Sending Office: Honorable Peter A. DeFazio
Stop the Diversion of Passenger Security Fees Away from Aviation Security: Cosponsor H.R. 2514, the FASTER Act
Current Cosponsors (49): Reps. Barragan, Blumenauer, Blunt Rochester, Robert Brady, Brownley, Bustos, Capuano, Carson, Cohen, Correa, Cummings, Demings, DeSaulnier, Esty, Evans, Frankel, Garamendi, Huffman, Jackson Lee, Eddie Bernice
Johnson, Hank Johnson, Keating, Langevin, Larsen, Lawrence, John Lewis, Lipinski, Lowenthal, Maloney, Meeks, Nadler, Napolitano, Nolan, Norton, Payne, Perlmutter, Pingree, Rice, Richmond, Rosen, Shea-Porter, Sires, Slaughter, Titus, Vela, Watson Coleman, Welch,
Endorsed by Airports Council International-North America and Airlines for America
Today, the threats to aviation are diverse and significant. Presently, there is great interest in system-wide deployment of Computed Tomography (CT) screening equipment to passenger security checkpoints, a technology widely-viewed as significantly enhancing
the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) threat detection capability. Last November 8, TSA Administrator David Pekoske testified before the House Committee on Homeland Security that TSA could “hypothetically” deploy CT throughout the aviation security
system. When probed about why TSA views such deployment as hypothetical, Administrator Pekoske explained that it is “hypothetical due to funding.”
Our aviation security system desperately needs those resources to address today’s threat environment. Congress established an airline passenger fee, the September 11 Security Fee, in order to help finance the cost of securing the nation’s aviation transportation
system. The passenger fee is currently $5.60 per one-way trip and may not exceed $11.20 round trip.
However, in 2013, Congress began diverting one-third of the revenue collected from these airline passenger fees to the general fund to pay for unrelated government spending.
Today, $1.25 billion in passenger fees are diverted. Unless current law is changed, over $15 billion will be diverted from TSA aviation security to pay for other federal programs unrelated to aviation security through FY 2025.
Administrator Pekoske stated that the return of those funds to their original, intended purpose would “go a long way” to making our travel safer.
The Funding for Aviation Screeners and Threat Elimination Restoration (FASTER) Act ensures that revenues collected from passengers are used to help finance the costs of aviation security screening – as Congress intended. The FASTER Act will enable TSA to
fund next generation CT screening technology already in operation in other countries to keep Americans safer. It will also allow TSA to hire additional Transportation Security Officers or fund overtime to help address the enormous congestion at TSA screening
in certain airports, making our airports more efficient and passengers less frustrated.
We urge you to cosponsor H.R. 2514, the FASTER Act, to ensure that passenger security fees only go towards aviation security and prevent Congress from raiding the funds in the future.
Peter A. DeFazio Bennie G. Thompson
Member of Congress Member of Congress
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