(WASHINGTON, D.C.) Congressional leaders announced a tentative agreement on an aviation security bill, which calls for the federalization of security screeners, fortified cockpit doors, increased air marshals on flights, upgraded screening technology, and the inspection of all checked baggage. The Senate is expected to vote on the bill on Friday.

Senator Murray issued the following statement:

"After weeks of delays, the American public will finally get an aviation security bill that puts federal enforcement agents in charge of baggage screening, and adds important safety protections to air travel. This is good news for the flying public, for airlines, and not least, for Boeing.

This bill help will restore a critical measure of confidence and security to air travel.

With Americans more comfortable in the air, both our economy and the airline and aircraft manufacturing industries will benefit.

For the thousands of workers in the airline and aircraft industries who have been laid-off as a result of September 11th, it is imperative that the public gets flying again.

I was disappointed that for the second time in a month, a minority in the Senate has managed to kill an unemployment package for laid-off workers yesterday. In the weeks ahead, I will continue to work to give some temporary assistance to the thousands of workers who have been dislocated through no fault of their own.

Finally, I will continue to monitor the implementation of this legislation, and work to ensure that security screening does not return to the low-bid system that has failed us in the past."