On May 26, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved a $49.7 billion spending bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security during fiscal year 2017.
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June 7, 2016 – The U.S. Government Accountability Office last week released two new reports analyzing federal aviation security policies – one relating to airport perimeter access and one relating to Federal Air Marshal placement.
On May 25 House Homeland Security Committee held a hearing, “Long Lines, Short Patience: the TSA Airport Screening Experience”, on the issue of long security lines at airports where screening is done by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).
April 14, 2016 – The U.S. Senate failed to reach agreement earlier today on legislation reauthorizing Federal Aviation Administration programs for fiscal years 2016 and 2017 (H.R. 636), and Senators have left town for the weekend. The Senate will hold another vote on limiting debate on the bill at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, April 18.
April 7, 2016 – The U.S. Senate finally got around to debating the specifics of legislation reauthorizing the Federal Aviation Administration this week.
The following amendments related to transportation security were adopted by the Senate on April 7, 2016 as amendments to the FAA reauthorization bill (H.R.
April 7, 2016 – On April 6, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation held a hearing to address security concerns within the U.S. transportation system in the wake of the ISIS attack on Brussels last month. While the focus of the hearing was supposed to be the surface transportation network and the recent terrorist bombings in Brussels, the hearing kept coming back to U.S.
February 10, 2016 – The President’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2017 proposes large and politically unrealistic increases in aviation security fees, proposes sharp reductions in Coast Guard procurement (partially to reflect the winding down of important components of the Integrated Deepwater System), and would cut port and rail security grants.
December 16, 2015 – Highlights of the FY 2016 omnibus appropriations bill’s budget totals for the Transportation Security Administration, the U.S. Coast Guard, and FEMA port security grants.
December 9, 2015 – On Wednesday, the Senate Commerce Committee held an executive session to mark-up and vote on a number of bills, including aviation and pipeline safety bills, and vote on nominations for promotions to the Coast Guard.
December 9, 2015 – The House Homeland Security Committee held a meeting on Tuesday afternoon titled, “Examining TSA’s Global Efforts to Protect the Homeland from Aviation Threats and Enhance Security at Last Point of Departure Airports” to explore how the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) approaches security risks at foreign airports that have flights to the United States.
July 15, 2015 – The House Appropriations Committee yesterday by a 32 to 17 vote gave its approval to the fiscal year 2016 appropriations bill for the Department of Homeland Security.
July 15, 2015 – The House’s five-month Highway Trust Fund extension bill (H.R. 3038) pays for $3 billion of its $8 billion HTF bailout by taking aviation security fees scheduled to go towards offsetting the Transportation Security Administration budget and instead setting them aside for general fund deficit reduction.
February 4, 2015 – This week, the Obama Administration submitted a budget request for $7.15 billion in gross funding for the Transportation Security Administration for fiscal year 2016. However, a huge chunk of the gross TSA budget is offset by aviation security fees, which the Administration proposes to increase slightly this year and more significantly in future years. After the fees are taken off, the net spending total for TSA in the budget would be $4.77 billion, a 1.4 percent decrease from the pending FY 2015 level.
January 14, 2015 – The House of Representatives earlier today passed a bill funding the Department of Homeland Security for fiscal year 2015 by a vote of 236 to 191 after voting to add five immigration-related amendments, most of which the White House says the President will veto.
December 11, 2014 – House to vote on FY15 omnibus appropriations; Senate passes Coast Guard reauthorization; Congress clears two aviation security bills; Senate passes airline bankruptcy rollover legislation.