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Small knives could be allowed on planes soon

Posted on May 23, 2013

Author: Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
Source: Philadelphia Enquirer (Philly.com)

The nation’s aviation-security chief said Tuesday that he still intends to let passengers carry small knives on commercial flights and that the controversial rule could be implemented soon.

John Pistole, administrator of the Transportation Security Administration, told the Inquirer Editorial Board that the policy could be put into effect as soon as “next week or the following week.”

John Pistole, administrator of the Transportation Security Administration, told the Inquirer Editorial Board that the policy could be put into effect as soon as “next week or the following week.”Later, he said it would more likely be “in the next 30 days.”

A storm of protest from flight attendants, air marshals, and several major airlines had stalled the move. TSA delayed activating the new regulation April 25 after members of Congress asked Pistole to consider additional input from a federal advisory committee that includes aviation-related interests, passenger advocates, and others.

Pistole, a former deputy director of the FBI, said he has met with most of the groups and, barring new information, was prepared to implement the change. He said that he expected input from one group Wednesday, and that he planned to meet with the TSA employee union.

“Absent new information, I’m planning to implement it, but I want to make sure I’ve gotten all the input that is reasonable,” he said.

A small knife is not going to cause catastrophic failure of an aircraft, but an explosive device will, Pistole said.

“All the intelligence chatter is terrorists are committed to blowing up either a U.S.-bound plane or get on a plane here at one of 450 airports and say, ‘You can’t stop us,’ ” he said. “It comes down to making sure we find explosives and not be distracted by other things.”

Small knives were banned, along with other sharp objects, after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. In 2005, the ban was relaxed after cockpit doors were reinforced and pilots were trained to carry guns.

“If there’s a passenger who’s been drinking too much and breaks bad, should TSA be responsible for that?” he asked. “These aren’t terrorists. These are people who drink too much, or they are mad at the airlines, or maybe TSA, or their spouse, or their dog. Those are the people who have confrontations on aircraft.”Currently, passengers may carry four-inch scissors, knitting needles, and small hand tools such as screwdrivers in the cabin. The potential threat has shifted to terrorists’ attempting to bring down planes with bombs.

“Are we trying to provide a 100 percent crime-free environment in the cabin of the aircraft? I don’t think that is TSA’s job,” Pistole said.

American Airlines’ flight-attendants union recently released results of a national survey that found 90 percent of 1,206 respondents favored the current restrictions on knives.

TSA confiscates 2,000 knives a day at airports. Almost anything on a plane can be wielded as a sharp object, Pistole said: metal knives and forks served with meals in first class; shattered wine bottles; credit cards broken in half.

“If there’s a passenger who’s been drinking too much and breaks bad, should TSA be responsible for that?” he asked. “These aren’t terrorists. These are people who drink too much, or they are mad at the airlines, or maybe TSA, or their spouse, or their dog. Those are the people who have confrontations on aircraft.”

Pistole met Tuesday with business leaders and Mayor Nutter. He announced that TSA’s pre-check program, now available to select US Airways Group travelers at Philadelphia International Airport’s Terminal C security checkpoint, will be expanded June 3 to Delta, United and Alaska Airlines in Terminals D and E.

The way the program works: Airlines’ most elite frequent fliers, those with the most miles, may leave their belts and shoes on and laptops, liquids and gels in their carry-ons. At check-in, passengers learn whether they qualify for expedited screening either through bar codes or printed information on their boarding passes.

In September, Philadelphia was the 24th airport to get the pre-check program, now in place at 40 U.S. airports, and 10 million passengers have participated, Pistole said.

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TSA Could Implement Knife Policy without Warning

Posted on May 3, 2013

Click for a larger viewFlight Attendant advocacy, public outcry and congressional scrutiny led to the TSA announcing a delay for implementation beyond the original April 25, 2013 date. This is a welcome reprieve, but all indication from TSA and DHS is that we will only experience a temporary delay while the agency works to “properly communicate” its position. Janet Napolitano testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Homeland Security following the delay announcement and stated, “I wouldn’t say that [Pistole] has reopened the ultimate conclusion.”

You can make a difference by calling Congress.

