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“Our industry is concerned that if other government departments follow the lead of the Veterans Administration and arbitrarily cut government business travel in an attempt to find quick budget savings, the economic recovery your Administration has promised America will be negatively affected and government operations will suffer as well.
Veterans Administration only spends a small portion of the federal
travel budget, further cutbacks in this area will lead to hourly wage
earner job losses in the $139 billion
“Arbitrarily cutting federal travel is a dangerous idea to push in times of a weak economy. Federal travel dollars, while portrayed as a way to save money, actually cost more than they will save. For each dollar not being spent on a federal travel program there is one less dollar that will be spent to hire new American lodging employees or purchase hotel-related products created by American workers.
businesses will be directly impacted by reflexively cancelling
The complete letter from AH&LA President and CEO Joseph McInerney is available at: http://www.ahla.com/PressRelease_Archive.aspx?shmid=178.
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