The U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow reacted enthusiastically to the INVITE Act, introduced by Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) and Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.), which would expand the successful Global Entry program and take steps to improve the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) entry process for international travelers:
"People need to understand that the INVITE Act is not about travel—it's about the U.S. economy. Research shows that holdups in the CBP entry process are a significant impediment to international travelers wanting to take more trips to the U.S., one that could cost our economy $95 billion and more than 500,000 jobs over the next five years.
"This bill would make tremendous progress toward tackling the problem. By pairing Global Entry sign-up with applying for a visa or a passport, we would greatly expand a program that has already been a huge success for streamlining entry. And applying metrics to the entry process is critical to improving the experience for arriving passengers.
"Sens. Schatz and Scott are proof that when you provide good information on a problem, there are lawmakers who will listen and act. I congratulate them on this intelligently crafted bill, and I have every hope and expectation that strong bipartisan support will build behind it."
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