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 SessionsAttorneys want Supreme Court to determine legality of Whitaker as acting AG Hillicon Valley: Russian-linked hackers may have impersonated US officials | Trump signs DHS cyber bill | Prosecutors inadvertently reveal charges against Assange | Accenture workers protest border enforcement work | App mines crypto for bail bonds McCarthy, other Republicans back Ratcliffe to be next attorney general 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 TrumpMia Love pulls ahead in Utah race as judge dismisses her lawsuit Trump administration denies exploring extradition of Erdoğan foe for Turkey Trump congratulates Kemp, says Abrams will have 'terrific political future' 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 JohnsonOvernight Health Care — Presented by The Partnership for Safe Medicines — FDA restricts sales of flavored e-cigs | Proposes ban on menthol in tobacco | Left wants vote on single-payer bill in new Congress | More than 12k lost Medicaid in Arkansas Commerce Department IG to audit Trump's tariff exemptions Trump trip to rural Wisconsin highlights GOP’s turnout concern MORE (R-Wis.) in May and Rep. Michael McCaulMichael Thomas McCaulMidterm results shake up national map Senate passes key cyber bill cementing cybersecurity agency at DHS Hillicon Valley: Trump stuns with election interference claim against China | FCC limits fees for 5G | Uber reaches 8M settlement over breach | Fox sells Sky stake to Comcast | House passes bills to fix cyber vulnerabilities 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 ChabotGaetz goes to bat with Trump on Jordan Republican Steve Chabot wins reelection in Ohio Election Countdown: One week from midterms, House battlefield expands 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.