House Passes bill To give TSA Unclaimed Change to Service Members

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.




  1. Rick Day says:

    20th century thinking. We are not in the midst of Oil Wars so this is just for those in domestic transit, or desk duty in Remotaskan aka “just a job” instead of “risking life and limb for Freedom™.

    And our new buildup is in drones, not humans.

    We can do better. Thanks, Obama!

    • Will Durant says:

      My son-in-law who has just returned from his second tour in Afghanistan and saw his squadron leader returned in a box would beg me to disagree regarding your contention that no one is currently “risking life and limb”. Though I can agree with you that our presence there has little to do with “Freedom™”. And those drones are serving to create many future jihadists in Pakistan as of late. Obama has found out how right Eisenhower was in his departing speech.

  2. SmyrnaModerate says:

    calling less than $500k a “slush fund” for an agency that has a budget of $7.6 billion is unnecessary and cheapen’s the congressman’s otherwise very good idea.

    • Dave Bearse says:

      Office staff had to settle for something when it was unable to include either “job-destroying” or “job-creating” in the press release.

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