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First Gabbard bill advances to the Senate

May 22, 2013
The Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard has gotten her first bill past the U.S. House, a measure meant to help severely injured and disabled military members and veterans get through security at airports.

The bill called the Helping Heroes Fly Act passed unanimously on Tuesday, with 413 yes votes and 20 lawmakers abstaining.

The measure directs the Transportation Security Administration to provide expedited passenger screening for injured and disabled active-duty military members and veterans.

The bill aims to make airline travel a more dignified experience for military members and veterans and their families, Gabbard said.

Some veterans and military members complained that TSA screenings can be difficult when they involve hard-to-remove prosthetics, and that TSA screeners are inconsistent with how they handle people with such devices, according to a Gabbard staff member.

The bill directs that the screening should be as private as possible.

The measure now advances to the Senate.

The bill is the Democrat's first to get through the House. She was elected in November.



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