POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Rep. Jody Hice files legislation to bolster aviation security | News

U.S. Rep. Jody Hice, R-Ga., wants the Federal Air Marshal Service to include risk-based strategies when it decides which domestic and international flights it will put marshals on.

Hice, whose district includes eastern Gwinnett, filed the Strengthening Aviation Security Act this past week. In addition to risk management, the service would have to use its travel budget and the number of air marshal personnel it has when it makes decisions regarding flight coverage.

A threat assessment would have to be done as a way to back-up domestic deployment decisions. The marshal service would have to provide the methodology it uses to Congress.

“Since 9/11, there have been a series of attempts to infiltrate the aviation sector, and it’s clear that these threats have not diminished,” Hice said in a statement. “Terrorists target aircraft to instill fear and undermine our way of life. To keep the traveling public safer and make it harder for our adversaries to succeed, I introduced the Strengthening Aviation Security Act – a commonsense approach toward mitigating potential risks and raising the global baseline for flight security.

“With threats coming at us left and right, our focus should be on implementing effective, evidence-based means of deterring, detecting, and disrupting plots hatched by our enemies.”

Isakson’s veterans healthcare bill by Senate committee

The Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs passed bipartisan legislation filed by U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., to streamline healthcare services offered by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

The Caring for Our Veterans Act of 2017 was passed nearly unanimously with only one vote against it. It would create a Veterans Community Care Program where a veteran and his or her doctor can work together to figure out where the veteran will get their care.

The decision would be made based on both the healthcare needs of the veteran and the availability of quality care, either from the VA or in the community.

“By giving veterans the option of seeking care when and where it makes the most sense for their individual needs, we are creating a force multiplier for the VA to better utilize its resources and provide even better care to veterans,” Isakson said in a statement.

“This bipartisan, strong, balanced legislation would not have been possible without the input,…

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