WASHINGTON, DC - Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05) released the following statement today after the House of Representatives passed H.R. 1140, the Rights of Transportation Security Officers Act. The legislation extend the protections afforded to federal workers under Title 5 of the U.S. Code to Transportation Security Officers and those employed by TSA:
"I am pleased this bipartisan legislation passed the House of Representatives today. Transportation Security Officers ensure the safety of the American people on a daily basis, and they ought to have the same federal worker protections as other federal employees under Title 5 of the U.S. Code. In addition to expanded worker protections, this legislation would increase salaries for many TSA employees. I strongly support this legislation and will urge my colleagues in the Senate to consider it quickly. Federal employees work hard to serve their nation each and every day, and providing fair pay and benefits is essential to recruiting and retaining a qualified workforce."