Last updated: 08:40 PM ET, Thu June 06 2013

A4A Applauds Prohibition of Use of Taxpayer Dollars for Foreign Security

Features & Advice | Airlines for America | David Cogswell | June 06, 2013

Airlines for America (A4A), the industry trade organization for U.S. airlines, applauded the House passage on June 5 of an amendment sponsored by Congressional representatives Pat Meehan (R-PA), Candice Miller (R-MI) and Peter DeFazio (D-OR), which prohibits the use of taxpayer dollars toward financing a security pre-clearance operation at Abu Dhabi International Airport.

The amendment was a reaction to the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) decision to establish a preclearance facility at Abu Dhabi International Airport. A number of congress members objected, saying that the pre-security clearance facility was in violation of a congressional appropriations act because it used U.S. tax dollars to fund a facility in an airport that is not used by any American carriers.

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