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7/6/2020   - CHAMBER WELCOMES FRESH PUSH BY 29 MEMBERS OF CONGRESS

As the U.S. and Canada move towards July 21st which is the latest date for extension or changes in the bi-national restrictions on non-essential border crossings, the North Country Chamber of Commerce is welcoming a fresh appeal by 29 Members of Congress, let by Congresswoman Elise Stefanik and Congressman Brian Higgins as Co-Chairs of the Congressional Northern Border Caucus.

"Such a strong and collaborative statement by a bi-partisan group of 29 Members of Congress is hopefully not to be ignored by either government," states Garry Douglas, Chamber President. "They are joined with major stakeholders on both sides of the border, not in calling for a simple reopening but in a strong expression of the urgent need for a plan and process that can show everyone the eventual way forward, while urging consideration of some modest expansions of the essential traveler categories in the interim. For example, an expanded definition of family, a possible allowance of crossings for those who own property within some distance of the border, and some expanded allowance for essential business related travel. These and other aspects of the current situation deserve serious bi-national consultation and discussion before we end up with another simplistic extension.. We thank the 29 members and the co-chairs for their leadership and engagement."
 
Douglas notes that North Country Chamber continues to advocate for such policy discussions through other channels as well, including a planned joint statement by Quebec and New York business organizations. 

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