Podcast: GBTA Storms Capitol Hill

For this week’s episode, The Business of Travel, broadcasts live from our 16th annual Legislative Summit in Washington, D.C. Hear from GBTA’s Shane Downey on the issues more than 100 GBTA members will be taking to Capitol Hill today followed by interviews with several current and former members of Congress.



More on what you’ll hear this episode:

Shane Downey outlines three issues impacting business travel that GBTA members are discussing today during meetings with their Senators and Representatives:

  • Delivering the message to Congress on just how powerful business travel is as an economic driver. Learn more here.
  • Asking Congress to pass a 5-year FAA Bill instead of just another extenstion – and that the bill does not increase the PFC charge, but does include a provision to keep cell phone voice calls off planes.
  • Asking members of Congress to co-sponsor the FASTER Act to support using the entire 9-11 aviation security fee for airport security and passenger facilitation to keep air travel safe.

Next up Mike McCormick interviews former Reps. Randy Forbes (R-VA) and Al Wynn (D-MD) on navigating the partisan divide.

The show wraps with interviews with the 2018 GBTA Navigator Award honorees. The Navigator Award honors Senators and Representatives who have been strong champions for business travelers and the business travel industry.


Rep. John Katko (R-NY)

Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA)

Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ)

Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO)


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