TSA, land use bills clear House in easy votes

The House on Tuesday approved suspension bills dealing with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and federal land use, finishing up work on the week's non-controversial bills.

The first TSA bill was H.R. 2719, the Transportation Acquisition Security Reform Act, which requires TSA to establish a strategic plan for acquiring new technology, and it passed 416-0.

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The second was H.R. 1204, the Aviation Security Stakeholder Participation Act. This legislation would set up an advisory board that TSA would have to consult on security issues, and it passed 411-3.

In a 406-0 vote, members also passed a bill that lets the Provo River Water Users Association in Utah to own a canal that it has operated for decades.

The House passed five other land bills in voice votes:

— H.R. 2388, authorizing the Secretary of the Interior to take federal lands in California into a trust to benefit the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians,

— H.R. 1963, the Bureau of Reclamation Conduit Hydropower Development Equity and Jobs Act, which is aimed at developing hydropower at Bureau of Land Management sites,

— H.R. 1241, facilitating a land exchange in the Inyo National Forest in California,

— H.R. 1846, amending law that created the Lower East Side Tenement National Historic Site, to expand the boundary of a Manhattan museum, and

— H.R. 2650, the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Non-Intercourse Act. This bill allows this Native American group to sell land without violating the Non-Intercourse Act, which limits tribal sales.