Darrell Issa | Serving California's 49th District
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May 26, 2016
ICYMI: Congressman Issa Discusses TSA Privatization on CNN’s “New Day”

WASHINGTON, DC — This morning, Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) joined CNN’s New Day to discuss his proposal to make security lines at the airport move more quickly.

Check out the interview below:

Highlights: “When you take government it’s going to be more bureaucratic. When you unionize, it’s going to be more bureaucratic.”

“If you take an industry, but you don’t have any flexibility in the workforce, it’s going to be inefficient … It’s one of the reasons that a private system can be more flexible, meet the requirements of the traveler and … be three times more likely to catch bad things according to random tests. That’s a huge difference in safety.”

“The passengers who see better safety, shorter lines, and according to the GAO — at least a billion dollars in savings — are on our side. This is about moving to a system that works in some places that have been allowed to have [a private system] and expanding, allowing more places to have it sooner.”

Background: Earlier this week, Congressman Issa proposed expanding the TSA’s “Screening Partnership Program” to allow private contractors to take over day-to-day screenings at the nation’s airports. The results would lead to shorter lines, increased efficiency, better security and reduced costs to taxpayers. His op-ed can be read here.

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