Sending Office: Honorable Peter Welch
Sent By:
Alexandra.Morris@mail.house.gov

Deadline for Signatures: July 24, COB

Current Signers (58): Welch, Bilirakis, Titus,
Walden, Fitzpatrick, Case, Norton, Norman, Shalala, Panetta,
Amodei, Huffman, Long, Gonzalez-Colon, Rush, Young, Pingree, Crist, Lee, Craig, Krisnamoorthi,
McKinley, Kinzinger, Cunningham, Soto, Peters, Castor, Gottheimer, Blumenauer, Swalwell, Pappas, Lofgren,
Joyce, Cisneros, Roe, Payne, Sablan, Gosar, Price, Quigley, Carbajal,
Kelly, Tipton, Horn, Aderholt, Rutherford, LaHood, Bill Johnson, Luetkemeyer, Rooney,
Beyer, DeGette, Reschenthaler, Clarke, Olson, Katko, Pocan, Perlmutter

Dear Colleague:

We invite you to join us in signing a letter to Speaker Pelosi and Leader McCarthy seeking their assistance in reauthorizing Brand USA and ensuring it has a reliable funding source.

Travel and tourism are key drivers of the American economy, fueling one in every ten American jobs. According to the U.S. Travel Association, traveler spending in the United States generated $2.5 trillion in economic output in 2018 and supported 15.7 million
jobs. Created by Congress in 2009, Brand USA is a public-private partnership that serves as the nation’s first cooperative destination marketing organization. Working with over 800 partners, Brand USA is responsible for increasing international visits to the
United States by 6.6 million since fiscal year 2013, generating $21.8 billion in visitor spending and supporting an average of nearly 52,000 jobs per year.

Brand USA activities are funded at no cost to the taxpayer through a combination of voluntary private sector contributions, matching funds, and an international visitor user fee. The program was unintentionally put at risk when the 2018 budget caps agreement
diverted its user fee funding source to general revenue. The uncertainty created by this action is jeopardizing the enormous progress achieved in increasing international visits to the United States.

Please join us in sending the attached letter to House leaders supporting Brand USA. For more information or to cosign the letter, please contact Alexandra Morris (Alexandra.Morris@mail.house.gov) with
Rep. Welch or Chris Jones (CJones@mail.house.gov) with Rep. Bilirakis.

 

PETER WELCH                                                                            GUS BILIRAKIS

Member of Congress                                                                      Member of Congress

 

DINA TITUS                                                                                  GREG WALDEN 

Member of Congress                                                                      Member of Congress