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Cravaack bill to speed up airport screening for vets

8th District Representative Chip Cravaack says the legislation, which will expedite TSA screenings for service veterans, is a small gesture for their service. Others worry it may help facilitate terrorists posing as military members.
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8th District Representative Chip Cravaack says the legislation, which will expedite TSA screenings for service veterans, is a small gesture for their service. Others worry it may help facilitate terrorists posing as military members.

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