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October 6, 2015
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Congressman John L. Mica was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1992 to represent Florida’s 7th Congressional District which includes Orange, Seminole and Volusia Counties. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Government Operations in the Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
As Chair of the Government Operations Subcommittee on the U.S. House’s chief investigative panel, his work will continue on cutting wasteful and duplicative programs and protecting taxpayers’ hard earned money. This investigative panel is charged with legislative jurisdiction over government management; the economy; the efficiency and management of government operations and activities; procurement; federal property; reorganizations of the executive branch; grant reform and the relationship between the federal government and states and municipalities, including unfunded mandates. Mica’s efforts in the last Congress focused on the problems of underutilized public assets, empty federal buildings and the misuse of public funds. Efforts to overhaul GSA, TSA, Amtrak and EPA wasteful spending will continue. Additionally, this subcommittee has oversight of the National Archives and Records Administration and Presidential Records.
Co-founder of Freedom to Travel USA, Wendy is published and has served on four boards in the roles of Chairman, Treasurer and Secretary.
DAV Senior Vice Commander David W. Riley was named as the Outstanding Disabled Veteran of the Year in 2010 for his dedication, commitment and inspiration to his fellow injured and ill veterans.
Cissna was elected to the Alaska House of Representatives in 1998, and served until 2012, when she decided to run for U.S. House instead of seeking re-election.
She gained national attention in 2011, when she refused a pat-down at a Seattle-area airport.
Nadine was the victim of one of the most egregious cases of TSA misconduct in the history of the TSA - simply because she followed TSA guidelines and advice when traveling with her ill mother. Her pursuit of justice and her claims against the TSA are an inspiration to other victims of TSA abuse.
Karen Baker, LMSW, Vice President, Resources has served as the Director of the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) since its inception in 2000. Areas of interest include social justice, primary prevention, systems advocacy, and effective messaging. She is the primary liaison to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a primary funder; and to the NSVRC’s National Advisory Council. Ms. Baker is the 2014 President of the National Coalition for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation; and Co-Chairs the Prevention Committee for the Board of Directors of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA).
An ordinary trip to the airport turned into a nightmare of arrest and malicious prosecution for Nadine Pellegrino. In subsequent court proceedings, charges were dropped as TSA admitted to destroying evidence, hiding a witness statement, and accusing agents contradicted each other or failed to appear to testify.
Sai has a neurological disorder that causes episodic muteness and muscle spasms. He always requires medical liquids (namely, juice) at hand, and sometimes he requires paper to communicate (with people who don't know American Sign Language).
"The TSA has a de facto program of violating the rights of disabled travelers like me, and I'm fed up with it. They're routinely violating not just clearly established law, but their own policy.
"I'm currently pursuing administrative & civil action against the TSA for these incidents."
Jeramie Scott is the National Security Counsel and Privacy Coalition Coordinator for EPIC. His work focuses on the privacy issues implicated by domestic surveillance programs that use drones, biometrics, big data, and license plate readers.
Cris Edwards is the director of tax policy studies at Cato and editor of www.DownsizingGovernment.org. He is a top expert on federal and state tax and budget issues. Before joining Cato, Edwards was a senior economist on the congressional Joint Economic Committee, a manager with PricewaterhouseCoopers, and an economist with the Tax Foundation. Edwards has testified to Congress on fiscal issues many times, and his articles on tax and budget policies have appeared in the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, and other major newspapers. He is the author of Downsizing the Federal Government and coauthor of Global Tax Revolution.
Edwards holds a BA and MA in economics, and he was a member of theFiscal Future Commission of the National Academy of Sciences.