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S. 2203: Brand USA Extension Act


The text of the bill below is as of Jul 23, 2019 (Introduced).


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116th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 2203

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

July 23, 2019

(for himself, Ms. Klobuchar, Mr. Gardner, and Ms. Cortez Masto) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation

A BILL

To extend the transfer of Electronic Travel Authorization System fees from the Travel Promotion Fund to the Corporation for Travel Promotion (Brand USA) through fiscal year 2027, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Brand USA Extension Act.

2.

The Corporation for Travel Promotion

Subsection (b) of the Travel Promotion Act of 2009 (22 U.S.C. 2131(b)) is amended—

(1)

in paragraph (2)(A)—

(A)

in clause (ii), by inserting or foodservice after restaurant;

(B)

in clause (v), by inserting , such as outdoor recreation or theme parks before the semicolon at the end; and

(C)

in clause (viii), by inserting commercial or private before passenger air sector;

(2)

in paragraph (5)(A)—

(A)

in clause (iii), by inserting speaking conventions, sales missions, after trade shows,;

(B)

in clause (iv), by striking and at the end;

(C)

in clause (v), by striking the period at the end and inserting ; and; and

(D)

by adding at the end the following:

(vi)

to promote tourism to the United States through digital media, online platforms, and other appropriate medium.

; and

(3)

in paragraph (7)(C), by striking 3 days and inserting 5 days.

3.

Accountability measures

Subsection (c) of the Travel Promotion Act of 2009 (22 U.S.C. 2131(c)) is amended—

(1)

in paragraph (2), by striking $500,000 and inserting $450,000; and

(2)

in paragraph (3)—

(A)

by redesignating subparagraph (I) as subparagraph (K);

(B)

in subparagraph (H)(iii), by striking and at the end; and

(C)

by inserting after subparagraph (H)(iii) the following:

(I)

a list of countries the Corporation identifies as emerging markets for tourism to the United States;

(J)

a description of the efforts the Corporation has made to promote tourism to rural areas of the United States; and

.

4.

Extension of funding for Brand USA

Subsection (d) of the Travel Promotion Act of 2009 (22 U.S.C. 2131(d)) is amended—

(1)

in paragraph (2)(B), by striking 2020 and inserting 2027; and

(2)

in paragraph (4)(B), by striking 2020 and inserting 2027.

5.

Performance plan

Not later than 90 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Corporation for Travel Promotion shall make the performance metrics established pursuant to subsection (f)(1)(A) of the Travel Promotion Act of 2009 (22 U.S.C. 2131(f)(1)(A)) publicly available on the website of the Corporation.

6.

Electronic system for travel authorization fee increase

Section 217(h)(3)(B)(i)(I) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1187(h)(3)(B)(i)(I)) is amended by striking $10 and inserting $17.