Alexander: FAA Reauthorization “Makes It Easier and Safer to Travel”

Supports amendment to block TSA employees from unionizing

Posted on February 17, 2011

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today issued the following statement regarding Senate passage of the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization bill:

“I supported the FAA Reauthorization bill because it makes it easier and safer to travel by modernizing air-traffic control and security. I am pleased that the bill passed the Senate without the fight we had last year over whether FedEx should be penalized under federal labor laws.”

During the debate, Alexander voted for an amendment which passed 98-0 that would make it a federal crime to distribute images taken by full-body scanners.  However, two other amendments were defeated along party lines:

  • Alexander voted in favor of an amendment that would have prohibited employees of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) from forming a union with collective-bargaining rights. That amendment failed by a party-line vote of 47-51.
  • Alexander also supported an amendment offered by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) that would have reduced spending by the FAA to 2008 levels. It was defeated on a party-line vote of 47-51.


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