Congress Approved the TSA's Budget?!

Discussion in 'Aviation Passenger Security in the USA' started by Elizabeth Conley, Nov 27, 2011.

  1. Elizabeth Conley

    Elizabeth Conley Original Member

    Without coercion, there's no way the Janet Napolitano, John Pistole and the TSA will do the right thing and allow a scientifically valid scientific study of Xray Scanner safety.
     
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  2. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    Agreed.

    As to the title of this thread, though, I don't think that means that Congress has already approved the TSA's latest budget (does anyone know if they have? It was to be increased to $8.1 Billion). That last sentence in the editorial is pointing out that Pistole better dance to Congress's tune because Congress has the power to approve the TSA's budget.
     
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  3. Elizabeth Conley

    Elizabeth Conley Original Member

    That's what I hope. I didn't hear that the budget had been approved, but I know a lot of really bad stuff slips through the legislature under the public radar.

    The Senate and House are derelict in their duty to they public if they fail to hold the TSA's budget conditional upon significant improvements in behavior and attitude. The TSA does not know who's boss yet, and that needs to be made crystal clear.
     
  4. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    That pretty much sums it up. They have been for years.
     
  5. RadioGirl

    RadioGirl Original Member

    Congress has approved the TSA budget every year up to now, haven't they?

    The best we could hope for is that Congress says "we'll give you the money if you promise to [get an independent test of the body scanner/ review the BDO program/ change patdown procedures for children]", Pistole says, "Sure I'll get right on it", Congress gives him the $$$ and Pistole says, "I believe the scanners are safe/we know that the BDO program works/we've (subtly) changed the way we screen children." and we have another year of the same old thing.

    More likely, Congress just gives him the $$$ 'cause they're scared of looking soft on terrorism. :(
     
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  6. RB

    RB Founding Member

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  7. Wimpie

    Wimpie Original Member

    Congress is on it , more or less:
    HR 3011: Transportation Security Administration Authorization Act of 2011
    http://homeland.house.gov/sites/homeland.house.gov/files/TSA_Auth.pdf

    Latest Major Action: 10/12/2011 Referred to House subcommittee.
    Follow the bill's status here:
    http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d112:h.r.3011:

    It's much better than nothing, and this approved amendment (below) to it helps as well, and may kill the Rapiscan if they cannot get their ATR working in time. (but they'll probably ignore the deadline, like they do other deadlines)
    http://homeland.house.gov/sites/homeland.house.gov/files/AMD 03 Cravaack 001.pdf
     

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