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Gabbard's first bill headed to Obama for signature

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 10:03 a.m. HST, Aug 02, 2013

The first piece of legislation from Hawaii U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard is headed to President Barack Obama for his signature after passing unanimously in the House and Senate.

The measure is designed to help severely injured and disabled military members and veterans get through security at airports.

The House approved the bill today after voting on it again to approve some Senate amendments.

Gabbard introduced the bill in March.

The Helping Heroes Fly Act directs the Transportation Security Administration to provide expedited passenger screening for injured and disabled active-duty military members and veterans.

Gabbard says the bill will help improve the lives of people who have served in the military. She says the overwhelming support is an example of what can be done when differences are set aside.

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DAGR81 wrote:
Why does compassion and simple courtesy have to be legislated?
on August 2,2013 | 10:14AM
loquaciousone wrote:
Probably because common sense is not so common any more.
on August 2,2013 | 10:23AM
Anonymous wrote:
Yeah it's unfortunate you have to pass legislation for something like this. But at least it is being addressed.
on August 2,2013 | 11:34AM
EwaWarrior wrote:
Democrats legislate everything!
on August 2,2013 | 03:24PM
krusha wrote:
It's amazing for ANY bill to get through now days in congress no matter what the subject of the bill is...
on August 2,2013 | 06:56PM
lynnh wrote:
Why did this bill not also include "all" severely injured and disabled people, regardless of military service?
on August 2,2013 | 10:16PM
allie wrote:
Nothing wrong with the bill. This should have been part of the procedural rules of TSA from the start
on August 2,2013 | 10:21AM
cojef wrote:
Right-to! The difference between regulation and legislation is one is a statute and the other is an operational procedures of the agency that has been designated to carry out the mandate(s) of the statute.
on August 2,2013 | 02:22PM
palani wrote:
Glad that the obstructionist Senate did not bury this bill.
on August 2,2013 | 10:23AM
eoe wrote:
Obstructionist senate? What alternate, parallel universe do you live in?
on August 2,2013 | 12:43PM
Anonymous wrote:
the parallel universe where seeing Russia from one's backyard equates to significant foreign policy experience
on August 2,2013 | 02:01PM
lynnh wrote:
What? Harry Reid has not let "one" and i repeat "one" bill from the house ever even come to the floor of the senate on matters that are most important to this country. Open your eyes and get your head out of your @#$. How stupid are you?
on August 2,2013 | 10:22PM
ryan02 wrote:
Nothing wrong with the bill itself, but aren't there more important things Congress should be working on? This smells like a non-substantive, time-wasting, public relations stunt.
on August 2,2013 | 10:24AM
HawaiiCheeseBall wrote:
Yes I am sure the residents of the Second Congressional District and taken notice of the fact that her first piece of legislation and are right now assessing how in impacts on the issues they are facing.
on August 2,2013 | 10:41AM
HealthyandHappy wrote:
Cut her a break. I mean the bill doesn't even have any typographical errors. It is an epic piece of legislation.
on August 2,2013 | 11:25AM
HawaiiCheeseBall wrote:
No man, this is just a payback to the likes of VoteVets and the other veterans groups that helped her out. I'm okay with it, but just saying she reps CD2.
on August 2,2013 | 01:22PM
cojef wrote:
Nevertheless, at least she is busy, as junior Congressperson and getting her feet wet, and learning the ropes how to become an effective representative. You got to start somewhere, might as well start something small and learn. Give her some slack. I'm not a Democrat, but that doesn't mean I can't be objective.
on August 2,2013 | 02:29PM
poipoo wrote:
I totally agree with you. We all like to whine a bit about Congress, but when they actually pass a billl lthat has real benefit to someone other than the said 1%, I think it's great. We should give credit where credit is due.
on August 2,2013 | 06:04PM
lynnh wrote:
Except they never pass bills that will actually benefit every taxpayer and cut spending. They only cater to those that supported them in elections.
on August 2,2013 | 10:24PM
geralddeheer wrote:
Considering the climate in Washington, getting a bill passed unanimously in both houses of Congress is a significant achievement for a freshman member, particularly a freshman in a minority caucus. True, the bill is a 'no-brainer' and is designed the fly through the process. However, out of 100 Senators and 435 plus Congressmen, she got it done; she took the ball and ran with it. Tulsi Gabbard is the real deal, a rising political star in Hawaii and the nation. Say what you like, what Tulsi is doing is truly remarkable.
on August 2,2013 | 01:32PM
lynnh wrote:
A sewer rat could have got that bill passed.
on August 2,2013 | 10:25PM
geralddeheer wrote:
Lynnh, which bill did you get passed, unanimously? She got it done, at least 534 other people in Congress could have done it, she did. Yes, it isn't like passing health care legislation, but she made it happen. Credit given where credit is due.
on August 3,2013 | 09:23AM
Anonymous wrote:
Non-substantive if you are not the vet being harassed by TSA! Sheesh.
on August 2,2013 | 11:35AM
bullturd wrote:
It's a very good bill. What demotic congressman/woman would vote against it. Having said that, ryanoO2 sort of hit it partially on the nail. "Public relations stunt" for members of congress. Elections-Elections-Elections.
on August 2,2013 | 12:40PM
Skyler wrote:
What's a waste of time is voting to end Obamacare for the 40th time. Passing legislation to stop undue harassment of our disabled Vets is not. Finding common ground & working on it together is good for our Congress - and good for our Nation.
on August 2,2013 | 01:21PM
hawaiikone wrote:
Yeah, and the best part of the bill is that Pelosi actually read it....
on August 2,2013 | 01:28PM
cojef wrote:
Wonderful comment, luv it.
on August 2,2013 | 02:31PM
lynnh wrote:
And you know she read it how?
on August 2,2013 | 10:29PM
lynnh wrote:
We'll see how much you think it is a waist of time when it goes into ful action and the lies you have blindly ignored about Obama Care come and bite you and everyone else who supports it in the @$$.
on August 2,2013 | 10:28PM
tutulady wrote:
It's a very good bill, one obviously that could be extended to all disabled persons, especially to disabled like the poor guy that had to crawl out of his seat, all the way to the tarmac for his wheelchair. Now, ask again, why do we have to legislate good common sense?
on August 2,2013 | 12:48PM
Skyler wrote:
Agree whole-heartedly. It's shameful what TSA does to the disabled in the name of "security."
on August 2,2013 | 12:52PM
kyle50 wrote:
Wow Tulsi 1 Lazy Mazie - 0
on August 2,2013 | 01:29PM
MakaniKai wrote:
At least Tulsi is doing something. Sheeet Lazy Mazie has been grazing at the public trough like one big fat pua'a for decades. Mahalo Rep Gabbard!
on August 2,2013 | 03:00PM
Bdpapa wrote:
Its a good Bill, However she can't just champion causes for disabled vets, She needs to get a little more well rounded, But don't forget the Vets
on August 2,2013 | 03:04PM
poipoo wrote:
Gotta start somewhere, though. I'm sure there will be more to come.
on August 2,2013 | 06:07PM
HD36 wrote:
Hey what about severly disabled policeman, fireman, department of defense workers, sanitary engineers, teachers, preachers, nuns, priests, doctors, physical therapists, nurses, and everyone who sacrifices tax dollars to make this country what it is?
on August 2,2013 | 07:38PM
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