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Patrick L. Meehan, R-PA 7th
Mr. MEEHAN. Mr. Speaker, I want to express my deep appreciation to my [Page: H5845]
colleagues from both sides of the aisle for responding so collectively to the importance of this issue.
First and foremost, the principle that I think we stand for on both sides of the aisle is, when important issues like this are raised, that there be appropriate consultation with Congress and an appropriate understanding of the clear articulation by Homeland Security of the benefit that they expect to reach.
As the chairman has identified, once he visited Abu Dhabi, he came away convinced that there was a benefit. But the idea that that would not have been shared with us prior to entering that agreement is one of the critical things that we want to see addressed by this legislation.
But it is also the inability of the Department to appreciate or to take into consideration the impact that this will have, that it may have, and, in fact, it will have when there is no United States airline flying from Abu Dhabi. And the competitive disadvantage of that, which is generated by the fact that individuals who choose to fly the foreign airline currently get right into our country once they get into the preclearance facility, while those on American airlines coming into the same airport
will wait in long lines. It creates a competitive disadvantage and the real possibility of a loss of American jobs.
Mr. Speaker, I urge all Members to join me in supporting this bill, and I yield back the balance of my time.