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BUSINESS RELATING TO GOVERNMENT INSIGHTS ON U.S. LEGISLATIVE ISSUES AND INDUSTRY TOPICS Dissecting President Trump’s proposed budget ON MAY 23, President Trump released his proposed budget for fiscal year 2018, kicking off the funding debate in Washington, D.C. Congress must complete funding legislation by Sept. 30, 2017, and with several high-priority items still on the legislative schedule for Congress, FY18 appropriations only add to the uncertainty. Signal Group, NTA’s legislative advi- sors, answered Courier’s questions about the administration’s proposed bud- get, the congressional appropriations process and the current environment within the Beltway. Signal Group: For the industry, it’s important to focus on the proposed budget levels for the Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, Transportation Security Administration and U.S. Customs and Border Protection, as they each regulate different modes of travel and security. Under President Trump’s proposed budget, both the DOT and FAA take sig- nificant cuts. The proposed budget aims to create a more streamlined DOT; it’s unlikely, however, that the 16 percent cut proposed by the president will be implemented by Congress. Courier: What are the highlights of the president’s proposed budget? Signal Group: It reduces federal spend- ing by $3.6 trillion over 10 years, with significant cuts across the board to domestic, non-defense programs. The administration contends that a com- bination of aggressive cuts and three percent annual economic growth would balance the budget by 2027. President Trump’s request outlines a $4.1 trillion budget for FY18, with $1.15 trillion of that directed to discretionary spending. The significant differences between White House and congres- sional spending priorities are likely to pose a challenge for reaching agreement on FY18 spending levels. This is com- pounded by the fact that the admin- istration’s budget violates the caps established by the Budget Control Act of 2011. This likely will require Congress to address fundamental issues related to the balance between defense and non- defense spending, as well as the sched- uled return of sequestration, a law that limits the size of the federal budget. Travel and tourism caucus leaders in the House and Senate are ready to fight for programs that have helped bring more positive experiences to tourists. Courier: How does this budget address pri- orities of the travel and tourism industry? 10 July 2017 With regard to Department of Homeland Security agencies, which include CBP, the president proposed an increase of almost $3 billion, includ- ing $100 million for additional staffing. Ironically, the TSA could face cuts. The number of Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response teams, which patrol pub- lic areas of airports beyond security checkpoints, along with bus and train stations, would drop from 31 to eight. Additionally, the budget proposes an Aviation Passenger Security Fee increase from $5.60 to $6.60 for each connect- ing flight, which would generate about $530 million more for aviation security. Construction and other non-personnel items are also proposed to be cut. Courier: What about Brand USA? Signal Group: The president also proposes to eliminate Brand USA, which promotes the country overseas as a tourist destina- tion, and shift its revenue to CBP. This proposal has not been well received on Capitol Hill and within the industry. Many lawmakers and trade groups, includ )9Qٔɕ䁑ɕͥѥѼ)ѡ́Ёѡɽͅ)-ѡЁݡAɕͥ)QյÊéɽ͕́ٔͥ)ЁЁѡ䰁ѡ)́ЁЁѡɽ̰) ɕ́ЁȁɕЁȴ)ѥѡɽ͕Ցи) ɥ] ɕ́Ё))MɽQɅٕѽɥʹ)䁡́ɽЁ ѽ)!QɅٕѽɥʹՍ́)́ѡ!͔Mєɔɕ)ѼЁȁɽɅ́ѡЁٔ)ɥɔͥѥٔɥ́Ѽ)ѽɥ̰Ѡѕɹѥ̴)ѥIQɅٕѽɥʹ)ɥéЁЁ䰁)́ ɕ́eЁ݅ЁѼ)ЁɝЁȁ丁 Ʌ)UḾ啐ͥЁɽѡ)éՍ̰ѥ)ݽձЁݕɕٕ) ɥ]Ё́ѡɽ͕Ց)ɕٕЁѡɅѥé)ȁɅՍɔ)Mɽѕɕѥ)ѡɅѥéɽ͕Ց)݅́ѡͥqɅՍɔ)ѥѥٗtЁ͡иQɄ)ѥ́хѕѕѥ́ѼٕЀ)ɅɅՌ)ɔѡٕ́Ʌ)ɥمєٕѵи!ݕٕȰ)ѡɽ͕ՑЁЁ́յ