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When you call your Senators and Representatives state:

“My name is _______ and I’m a Flight Attendant and constituent. I oppose the TSA plan to allow knives in the aircraft cabin. Please support bipartisan legislation to keep knives out of the aircraft cabin. Transportation security does not stop at the cockpit door.  Flight Attendants and passengers are not acceptable casualties in aviation security. Our country owes it to those we lost on 9/11 and all of us on the frontlines of aviation today – no knives, ever again.  Thank you.”

Our objection is simple – allowing knives makes us less safe and secure: no knives, ever again.  In cases where common sense is not enough and where Pistole’s arguments must be countered, present these three key points:

1) Permitting knives in the cabin is an unnecessary risk to the traveling public and violates the Administrator’s duty—as set out by Congress. Knife companies are already advertising “TSA Approved” knives that can be bought with hardened blades for use as a weapon in the cabin. Dismissing the risk to passengers and crew will have dire consequences. Both TSA and DHS state the rule change is predicated on a risk-based analysis. The problem is that TSA is failing to apply a risk-based analysis to the passenger cabin and that is where this rule change to lift the ban on knives is fatally flawed.  Administrator Pistole has plainly communicated to Congress that his job is “to ensure the safety and security of the traveling public by preventing catastrophic terrorist attacks.” But Pistole is unwilling to accept his responsibility for protecting the traveling public and flight crews. The Aviation and Transportation Security Act mandates that the Administrator “protect passengers…against an act of criminal violence or aircraft piracy,” and to “ensure the safety and integrity of…all persons providing services with respect to aircraft providing passenger air transportation.”

2) Contrary to the Administrator’s assertion that he is merely aligning U.S. security standards with international standards, there is no uniform international standard governing knife size on board the aircraft. While the European Union allows small knives on board flights, Canada, Israel, and Taiwan do not. As recently as April 25, 2011, there was an incident on Alitalia where a Flight Attendant was assaulted by a man with a small knife.  Further, the United States has traditionally implemented more restrictive security procedures and standards than the international community.

3) Restricting a certain knife size, in lieu of a complete ban on knives, is less efficient and will likely result in longer lines at the airport security checkpoint. In fact, when removing certain small scissors and tools from the prohibited items list, TSA had similarly asserted that TSOs would be better able to focus on higher risk items. Upon review, however, the Government Accountability Office concluded that there was no evidence that the change would “free up TSO resources that could be sued to implement other security measures.” GAO-07-623R (Apr. 25 2007). The GAO has reached the same conclusion in two additional reports. GAO-07-634 (April 2007); GAO-09-177R (Dec. 5 2008).

TSA Administrator Pistole has indicated that only an act of Congress will change his position on removing knives from the prohibited items list. This is why we continue to press for H.R. 1093, The No Knives Act of 2013, in the House, and companion legislation in the Senate.

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We Cannot Weaken Our Security – Especially Now

Posted on Apr 19, 2013

Our country is battling terrorism as we send this, yet Administrator Pistole is still planning to weaken our aviation security by allowing knives in our aircraft cabins.

Read this:

Coalition Of Flight Attendant Unions Calls On Homeland Security Napolitano To Halt Weakening Of Aviation Security As The Country Battles Terrorist Activity

 

You Can Make a Big Difference

You can make a difference by calling Congress.

Find your Representative>> 

Find your Senators>>

When you call your Senators and Representatives state:

“My name is _______ and I’m a Flight Attendant and constituent. I oppose the TSA plan to allow knives in the aircraft cabin. Please support bipartisan legislation to keep knives out of the aircraft cabin. Transportation security does not stop at the cockpit door.  Flight Attendants and passengers are not acceptable casualties in aviation security. Our country owes it to those we lost on 9/11 and all of us on the frontlines of aviation today – no knives, ever again.  Thank you.”

Respect the Lessons of our Past – No Knives

Rebecca-Marchand -CapitolRebecca Marchand, lost her husband, United Flight Attendant Alfred Marchand who was murdered on flight 175. This week Rebecca came to Washington DC for the first time in her life to spend the week talking with members of Congress and asking them to stop the TSA from allowing knives back on planes.  The least we can do is back her up, honor her husband’s memory and take a few minutes to call our representatives in Congress.

