U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow issued the following statement on the upcoming Senate vote to reform the criminal justice system:

“As an industry that helps generate one out of every nine American jobs and is a top 10 employer in 49 states, the travel community is deeply attuned to issues that affect the U.S. workforce. Without question, the job training and anti-recidivism provisions in the First Step Act of 2018 will help increase the pool of quality job-seekers in the labor market, which is a boon to travel-related businesses in every state and all 435 congressional districts. This, in turn, will enable the American travel industry to further improve upon the $77 billion trade surplus it generated last year. The First Step Act not only institutes numerous humane reforms, but it just makes good economic sense.”


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