Washington -

U.S. Travel Association Executive Vice President Jonathan Grella released the following statement following the Senate’s removal from its tax bill of a provision that singled-out foreign airlines:

“A half-baked measure that could've impacted both tax reform and travel was recklessly tossed on the Senate's lap, and wisely disposed of.

“This is the most significant moment in the three-year war on Open Skies. Bipartisan lawmakers have wisely rejected this last-ditch effort to stymie connectivity and choice.

“Travel, trade, commerce, and diplomacy are all better for the Senate's good work.”


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