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Senate Proceeding on Sep 9th, 2009 :: 2:10:50 to 2:23:40
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John Ensign

2:10:50 to 2:23:40( Edit History Discussion )
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John Ensign

2:10:56 to 2:11:17( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: quorum call: mr. ensign: mr. president, i ask unanimous consent the call of the quorum be dispensed. .the presiding officer: without objection, so ordered. mr. ensign: mr. president, i rise today to talk about the bill that senator dorgan and i have sponsored, the travel promotion act of 2009. an important piece of legislation to create jobs in the united states. my home state of nevada is

John Ensign

2:11:18 to 2:11:38( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: number two, now, in unemployment. clark county which is where las vegas is located has one of the highest unemployment rates of any county in the united states, over 14% now. jobs is something we desperately need in my home state of nevada and, obviously, across the

John Ensign

2:11:39 to 2:12:02( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: united states. tourism, when you pack knowledge it together is -- package it together is the number one industry in the united states. as a country we few in the world who don't sell ourselves to the rest of the world for people to come. it seems to make sense to me that if a

John Ensign

2:12:03 to 2:12:23( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: bring people in, if convention authorities around this country advertise for people to come in, that the united states of america would make sense for us as a country to advertise, to bring people to the united stes. now, as a benefit to that, everywhere in the united states can benefit.

John Ensign

2:12:24 to 2:12:45( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: if see yosemite or the grand canyon or the incredible beaches on the east or west coast or the incredible changes we see in the northeast or places like lake tahoe in my home state, that we share with california. or hawaii. or the vastness of alaska.

John Ensign

2:12:46 to 2:13:06( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: wherever we're advertising, the incredible cities we have like new york or history in washington, d.c., or the fabulous cities like chicago, when we advertise those cities if someone comes from overseas to visit the united

John Ensign

2:13:07 to 2:13:27( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: states there are many other places they will visited along the way within the united states. so it won't just be o location where foreign travelers come here to cyst. there will be a ripple effect. fins, if you afor instance if you are visiting

John Ensign

2:13:28 to 2:13:50( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: the grand canyon, my home state, gateway. most go to the grand canyon come to las vegas. in places like yosemite, you can go through wine country and take a whole country up through there. the one thing we know about overseas travelers when they come to the united states they

John Ensign

2:13:51 to 2:14:11( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: spend about that is a lot of money to kick into our economy. that money creates jobs. those jobs that are a ripple effect with other jobs being somebody who is employed in the tourism industry, whether it is a theme park, restaurant, whether it is a hotel, they have

John Ensign

2:14:12 to 2:14:32( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: to buy other products. they have to go a lot of them have animals and visit their local veteran. they buy houses and support the construction industry. there are ripple when we create a job in the tourism industry we're creating other jobs outside the tourism industry.

John Ensign

2:14:33 to 2:14:53( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: now, the nice thing abouthe travel promotion act wee proposed with senator myself this creates job without adding to the deficit. as a matter of fact, it will raise money for the it's actually a positive effect on the deficit and with the concerns that i heard when i was home over august, that's one of

John Ensign

2:14:54 to 2:15:16( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: the biggest concerns people have is the amount of government spending. well, the way we do this is two things are taken into effect: right now, countries that have a visa charge those visitors, instead, $171 that it takes, on average,

John Ensign

2:15:17 to 2:15:40( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: to have a visa, we're going to charge them $10 but that $10 fee will go in to paying for this travel promotion act for us to be able to advertise. that money will be matched by the private sector. this will be run by the private sector, not by the government. so we'll have experts understand marketing, to be able to sell our country.

John Ensign

2:15:41 to 2:16:01( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: so, mr. president, this is a job-producing bill. it's going to be something that benefits all across america. and it's going to do it without hurting the deficit. it's exact the kind of legislation we need right now. and by the way americans are calling for us to be bipartisan, this is a bipartisan senator dorgan and i and many other people have worked on this

John Ensign

2:16:02 to 2:16:23( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: legislation. i want to thank the majority leader for bringing this legislation, senator reid, from my home state, bringing this legislation to the floor and pushing for it. it is permit to our state because we are a tourism-driven economy. it is also important to the entire country, important to the

John Ensign

2:16:24 to 2:16:45( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: entire country. a few other comments to make, and i have a few charts to show what other, some of what we've after september 11th we made some changes in our immigration laws and things like and these are some of the headlines from around the world.

