A long-promised bill that sharply increases security requirements for airlines and ports passed in the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday Jan. 9.
The bill is the first passed under new Democratic majority in the House and the first of six measures promised for the first 100 hours of the 110th Congress.
By a roll-call vote of 299 to 128, a bipartisan majority, Representatives moved toward enacting recommendations of the 9/11 commission. The bill would require more stringent screening for cargo on ships and passenger flights. More federal funds would be distributed on the basis of need. Airport screening workers would have collective bargaining rights.