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Congress clears bill to ease military screenings at airports

By Associated Press
Published On: Aug 02 2013 08:23:05 PM CDT

Photo Credit: U.S. Army

U.S. Army Soldier in the Charkh district in Afghanistan's Logar province. Photo by Sgt. Russell Gilchrest, Photo Credit: U.S. Army, Photo Date: June 20, 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. -

Congress is sending President Barack Obama a bill that would make it easier for wounded or disabled members of the military and veterans to get through airport security screening.              

The House approved the measure by voice vote Friday, a day after the Senate. It would require the Defense Department and Veterans Affairs to work with the Transportation Security Administration on a new protocol.            

Democratic congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, a veteran of the Iraq war, sponsored the bill. Proponents in the Senate were Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor of Arkansas and Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire.       

Gabbard says that she pushed for the bill after hearing stories from service members who had to remove clothes or prosthetics in front of other passengers, and then struggled through screening machines.

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