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H.R. 3694: Helping Families Fly Act of 2019

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If — like the Beatles — you’ve got a ticket to ride, should you say “my baby don’t care”?


The Transportation Security Administration (TSA), in charge of security protocols for U.S. airport passengers, has received complaints from pregnant women about their current procedures.

As one mother wrote on a blog: “I find it totally unreasonable that it’s much easier to go through security with a baby (I’ve done it more times than I can count) then to go through while pregnant. When I fly with my son, I walk up, stroll through the metal detector (never a full body scanner) and go on with my day. What is the magical difference about the baby being outside instead of in? Who knows?”

What the bill does

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Sponsor and status

Debbie Lesko

Sponsor. Representative for Arizona's 8th congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Oct 15, 2019
Length: 5 pages
Jul 11, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)

Passed House (Senate next) on Sep 26, 2019

This bill passed in the House on September 26, 2019 and goes to the Senate next for consideration.

3% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)

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What legislators are saying

Bipartisan Legislation Co-Sponsored by Bacon to Help Smooth TSA Screening Processes for Pregnant Women and Young Families Passes House
    — Rep. Don Bacon [R-NE2] (Co-sponsor) on Sep 26, 2019

the daily leader: thursday, september 26, 2019
    — Rep. Steny Hoyer [D-MD5] on Sep 25, 2019

My Votes – Week of September 23
    — Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers [R-WA5] on Sep 27, 2019

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What stakeholders are saying

R Street Institute estimates new spending due to H.R. 3694 will be negligible.


Jul 11, 2019

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Jul 17, 2019
Ordered Reported

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Aug 30, 2019
Reported by House Committee on Homeland Security

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Sep 26, 2019
Passed House (Senate next)

The bill was passed in a vote in the House. It goes to the Senate next. The vote was by voice vote so no record of individual votes was made.

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H.R. 3694 is a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 3694. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

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