Reply from Rep Justin Amash

Discussion in 'Aviation Passenger Security in the USA' started by Fisher1949, Oct 8, 2011.

  1. Fisher1949

    Fisher1949 Original Member Coach

    Among my other anti-TSA diversions I often write Members of Congress. Most of the replies tend to be vague saying that there is a need to respect passenger rights then go on to tentatively support TSA. There are a few who are vehemently opposed to TSA, i.e. Chaffetz, Rand and Ron Paul and a few others. This gentleman's reply was a pleasant surprise and I felt it worthwhile to share with everyone. It's important that we support these folks when we can and I intend to send him a follow up letter of thanks.

    September 19, 2011
    Dear Fisher1949,
    Thank you for contacting my office regarding the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). I appreciate hearing your thoughts on this issue, and I apologize for the delay in my response.

    Our nation faces serious threats, but we will defend our nation in vain if we do not preserve our liberty. I am concerned about expensive and intrusive airport procedures that may endanger passengers' health—and certainly endanger our liberty—with little to no tangible benefit to our security.

    The United States, Libya, Romania, and Bulgaria are the only countries with an all-federal passenger screening service. I voted for Representative John Mica's Amendment to H.R. 2017, the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2012, which would shift ten percent of TSA personnel funds to the Screening Partnership Program. This program allows airports to contract with private companies to provide screening under federal supervision. The amendment passed 219-204.

    Representative Jason Chaffetz and I sponsored two amendments to H.R. 2017 to restrict the power of the TSA. Amendment 1 would prohibit the TSA from purchasing new full-body image scanners, and Amendment 2 would prohibit the TSA from using full-body image scanners as "mandatory or primary" screening devices. This means the scanners could be used only as an option during secondary screening. Both amendments failed to pass.

    In addition, I am a cosponsor of H.R. 1510, the TSA Screening of Minors Act of 2011, which would prevent the TSA from performing pat-downs on minors without the consent and presence of a parent. This legislation is currently under review by the House Committee on Homeland Security.

    I am currently in the process of reviewing legislative options to eliminate the TSA entirely and restore private alternatives. I will keep your comments in mind as I consider legislation on this matter. Thank you again for contacting me, and please feel free to contact my office if I can be of further assistance.


    Justin Amash
    United States Representative
    Third District of Michigan
  2. Doober

    Doober Original Member

    Is he running for re-election? I'd contribute to his campaign.
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  3. Fisher1949

    Fisher1949 Original Member Coach

    Let's hope so. I plan to check with his campaign HQ and find out. Having his support in Congress is worth a few dollars to me.
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  4. nachtnebel

    nachtnebel Original Member

    Let us know. I've contributed to other US reps, since my own is such a pr*k on this issue....
  5. CelticWhisper

    CelticWhisper Founding Member

    I'm tempted to write to him and apologize on behalf of my rep., Jan Schakowsky, who flat-out admitted voting against his amendment to HR2017. She is so fired come next election.
  6. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    Here's the roll call of votes on the Amash amendment to HR2017.
  7. KrazyKat

    KrazyKat Original Member

    Thank you for posting that. We should have our own ranking % for votes on TSA/Patriot Act issues.

    I just received a plainly apologetic letter from Sen. Maria Cantwell's office. They included TSA's blather in reply to her inquiry. TSA has never bothered to reply to my complaints or information requests personally.

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