July 17 - Industry Letter to Speaker of the House John Boehner


The Honorable John Boehner

Speaker of the House

United States House of Representatives

Washington, DC 20515

 

Dear Speaker Boehner,

We the undersigned have learned that highly controversial H.R. 4156, the Transparent Airfares Act of 2014, is on the short list in the House for inclusion on the suspension calendar prior to the August recess. H.R. 4156 is contentious legislation that would harm millions of consumers by reversing a U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) rule implemented in 2012 as a cure to misleading airline advertising. We urge you not to include H.R. 4156 on the suspension calendar. 

Travel industry and consumer groups were not alerted to the prospect of this legislation nor were they provided any opportunity for input. H.R. 4156 was rushed by voice vote through the House Transportation Committee on April 9, 2014 after just 9 minutes of discussion. There were no public submissions or debate. The haste that has accompanied this bill, with no hearings at which other stakeholders would have had an opportunity to inform Congress of their views and the flaws in this bill, is regrettable.

Now after steamrollering the bill through Committee, airlines seek to subvert the suspension calendar procedure. There is not one consumer group or business travel organization that supports this legislation; most have publicly criticized the process and the bill. This is not the harmonious naming of a federal building - the type of bill the suspension calendar is normally used for - but rather, H.R. 4156 arguably represents one of the most controversial aviation bills in a generation.

Indeed, The New York Times Editorial Board on April 22 criticized the bill in an editorial saying: "This push to mislead consumers is particularly galling since recent mergers, like that of American Airlines and US Airways, have made the industry less competitive."” Likewise, the Washington Post reported on April 24: “Consumers have reacted to this bill in the same way their advocates have: They’re dead-set against it.”  

This legislation is blatantly anti-consumer and serves no purpose, in our view, other than to mislead consumers about the real price of airfare. We urge you not to include this bill on the suspension calendar but rather insist on travel industry and consumer groups’ input and proper deliberation of this highly controversial legislation.

Sincerely,

American Society of Travel Agents

Air Passengers Association of India

Association for Airline Passenger Rights

National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance

Business Travel Coalition

Philips

Kellogg Company

Rich Products Corporation

HealthCare California

Cannon Design

DynCorp International

Eaton Corporation

Ad Hoc Committee

FC USA, Inc.

Itron, Inc.

Lumbermens Merchandising Corp.

Purcell Systems, Inc.

Crowe Horwath LLP

Global Travel Biometrics LLC

Dollar Tree

The Delta Companies

University of Delaware

Spokane International Airport

Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport Authority

Crowne Plaza Old Town

The Travel Team

Hickory Global Partners, LLC

World Travel, Inc.

Balboa Travel Management

Travel Store

The Travel Company Edinburgh

Adelman Travel

GlobalPoint Travel Solutions

MSP Travel Group

UNIGLOBE Plus Travel Group

Travel Leaders/Travelmore

A & I Travel Management, Inc.

Maquet CV

Nomad Travels

Accent Travel, Austin, TX

ADA Travel

Aker Solutions

Alexander Travel

Anthony Travel

Antietam Travel Service, Inc.

Berger Travel Agency, Inc.

Berkeley's Northside Travel

Carroll Travel

Changing Planes

Charlie Brown's Goodtime Travel

Colpitts World Travel

Corniche Travel Group

Corporate Travel Management

Cresta World Travel

Event Solutions International

Five Star Travel

Fox World Travel

Geraci Travel

Global Travel Management/CLG

Hidden Treasure Tours, Inc.

HNL Travel Associates

John S Stow Consulting, LLC

LLP Travel, Inc.

LXR Travel LLC

Mann Travels

Options Travel

Paradise Travel Planners

Points South

Redfern Travel

Global Travel

WorldTravelService

Stephens

Sun Travel

Sustainable Travel Company

Sutherland Global Services

Table Mountain Travel Service, Inc.

Tower Travel Management

Acendas

TDR

The Expedition Development Company, Inc.

Tier One Travel, Inc.

Travel Management Options

Travel Solutions, Inc. / dba TS24

Traveline Travel Agencies, Inc

Travelmore

Travel Management Partners, Inc.

Up and Away Travel

Viatur Travel Services

El Sol Travel, Inc.

Far Horizons Travel, LTD

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