Budget deal includes cap on TSA personnel

"I envision TSA getting out of the personnel business," Mica said during a speech to the Washington Aero Club last month. "We've got to do a better job utilizing our resources."

Mica, who helped create the agency through legislation in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2011, terrorist attacks, said it has sprawled to become "bigger than five government agencies."

Mica's office did not comment on the TSA cap Tuesday.

A short-term continuing resolution was approved late last Friday to avoid a shutdown of the federal government, but legislative language for a bill that would fund the government through the end of September was not drafted in either chamber until Tuesday. The House is scheduled to vote on that legislation Thursday.