, at these major airports, what are we doing to comply with the 100 percent screening." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Sheila Jackson Lee, Charles W. Dent, Bennie G. Thompson, Edward Kelly, Stephen M. Lord, Andre´ L. Johnson, Jack Boisen, Chairman, Brandon Fried, James C. May, John Costanzo, Michael Whatley, and Kip Hawley.

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