President Donald Trump is proposing an increase to the 9/11 Passenger Security Fee assessed on an airline tickets, according to the Associated Press.

The fee, which is currently $5.60 per one-way flight and helps fund the TSA, would increase to $6.60 under the proposal. AP said it viewed the proposal in draft documents for the 2018 Department of Homeland Security budget.

The report came Monday, the same day that Office of Management and Budget director Mick Mulvaney briefed reporters in broad strokes about Trump's budget blueprint. The president is calling for a $54 billion increase in military spending and his budget also prioritizes "protecting the nation and securing the border," Mulvaney said.

Trump will speak about his budget priorities in an address before Congress Tuesday night. The full budget won't be released until May, Mulvaney said.

Any proposed increase in the 9/11 Passenger Security Fee would likely encounter resistance from U.S. airlines. Since 2013, Congress has diverted about one-third of the fee to nonsecurity-related costs. In 2015, passengers paid $3.5 billion in 9/11 security fees, of which $1.19 billion was diverted, according to the trade group Airport Councils International--North America.

The trade organization Airlines for America (A4A) called for an end to that practice last May as long airport security lines, caused partially by funding shortages that had impacted TSA staffing, made national headlines. 

On Tuesday, A4A spokesman Vaughn Jennings said it would be premature to comment since the Trump administration has not released an official budget proposal. However, Jennings noted that generally speaking, A4A believes Congress should reapply existing TSA passenger security fees to security, rather than increase them. 

The White House press office declined to comment.

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