The U.S. Travel Association has come out strongly for passage by the U.S. House of Representatives of the U.S. Senate-passed, bipartisan infrastructure bill. In a statement,  Tori Emerson Barnes, executive vice president of public affairs and policy, said that with this bipartisan bill, “there is a real opportunity to strengthen America’s aging travel infrastructure and revolutionize the way people move around the United States.” By investing in the future of infrastructure today, said Barnes, the industry can ensure greater long-term competitiveness and emerge from the pandemic with stronger systems than ever before. In addition to providing necessary funding to airports, roads and bridges, and other innovative projects such as electric vehicle charging infrastructure and high-speed rail, said Barnes, the bill also establishes a key leadership role at the Department of Transportation to help coordinate travel and tourism policy — “a crucial asset as we rebuild our industry and prepare to welcome back visitors from around the world.” Months of bipartisan efforts went into this infrastructure package, said Barnes, “which will provide significant value to communities in every pocket of the country.”