Letter to David E. Price and Harold Rogers from Robert C. Byrd and Thad Cochran Regarding the Transportation Security Administration's Suspension of the Butane Lighter Ban Onboard Commercial Aircraft, November 20, 2008 [open pdf - 375KB]
"This letter formally transmits the enclosed briefing in response to the explanatory statement accompanying the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2008 (Public Law 110-161, Division E). The statement directed the Comptroller General to report on its assessment of the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) report to the Committees on Appropriations of the Senate and House of Representatives on the anticipated security benefits and vulnerabilities associated with TSA's decision to suspend enforcement of the prohibition on butane lighters onboard aircraft. For a summary of the results of our work, see slide 13. Based on the results of our review, we are not making any recommendations for congressional consideration or agency action."