Legislative Summit

GBTA Legislative Summit 2017 is April 24-26 in Washington, D.C. 

For details on this follow the link to the GBTA website -  http://www.gbta.org/Legislative/Pages/default.aspx.  

What great news! In June the attendees of the Legislative Symposium stormed Capitol Hill to raise the concern that TSA was going to remove the cap on the Transportation Security Fee. TSA had just announced their plan and the attendees hit the meetings with their Representatives and stated GBTA’s concerns with allowing this to happen.

On September 17, 2014, the House has passed a bill to block the TSA from lifting a cap on a ticket fee that funds security operations.

The measure was approved 423-0 after being debated on the floor last night. It was considered under suspension of the rules, a procedure for largely noncontroversial legislation that requires a two-thirds vote for passage.

The Murray-Ryan budget deal boosted the security fee to a maximum of $5.60 one-way, but the TSA interpreted that to mean that the $10 limit that had previously been in place was eliminated. The bill’s authors — the chair and ranking member of the Homeland Security Committee and its transportation panel — said that was never their intent.

Don’t forget we need your members to cosign the letter regarding Cell Phones on Planes. The signing deadline is September 18th.

Two members of Congress are seeking cosigners onto a letter requesting a balanced safe approach is taken while considering allowing cell phones and broadband Wi-Fi on airplanes. GBTA supports this letter by Reps. Lipinski and McKinley. I encourage you to send this Action Alert to your members and ask them to send the note to their Members of Congress.


Your Voice Makes a Difference!
Shane Downey
Director, Public Policy
Global Business Travel Association
Main: +1 703-684-0836 ext 131
Direct: +1 703-236-1131

About the Legislative Symposium.
This is an exciting 2 days on Capitol Hill learning and advocating for the rights of the travel industry on such issues as NextGen, TSA, Car rental tax and  issues that affect all of our jobs in the Business Travel Industry.  Meet with your local Congressmen and Senators on Capitol Hill. Anyone can attend.  Estimated cost for registration is $300 plus airfare, room and food.

Government Relations Committee  - GBTA
The mission of the Government Relations Committee is to review, research, and make recommendations on legislation and policies that impact the business travel community and to help determine GBTA’s legislative agenda.
• To inform the GBTA Board, Committee Chairs and membership of legislative priorities
• To act on all legislative policies deemed appropriate by the Executive Director & COO or the GBTA Board Members

Dianne Bradley
Tokyo Electron U.S. Holdings, Inc. 

Toni Bonnette-Verdi, CCTE, GTP
Best Western International