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Oct 07

Government Shutdown

Posted on October 7, 2013 at 4:12 PM by Autumn Shoemaker

Many in the travel world are being dramatically affected by the government shutdown... Interested in taking action to help?? Try some of the steps in this bulletin we received. 

Dear Travel Colleagues;
 
As the federal government’s partial shutdown grinds on, travel—and consequently local communities—continues to feel the impact.  We’ve already heard from so many of you about the very real and damaging effects that this manmade crisis is having on businesses and destinations and the workforce that supports many of these critical jobs. 

While Congress appears no closer to a solution, the travel community must continue to press—through advocacy with policymakers and in the media—for a swift resolution that halts the damage to the travel economy.
 
WHAT YOU CAN DO

1.  CALL: Use our talking points to call your Representative and Senators and tell them that Congress needs to reach an accord to end the government shutdown.
 
Call 1-866-201-3796 to be directly connected to your lawmaker’s office. Don't know who your Members of Congress are? Find out here.
 
2.  TWEET: Can’t get through to your legislator’s office? With Hill staffers furloughed, calls are going unanswered and voicemail boxes are filling up.  So take to Twitter to make your case.  Use our sample tweet to send a message to your policymakers.
 
{Insert Your Member's Twitter Handle} End the #shutdown to prevent further damage to travel & our economy http://bit.ly/ShutdownStories  
 
Click here to look up your Member of Congress' Twitter handle.

3.  SHARE: Please share with us your story by emailing GovtAffairs@ustravel.org with evidence of the impact in your area—whether through significant lost travel business, canceled or postponed events, or stories of frustrated travelers. You can read some of these stories on our webpage, “Tales from the Frontline.”
 
As always, thank you for standing up for travel and the millions of jobs it supports. We will continue to keep you updated on developments.
 
Sincerely,
 
Candice Knezevic
Director, Grassroots and Industry Relations
U.S. Travel Association



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