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Senate Proceeding on Sep 8th, 2009 :: 3:19:50 to 3:27:25
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John Ensign

3:19:49 to 3:20:09( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: mr. ensign: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from nevada. mr. ensign: mr. president, just a coupl other points before the vote that make. some folks have questioned why we need the travelromotion act. they say that, you know, tourism will take care of itself and

John Ensign

3:19:50 to 3:27:25( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: John Ensign

John Ensign

3:20:10 to 3:20:31( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: that this is not a role for the federal government. one of the reasons i rember for years why i wanted to go to australia was becau advertised in the united states, talking about the various places, whether it was the great barrier reef and the cube about a dive, s

John Ensign

3:20:32 to 3:20:53( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: world, or showing sydney an some of the sights of sydney australia or care yaws other -- the gorgeous beaches they have in australia. but the united states and our resources here are so vast for people to come and see, to tell folks of t have here and -- or to remind them of what we have, i think,

John Ensign

3:20:54 to 3:21:14( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: is a dis because if we remind them, if we showed them the pictures, and whether in brochures or in internet advertising or in television advertising, whatever the advertising media that we choose, we will attract people here.

John Ensign

3:21:15 to 3:21:35( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: there's no of folks around the wor would love to visit the united states. it may just take a prodding, a little spark to t them to realize that, younow, that is someplace i wanted to go. i thought about that. hey, honey, let's take the kids. let's go to america. let's see some of the incredible

John Ensign

3:21:36 to 3:21:57( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: sights. we have harder about the grand canyon. we've heard about some of the national parks that are there. we've always wanted to see washington, d.c., and see the capitol, that beacon of democracy throughout the world. let's of things we have here in new york city, here, not only will they bring their money and create jobs, but

John Ensign

3:21:58 to 3:22:18( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: i believe, very importantly, people will come away from america with a attitude they'll come away with talking about an america that is -- it's different than maybe they get told about in if you are in europe and other places in the world, their news media isn't necessarily kind to the united states.

John Ensign

3:22:19 to 3:22:41( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: but when people come here they meet americans, and they see our places that we have and they lerner some of the history of our country, with a different attitude. and that's important today when america needs friends in the world. so, mr. president, i believe this legislation is important, not only for the jobs that it will create but for america's

John Ensign

3:22:42 to 3:23:02( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: image in the world, and this legislation really is needed at this point. one of the problems in the past, back in 1996 w we that was about -- we eliminate add program that was about travel in the united states. we've had private programs and

John Ensign

3:23:03 to 3:23:23( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: public programs and neither one of them worked very well, just on their own. privately because they couldn't get the funding necessary. on the public side, it was because the government doesn't run those things very well. this is a public-private partnership that i believe can work, and that's the reason that i'm supporting this. it is the reason that i think

John Ensign

3:23:24 to 3:23:46( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: public-private partnership, some of the public funding matched with the private with the private's expertise, can bring more tourists to the united states. senator klobuchar mentioned that 1.6 to will come to the united states because of this legislation.

John Ensign

3:23:47 to 3:24:07( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: that creates a lot of jobs. that brings a lot of revenue. that also creates a lot more people that have vfted her who will -- that have visited here who will go back and talk positively about the united states because the vast majority of our people -- i believe in the country, i believe in the good informs our country. when they are exposed to that i believe they will go home and

John Ensign

3:24:08 to 3:24:29( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: talk about the goodness of not only our country but the goodness of the people here in the united states. so, mr. dorgan: will the senator yield for a question? mr. ensign: i would be happy to yield. mr. doan: reid along with senator ensign has played a significant role on working on this legislation. that's important to mention. obviously both come from a state

John Ensign

3:24:30 to 3:24:50( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: that relies a great deal on tourism. i don't. my state -- tourism is second in our state. it's -- it plays vea large role in every state but we don't have the mecca of tourism as perhaps las vegas, r example. on the other hand, the senator early on talked about how companies advertise because advertising works. and it is the case, it seems to

John Ensign

3:24:51 to 3:25:12( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: me, that companies advertise on behalf of their company. and i just described circumstances of showing you that there a very aggressive efforts out there for countries to advertise on countries. saying come to i thinkly, experience what italy has to offer. come to france, come to i understand yavment and so the --

John Ensign

3:25:13 to 3:25:34( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: come to france, come to and so the countries are very agresssive. if y're thinking about traveling around the planet, think about this. co to see the eiffel we are a just not involved in trying to reach out to people to say, you know what? you're welcome in this country. you've got so much to offer, so much to see. we want you to come here to

John Ensign

3:25:35 to 3:25:55( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: it is the case it seems to me that when the senator from nevada said, companies advertise. this creates a partnership in which our country will advertise to the world to say, come to america. i mean, isn't that the case with respect to advertising of mr. ensign: i would say to my friend from north dakota, it is

John Ensign

3:25:56 to 3:26:18( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: absolutely the case. it has been proven timed and time again. as a matter of fact, t countries, i don't believe, would continue to spend the money if it that's wouldn't continue to spend the money if their advertising dollars weren't working to bring more people, for instance, to

John Ensign

3:26:19 to 3:26:39( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: vyin most americans have heard the advertising -- the "what happens in vague as stays i it is the sights and sounds. everything that attracts people to come. if a country advertises like the united states -- if we

John Ensign

3:26:40 to 3:27:01( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: advertise, we have the dwrsty of types of things that we can -- the diversity of types of things that we can do bring people here. if they come to canyon, most people will also goes to california or las vegas someplace else. so when we -- when folks come from overseas, they usually don't just

John Ensign

3:27:02 to 3:27:23( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: they come to several places. so we can -- it's almost like the disney effect. the mic castle -- okay? the magic in, but as they drew people in through main street, guess what? main street benefited. if we draw people of the iconic places that we have in the united states, other

John Ensign

3:27:24 to 3:27:26( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: places around the country will benefit.

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