The Republican-controlled House approved legislation Thursday that would cut funding for transportation security officers, the men and women on the front line of aviation safety.
The 219 to 204 vote approved cutting the Transportation Security Administration’s budget by $270 million, according to Democrats and union leaders.
As pointed out by an astute redditor named cybermage, that’s only a cut of about 3% based on their 2011 budget of $8,165 million (yes, that’s $8,164,780,000). That number is up from their 2010 budget of $7,600 million.
Air-safety is important, no doubt, but it’s important to keep perspective on the data.