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The Transportation Security Administration, already under scrutiny after one of its agents was shot to death at Los Angeles International Airport this month, has spent nearly $1 billion on a passenger behavior monitoring program that has not been scientifically proven to work, a key government watchdog agency said Thursday.
It was a hearing scheduled long before the LAX shooting, designed to be an examination of the Transportation Security Administration's behavioral screening program known as SPOT. But a House Homeland Security hearing morphed into a discussion about lessons learned from the incident at Los Angeles International Airport.
There was also new information about the killing of a TSA agent and wounding of others at Terminal 3.
Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43) issued the following statement on the passing of Joseph "Joe" Debro, former director for the Office of Small Business for the state of California.
Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43) congratulated Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) and the City of Inglewood on reaching an agreement on $7.07 million in funding for noise mitigation efforts in Inglewood. The agreement will provide funding to continue soundproofing residences in the City of Inglewood from the noise of aircraft utilizing Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).
Today on Capitol Hill, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43), addressed safety and security concerns at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in the wake of the shooting incident that occurred on Nov. 1, 2013. She addressed the remarks to Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Administrator John Pistole, who testified during a hearing held by the Subcommittee on Transportation Security of the House Committee on Homeland Security, entitled "TSA's SPOT Program and Initial Lessons from the LAX Shooting."
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Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43), Ranking Member of the House Financial Services Committee, delivered a keynote address on the need for robust housing finance reform at a public forum hosted by the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) Housing Commission. The forum covered future demographic trends impacting housing markets, efforts to link housing and healthcare to serve the most vulnerable populations, access to credit for perspective homebuyers, and efforts to incentivize the adoption of energy efficiency measures in housing.
Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43) released the following statement regarding the shooting incident at Terminal 3 in Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) today:
"My thoughts and prayers are with the LAX shooting victims, their families and loved ones today. I pray for the health and recovery of those injured and for our first responders who arrived on the scene to tend to the wounded and secure the area inside the terminal.
Titled "Avoid Scams and Plan Wisely," the workshop will cover ways to be on alert for scams that target older people and ways to prevent identity theft, as well as advice on financial management and planning from a panel of financial experts.
Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43), Ranking Member of the House Financial Services Committee, delivered the keynote address at the Los Angeles Business Council's Mayoral Housing, Transportation & Jobs Summit that took place at UCLA's Korn Convocation Hall on Friday, Oct.18. Hosted by the UCLA Anderson School of Business, the Summit, now in its 12th year, is a gathering of top business leaders and elected officials.
Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43) was awarded the inaugural Judge Harry Pregerson Public Service Award by U.S. VETS on Thursday, Oct. 17th. This award honors individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the veterans' community and whose accomplishments can be viewed as models of public service within and outside the work environment. The award was presented to Congresswoman Waters at the U.S.VETS Annual Dinner in Los Angeles.