Members of the United States House of Representatives passed a bill by a vote of 234-182 pertaining to the budget for the United States Department of Homeland Security — I wish they would change the name of that department — which includes a cut of the budget of the Transportation Security Administration by $422,000,000.00. However, the United States Senate still has yet to vote on this bill for it to have any chance on becoming a law.
I already proposed a way where I can personally save the Transportation Security Administration up to two million dollars, but I still yet have to hear from them in response to my offer.
While I admittedly have no proof to substantiate this claim, I believe that the Transportation Security Administration is a bloated department of the United States government which could use a reduction in budget. In an lackluster economy, any ways to save taxpayer money without jeopardizing the safety and quality of life of American citizens is welcome by me — and if we can save those people who visit our country money and hassles while not compromising our aviation system, that is even better.
As I have said here, airport security checkpoints are like banks and supermarkets: they are equipped with an abundance of lanes, but only have a select few open at most given times. However, to add insult to injury, clumps of Transportation Security Administration agents are often spotted chatting or give the appearance of not working while passengers wait in security lines, giving them the new meaning behind the TSA acronym of “thousands standing around” by FlyerTalk members.
Is a reduction in the budget of the Transportation Security Administration by $422 million too deep a cut, just right, or not enough? Do you believe that airport security will be compromised should the bill pass into law? What are your thoughts?