From Lynn Westmoreland’s office:
This week, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 1095, the TSA Loose Change Act. Over the last two years, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has collected approximately $465,000 in change that has been left at airport security checkpoints. H.R. 1095 would direct the TSA to donate all unclaimed money left at airport security checkpoints to nonprofit organizations that provide places of rest and recuperation at airports for members of the armed forces and their families. Currently, the TSA keeps this money for themselves, creating what amounts to an unregulated slush fund for the agency. I am a proud cosponsor of this legislation.
If signed into law, this bill would directly benefit the USO Lounge at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson Airport, which is a well-deserved benefit for our brave men and women who serve in the armed forces. I can’t think of a better way to use this lost change than to support our military service members. With the drawdown in Iraq and Afghanistan, in 2012 the military centralized its charter flights into Hartsfield. More than 1,000 volunteers work at the USO to greet incoming troops, and on special holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas volunteers chefs from some of Atlanta’s top restaurants come to cook for the troops in the USO Lounge.
While the TSA plays a role in keeping our nation secure and Americans safe as they travel within the United States and around the world, I don’t think that a government agency should benefit from taxpayer errors. They are entrusted with protecting travelers and should not profit from their work. It just sends the wrong message to the American public.