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H.R. 5005. Creation of a Department of Homeland Security/Vote to Hold Private Security Screening Companies Liable for Negligent Actions and Promote the Development of Anti-Terrorism Technologies.
house Roll Call 359     Jul 26, 2002
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N = Progressive
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During debate on the Department of Homeland Security consolidation plan, Congressman Turner (D-TX) offered an amendment which would have protected companies that produce anti-terrorism technologies for federal, state, and local governments against lawsuits. Progressives supported the Turner bill because, in their view, the amendment reached a responsible compromise between expediting the implementation of anti-terrorism technologies and protecting the safety of airline passengers from the use of faulty anti-terrorism equipment by airline security employees. Unlike the Armey amendment (see Roll Call Vote #361), the Turner proposal would not provide legal protections for negligent actions by airline security employees unless the anti-terrorism equipment used by those employees-such as bomb detectors and luggage screening devices-was found to be defective. Progressives supported the legal protections for companies that develop anti-terrorism technologies as a way to inspire the development of more and better anti-terrorism equipment to protect airline passengers. In the view of Progressives, however, legal protections should not be extended to airline security companies whose employees misused effective anti-terrorism equipment. Despite the support from Progressives, the Turner amendment was narrowly rejected on a 214-215 vote.

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