Sending Office: Honorable Julia Brownley
Supported by the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) and the Air Marshal Association
116th Congress Co-sponsors: Aguilar, Beatty, Beyer, Blumenauer, Bonamici, Brooks (AL), Carbajal, Cárdenas, Clarke, Cohen, Correa, Craig, DeFazio, DelBene, DeLauro, Eshoo,
Espaillat, Fudge, Garamendi, Gonzalez (TX), Grijalva, Haaland, Hastings, Himes, Huffman, Johnson (GA), Kaptur, Khanna, Kilmer, Krishnamoorthi, Kuster, Larsen, Lee (NV), Lipiniski, Lofgren, Lowenthal, Luria, Matsui, Meeks,
Meng, Moore, Moulton, Murphy, Napolitano, Norton, Omar, Perlmutter, Pingree, Pocan, Roybal-Allard, Ruiz, Rush, Ryan, Schakowsky, Schrader, Smith (WA), Soto, Suozzi, Van Drew, Veasey, Vela, Wasserman Schultz, Waters, Wilson (FL)
On November 1, 2013, the first Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officer, Gerardo Hernandez, was tragically killed in the line of duty. This was the first such incident in the history of the TSA.
Unfortunately, current law does not provide TSA officers with death benefits like those offered to firefighters, police officers, FBI agents, or state troopers. The Honoring our Fallen TSA Officers Act seeks to remedy this inequity. Specifically, my bill
would amend federal law to provide for the eligibility of a TSA employee — who is performing official duties of the Administration, if those official duties are related to protecting the Nation’s transportation systems to ensure freedom of movement for people
and commerce — to receive public safety officers’ death benefits. The final FY2015 Homeland Security Appropriations bill included a provision to provide public safety officer benefits to the Hernandez family. My bill would correct this inequity for all officers
TSA is comprised of nearly 50,000 security officers, inspectors, air marshals, and managers who protect the nation’s transportation systems by screening for explosives at checkpoints in airports, inspecting rail cars, patrolling subways with law enforcement
partners, and working to make all modes of transportation safe. TSA officers perform an important public duty, protecting Americans and the traveling public from threats to our aviation, rail, and transit systems.
I respectfully request your co-sponsorship of my bill. If you have questions about my proposal, or would like to co-sponsor, please contact
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