CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
On Tuesday, September 16, 2014, the House will consider H.R. _____, a bill to Amend Title 49, United States Code, to Provide for Limitations on the Fees Charged to Passengers of Air Carriers under a suspension of the rules. H.R._____ was introduced by Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC).
H.R._____ amends Section 44940 of Title 49, U.S. Code to limit the passenger security fee charged by the TSA to $5.60 per one-way trip and $11.20 per round trip. This legislation defines the term round trip as “a trip on an air travel itinerary that terminates or has a stopover at the origin point.”
This legislation clarifies congressional intent in the Bipartisan Budget Act with regard to TSA’s ability to collect passenger security fees. Despite the intent of Congress, the TSA has misinterpreted BBA language and eliminated caps on fees for round trip travel. As a result, the TSA will collect between approximately $30 million and $60 million annually in additional unauthorized fees. According to the air carrier industry, these fees are estimated to have a disproportionate impact on individuals living in rural communities. H.R. ______ addresses this issue by clarifying how the fee should be applied and limiting the amount of fees that can be collected.
A formal CBO cost estimate is currently unavailable.
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