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Ms. JACKSON LEE. Mr. Speaker, I rise in strong support of H.R. 1095, the TSA Loose Change Act. I support the goals of the bill that would allow the Transportation Security Administration, TSA, to transfer monies left by travelers at airport security check points to USO-type organizations.
The bill is intended to provide support to organizations that exist for the sole purpose of lifting the spirits of America's troops and their families.
Travelers often see young men and women of the armed services in airports who often travel for hours and sometimes days to reach their destinations.
It is important that while they or their families are traveling they are provided with access to rest areas and a warm welcome.
The TSA Loose Change Act modifies existing law by requiring TSA to transfer unclaimed loose change found at passenger screening checkpoints to organizations that provide places of rest and recuperation at airports to service members and their families, such as the USO.
Last year, TSA collected over $500,000 in unclaimed money at passenger screening checkpoints.
Under H.R. 1095, this money will go to the noble cause of providing support for service members and their families.
During Committee consideration of this bill in October, during Full Homeland Security Committee markup, I offered an amendment to the bill that will require TSA to publish in the Federal Register the name of the organization that successfully applies for the funds via the Request for Proposals process called for in the bill.
I was pleased that my amendment was met with the unanimous support of the Committee and is now a part of the legislation before the House today.
With my amendment included, we can have confidence that we will have knowledge of the organizations or organization that receives the money and can ensure its proper use.
I ask my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to support our troops and their families by voting in favor of this amendment.
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