WASHINGTON D.C. – The U.S. Senate has passed a bipartisan amendment that supports the hospitality, travel, tourism, and entertainment industries impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
This amendment was passed as part of the Senate’s budget resolution, which marks an important step towards passing COVID-19 stimulus legislation. The amendment will ensure the Senate prioritizes support for the hospitality industry as Congress crafts legislation to provide coronavirus relief to communities across the U.S.
“The coronavirus pandemic has devastated the hospitality, travel, and tourism industries in Nevada and across the country. Canceled travel plans and shuttered entertainment venues have caused billions of dollars in lost revenue that would normally fund vital state infrastructure projects and support good-paying American jobs. Our communities cannot afford to see these industries decimated, and I’m glad to have passed this bipartisan amendment to expand support for our struggling hospitality sector and provide relief for the workers in the industries hardest hit by this pandemic. Now that the Senate has approved a budget resolution, we can get on to the important work of negotiating a robust, comprehensive coronavirus relief package that truly helps the people of Nevada,” said U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto, who introduced the amendment.
Last year, Cortes Masto, along with Senator Kevin Cramer, introduced bipartisan legislation to provide comprehensive relief and recovery measures for the convention, trade show, entertainment, travel and hospitality industries. The Hospitality and Commerce Job Recovery Act would stimulate the economy by creating new recovery incentives for hospitality and trade shows, enhance the employee retention tax credit to help maintain workers’ connections to their employers, and provide recovery incentives for middle-class families to jump-start travel when safe.
Tommy Blitsch, Director, Convention, Trade Show and Casino Division of International Brotherhood of Teamsters which represents about 10,000 members across America, said, “The amendment establishes a deficit-neutral reserve fund to support hospitality, conventions, trade shows, entertainment, tourism, and travel and their workers. The Go LIVE Together coalition, which includes the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, had regular contact with Senator Cortez Masto, who understands the economic impact that business events have on our country. What makes this budget amendment even more special is the fact that Senator Cortez Masto is the daughter of former LVCVA CEO Manny Cortez, who was a long-time Nevadan and Teamster member. Please join me in applauding Senator Cortez Masto and Senator Cramer for their support, which will help the recovery of the conventions, trade show, entertainment, tourism, and travel industries.”
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