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Sep 20, 2021   |  

KLYQ: Montana Sen. Tester to Biden – Open The Canadian Border

By: Steve Fullerton

The Canadian border with the US has been restricted since March of 2020 and Montana Senator Jon Tester, along with seven other northern border state senators want the border opened to vaccinated Canadians. Canada opened its border to vaccinated Americans in August, but the US is continuing its ban on "non-essential travel" from Canada, which is reviewed every month.

Montana has over 500 miles of Canadian borderline with plenty of towns whose economies are dependent on cross-country trade. Tester, in a news release, said that the U.S. Trade Representative recorded a yearly total of over $690 million in trade exported just from Montana, which is over 40 percent of the state's total exports. That figure is from 2018, before the COVID pandemic hit. Also, families who have members in each country are restricted.

In the letter to President Joe Biden, the Senators wrote, "We appreciate the need to prioritize the health and safety of the American public through reasonable restrictions on international travel. However, we believe that fully vaccinated Canadians should be allowed to safely travel into the United States via land ports of entry. We urge you to lift these restrictions before October, provide a plan for reopening land ports of entry and appoint an interagency lead of US-Canadian border restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic."

Tester, who is among many elected Montana officials wanting the border open, was joined in the letter by Democratic Senators from New Hampshire, Maine, Michigan, New York and Minnesota. Tester had earlier urged re-opening the border back in May, also writing to the Biden administration. Then, in July he wrote to Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, requesting a border opening in a "safe, fair and efficient manner."


Office Contact Information

Senator Tester's Montana staff serves the state from offices in Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Great Falls, Helena, Kalispell, and Missoula. Please bring your concerns with federal agencies, academy nominations, and other situations to one of these Montana offices.


Judge Jameson Federal Building
2900 4th Ave N, Suite 201
Billings, MT 59101
Phone: (406) 252-0550
Fax: (406) 252-7768


Avant Courier Building
1 E Main Street, Suite 202
Bozeman, MT 59715
Phone: (406) 586-4450
Fax: (406) 586-7647


Silver Bow Center
125 W Granite, Suite 200
Butte, MT 59701
Phone: (406) 723-3277
Fax: (406) 782-4717

Great Falls

119 1st Avenue N, Suite 102
Great Falls, MT 59401
Phone: (406) 452-9585
Fax: (406) 452-9586


208 North Montana Avenue
Suite 104
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 449-5401
Fax: (406) 449-5462


8 Third Street E
Kalispell, MT 59901
Phone: (406) 257-3360
Fax: (406) 257-3974


130 W Front St.
Missoula, MT 59802
Phone: (406) 728-3003
Fax: (406) 728-2193

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