PRESS RELEASE: Visit U.S. Coalition Applauds Introduction of the JOLT Act

Jobs Originating through Launching Travel Act will strengthen the economy and national security

Washington – Today, the Visit U.S. Coalition applauded the introduction of the JOLT Act. This legislation will update and streamline programs to promote international travel to the U.S. – creating jobs and boosting the economy.

The JOLT Act was introduced by Reps. Tom Rice (R-S.C.) and Mike Quigley (D-Ill.).

“Improving the economy through travel is a no-brainer – and the bipartisan JOLT Act lays the groundwork to for sustained economic growth through travel,” said Visit U.S. Coalition spokesman Amos Snead. “By improving the visa process, strengthening national security, and welcoming vetted travelers, the U.S. will be able to realize economic benefits at hotels, restaurants, retail store, and attractions around the country.”

The JOLT Act would:

  • Strengthen visa processing by setting timely goals for applicants;
  • Create a pilot program at the State Department to utilize videoconferencing technology for applicants who lack easy access to U.S. embassies;
  • Rename the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) the Secure Travel Partnership to more accurately reflect the realities of security and travel facilitation within the program;
  • Modify the VWP to prevent overstays, and increase the ability of secure countries to participate;
  • Increase the ability of Canadians to stay up to 240 days per year;
  • Improve coordination between the Department of Homeland Security and the State Department.

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The Visit U.S. Coalition represents a broad cross-section of industries that have come together to address the decline in international travelers to the U.S. and resulting opportunity cost to the U.S. economy and jobs.