John Ensign

2:16:46 to 2:17:07( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: "coming to america isn't "america: worth." london "travel to america, no thanks." there is a perception out there that folks aren't welcome from overseas ever 11th. part of the money that is going to be spent in going to say america welcome mat out.

John Ensign

2:17:08 to 2:17:29( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: we want folks to come and experience america and we want not only their tourist dollars to come but we want them t come to experience america because we know from studies that anyone who comes to america has a more positi and america needs friends in the world. we need more people thefnging

John Ensign

2:17:30 to 2:17:52( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: goothinkinggood things about america. we want to create good will and the more visitors we get coming to the united states the more good world. what this neck chart

John Ensign

2:17:53 to 2:18:16( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: there have been 58 million new visitors, overseas travelers and unfortunately, we haven't gotten our share of those since the year 2000. that means there were billion in lost visitor spending -- almost $30 billion in tax revenues for the united and that's not local tax revenues that's just feder

John Ensign

2:18:17 to 2:18:40( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: revenues and fewer jobs created because we lost these visitors. so there's a travel gap between this is the this would got a few of the international tr

John Ensign

2:18:41 to 2:19:01( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: now, some have argued that the european union will counter, if we put a fee on to the united states they will put a fee on folks going do their country. well, they already he t as a matter of

John Ensign

2:19:02 to 2:19:24( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: from czech republic charges $27, denmark, $61, up to the u.k. charging $100. this is, by the of money they spend on advertising in their countries anywhere from $8 million and they get a return on their they get a return because they know if they advertise folks

John Ensign

2:19:25 to 2:19:46( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: will actually come. well, folks have talked about this will be a cost to the government. there is no cost to this bill. it actually raises it is absolutely not a the taxpayer. there's $425 million in deficit reduction over the next 10 years, $4 billion minimum $4

John Ensign

2:19:47 to 2:20:08( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: billion new economic stimulus per year, million in new federal tax revenue a year and about 40,000 new u.s. jobs in the first alone. those are jobs we can definitely use in the united states. this chart here shows a run on investment.

John Ensign

2:20:09 to 2:20:29( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: entry f, going in; exit fee going from spain $14 and they spent $0 m they had an increase international arrivals by 20% going into their count the increase of 26% and you

John Ensign

2:20:30 to 2:20:50( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: there is a return on investment down the line. that's what we're is using a return, i make the argument, the united states has more incredible places to see than any other country in the world. so we have a gre sell.

John Ensign

2:20:51 to 2:21:12( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: we just have to sell it. we have to tell people why to come to the united states. why, you know, show he them the incredible places. these are just a few of the ads that we've seen around worl this is one from india. you know, one special reason to visit india.

John Ensign

2:21:13 to 2:21:34( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: any time is the land of taj, but time like now. this is one of the many that australia have seen ads f arrived with a thousand things on our care in the world. another one obviously the great diving that they have and just the visual image.

John Ensign

2:21:35 to 2:21:55( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: i mean, that makes you want to -- i think i'd like to go there. i thin that maybe on this is ireland. ireland puts, you know, a nice simple map, kind of talks about all of the they have between golf st. patrick's center places around, the places t

John Ensign

2:21:56 to 2:22:17( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: they have to be able to visit ireland. gives you a nice visual image. there's things like that, there's television advertising, the internet. there's always ways to get into pe come and visit somep we're saying is -- we need to do this for the united states. there are so many incredible

John Ensign

2:22:18 to 2:22:39( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: places that we have here to visit and selling is not going to be the problem. it's just going to be making the effort. so, mr. president, i believe that this is legislation that is worth doing, it is, you know, some folks have come down here and said, we don't need to do this becau lot of travelers coming to the

John Ensign

2:22:40 to 2:23:00( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: united states as it is. international travel, they say, is up to the united states. well, the problem is international travel when you measure it coming from mexico and ca only spend bdz dz 900 -- $900 each visit that they come here. overseas travelers

John Ensign

2:23:01 to 2:23:22( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: each visit they come here and that travel is down in the united states and it's down sign rest of the world. so this is legislation. we need to go after the overseas travelers who have money to be able to spend. and this is something that can benefit states all across america. it benefits the federal treasury. it creates jobs. there's a lot of good things

John Ensign

2:23:23 to 2:23:40( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: about this legislation, and that's why you'll see a good are strong bipartisan vote when the final voteally is taken about 4:30 today. so, mr. president, you know, i would encourage people to take a good, hard look at a time when we need jobs. jobs, jobs, jobs.

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