June 11, 2009 - Issue: Vol. 155, No. 87 — Daily Edition111th Congress (2009 - 2010) - 1st Session
TRANSPORTATION SECURITY ADMINISTRATION AUTHORIZATION ACT; Congressional Record Vol. 155, No. 87
(Extensions of Remarks - June 11, 2009)
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[Extensions of Remarks] [Pages E1384-E1385] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] TRANSPORTATION SECURITY ADMINISTRATION AUTHORIZATION ACT ______ speech of HON. RUSH D. HOLT of new jersey in the house of representatives Thursday, June 4, 2009 The House in Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union had under consideration of the bill (H.R. 2200) to authorize the Transportation Security Administration's programs relating to the provision of transportation security, and for other purposes: Mr. HOLT. Mr. Chair, there are many worthy and needed provisions in this legislation. It authorizes a tripling of surface transportation security funding, to $15.6 billion. It requires the Transportation Security Administration to field at least 100 canine teams, which are absolutely critical to our bomb detection efforts. The bill creates a $10 million grant program for improving security measures at general aviation airports. These and many other provisions in the bill are laudable. Unfortunately, the bill includes a provision that would allow TSA at least two more years to achieve the congressionally-mandated goal of screening 100 percent of air cargo on passenger jets. Mr. Chair, we can't keep kicking this can down the road. The traveling public has been demanding for years that we close this major airline security gap. We said we would fulfill all the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission. We haven't. If we give TSA two more years, two years from now TSA will say ``We need more time.'' Congress has supplied the money to achieve this goal. What we need from TSA is results-oriented leadership to get the job done. The best way to finish this job is to keep the existing deadline in place, which is why I could not [[Page E1385]] support this bill. I hope that we can improve this bill during any conference with the Senate or if it is included in a larger Homeland Security authorization bill by removing this two-year extension on meeting the cargo screening requirement. ____________________