February 26, 2013
The $85 billion in so-called sequestration cuts scheduled to take effect March 1 will put the United States in a vulnerable state of security and can lead to longer lines at the airport, DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano warned at a White House briefing yesterday.
“I don’t think we can maintain the same level of security at all places around the country with sequester compared to without sequester,” she told reporters.
Among the various Homeland Security agencies that will be affected by the sequester, Transportation Security Administration staffing will take a hit, which can lead to longer lines at the airport, Big Sis said.
Napolitano stated, “If you’re traveling by air, you’re going to have to start getting to the airport earlier. And if you’re trying to make a connecting flight, you’re gonna have to make your arrangements to give you greater time with which to do that.”
On Twitter, news that the sequester could leave fewer TSA screeners at airports was received with joy, as reported by Twitchy last week:
Have to say, the least scary sequester prospect is the one that predicts fewer TSA officers at airports.
— Neil King (@NKingofDC) February 22, 2013
Funny how WH talks of poor service by TSA b/c of sequester.Has anyone every accused them of having good service?
— Rick Wiley (@rick_wiley) February 21, 2013
Why not sequester the TSA agents instead of folks in useful sectors of the government?
— Jim Duncan (@JimDuncan) February 22, 2013
Sequester the hell out of the TSA, America’s most shameful agency theatln.tc/YF9VZg
— Joe Flood (@joeflood) February 21, 2013
How do we get rid of TSA? Maybe some smart Congressman could find a way to include it in the Sequester!! fb.me/1XUOIr9aO
— TX Tea Party PAC (@twteaparty) February 21, 2013
I just came up w/ a great idea for avoiding the screening delays the TSA warns are coming w/ the sequester: Scrap the TSA! Saves even more $
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) February 21, 2013
— Travis Hodge (@travhodge) February 20, 2013
The sequester cuts to government jobs may be a blessing, honestly, do we need so many #TSA agents
— Mark Mihalko (@ScarletCircus) February 21, 2013
Wait – “Sequester” cuts mean cuts to TSA? I”m now TOTALLY 100% FOR letting those cuts happen. TSA is security theater and less liberty.
— Bill Hobbs (@billhobbs) February 19, 2013
— Keith Reynolds (@keeftweet) February 21, 2013
— kb9ibw / Emery (@kb9ibw) February 21, 2013
— Bill Erwin (@Swervinerwin) February 21, 2013
The over-bloated governmental entity is viewed as a bane in most Americans’ existence, many of whom consider it a bottomless money hole sucking up a budget of $8.1 billion annually since its inception in 2001, but providing little in the way of actual security.