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Government Travel Spending Could Be Severely Cut by Congress

Excerpt from Hotel News Now

Sep 04, 2013 6:15 am

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The budget hawks are looking to curtail travel by federal employees and agencies’ conference spending. If they succeed, airlines and hotels would definitely feel the impact.

— Dennis Schaal

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While the federal sequestration has cut travel for many federal agencies, several pieces of legislation under consideration in Congress would further restrict and regulate travel to meetings by federal employees. One bill, the Government Spending Accountability Act of 2013, was passed by the House of Representatives and sent to the Senate, where it is awaiting action by the Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs.

Erik Hansen, VP of domestic policy for the U.S. Travel Association, doesn’t believe the Senate will approve the bill passed by the House, but he said separate legislation introduced in the Senate takes “a slightly different course” and may be approved.

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