By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
Congressman Mike Rogers (R-Anniston) today announced the creation of the Congressional Transportation Security Caucus. U.S. Rep. Rogers and Rep. Peter T. King (R–NY) will be the first Co-Chairmen of the new caucus.
According to the press release “the Caucus will serve as an informal group of Members of Congress dedicated to issues related to the security of aviation, passenger rail, freight rail, pipelines, buses, public transit systems, commercial trucking and other transportation systems in the U.S.”
Chairman Rogers said, “This Caucus will provide an important forum for Members to become more informed on the issues our Nation faces in better securing our transportation systems, which is essential for protecting American lives.”
Representative Mike Rogers is the Chairman of the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Transportation Security, while Rep. Peter King is the Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security.
Chairman King said, “More than 10 years after 9/11, the threat of a terrorist attack on our transportation systems is still very real, and there remains much work to be done to secure this vital sector. I commend Chairman Rogers for his initiative in establishing this Transportation Security Caucus.”
Rogers said that reform of our nation’s transportation infrastructure is needed. “The primary federal agency charged with transportation security, TSA, has grown into a bloated, inefficient bureaucracy in need of reform. This necessary reform will certainly be one of the major topics of discussion within the Caucus, as well as how we can promote technology innovation to assist private sector job creation and strengthen privacy protections for travelers.”
The press release said that “the Caucus will hold informal meetings with senior Administration, Department of Homeland Security, and Transportation Security Administration officials, as well as those from the private sector. The Caucus will also facilitate Member site visits and host security technology expositions. “
U.S. Representative Mike Rogers represents Alabama’s 3rd Congressional District. The district includes all of parts of Calhoun, Lee, Talladega, Tallapoosa, Montgomery, Coosa, Chambers, Macon, Cherokee, Clay, Cleburne, Randolph, and Russell Counties.
Representative Rogers is also a senior member of the House Armed Forces Committee.