“The attacks in Boston prove once again that we can’t be selective in our vigilance. We must guard against all threats, big and small,” Marchand writes to TSA Administrator Pistole. “As the wife of a Flight Attendant killed on 9/11, and the mother of a Flight Attendant who flies today, I have earned the right to say this: Knives have NO place on an airplane.

Read more about Rebecca’s plea to TSA and Congress: http://bit.ly/17xhaG0
www.NoKnivesOnPlanes.com

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Call Congress To Keep Knives Off Planes

Posted on Apr 11, 2013

On April 25 knives will be allowed back in our aircraft cabin because, as the knife lobby claims, it successfully lobbied the TSA to lift the ban in the interest of a billion dollar pocket knife business – not our safety and security.

bob-greene-quoteOne call from the White House could change this policy. Or, the TSA policy could be overturned by an act of Congress. TSA Administrator Pistole has said the only way he will back down is if Congress makes him. Even as we continue to call our Representatives to co-sponsor the No Knives Act, we need our Senators to support legislation to keep the ban on knives too. Congressional support will get the attention of the White House and build pressure to rescind the policy even as we work to get the legislation passed by Congress.

Call your Senators now and every day to achieve a law that ensures No Knives, Ever Again!

Find your Senators and their Washington, DC office numbers listed below. Call the office and state:

“My name is _______ and I’m a Flight Attendant and constituent. I oppose the TSA plan to allow knives in the aircraft cabin. I would like my Senator to support bipartisan legislation to keep knives out of the aircraft cabin. Transportation security does not stop at the cockpit door.  Flight Attendants and passengers are not acceptable casualties in aviation security. Our country owes it to those we lost on 9/11 and all of us on the frontlines of aviation today – no knives, ever again.  Thank you.”

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Let’s achieve legislation that will overturn this policy decision that disrespects the lessons of our past and puts our future at risk.

This is about knives and so much more.  Let’s show everyone that Flight Attendants will not back down. No Knives, Ever Again.
 
 
 

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Alabama

Sessions, Jeff (R-AL) – (202) 224-4124
Shelby, Richard C. (R-AL) – (202) 224-5744

Alaska

Begich, Mark (D-AK) – (202) 224-3004
Murkowski, Lisa (R-AK) – (202) 224-6665

Arizona
Flake, Jeff (R-AZ) – (202) 224-4521
McCain, John (R – AZ) – (202) 224-2235

Arkansas
Boozman, John (R-AR) – (202) 224-4843
Pryor, Mark L. (D-AR) – (202) 224-2353

California
Boxer, Barbara (D-CA) – (202) 224-3553
Feinstein, Dianne (D-CA) – (202) 224-3841

Colorado
Bennet, Michael F. (D-CO) – (202) 224-5852
Udall, Mark (D-CO) – (202) 224-5941

Connecticut
Blumenthal, Richard (D-CT) – (202) 224-2823
Murphy, Christopher (D-CT) – (202) 224-4041

Delaware
Carper, Thomas R. (D-DE) – (202) 224-2441
Coons, Christopher A. (D-DE) – (202) 224-5042

Florida
Nelson, Bill (D-FL) – (202) 224-5274
Rubio, Marco (R-FL) – (202) 224-3041

Georgia
Chambliss, Saxby (R-GA) – (202) 224-3521
Isakson, Johnny (R-GA) – (202) 224-3643

Hawaii
Hirono, Mazie K. (D-HI) – (202) 224-6361
Schatz, Brian (D-HI) – (202) 224-3934

Idaho
Crapo, Mike (R-ID) – (202) 224-6142
Risch, James E. (R-ID) – (202) 224-2752

Illinois
Durbin, Richard J. (D-IL) – (202) 224-2152
Kirk, Mark (R-IL) – (202) 224-2854

Indiana
Coats, Daniel (R-IN) – (202) 224-5623
Donnelly, Joe (D-IN) – (202) 224-4814

Iowa
Grassley, Chuck (R-IA) – (202) 224-3744
Harkin, Tom (D-IA) – (202) 224-3254

Kansas
Moran, Jerry (R-KS) – (202) 224-6521
Roberts, Pat (R-KS) – (202) 224-4774

Kentucky
McConnell, Mitch (R-KY) – (202) 224-2541
Paul, Rand (R-KY) – (202) 224-4343

