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U.S. Representative Val Demings

Representing the 10th District of Florida

President Trump’s Shutdown Harms Transportation Security

January 8, 2019
Press Release

ORLANDO, FL – Congresswoman Val Demings (D-Orlando) today commented on the fact that this Friday, America’s Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers will miss their first paychecks as a result of President Trump’s government shutdown.

Said Rep. Demings, “Ports of entry like our airports are the number one target for terrorists and drug traffickers. This Friday, President Trump’s government shutdown will mean that the TSA officers who keep us safe won’t get paid. That’s unfair, unsafe, and short-sighted.

“I was commander of the Orlando Police Airport Division at Orlando International Airport during the 9/11 attacks and know firsthand how important airport security is. I’m dumbfounded that President Trump, in the name of ‘security,’ will force our TSA officers to work without pay.

“This Friday the TSA officers who keep our airports and airplanes safe will miss their first paychecks. Have we already forgotten the lessons of 9/11? The Trump Shutdown has never been about ‘security.’ After the 9/11 attacks, Congress created a passenger security fee to help fund the TSA, but it’s not being used. Now, the Trump Administration—which has diverted other fees to pay for parks and the IRS—won’t do the same to keep our airports and travelers safe. Pay our TSA officers!”