U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, introduced the proposal in the U.S. Senate while Salazar will be the sponsor in the U.S. House.
“This bill would prohibit any federal funds from being used to implement, enforce, or assist in the establishment of a COVID–19 vaccine passport system. The legislation would also prohibit any COVID-19 relief bill funding from going to any state or locality that implements, enforces, or assists in the establishment of a COVID–19 vaccine passport system — putting pressure on state and local governments not to adopt these restrictive systems,” U.S. Rep. Matt Rosendale’s office noted.
A new AAA survey reveals that nearly half of Floridians--47 percent--are comfortable taking a trip. That’s almost a 10 percentage-point increase compared to AAA’s previous survey in January.
“This unprecedented year-long lockdown of an entire industry by the federal government has directly harmed the State of Florida, its citizens, and their families, resulting in the loss of billions of dollars in economic activity,” the governor’s office noted.
Back in February, the U.S. Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, led by U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., launched its Tourism, Trade, and Export Promotion Subcommittee. U.S. Sen. Jacky Rosen, D-Nev., is the first chairwoman of the new subcommittee while Scott leads Republicans on it.
“Our cruise lines have waited months for updated guidance from the CDC, while so many other industries were able to reopen safely. While the CDC finally released some updated guidance for this important industry, they still haven’t answered my call to provide the cruise line industry with a timeline of when they can begin sailing, which is urgently needed,” Scott said.
At the end of August, U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Fla., first introduced the “Protecting Tourism in the United States Act” with U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., as the cosponsor.
At the start of the current legislative session, Gov. Ron DeSantis outlined his plan for Everglades restoration and water projects, calling for $625 million to back then. Now midway through the session, the governor will get his request and possibly more.
“The federal government has provided guidance to all other passenger transportation modes and other industries; however, it has failed to issue guidance for the cruise industry to assist in its recovery,” the governor’s office noted.
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the cruise industry has continued to face a “No Sail” order, even as many other industries safely returned to operations.