Louisiana
Landrieu, Mary L. (D-LA) – (202) 224-5824
Vitter, David (R-LA) – (202) 224-4623

Maine
Collins, Susan M. (R-ME) – (202) 224-2523
King, Angus S., Jr. (I-ME) – (202) 224-5344

Maryland
Cardin, Benjamin L. (D-MD) – (202) 224-4524
Mikulski, Barbara A. (D-MD) – (202) 224-4654

Massachusetts
Cowan, William M. (D-MA) – (202) 224-2742
Warren, Elizabeth (D-MA) – (202) 224-4543

Michigan
Levin, Carl (D-MI) – (202) 224-6221
Stabenow, Debbie (D-MI) – (202) 224-4822

Minnesota
Franken, Al (D-MN) – (202) 224-5641
Klobuchar, Amy (D-MN) – (202) 224-3244

Mississippi
Cochran, Thad (R-MS) – (202) 224-5054
Wicker, Roger F. (R-MS) – (202) 224-6253

Missouri
Blunt, Roy (R-MO) – (202) 224-5721
McCaskill, Claire (D-MO) – (202) 224-6154

Montana
Baucus, Max (D-MT) – (202) 224-2651
Tester, Jon (D-MT) – (202) 224-2644

Nebraska
Fischer, Deb (R-NE) – (202) 224-6551
Johanns, Mike (R-NE) – (202) 224-4224

Nevada
Heller, Dean (R-NV) – (202) 224-6244
Reid, Harry (D-NV) – (202) 224-3542

New Hampshire
Ayotte, Kelly (R-NH) – (202) 224-3324
Shaheen, Jeanne (D-NH) – (202) 224-2841

New Jersey
Lautenberg, Frank R. (D-NJ) – (202) 224-3224
Menendez, Robert (D-NJ) – (202) 224-4744

New Mexico
Heinrich, Martin (D-NM) – (202) 224-5521
Udall, Tom (D-NM) – (202) 224-6621

New York
Gillibrand, Kirsten E. (D-NY) – (202) 224-4451
Schumer, Charles E. (D-NY) – (202) 224-6542

North Carolina
Burr, Richard (R-NC) – (202) 224-3154
Hagan, Kay R. (D-NC) – (202) 224-6342

North Dakota
Heitkamp, Heidi (D-ND) – (202) 224-2043
Hoeven, John (R-ND) – (202) 224-2551

Ohio
Brown, Sherrod (D-OH) – (202) 224-2315
Portman, Rob (R-OH) – (202) 224-3353

Oklahoma
Coburn, Tom (R-OK) – (202) 224-5754
Inhofe, James M. (R-OK) – (202) 224-4721

Oregon
Merkley, Jeff (D-OR) – (202) 224-3753
Wyden, Ron (D-OR) – (202) 224-5244

Pennsylvania
Casey, Robert P., Jr. (D-PA) – (202) 224-6324
Toomey, Patrick J. (R-PA) – (202) 224-4254

Rhode Island
Reed, Jack (D-RI) – (202) 224-4642
Whitehouse, Sheldon (D- RI) – (202) 224-2921

South Carolina
Graham, Lindsey (R-SC) – (202) 224-5972
Scott, Tim (R-SC) – (202) 224-6121

South Dakota
Johnson, Tim (D-SD) – (202) 224-5842
Thune, John (R-SD) – (202) 224-2321

Tennessee
Alexander, Lamar (R-TN) – (202) 224-4944
Corker, Bob (R-TN) – (202) 224-3344

Texas
Cornyn, John (R-TX) – (202) 224-2934
Cruz, Ted (R-TX) – (202) 224-5922

Utah
Hatch, Orrin G. (R-UT) – (202) 224-5251
Lee, Mike (R-UT) – (202) 224-5444

Vermont
Leahy, Patrick J. (D-VT) – (202) 224-4242
Sanders, Bernard (I-VT) – (202) 224-5141

Virginia
Kaine, Tim (D-VA) – (202) 224-4024
Warner, Mark R. (D-VA) – (202) 224-2023

Washington
Cantwell, Maria (D-WA) – (202) 224-3441
Murray, Patty (D-WA) – (202) 224-2621

West Virginia
Manchin, Joe, III (D-WV) – (202) 224-3954
Rockefeller, John D., IV (D-WV) – (202) 224-6472

