Bipartisan legislation has been passed in Congress to end the government shutdown and extend the U.S. debt ceiling. AH&LA released a statement commending lawmakers for their action. "After 16 long days of uncertainty, the loss of $115.2 million in economic activity in the lodging industry and billions of dollars more in lost collective income and visitor spending, hoteliers across America are grateful Congress and the president have finally come to the table and passed a bipartisan bill to end the government shutdown. We urge policymakers to take these next few months to engage in a serious dialogue to find a meaningful and long-lasting solution to the fiscal issues still facing this country -- solutions that will allow the lodging industry to continue its role as a major driver of economic growth and job creation," AH&LA President and CEO Katherine Lugar said.
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