House Republicans and 42 Democrats joined forces Thursday to pass an amendment to the Rights for Transportation Security Officers Act that would keep people convicted of sexual assault, terrorism and other violent crimes from working for the Transportation Security Agency (TSA).Now, I think that TSA should be abolished, and the airlines should come together to fund and man the screening. But as long as they're going to exist, sex predators and terrorists ought to be excluded from employment.
But 174 House Democrats — including House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer — did not support the legislation. The vast majority of Democrats voted against the amendment, which was authored by Democratic Illinois Rep. Lauren Underwood.
Republican House Leader Kevin McCarthy was quick to criticize the Democratic leadership for rejecting the law.
“[The amendment] was pulled back by leadership because the socialist wing of the party did not want to have that amendment go forward on this bill,” the California representative said Thursday, according to the Washington Free Beacon. “When it was offered, overwhelmingly the majority of the House would like to see the TSA not hire terrorists or those who have been convicted of sexual misconduct with minors and others. But the socialist wing of the party, that controls now the Democratic Party, said that that could not be offered.”
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A top Republican aide suggested it was just more of the same Democratic hypocrisy that protected sex offenders from justice.
“It’s no surprise that Democrat logic in 2020 means taking marching orders from Justice Democrats to give TSA the ability to hire the Harvey Weinsteins of the world,” the aide told the Free Beacon. “A ‘second chance’ for sex offenders shouldn’t include patting down traveling families.”
Saturday, March 7, 2020
Reason #2 That Trump Should Be Reelected
House Democrats. 174 Democrats Vote Against Amendment That Aims To Make It Harder To Hire TSA Employees With Terrorist Or Sexual Crime Record