House passes Cravaack’s TSA bill

WASHINGTON — As the House of Representatives moved towards adjournment Tuesday afternoon, after voting down a short-term extension of a payroll tax cut, it passed a series of non-controversial bills, including Rep. Chip Cravaack’s bill directing the Transportation Security Administration to establish new screening techniques for uniformed members of the military traveling on official business.

The Senate passed the bill last week, meaning it goes to President Barack Obama for his approval. It is the first Cravaack bill to pass out of Congress.

Cravaack, a former Navy pilot, introduced the legislation in May after he saw a serviceman remove his boots before passing through security at an airport. The House passed the bill unanimously in November.

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

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