TSA to Get a Proposed $7.9 Billion in Funding

Mar 23, 2018

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Lawmakers proposed a $114 million bump in funding for the Transportation Security Administration under the new $1.3 trillion spending bill passed by both houses of Congress on Thursday. Under the proposed spending bill, the TSA would get a total of $7.9 billion in funding.

If the spending bill is not vetoed by President Trump (which he was threatening to do Friday morning), the budget increase for the TSA will allow the agency to do things like test 3D scanners at checkpoints.

The spending measure is the opposite of the $1 billion budget cut that Trump had proposed for the agency. Trump advocated to slash the TSA‘s budget, and instead raise passengers’ TSA fees from $5.60 to $6.60 for each connecting flight, which would have generated about $530 million in revenue per year.

No spike in fees was included in Congress’ bill.

The House of Representatives said the proposed TSA budget is $114 million more than last year, and the Senate said it was $800 million more than Trump requested.

Trump also proposed cutting 1,794 TSA officers at airport exit lanes, reducing grants for local airport security by $45 million and having 23 fewer officers patrolling public places of airports and train stations.

The $1.3 trillion spending bill now goes to Trump’s desk for approval, but the president was threatening to veto it over immigration disagreements.

H/T: USA Today

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