Gabbard gets 1st bill past House on vets flying

HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard has gotten her first bill past the U.S. House, a measure meant to help severely injured and disabled military members and veterans get through security at airports.

The bill called the Helping Heroes Fly Act passed unanimously on Tuesday, with 413 yes votes and 20 lawmakers abstaining.

The measure directs the Transportation Security Administration to provide expedited passenger screening for injured and disabled active-duty military members and veterans.

Gabbard says the bill hopes to make airline travel a more dignified experience for military members and veterans and their families.

The bill says the screening should be as private as possible.

The bill now goes to the Senate.

The measure is the Democrat's first to get through the House. She was elected in November.

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