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Vt. congressional delegation urges president to work to reopen border

Published: Jun. 8, 2021 at 11:40 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 5:56 AM EDT
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BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - Vermont’s congressional delegation is urging the Biden administration to work with Canada to safely reopen the northern border.

In a letter sent Monday, Sens. Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders, and Rep. Peter Welch all signed the letter calling on President Joe Biden to work with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to allow additional essential traveler classes.

Welch says he’s seen many loved ones who have been separated by this closure during the pandemic along with businesses that have struggled. Welch believes with higher vaccination rates on both sides of the border, it’s time to look into reopening.

“What better border where we can make progress than the Canadian-U.S. border, particularly along Vermont and Canada where we’ve had close, very close, personal and business relationships for generations,” said Welch, D-Vermont.

The delegation stressed they want to make sure that it’s safe to open the border first, but that hopefully we can get back to regular commerce as soon as possible.

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