Kline, Cravaack bills head to the House floor

WASHINGTON — The House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on four bills Monday night, two of which are sponsored by Minnesota Republicans.

Rep. Chip Cravaack’s bill, the “Risk-Based Security Screening for Members of the Armed Forces Act” directs the Transportation Security Administration to create a quicker airport screening process for uniformed members of the armed services and their families when flying on official business. The Homeland Security Committee approved the bill on Nov. 4.

“American service members are currently battling against terrorism across the globe,” Cravaack said in a statement introducing the legislation in May. “Common sense says they should not be viewed as potential terrorists in our airports. That is why I introduced [this bill]. American military personnel and their families comprise a low-risk group that is ideally suited for an accelerated security screening process.”

The second bill, from Rep. John Kline, would amend the federal workers’ compensation program. It received overwhelming support from Kline’s Education and the Workforce Committee, which passed the legislation in July.

The Washington Post summarizes the bill this way: “[it would] for the first time permit compensation for medical, surgical, and hospital services and supplies provided by physician assistants and advanced practice nurses. And in a nod to the changing threats faced by government employees, the bill would make workers disabled or killed by a terrorist attack eligible for federal worker compensation. It also would provide continued compensation for federal workers who file for losses due to injuries suffered in a war zone.”

The bills will be considered under a parliamentary procedure called suspension of the rules, which is generally reserved for non-controversial pieces of legislation. Two-thirds of voting lawmakers must support the bills in order for them to pass.

Devin Henry can be reached at dhenry@minnpost.com.

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Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by J E Strader on 11/29/2011 - 04:13 pm.

    Sure. Because there’s no way the shooter at Fort Hood was a U.S. Army Major, right? Lord, what fools these mortals be!

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