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 SessionsOvernight Health Care: Thousands more migrant children may have been separated | Senate rejects bill to permanently ban federal funds for abortion | Women's March to lobby for 'Medicare for All' Acting AG Whitaker's wife defends him in lengthy email to journalist Watchdog: Thousands more migrant children separated from parents than previously known 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 TrumpTrump knocks BuzzFeed over Cohen report, points to Russia dossier DNC says it was targeted by Russian hackers after fall midterms BuzzFeed stands by Cohen report: Mueller should 'make clear what he's disputing' 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 JohnsonCongress sends bill renewing anti-terrorism program to Trump The Hill's Morning Report — Shutdown fallout — economic distress Hillicon Valley: Republicans demand answers from mobile carriers on data practices | Top carriers to stop selling location data | DOJ probing Huawei | T-Mobile execs stayed at Trump hotel as merger awaited approval MORE (R-Wis.) in May and Rep. Michael McCaulMichael Thomas McCaulRichard Overton, America's oldest living WWII vet and man, dies at 112 Inside the Trump-Congress Christmas meltdown DHS to make migrants wait in Mexico while asylum claims processed 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 ChabotThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Trump headed to border as shutdown hits Day 20 | Talks fall apart | Emergency plan could set up clash with GOP House passes resolution calling for release of Reuters journalists jailed in Myanmar This week: Lawmakers return to mourn George H.W. Bush 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.