“We’ve had some incidents where TSA authorities think that congresspeople should be treated like everybody else.” –James Clyburn (D-SC)
Oh noez! Horrors! How dare anybody expect that high and mighty congresspeople, the democratically elected servants of the people, actually be treated in the same way as the rest of us peons? Didn’t the TSA authorities get the hint from the way Congress regularly exempts itself from everything it inflicts upon the rest of us?
We need an ironclad rule that Congress is required to live under any and all regulations and laws (including ObamaCare, Civil Rights legislation, airport security, etc.) that the rest of America labors under. No more special immunity. They are not an aristocracy, and they have no right to exempt themselves from the unintended (and intended!) consequence of their own actions.
I realize that something like this was implemented after the “Republican Revolution” of 1994; but since very Congress sets the rules under which it operates, that restriction is long gone. It only lasted as long as there was a Congressional leadership willing to endure it. The only way to make this stick is with a Constitutional Amendment.