Rep. Gus Bilirakis Highlights Bipartisan Bill to Boost Tourism and Job Creation

July 21, 2014

House Expected to Vote Tuesday on Bilirakis Bill to Reauthorize Brand USA 

House Energy and Commerce Committee member Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) was featured this week on WashingtonTimes.com discussing H.R. 4450, the Travel Promotion, Enhancement, and Modernization Act, a bill he coauthored with Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT).

H.R. 4450 sailed through the full committee by voice vote last week and is expected to be considered by the full House of Representatives tomorrow. This bipartisan bill reauthorizes funding for Brand USA, a public-private partnership that helps promote U.S. destinations to international travelers at no cost to U.S. taxpayers. The bill also makes important reforms to bring increased transparency and accountability to the program. “Last year there were 1.1 million visitors as a result of this program, and they spent over $3.4 billion,” said Bilirakis. “We are not using taxpayer dollars. It is a win-win for all of us. It will create thousands of jobs, and there is proof of that.” This job-creating bill has generated a wide range of support from major business and consumer groups nationwide. Click here to view the letters of support.

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July 21, 2014

Watch the video online HERE.

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