H.R. 2589: Freedom of Travel Act of 2013

Jun 28, 2013
Referred to Committee
3% chance of being enacted
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Scott Garrett
Representative for New Jersey's 5th congressional district
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Introduced Jun 28, 2013
Referred to Committee Jun 28, 2013
Reported by Committee ...
Passed House ...
Passed Senate ...
Signed by the President ...

18% chance of getting past committee.
3% chance of being enacted.

Only 11% of bills made it past committee and only about 3% were enacted in 2011–2013. [show factors | methodology]

Full Title

To prohibit the Transportation Security Administration from performing security screening operations for surface transportation, and for other purposes.


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1 cosponsors (1R) (show)

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Transportation Security

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Library of Congress Summary

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Freedom of Travel Act of 2013 - Prohibits the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) from performing any security screening operations except: (1) screening passengers and property; and (2) prescribing standards for the employment of air carrier personnel and, as appropriate, airport security personnel. Nullifies any Act authorizing the TSA to perform any other security screening operations.
Amends the Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007 to repeal the authority of the DHS Secretary, acting through the TSA Administrator, to develop Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response (VIPR) teams to augment security of public transportation.

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