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As I waited to take another flight at SeaTac Airport this morning, I watched President Bush outline additional steps on improving aviation security. I was pleased to see him supporting several proposals currently moving through Congress.

At the airline security hearing I convened last week, many of the same proposals were raised, and Congress is moving quickly to approve an airline security bill.

But with the hundreds of airline employees surrounding him, I was disappointed that President Bush did not address the plight of the thousands of aviation-industry employees who will soon lose their jobs. We must not ignore these men and women. Many in the Washington State delegation have worked very hard to put together a workers package. I hope that in the coming weeks the Congress and the Administration will show the same level of support for airline industry employees as we did for their employers.

It is important that the administration realize that this is the first step in improving not only aviation security but also transportation security.

While we prepare to prevent a repeat of the September 11 tragedy, we must also anticipate future incidents in our transportation infrastructure on our roads, railways, bridges, ports.

As Chair of the Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee, I will continue to work to address these additional security measures.