Sasse Statement on EPA Airline Regulations

“The Obama Administration doesn’t know how to set priorities.”

June 10, 2015

U.S. Senator Ben Sasse issued the following statement after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it would be regulating exhaust from airplanes.

“The Obama Administration doesn’t know how to set priorities: This week – as the public learned more about the clear threat of having bombs smuggled onto the front of planes – the White House decided that the nation’s really urgent aircraft issue is the exhaust coming out the backend of planes.”

Background:

  • Today the EPA announced that airplane exhaust poses a health risk because exhaust “contributes” to climate change. This finding is the first step to regulating it.

  • Today, when asked by Senator Sasse if the TSA was succeeding or failing at its mission, Coast Guard Vice Adm. Peter Neffenger responded: “I don't know if it is right now, but if confirmed, that is going to be my focus.”

  • Yesterday, in a Homeland Security Committee Hearing, DHS Inspector General John Roth testified that testers, who “don’t have any specialized background or training in this kind of work,” succeeded in smuggling weapons and explosives through TSA checkpoints 67 times in 70 attempts.