Wisconsin
Baldwin, Tammy (D-WI) – (202) 224-5653
Johnson, Ron (R-WI) – (202) 224-5323

Wyoming
Barrasso, John (R-WY) – (202) 224-6441
Enzi, Michael B. (R-WY) – (202) 224-3424

 

 

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Knives Will Be On Planes Unless We Act

Posted on Apr 10, 2013

knife-industry-celebrates-their-knife-lobby-effortsThe Knife Lobby, looking out for a multi-billion dollar corporate interest, was successful in getting the TSA to change its policy to allow small knives back in the aircraft cabin as of April 25, 2013. We have to stand up and fight back for our safety and security.

You can make a big difference by picking up the phone now to call your Representative and Senators through the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121. Tell your members of Congress to pass legislation that would ensure No Knives, Ever Again in the aircraft cabin.

Tomorrow, the Transportation Security Subcommittee of the House Homeland Security Committee will conduct another hearing on risk based security. This hearing is meant to focus on a “Stakeholders Perspective” yet the majority members of the committee have failed to include the Flight Attendant experience on the testimony panel. Nevertheless, Flight Attendants will be there in uniform to help keep the focus on the wrongheaded policy move to allow knives back in the aircraft cabin.


CALL TODAY: (202) 224-3121 and ask the Capitol switchboard operator to connect you with your Representatives. 
Tell your members of Congress to pass legislation that would ensure No Knives, Ever Again in the aircraft cabin.

 

Call Your Senator

Alabama

Sessions, Jeff (R-AL) – (202) 224-4124
Shelby, Richard C. (R-AL) – (202) 224-5744

Alaska

Begich, Mark (D-AK) – (202) 224-3004
Murkowski, Lisa (R-AK) – (202) 224-6665

Arizona
Flake, Jeff (R-AZ) – (202) 224-4521
McCain, John (R – AZ) – (202) 224-2235

Arkansas
Boozman, John (R-AR) – (202) 224-4843
Pryor, Mark L. (D-AR) – (202) 224-2353

California
Boxer, Barbara (D-CA) – (202) 224-3553
Feinstein, Dianne (D-CA) – (202) 224-3841

Colorado
Bennet, Michael F. (D-CO) – (202) 224-5852
Udall, Mark (D-CO) – (202) 224-5941

Connecticut
Blumenthal, Richard (D-CT) – (202) 224-2823
Murphy, Christopher (D-CT) – (202) 224-4041

Delaware
Carper, Thomas R. (D-DE) – (202) 224-2441
Coons, Christopher A. (D-DE) – (202) 224-5042

Florida
Nelson, Bill (D-FL) – (202) 224-5274
Rubio, Marco (R-FL) – (202) 224-3041

Georgia
Chambliss, Saxby (R-GA) – (202) 224-3521
Isakson, Johnny (R-GA) – (202) 224-3643

Hawaii
Hirono, Mazie K. (D-HI) – (202) 224-6361
Schatz, Brian (D-HI) – (202) 224-3934

Idaho
Crapo, Mike (R-ID) – (202) 224-6142
Risch, James E. (R-ID) – (202) 224-2752

Illinois
Durbin, Richard J. (D-IL) – (202) 224-2152
Kirk, Mark (R-IL) – (202) 224-2854

Indiana
Coats, Daniel (R-IN) – (202) 224-5623
Donnelly, Joe (D-IN) – (202) 224-4814

Iowa
Grassley, Chuck (R-IA) – (202) 224-3744
Harkin, Tom (D-IA) – (202) 224-3254

Kansas
Moran, Jerry (R-KS) – (202) 224-6521
Roberts, Pat (R-KS) – (202) 224-4774

Kentucky
McConnell, Mitch (R-KY) – (202) 224-2541
Paul, Rand (R-KY) – (202) 224-4343

Louisiana
Landrieu, Mary L. (D-LA) – (202) 224-5824
Vitter, David (R-LA) – (202) 224-4623

Maine
Collins, Susan M. (R-ME) – (202) 224-2523
King, Angus S., Jr. (I-ME) – (202) 224-5344

Maryland
Cardin, Benjamin L. (D-MD) – (202) 224-4524
Mikulski, Barbara A. (D-MD) – (202) 224-4654

