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 SessionsTrump says 'people will not stand' for Mueller report Jeff Sessions returns to Justice Department to retrieve Cabinet chair Rosenstein still working at DOJ despite plans to leave in mid-March 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 TrumpSenate GOP budget ignores Trump, cuts defense Trump says he'll nominate Stephen Moore to Fed White House: ISIS territory in Syria has been 100 percent eliminated 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 JohnsonScott Walker considering running for Wisconsin governor or Senate: report GOP moves to rein in president's emergency powers The Hill's 12:30 Report: O'Rourke jumps into 2020 fray MORE (R-Wis.) in May and Rep. Michael McCaulMichael Thomas McCaulThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Dems aim to end anti-Semitism controversy with vote today Sixteen years later, let's finally heed the call of the 9/11 Commission  GOP lawmakers urge State Dept. to label cartels as terrorist organizations 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 series of measures hitting Russia, Putin Trump applauded for walking away from 'bad' North Korea deal The Hill's 12:30 Report: Sanders set to shake up 2020 race 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.