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A coalition of more than 150 organizations, including the Association of American Railroads and American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association, is urging Congress to pass the Transportation Security Screening Modernization Act.
The bill would eliminate redundant fees and background checks for essential transportation workers, according to a press release from the American Trucking Associations (ATA), which is leading the coalition. The legislation was introduced by U.S. Reps. Garret Graves (R-La.) and Adam Smith (D-Wash.).
The bill would allow workers to apply existing valid background checks to multiple TSA-managed credentialing programs, such as the Transportation Worker Identification Credentials and Hazardous Materials Endorsements, according to the ATA .
By eliminating duplicative screenings and harmonizing these programs, the bill would codify formal recommendations by the Government Accountability Office dating back to 2007.
The coalition includes rail, trucking, energy, labor, agriculture, third-party logistics providers and other supply-chain stakeholders.