Chairman Rockefeller Statement on Senate Passage of the Travel Promotion Act

September 9, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Senator John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV, Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, made the following statement today regarding the Senate’s passage (79-19) of the Travel Promotion Act:
“The Travel Promotion Act is important economic development legislation and I am extremely pleased to see it pass the Senate.  The Congressional Budget Office has said that this bill is estimated to create 40,000 jobs nationally in the first year and will reduce the deficit by over $400 million.  A sustained and stable tourism promotion program is a significant investment that will generate enormous dividends.  When tourists visit the United States and my amazing state of West Virginia, they spend money that generates good jobs and needed revenue – and that is a great thing.”