Elizabeth A. Tennyson
February 14, 2014
Months after first requesting information about Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP’s) monitoring, stops, and searches of general aviation aircraft on domestic flights, Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) and Jim Risch (R-Idaho) have received a response from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), but questions remain about CBP’s actions.
The response from the department’s legislative affairs office came after Roberts objected to moving forward with a Finance Committee vote on the nomination of R. Gil Kerlikowske to head CBP. In addition to the letter and a table reporting additional details of some of the incidents, Roberts also received more complete answers from Kerlikowske to questions the senator had raised directly with the nominee as part of the confirmation proceedings.
Having received a response, Roberts has dropped his objection, clearing the way for the nomination to move forward. But he and Risch were not fully satisfied with the answers they got and sent a Feb. 12 letter requesting a briefing and additional written responses from DHS.