Trump signs $2.5 billion tourism bill
President Donald Trump signed legislation Thursday that includes more than $2 billion in funding for the Bureau of Tourism, Commerce and Related Agencies.
The bill, titled “The Great American Trip,” was crafted by the White House Council on Tourism, Tourism Infrastructure and Community Partnerships, which was created in July to promote the administration’s “tourism strategy.”
Trump signed the bill, which includes more $1.8 billion for the Tourism Infrastructure Fund, which is designed to support the expansion of the nation’s airports, railways and other transportation infrastructure.
It also includes $400 million for the National Tourism Infrastructure Program.
“The President has a strong track record of ensuring the United States is the best place in the world to travel,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement.
“We are proud of the progress we have made in the last six years to increase the number of travelers and the amount of dollars spent each year.
This legislation helps create jobs, provide a pathway to a better life for families, and spur investment in America’s economy.”
The legislation also includes more money for the Small Business Administration to help small businesses and entrepreneurs compete in the global marketplace.
Trump also signed the legislation, which directs the Federal Aviation Administration to expand the number and types of flights that are authorized for the United State.
The FAA will also create an aviation safety advisory council to examine the future of aviation safety in the United Nations.
The measure also includes a $2 million increase for the American Red Cross and a $500 million increase to the Office of Emergency Services.
The legislation directs the Department of Housing and Urban Development to expand assistance to low-income and moderate-income renters and the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2018.
The Trump administration has also begun to expand federal assistance to those who lose their homes due to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.