More than $500,000 in loose change that travelers left behind at airport security checkpoints was collected by the U.S. Transportation Safety Administration last year and that’s money that, under current law, the TSA can spend on itself.
The Huffington Post reports that a new bill, called The TSA Loose Change Act (H.R. 1095), which was introduced by Rep. Jeff Miller (R - Fla.) in March and passed the House of Representatives last week, would instead direct the money towards building rest and recuperation areas at U.S. airports for members of the military.
“I would much rather see unclaimed change go to help military personnel on their way home from the battlefield,” Miller said, according to a press release on his website. “The lost change should be put to good use, and I know that the thousands of coins will have a positive impact on millions of our nation’s warriors."
No members of the House requested that the votes be tallied and the bill passed unanimously without a roll call vote, according to NBC News. The bill now goes to the Senate.
Under the bill, the loose change collected at Transportation Security Administration checkpoints would be donated to the United Service Organizations, the private non-profit group that supports American troops.
Per the House Homeland Security Committee, the TSA collected more than $531,000 at airport security checkpoints in 2012. That’s $44,000 more than they collected in 2011.