Sessions calls on former colleagues to send drone legislation to Trump's desk

Sessions calls on former colleagues to send drone legislation to Trump's desk
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Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsMSNBC host: Barr 'the most dangerous person' who works for Trump Chris Wallace: AG Barr 'clearly is protecting' Trump Appeals court rules Trump end of DACA was unlawful MORE on Tuesday called on his former colleagues in Congress to pass legislation meant to allow federal law enforcement to counter drones that pose security threats.

The former Alabama senator said in a statement that drones can "be used to wreak havoc by criminals, terrorists and other bad actors." He added that the Preventing Emerging Threats Act would give federal law enforcement "the authority we need to counter the use of drones by drug traffickers, terrorists and criminals while protecting the freedom to use drones lawfully."

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"We need this authority today — and so I urge my former colleagues in Congress to send this legislation to President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - White House, Congress: Urgency of now around budget GOP presses Trump to make a deal on spending Democrats wary of handing Trump a win on infrastructure MORE’s desk," he said. "That will let us get to work, fight this new threat and keep the American people safe.”

The legislation, introduced by Sen. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonBarr throws curveball into Senate GOP 'spying' probe Bipartisan group of senators introduce legislation designed to strengthen cybersecurity of voting systems Trump Jr. subpoena spotlights GOP split over Russia probes MORE (R-Wis.) in May and Rep. Michael McCaulMichael Thomas McCaulOvernight Defense: Congressional leaders receive classified briefing on Iran | Trump on war: 'I hope not' | Key Republican calls threats credible | Warren plan targets corporate influence at Pentagon Bipartisan lawmakers urge Trump to reconsider Central America aid cuts Lawmakers join musical stars to celebrate Grammys on the Hill MORE (R-Texas) in July, aims to assist the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) "in preventing emerging threats from unmanned aircraft and vehicles, and for other purposes."

McCaul and Rep. Steve ChabotSteven (Steve) Joseph ChabotWe can curb potential pandemics by investing in prevention tactics Top Myanmar court rejects jailed Reuters journalists' final appeal Four decades of the Taiwan Relations Act remains a monument to our resolve to uphold democracy MORE (R-Ohio) wrote in an op-ed published by Fox News earlier this month that the legislation would make it easier for the Department of Homeland Security and the Justice Department "to stop acts of terror, criminal and drug activity, and threats of violence."

"Our forward-looking bill allows our nation to stay one step ahead of those who wish to bring us harm, by focusing our capabilities and authorities on high-value or high-profile targets," they wrote.