Tue, Dec 20, 2011
Proposed $7.8 Billion Measure Is An Increase Over 2011
A measure to fund TSA to the tune of $7.8 billion next year is
making its way through Congress. The U.S. House passed the measure
Friday, and it is pending in the U.S. Senate.
The amount represents an increase of $153 million over the 2011
fiscal year appropriation, but it is $274 million less than had
been requested by President Obama, according to USA Today.
The President had proposed boosting a security fee of $2.50 per
leg to $5.00 each way as a means of funding the agency. That fee
would increase to $7.50 each way over the next five years. Airlines
fought hard against the fees, saying that they went more to deficit
reduction than to TSA.
The bill requires DHS to brief relevant committees on proposed
trusted traveler programs by mid-February, and calls for reports
twice a year to congress concerning cargo screening. It also says
the agency should consider "privacy and civil liberties" in new
security measures, and caps the number of full-time screeners at
its current 46,000.
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