Sen. Schumer: Trump’s Plans to Cut TSA Budget by 11% Is Dangerous
By Steve Neavling
President Trump’s plans to cut 11% from the TSA’s budget would “spell real trouble for security,” Sen. Chuck Schumer said Sunday.
The cuts are meant to free up money to increase funding for immigration enforcement programs and the construction of a wall along the Mexico border.
Schumer, D-N.Y., called the cuts a “cash raid for the borer wall,” Newsday reports.
“You’re not going to quietly pillage the federal funds that protect New York on my watch,” said Schumer, who serves as the Senate Minority Leader, directing his message at the White House.
Under Trump’s plans, the Coast Guard also would be cut by 14%.
The TSA cuts would eliminate a $20 million program to train flight crew members in firearms training in the event of a hijacking. The plan also calls for cutting $45 million in grants for local law enforcement to increase patrols in and around airports.
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