Thursday, June 4, 2009

Transportation Authorization Act Passes House

Today, the House of Representatives passed the Transportation Security Administration Authorization Act, the first measure to pass the House that fully authorizes the Transportation Security Administration since its establishment in 2001. The bill authorizes over $15.6 billion in appropriations to the TSA for the next two fiscal years, tripling funding for surface transportation security, improving general and commercial aviation security and strengthening security training for the nation's transportation workforce.

"TSA has made great strides since 2001 but still our transportation systems are not as secure as they need to be," said Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS).

Thompson, chair of the House Homeland Security Committee, says the bill enhances transportation security "and does a better job of utilizing technology, such as biometrics, to address gaps in security.”


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