After two previous candidates withdrew their names from consideration, the Transportation Security Administration finally welcomed its new boss on Friday when the Senate confirmed former FBI deputy director John Pistole as TSA administrator. The Department of Homeland Security agency has been without a permanent administrator since President Obama took office.
The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) is concerned with the “broad framework” of the American Power Act, a bill introduced earlier this month by Sens. John Kerry (D-Mass.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, and Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.
• Election Day results delivered a knockout blow to Republican hopes of retaining the majority in the House of Representatives and the Senate. The first blow came as Democrats gained control of the House by the end of the day. Two days later, the last punch came as Republican Sen. George Allen of Virginia, considered a shoo-in for reelection, conceded the election to Democrat James Webb, one time Secretary of the Navy.
A Senate amendment that called for severe fines, loss of license and aircraft confiscation for violating the flight restricted zone (FRZ) in the Washington air defense identification zone was stripped from the Department of Homeland Security appropriations bill last month.
• Controlling earmarking, or “pork” amendments, and restraining lobbyists’ largesse continued to command the attention of lawmakers, and that led to a spate of committee hearings and bills to reduce public concern about lawmakers’ integrity.