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 SessionsThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump hits media over 'send her back' coverage House gears up for Mueller testimony Trump's no racist — he's an equal opportunity offender 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 Trump5 things to know about Boris Johnson Conservatives erupt in outrage against budget deal Trump says Omar will help him win Minnesota 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 JohnsonMystery surrounds elusive sanctions on Russia Trump may intervene in Pentagon cloud-computing contract: report Hillicon Valley: Lawmakers struggle to understand Facebook's Libra project | EU hits Amazon with antitrust probe | New cybersecurity concerns over census | Robocall, election security bills head to House floor | Privacy questions over FaceApp MORE (R-Wis.) in May and Rep. Michael McCaulMichael Thomas McCaulOvernight Defense: House votes to block Trump arms sales to Saudis, setting up likely veto | US officially kicks Turkey out of F-35 program | Pentagon sending 2,100 more troops to border House votes to block Trump's Saudi arms sale House panel advances bill to protect elections from foreign interference 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 ChabotHouse passes annual intelligence bill House passes bills to boost small business cybersecurity Juan Williams: GOP in a panic over Mueller 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.