Several organizations in the travel industry criticized a bill passed by the House that seeks to further reduce government agencies' spending on meetings and travel. Among the rules included in the Government Spending Accountability Act of 2013 is a limit of $500,000 on a single conference by a federal agency. "We caution that measures taken in haste, imposing arbitrary and indiscriminate actions, risk unintended consequences that may result in significant travel inefficiencies and higher costs. We encourage Congress to take into account the benefits of in-person meetings and conferences on which many [government] agencies rely," AH&LA said in a statement.

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