174 House Democrats, including Representatives Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez voted against an amendment that would prevent convicted terrorists and sex offenders from being hired to work as TSA agents.
Daily Caller – 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).
In a recent tweet, Rep. Debbie Lasko (R-AZ) blasted Democrats for voting against the Underwood Amendment to keep sexual predators and terrorists from being hired in “sensitive roles in airports.” Watch, as she explains why the vote for the Underwood Amendment is so important.
Thank you @RepDLesko for helping to keep our airports safe my making sure sexual predators and terrorists are not hired by @TSA . Unfortunately, @RepOHalleran voted with leftists, AOC and Omar, against keeping our airports safe and cancelled out your vote. https://t.co/g3hPi2T5QK
— Tiffany Shedd (@Tiffany_Shedd) March 6, 2020
WFB reports- Despite their support for the #MeToo movement against sexual misconduct, 174 House Democrats voted against an amendment to the Rights for Transportation Security Officers Act that alters the way TSA disciplines and fires workers. The amendment divided Democrats on Thursday despite the fact that it was written by Democratic Rep. Lauren Underwood (Ill.). House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R., Calif.) criticized liberal lawmakers for attempting to sabotage efforts to safeguard the public from sexual predators.
“[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,” McCarthy said on Thursday. “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.”
The Hill explains that critics argue that the current setup gives TSA the flexibility needed to discipline employees who violate rules that pose risks to national security.
“TSA has repeatedly told us that [these changes] would tie the agency’s hands related to national security policy, workforce management, and collective bargaining,” Rep. Debbie Lesko (R-Ariz.) said on the floor. “Specifically, TSA would not be able to continue a one-step removal process for employees found to have committed serious security breaches or misconduct such as allowing unauthorized access to secure areas or allowing threat items and illicit contraband through the security checkpoints.”
The bill was amended at the eleventh hour using a motion to recommit led by Lesko to add language that ensures “the TSA Secretary could not hire individuals who have been convicted of a sex crime, an offense involving a minor, a crime of violence, or terrorism.”
Charlie Kirk tweeted about the vote:
Did you know:
Republicans just joined with 42 Democrats to pass a bipartisan act to stop convicted terrorists & sexual predators from becoming TSA Agents
174 Democrats voted against it
And even House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) March 6, 2020