The chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on Thursday criticized Transportation Security Administration chief John Pistole for not appearing at a hearing called to discuss and investigate the use of biometrics for transportation workers. In a letter to Chairman John Mica, R-Fla., Pistole said he would not appear before Mica's committee because the Homeland Security Committee has jurisdiction over the TSA. The biometric cards, now mandated for for U.S. merchant ship crews, have faced a variety of delays and problems.

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