Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Travel Association today lauded Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) for his legislative efforts to promote productive travel and meetings by federal employees under common-sense guidelines and oversight.
U.S. Travel singled out an amendment Heller introduced to modify a funding bill for several federal agencies, which would ensure continued oversight and transparency of government travel spending and maintain $2 billion in travel budget reductions achieved since 2012. The amendment also improves federal decision-making by preventing agencies from implementing policies that discourage or prohibit travel and conference-related activities based solely on location.
The broader spending bill (H.R. 4660) was pulled from consideration Thursday over unrelated issues. U.S. Travel is now urging Senate leaders to add Heller's amendment to pending appropriations as soon as possible.
"From emergency preparedness and response, to scientific collaboration and veterans benefit seminars, government travel and face-to-face meetings are essential for many of the government's most important functions," said U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow. "It's critical to maintain responsible government travel policies that allow for cost-effective decision making. The amendment by Senator Heller is a continued step in the right direction."
"The Heller measure ensures that travel-related decisions are based on lowering costs and maximizing taxpayer value. By prohibiting decisions about employee travel or conference-related activities based solely on location, the Heller amendment promotes smart, business-like decisions, made in the best interest of the bottom line."
The U.S. Travel Association is the national, non-profit organization representing all components of the travel industry that generates $2.1 trillion in economic output and supports 14.9 million jobs. U.S. Travel's mission is to increase travel to and within the United States. Visit www.ustravel.org.