CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
On Sunday, December 30, 2012, the House is scheduled to consider Senate Amendments to H.R. 6328, the Clothe a Homeless Hero Act, under a suspension of the rules requiring a two-thirds majority vote for approval. The bill was introduced on August 2, 2012, by Rep. Kathleen Hochul (D-NY) and was referred to the Committee on Homeland Security, which took no further action.
H.R. 6328 would require the Transportation Security Administration, in consultation with the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, to make every reasonable effort to transfer clothing recovered at any airport security checkpoint to local veterans organizations or other local charitable organizations for distribution to homeless or needy veterans and veteran families. The bill would limit any action that would create a cost for the federal government. In addition, the bill states that nothing in the legislation would “prevent an airport or the Transportation Security Administration from donating unclaimed clothing to a charitable organization of their choosing.”
As originally passed by the House, the measure would have provided for the transfer of unclaimed articles only to veterans-related organizations. The Senate amended the measure to permit local airport authorities to donate such articles to any charity.
Under current law (Section 44945 of title 49, United States Code), unclaimed money recovered at any airport security checkpoint is retained by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and remains available until expended for the purpose of providing civil aviation security. Other real property and personal belongings that are left at airport checkpoints and in other TSA controlled areas are disposed of in a variety of ways. Typically an item is held for thirty days before being either stored by TSA (in the case of high-value items) or sold or donated. H.R. 6328 would direct the TSA to transfer clothing recovered at any airport security checkpoint to local veterans organizations or other local charitable organizations for distribution to homeless or needy veterans and veteran families.
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