Senator downplays aviation security, urges focus on transit

04/22/2010 | Record (Hackensack, N.J.), The

TSA's emphasis on airport security shows that the government is "fighting the last war," Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., said Wednesday, ratcheting up pressure on the Department of Homeland Security to rethink budget priorities. "Two million people get on planes every day, and 35 million get on transit," Lautenberg told a DHS assistant secretary testifying before a Senate panel. Regarding an overdue risk assessment designed to guide the department's spending, Lautenberg said it is time to "get on the stick here, get going."

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