A bipartisan bill introduced by two members of the Senate transportation committee would streamline the process for law enforcement officers and individuals with federal security clearance to be approved for TSA PreCheck. 

Under the Secure Traveler Act, introduced May 7 by transportation committee chairman Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) and Sen. Gary Peters (D-Mich.), "persons in position of public trust" would not have to undergo a second background check for PreCheck. Instead, the TSA would rely on background checks those individuals underwent as they obtained federal clearance and their law enforcement positions. 

"This would not only expedite their application process and incentivize their participation in the programs, but it would free up capacity to screen other noneligible applicants," Thune's office said. 

The applicants would still have to pay the standard $85 fee for five years of PreCheck membership. 

The U.S. Travel Association, a strong backer of trusted-traveler programs, lauded the bill. 

"Those serving in positions of public trust have already undergone a stringent vetting process," said the organization's vice president of public affairs Tori Barnes. "Eliminating a duplicative background check for these individuals will facilitate Precheck enrollment, helping to reduce wait times and alleviating pressure on an already stretched-thin TSA workforce."

The legislation included a provision that would expand expedited clearance to trusted-traveler programs Global Entry, Sentri and Nexus.

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