A recent report from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) stated the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) was lacking an “intelligence driven, risk-based security strategy.” Recent comments from TSA Administrator, Peter Neffenger, highlight the concerns from the DHS.
Neffenger stated the TSA only allocates 3% of their budget to protecting buses, trains, subways, and ports.
Calls for increased security in other areas of public transportation have grown after a recent incident in New York, where a bag filled with pipe bombs was found near a train station. The TSA spends 80% of their budget on aviation security, but lacks in protection on land-based public transportation.
Protecting the American people must be the number one priority in Congress!S. 3379, the Surface Transportation and Maritime Security Act, was introduced by Senators John Thune (R-S.D.) and Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) to address the security concerns. The bill will alter how the TSA evaluates and responds to security risks, using an intelligence driven, risk based method to help better allocate security funds.
The bill will potentially add up to 70 canine units to surface transportation protection! Canine units are essential for stopping terrorist threats, as they have the vital ability to sniff out explosive devices.
Sign this petition to tell all members of congress to approve the TSA bill for increased security in surface transportation areas!