U.S. Legislation Seeks to Up Pressure for Canadian Border Reopening

A bill introduced in Congress aims to create pressure to reopen the Canada-U.S. border to international travel. A Republican lawmaker from New York state introduced the bill to seek clarity on the conversations federal institutions from both countries are having behind the scenes. The bill would require a report produced within 30 days of enactment by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Department of State and the Centers for Disease Control that would include U.S. communications with the Canadian government on the reopening of the border. It would require details to be revealed on what the U.S. government has done to reopen travel with Canada; to allow exemptions for families, property owners and boaters; and to open the U.S. border unilaterally if Canada refuses to participate. Frustrations are growing as the border remains closed while vaccination rates are increasing and COVID-19 case counts are dropping. “[Sixteen] months of indefinite, arbitrary closures are unacceptable,” the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Chris Jacobs, said in a statement. “Enough is enough, the president and his cabinet owe Congress, separated families, business owners and homeowners answers — this legislation is designed to get them.”

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