WASHINGTON – U.S. Travel Association Executive Vice President of Public Affairs and Policy Tori Emerson Barnes issued the following statement on the bipartisan infrastructure framework:

“The travel industry is not just focused on recovery from the pandemic—we’re setting our sights on how we can rebuild our industry and come back more competitive and connected than before. The funding levels and investments outlined in the bipartisan framework could revolutionize the way people move and travel in the United States, ensuring safer, more efficient systems for generations to come.

“The framework would move our industry toward a greener future by making historic investments in electric vehicle charging infrastructure. As we saw during the pandemic, the great American road trip is more popular than ever, and the most feasible way to make this national tradition more sustainable is by establishing a national network of EV charging infrastructure.

“The framework also makes much-needed investments to modernize America’s airports and air traffic control systems over the next five years—a critical component as we look to welcome back visitors from around the world.

“Other important provisions in the bill, such as investments in high-speed rail and repairing roads and bridges, will make travel more efficient, connected and modern, better equipping the travel industry to handle demand over the next several years.

“We commend President Biden and the bipartisan group of senators for their continued work to make this framework a reality. U.S. Travel remains optimistic that the group will come to an agreement on a comprehensive infrastructure package that will set the country on the right path toward recovery and a stronger, more connected future for travel.”

U.S. Travel Association is the national, non-profit organization representing all components of the travel industry. In 2020, travel generated $1.5 trillion in economic output and supported 11 million jobs, a drastic decline from pre-pandemic figures. U.S. Travel’s mission is to increase travel to and within the United States. Visit ustravel.org for information and recovery-related data.