U.S. Senate Forms Travel and Tourism Caucus

 
GA MEMO 2011-85 Subjects:      

1) House Expected to Consider 21st FAA Extension

2) Cosponsors Needed for H.Res. 286

3) Senate Forms U.S. Senate Travel & Tourism Caucus 

 

1) House Expected to Consider 21st FAA Extension

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s floor schedule for the week includes the possibility of action on the FAA Reauthorization bill.  The 20th extension expires on July 22nd.

 

2) Cosponsors Needed for H.Res. 286

Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (D-NY) has introduced a resolution thanking the residents of Gander, Newfoundland and the citizens of Canada for their contributions to the United States in the wake of the 9/11 attacks.  The resolution highlights the role Canadian airports played in handling air traffic once the U.S. closed its airspace.  ACI-NA President Greg Principato sent a letter to the Congresswoman thanking her for recognizing the key role Canadian airports played in assisting the U.S. and tens of thousands of stranded passengers.

ACI-NA asks that you contact your House delegation and urge them to cosponsor the legislation recognizing our Canadian neighbors.  The resolution currently has five cosponsors:  Reps. Randy Hultgren and Lipinski of Illinois; Rep. McDermott (WA); Rep. Rangel (NY) and Delegate Bordallo (Guam).

 

3) Senate Forms U.S. Senate Travel & Tourism Caucus 

Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Mark Begich (D-AK), Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Mark Kirk (R-IL) have formed the U.S. Senate Travel & Tourism Caucus in an effort to promote “common-sense policies that reduce barriers to travel and raise awareness of the importance of job-creating travel and tourism industry.”   Senators Klobuchar and Blunt are the Chair and Ranking Member, respectively, of the U.S. Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Competitiveness, Innovation and Export Promotion that oversees the U.S. tourism industry.

ACI-NA asks that you contact your Senate delegation and ask them to join the U.S. Senate Travel & Tourism Caucus.  An engaged and united group, such as the Caucus, can benefit airports by bringing attention to, and getting action on, issues such as cutting State Department red tape surrounding visas applications and appropriate Customs and Border Patrol staffing at airports.

Please contact ACI-NA’s Government Affairs staff should you have any additional questions or concerns.