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Nov 8, 2021

Tester Statement on Official Reopening of Canadian Border to Vaccinated Travelers

Senator: “The closure of the northern border has hurt Montana businesses and families for far too long, and I’m glad to see the Biden Administration answering my calls to reopen the border to vaccinated Canadians.”

Following his months-long push for the reopening of the northern land border, U.S. Senator Jon Tester today issued the following statement in response to the Department of Homeland Security officially reopening the United States-Canadian land border to vaccinated Canadian travelers:

"The closure of the northern border has hurt Montana businesses and families for far too long, and I'm glad to see the Biden Administration answering my calls to reopen the border to vaccinated Canadians," said Tester. "Montana's border towns depend on cross-border trade and travel to support small business and keep folks connected. This reopening is a great step towards full economic recovery, and I'll keep pushing the administration to do right by Montanans."

Tester led the charge to re-open the border to fully vaccinated travelers and repeatedly slammed the White House for ignoring the science and the needs of families and communities who depend on the northern border to meet their bottom lines and stay connected to friends and family.

Tester began calling for the border to fully re-open in May, urging the Biden Administration to work with their Canadian counterparts to quickly and safely open the border. He followed up on that in July with a letter to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas pressing the Administration to coordinate with the Canadian reopening in a "safe, fair, and efficient manner."

Tester denounced the White House for repeatedly punting on re-opening the land border. Last month, after an announcement that the White House would allow fully vaccinated travelers to enter the U.S. by air while continuing to restrict "nonessential travel" across the land border indefinitely, Tester questioned the Administration's medical justifications for the uncoordinated reopening and demanded it fully open the northern border to all vaccinated travelers.

Timeline of Tester actions to re-open the northern border with Canada:

Montana shares a 545 mile border with Canada and is home to many border towns whose economies rely on Canadian trade and commerce throughout the year. According to the U.S. Trade Representative, Montana exported $692 million in goods to Canada in 2018, representing 42 percent of the state's total goods exports.

 

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.

Billings

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

Bozeman

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

Butte

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

Helena

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

Kalispell

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

Missoula

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

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