The American Hotel & Lodging Association supports the bipartisan legislation (H.R. 2104) introduced into the U.S. House of Representatives last week by representatives Bill Posey (R-Fla.) and Charlie Crist (D-Fla.) that would require the General Services Administration to set a floor for federal per diem rates for fiscal years 2022 and 2023 at those established for FY 2020, the association announced.
The two representatives worked together with GSA last year to set and lock in federal lodging reimbursement rates at the 2020 level. Those rates took effect Oct. 1, 2020, and totaled $151, which includes $96 for lodging and $55 for meals and incidental expenses. The rate is the maximum allowance that federal employees are reimbursed for expenses incurred while traveling.
“We applaud Reps. Posey and Crist for recognizing that Covid-19 continues to have a devastating impact on government travel and hotel occupancy and working to ensure future government per diem rates reflect the current crisis,” said AHLA president and CEO Chip Rogers in a statement. “Government travel is incredibly important to the hotel industry, supporting tens of thousands of jobs and billions in travel spending that benefits communities across the country.”