On Thursday, March 21, Sen. Paul introduced Amendment 377 to S.Con.Res.8, the Budget Resolution, which would create a deficit-neutral reserve fund to reform aviation security, including the privatization of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).
This amendment also precludes the use of new revenues in establishing a reserve fund for aviation security reform, an affirmation that the American people should not be asked to pay more for an improved, less intrusive airport screening process. Ultimately, it should be the responsibility of Congress to reform airport screening and reduce costs to the government.
"While providing sufficient security is undoubtedly important, it must be our priority to ensure that the airport screening process does not violate a traveler's basic rights, and that restraints are in place to protect travelers from government heavy-handedness as they move through an airport," Sen. Paul said. "TSA costs $1.2 billion per year, while doing very little to keep us safe. Privatizing airport security would ensure safer, more efficient and less costly way for the American people to travel. "