Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made the following statement today after Republicans blocked the bipartisan Travel Promotion Act, which would create tens of thousands of jobs and shave hundreds of millions of dollars off our deficit:
“This is obstructionism at its best, and it follows what the Republicans have admitted they want to do – stop any and all progress.
“This is a bill that would have saved the government money – almost a half a billion dollars over 10 years. It is a bill that would create 40,000 jobs in its first year.
“The Republicans blocked this on fictitious grounds: They said they weren’t allowed to offer amendments. That is absolutely false. In fact, we offered them an agreement for them to offer amendments that weren’t even related to this bill. They wanted to offer five amendments regarding TARP, but when we wanted to offer an amendment of our own, they said, ‘no deal.’
“Every state would benefit from this legislation because tourism is so popular and so important in every state. But the Republicans, who like things just the way they are, said no. They oppose everything – including saving the government a half a billion dollars and promoting tourism, which is a trillion-dollar industry.”