Checkpoint Optimization and Efficiency Act of 2016by Representative Michael T. McCaul
Posted on 2016-06-07
McCAUL. Mr. Speaker, the traveling public is suffering from
staggeringly long airport wait times. As the busy summer travel season
has begun, I am consistently hearing reports of missed flights, delays,
and two-hour plus wait times at TSA security checkpoints. This
bipartisan legislation includes meaningful reforms that the Homeland
Security Committee has identified to address wait times, while making
sure that the traveling public remains safe. I also want to encourage
the Senate to act on other House-passed bills that would help alleviate
checkpoint wait times.
TSA's Admiral Neffenger testified before my committee that the provisions outlined in H.R. 5338 would help optimize checkpoints and reduce the burden on TSA and passengers. Our bill has also received overwhelming support from transportation stakeholders, such as the airport and airline community.
The Checkpoint Optimization and Efficiency Act redeploys TSA personnel to enhance staffing and increase operational capability, allowing more screening lanes to be open. The bill ushers in a new era of transparency and accountability between TSA and its airport and airline stakeholders, while pushing continued expansion of TSA's PreCheck program, which the House has already sought to expand with the passage of the TSA PreCheck Expansion Act.
Mr. Speaker, the President's recent budget requests have failed to predict the resources that were needed to mitigate this problem before it started. In fact, last year, TSA gave $100 million back to the U.S. Treasury. Now, Secretary Johnson has had to ask Congress for reprogramming requests to alleviate the burden placed on TSA operations. While these reprogramming requests were necessary, I am pleased that this legislation will go a step further by reallocating existing assets in a much more effective manner.
I wish to thank Chairman Katko for his leadership on this important issue, as well as each of the cosponsors of the bill. In particular, I wish to thank Ranking Member Rice and Representative Keating for lending their support to the bill and for their engagement and work on enhancing transportation security. I urge my colleagues to support this critical legislation.
The SPEAKER pro tempore. The question is on the motion offered by the gentleman from New York (Mr. Katko) that the House suspend the rules and pass the bill, H.R. 5338, as amended.
The question was taken; and (two-thirds being in the affirmative) the rules were suspended and the bill, as amended, was passed.
A motion to reconsider was laid on the table.