Lawmakers in Washington face a busy schedule the week of May 13 that includes a number of airport-related issues, including consideration of a FY 2019 appropriations bill for DOT and FAA, a hearing on the PreCheck program and checkpoint wait times, and several meetings related to aviation security.
On Wednesday, the House Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee is scheduled to consider a bill that would fund DOT and FAA for the upcoming fiscal year that begins on Oct. 1. Text of House appropriations bills are typically released the day before subcommittee consideration.
Also scheduled for Wednesday, the House Homeland Security Committee will mark up a number of bills, including a measure from Transportation and Protective Security Subcommittee Chairman John Katko (R-N.Y.) that would require testing and evaluation of advanced transportation security screening technologies.
Additionally, the House Transportation and Protective Security Subcommittee will hold a hearing on Thursday on the TSA PreCheck program and TSA's strategy to address checkpoint wait times ahead of the summer travel season. Chairman Katko has voiced concerns about TSA moving non-vetted passengers into PreCheck lanes and said recently that he plans to introduce legislation soon that would forbid TSA from allowing anyone not enrolled in PreCheck from going through those expedited screening lanes. Wendy Reiter, Director, Aviation Security at Seattle-Tacoma International is scheduled to testify at the hearing.
DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen will testify before the Senate Homeland Security Committee at a hearing slated for Tuesday on the authorities and resources needed to protect and secure the United States.