Government Relations - Members Only

Welcome to GBTA and RMBTA's Legislative Action Center

Online advocacy is very effective! We want to directly link you to your representative on Capitol Hill, your state legislature and your city council. As various issues arise, you can quickly send an online letter about the issues that matter to you and to the business travel industry. It's easy - just a few clicks and your voice is heard.

You can email the letters as is or personalize them to include information about how a particular issue impacts you and the business travel industry. Learn more

 

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Re-instate Cap on 9/11 Fee Senate Needs to Take Action

In September, the House unanimously passed legislation to require the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to re-instate the cap on the 9/11 Aviation Security fee. TSA’s new interpretation could add $20.00-30.00 in new fees to your airline ticket. Prior to the passage of the 2013 Budget Deal, the fee was $2.50 per leg of a connecting flight. The fee was capped at $5 per one way trip and $10 per round trip. Now it will be a flat rate of $5.60 per one way trip, $11.20 per round trip. However, those taking a domestic flight with layover longer than 4 hours or an international flight with a layover longer than 12 hours will be treated as a separate flight and will cost an additional $5.60 for each leg.

While the increased fee will generate an estimated $16.9 billion over the next 10 years, the kicker is that close to $12 billion of that will go to the Treasury Department, to pay down the national debt – once again the government using the business travel industry as a piggy bank. Contact your Senator and ask them to pass the House bill and re-instate the cap on the 9/11 Aviation Security fee.

http://capwiz.com/nbta/issues/alert/?alertid=63958626

 

What is a PAC?

A PAC is a vehicle through which associations and other types of nonprofits can support federal candidates who agree with their positions on critical issues. Through a PAC, an association can contribute funds to the campaign committees of federal candidates. Without a PAC, associations are prohibited from contributing money to a federal candidate.

How does a PAC work?

Members and staff of GBTA, and their families, can contribute to the PAC. Those contributions are then used to support candidates for federal office (members of the Senate and House of Representatives) who support business travel issues. Associations are prohibited from using funds from their general treasury or from member dues to fund a PAC, except for certain administrative and accounting expenditures.

Who decides which candidates are supported?

GBTA staff and our government relations team make the decisions on how to best deploy Business Travel PAC funds. The Business Travel PAC bases its decisions on the candidates’ positions and support for the business travel industry. GBTA also considers which committees the member serves on in Washington DC.   The PAC is bipartisan and gives to candidates that are helpful to our industry regardless of party.

From a practical standpoint, GBTA would tend to give to Members of Congress who sit on the House and Senate transportation, homeland security, and tax writing committees since these committees have jurisdiction over most of the issues impacting travel. Other candidates who show a particular interest in our issues might also be selected.

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GBTA Poll Shows European Business Travel Remains Resilient
Despite Paris Attacks and Threats to Brussels

Similar Levels of Resiliency on Both Sides of the Atlantic 

Alexandria, VA (December 3, 2015) – Nearly three-quarters of European business travel buyers say their company’s travel within Europe will remain largely unaffected by the recent attacks on Paris and threats to Brussels, according to a poll conducted by the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) in the days following the attacks.
 
Nearly half (47 percent) reported “no change” and another 26 percent reported their company’s travel within Europe was only “slightly reduced.” Just a tiny fraction – 1 percent – reported that they have temporarily suspended travel within Europe.
 
The vast majority of European business travel buyers – 79 percent – believe that it is important that travel within Europe continue as usual despite the recent terrorist activity.
 
“Business travel in Europe remains resilient despite these terrible attacks,” said Michael W. McCormick, GBTA Executive Director and COO. “The response has been strikingly similar on both sides of the Atlantic. The vast majority of travel buyers believe that it is important for business travel to continue as usual despite the recent terrorist activity.” 
 
“This resiliency, however, only heightens the need for businesses, governments and the travel industry to work together to ensure a global travel system that is both safe and secure.”  
 
This survey of European travel buyers was conducted online between November 25 and 30, 2015 with the support of GBTA’s European partner network. In total, 236 travel buyers from 12 different countries in Europe participated in the survey.  
 
Results similar to survey of U.S.-based travel buyers
This week’s results are similar to a GBTA survey of U.S.-based travel buyers conducted earlier in November. The poll of 169 U.S.-based travel buyers found that nearly three-quarters of U.S. business travel buyers said that their company’s travel to Europe would remain largely unaffected by the recent attacks on Paris. A majority (57 percent) reported “no change” and another 16 percent reported their company’s travel to Europe was only “slightly reduced.” Additionally, the vast majority of U.S. business travel buyers – 93 percent – said that they believed it is important that travel to Europe continue as usual.
 
About the Global Business Travel Association
The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) is the world’s premier business travel and meetings organization headquartered in the Washington, D.C. area with operations on six continents. GBTA’s 7,000-plus members manage more than $345 billion of global business travel and meetings expenditures annually. GBTA and the GBTA Foundation deliver world-class education, events, research, advocacy and media to a growing global network of more than 28,000 travel professionals and 125,000 active contacts. To learn how business travel drives business growth, visit 
gbta.org.