House Republicans blasted the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) last week in a report before voting to reduce the federal agency’s funding by hundreds of millions of dollars.
In a report issued Friday, the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure blasted TSA’s decision not to allow the use of contract airport screeners, saying their use at the nation’s top 35 airports could save taxpayers $1 billion in five years.
In a Department of Homeland Security appropriations bill, passed Friday, the House reduced TSA’s budget by $270 million and approved an amendment to the bill that would block TSA employees from collective bargaining. (In February, TSA decided to allow limited collective bargaining rights to its screeners.) The bill, sponsored by Republican Todd Rokita of Indiana, passed 218 to 205.