Reid letter to agency heads promotes Nevada as cost-effective for travel
July 27, 2009
Washington, D.C. – Nevada Senator Harry Reid today sent a letter to cabinet secretaries and the head of every federal agency, requesting they reject or reverse any travel policy that discriminates against specific U.S. cities, including Las Vegas and Reno. Reid’s action comes on the heels of a letter he received from White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, clarifying the Administration’s view that decisions on government travel should focus on the cost-benefit of travel rather than the perception of a location. Reid believes that under the current economic downturn, now is the wrong time to discourage travel to any destination in the United States. Below is a copy of Reid’s letter to Attorney General Eric Holder.
I am writing to request that you reject or reverse any agency policy regarding official travel for your employees that discriminates against specific U.S. cities, particularly Las Vegas and Reno. It has come to my attention that some agencies have adopted guidelines that identify cities also known as resort or vacation destinations as inappropriate venues for official agency travel and meetings. I was glad to learn recently that the White House shares my strong view that decisions concerning government travel, or where to locate official meetings, should be determined by a cost-benefit analysis as opposed to perceptions about a particular location. A letter explaining White House policy is included with this correspondence.
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