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Debbie Wasserman Schultz

From the office of:

Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Sending Office: Honorable Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Sent By:
Matthew.Ellison@mail.house.gov

        Request for Signature(s)

Support Critical Airport Security Programs

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Deadline: COB Monday, March 12

Dear Colleague:

Please join me in writing to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security in support of funding for critical airport security programs.

With ongoing threats to our nation’s airports, it is imperative we provide robust funding for the Law Enforcement Officer Reimbursement and Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response (VIPR) Team Programs. These initiatives within the Transportation Security
Administration play a vital role in keeping our constituents and our nation’s transportation centers safe.

First, the Law Enforcement Officer Reimbursement program assists airports and municipalities afford the salaries and expenses of local law enforcement officers that secure our airport terminals. Second, VIPR Teams, consisting of Federal Air Marshals, Behavioral
Detection Officers, Transportation Security Specialists, Security Inspectors, Canine teams, and federal, state, and local law enforcement, are specially trained teams deployed to our airports, mass transit systems, and other transportation centers to detect
and address threats and acts of terrorism.

These programs are crucial to combating the growing number of threats on our transportation infrastructure. We therefore ask that the Committee support these programs that have a proven track record of protecting the American public and the millions of people
that travel through our nation’s airports each year.

If you have any questions, please contact Matthew Ellison at
matthew.ellison@mail.house.gov
 or 5-7931. To sign,
click here
to fill out the form. Please see request letter below.

 

Sincerely,

 

Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Member of Congress

 

March XX, 2018

 

Dear Chairman Carter and Ranking Member Roybal-Allard:

Thank you for your past support of programs to protect our nation’s airports through the Transportation Security Administration. As you begin work on the FY 2019 Homeland Security Appropriations bill, we respectfully request robust funding for the Law Enforcement
Officer Reimbursement and Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response (VIPR) Team Programs.

With increasing threats on our nation’s airports, it is imperative we provide the necessary funding for the Law Enforcement Officer Reimbursement and VIPR Team programs. These initiatives play a vital role in keeping our constituents and the millions of
people who travel through our nation’s airports safe.

The Law Enforcement Officer Reimbursement program assists airports and municipalities afford the salaries and expenses associated with staffing our airports with a sufficient number of local law enforcement officers. VIPR Teams, consisting of Federal Air
Marshals, Behavioral Detection Officers, Transportation Security Specialists, Security Inspectors, Canine teams, and federal, state, and local law enforcement officers, are specially trained teams deployed to our airports, mass transit systems, and other transportation
centers to detect threats and acts of terrorism.

These programs are crucial to combating the growing number of threats on our transportation infrastructure. We therefore ask the Committee to support these programs and provide them with the necessary funding.

Finally, we recognize the constraints by which the Subcommittee is bound.  As always, we appreciate your consideration of our request and we look forward to working with you as the FY 2019 Homeland Security Appropriations bill takes shape.

 

Sincerely,

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