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    Globetrotter-in-Chief: Obama Outpaces Previous Presidents in World Travel

    A new report from the National Taxpayers Union Foundation reveals that President Obama outpaces his predecessors in world travel. Through the first five years of their presidencies, here’s how Obama compares to our previous six commanders-in-chief, according to the report: Presidents’ International Travel After Five Years President Trips Visits Days … More

    Chile Gets the Visa Waiver Program, but What About Poland?

    On February 28, the Obama Administration announced the designation of Chile as the 38th country to be admitted into the U.S. Visa Waiver Program (VWP). That’s great as far as it goes. The VWP allows foreign nationals to travel to the U.S. for up to 90 days without a visa … More

    New Report Slams TSA Behavior Detection Officers

    The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a new report on the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Behavior Detection Officers (BDOs), and it is rough, to say the least. The BDO program began in 2007 and has grown to encompass 176 of the 450 airports regulated by the Transportation Security Administration … More

    TSA PreCheck Expansion: A Step in the Right Direction

    In a welcome move, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) recently announced that it is expanding the pre-screening program known as PreCheck to the general public. As most travelers are aware, security screening at airports involves an extensive process of removing shoes, liquid containers, laptops, outerwear, and any belts or jewelry … More

    BrandUSA: Senate Immigration Bill Extends Wasteful, Flawed Program

    On Thursday, the Senate will vote on S. 744, a highly flawed comprehensive immigration “reform” bill. As is often the case with comprehensive bills, S. 744 is full of handouts, pork, and special-interest deals. One example of this lies in provisions that would extend the funding of BrandUSA, a government-run … More

    Time to Rethink Federal Highway Trust Fund Spending

    The Highway Trust Fund (HTF), which funds most surface interstate transportation programs, from roads to bridges, faces insolvency in a few short years. In a House Budget Hearing today, one witness—Robert Poole of the Reason Foundation—offered lawmakers a near-term solution akin to what The Heritage Foundation has proposed: Recommit HTF … More

    Travelers Need a Vacation from the Burdensome Visa Application Process

    Who doesn’t love a good vacation? A vacation, by definition, should be relaxing. If one has to fill out a lengthy form, be interviewed in person, and then wait for weeks to see whether or not they “passed” in order to go on vacation, that kind of defeats the purpose. … More

    TSA: No Room for Sequestration Cuts?

    President Obama claims that unless Congress raises taxes to undo the imminent automatic budget cuts as sequestration, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) would be forced to reduce security measures, leaving travelers and the airways vulnerable and increasing wait times at airports. Is there really not a dime that could be … More

    Cuba Drops Exit Permit Requirement, but Don't Expect a Travel Boom

    On October 16, Cuba’s official newspaper announced that the requirement of an exit visa to depart the island will be lifted on January 14. A future Cuban traveler will have to present only a renewed passport and a visa from his destination country in order to depart Cuba. Permissible periods of … More

    Cap and Trade Will Kill the Travel Industry

    Proponents of climate change legislation argue that a cap and trade will stop the polar ice caps from melting. This is critical to island nations relying on tourism as the primary source of economic activity. After all, who’s going to visit an island if it’s completely submerged by water? According … More