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Higgins' amendment would end COVID vaccine requirement for Canadians crossing into US by land


Mon, Feb 6th 2023 11:45 am

Measure up for consideration this week

Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, has submitted an amendment, under consideration this week, which would end the requirement for showing proof of vaccination for Canadians entering the U.S. along land ports of entry.

“This lingering mandate is hurting families and the U.S. economy,” Higgins said. “The time to remove the vaccine requirement on Canadians and encourage a robust return to cross-border travel is long overdue.”

Higgins’ team said, “On Oct. 1, 2022, Canada dropped many of its remaining COVID travel restrictions, including the vaccination requirement for travelers crossing the border. Higgins, who serves as co-chair of the Congressional Northern Border Caucus and the Canada-United States Interparliamentary Group, has long advocated that the United States should do the same.

“Currently, over 80% of Canadians and almost 70% of people in the United States have received a complete primary series of COVID vaccine doses.”

Higgins has also submitted his “Make NEXUS Work Act” as an amendment to H.R. 185. His bill would allow for virtual NEXUS applicant interviews

The House of Representatives Rules Committee is scheduled to meet today to consider amendments. H.R. 185 is on the legislative calendar for a vote by the full House later this week.

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