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MILLER’S TSA ‘FORGOTTEN CHANGE’ BILL PASSES HOUSE
Congressman Jeff Miller (R-FL-01) today announced that H.R. 1095 has passed the House of Representatives. The bill would require the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to transfer unclaimed money recovered at airport security checkpoints to non-profit organizations that operate airport programs in support of the military.
“The TSA has been keeping the pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters from your change purse to pay for their bloated bureaucracy,” said Miller. “If TSA representatives get to play ‘finders keepers’ with your hard-earned cash, what’s the incentive to try to get the loose change to its rightful owners?”
In 2012, over $531,000 was collected at TSA airport security checkpoints. That number is up $44,000 from 2011. Travelers’ lost change has been used to supplement the TSA budget. H.R. 1095 would require those monies to be used to support of our Armed Forces.
The Homeland Security Committee successfully reported Miller’s bill out of Committee last month. The next step in the legislative process is consideration by the U.S.Senate.
“I would much rather see unclaimed change go to help military personnel on their way home from the battlefield,” Miller added. “The lost change should be put to good use, and I know that the thousands of coins will have a positive impact on millions of our nation’s warriors. I appreciate Congressman McCaul’s efforts in helping to get this bill through the committee process and to the House Floor and I thank him for his continued support.