Massachusetts
Cowan, William M. (D-MA) – (202) 224-2742
Warren, Elizabeth (D-MA) – (202) 224-4543

Michigan
Levin, Carl (D-MI) – (202) 224-6221
Stabenow, Debbie (D-MI) – (202) 224-4822

Minnesota
Franken, Al (D-MN) – (202) 224-5641
Klobuchar, Amy (D-MN) – (202) 224-3244

Mississippi
Cochran, Thad (R-MS) – (202) 224-5054
Wicker, Roger F. (R-MS) – (202) 224-6253

Missouri
Blunt, Roy (R-MO) – (202) 224-5721
McCaskill, Claire (D-MO) – (202) 224-6154

Montana
Baucus, Max (D-MT) – (202) 224-2651
Tester, Jon (D-MT) – (202) 224-2644

Nebraska
Fischer, Deb (R-NE) – (202) 224-6551
Johanns, Mike (R-NE) – (202) 224-4224

Nevada
Heller, Dean (R-NV) – (202) 224-6244
Reid, Harry (D-NV) – (202) 224-3542

New Hampshire
Ayotte, Kelly (R-NH) – (202) 224-3324
Shaheen, Jeanne (D-NH) – (202) 224-2841

New Jersey
Lautenberg, Frank R. (D-NJ) – (202) 224-3224
Menendez, Robert (D-NJ) – (202) 224-4744

New Mexico
Heinrich, Martin (D-NM) – (202) 224-5521
Udall, Tom (D-NM) – (202) 224-6621

New York
Gillibrand, Kirsten E. (D-NY) – (202) 224-4451
Schumer, Charles E. (D-NY) – (202) 224-6542

North Carolina
Burr, Richard (R-NC) – (202) 224-3154
Hagan, Kay R. (D-NC) – (202) 224-6342

North Dakota
Heitkamp, Heidi (D-ND) – (202) 224-2043
Hoeven, John (R-ND) – (202) 224-2551

Ohio
Brown, Sherrod (D-OH) – (202) 224-2315
Portman, Rob (R-OH) – (202) 224-3353

Oklahoma
Coburn, Tom (R-OK) – (202) 224-5754
Inhofe, James M. (R-OK) – (202) 224-4721

Oregon
Merkley, Jeff (D-OR) – (202) 224-3753
Wyden, Ron (D-OR) – (202) 224-5244

Pennsylvania
Casey, Robert P., Jr. (D-PA) – (202) 224-6324
Toomey, Patrick J. (R-PA) – (202) 224-4254

Rhode Island
Reed, Jack (D-RI) – (202) 224-4642
Whitehouse, Sheldon (D- RI) – (202) 224-2921

South Carolina
Graham, Lindsey (R-SC) – (202) 224-5972
Scott, Tim (R-SC) – (202) 224-6121

South Dakota
Johnson, Tim (D-SD) – (202) 224-5842
Thune, John (R-SD) – (202) 224-2321

Tennessee
Alexander, Lamar (R-TN) – (202) 224-4944
Corker, Bob (R-TN) – (202) 224-3344

Texas
Cornyn, John (R-TX) – (202) 224-2934
Cruz, Ted (R-TX) – (202) 224-5922

Utah
Hatch, Orrin G. (R-UT) – (202) 224-5251
Lee, Mike (R-UT) – (202) 224-5444

Vermont
Leahy, Patrick J. (D-VT) – (202) 224-4242
Sanders, Bernard (I-VT) – (202) 224-5141

Virginia
Kaine, Tim (D-VA) – (202) 224-4024
Warner, Mark R. (D-VA) – (202) 224-2023

Washington
Cantwell, Maria (D-WA) – (202) 224-3441
Murray, Patty (D-WA) – (202) 224-2621

West Virginia
Manchin, Joe, III (D-WV) – (202) 224-3954
Rockefeller, John D., IV (D-WV) – (202) 224-6472

Wisconsin
Baldwin, Tammy (D-WI) – (202) 224-5653
Johnson, Ron (R-WI) – (202) 224-5323

Wyoming
Barrasso, John (R-WY) – (202) 224-6441
Enzi, Michael B. (R-WY) – (202) 224-3424

 

 

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