Here’s proof that Congress and President Trump can work together if they try. President Donald Trump signed into law last week continued funding of a program sponsored by Rep. Peter Welch that funds marketing aimed at bringing international tourists to Vermont – and they pay for it.
““The Vermont Chamber is thrilled that the Brand USA program has been renewed. Representative Welch continues to be a leader on this issue and clearly recognizes the importance of this industry to Vermont. With 13 million visitors a year and approximately $2 billion in annual spending, continuing to strengthen this industry is a successful economic strategy in Vermont,” said Betsy Bishop, President of the Vermont Chamber of Commerce. Brand USA has a strong track record of attracting international visitors to the United States. In 2018 alone, it brought 1.13 million international visitors to the United States, generating an economic impact of $8.9 billion. In October, Welch unveiled his bill at a Stowe roundtable discussion with Vermont travel and tourism leaders. He is a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee from which the bill originated.
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