Washington, D.C.– Today, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21) spoke on the House floor following the introduction of H.R. 4657 -- the Promoting Travel, Commerce, and National Security Act of 2016.  Congresswoman Stefanik spoke on the importance of increasing commerce with our Canadian neighbors. Below is a transcript of her remarks, or for video, click here.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

In my district in Northern New York, Canada is more than just a bordering nation; they are our neighbors and our friends.

Canadians and Upstate New Yorkers enjoy their summers together fishing along the St. Lawrence River, golfing on Wellesley Island, visiting the Thousand Islands National Park and exploring Boldt castle.

Plattsburgh, a city in my district, has even branded itself as Montreal's “U.S. Suburb,” hosting more than 100 U.S. subsidiaries of Canadian companies, with 15 percent of its area workforce working for a Canadian or border-related employer.

That is why I helped lead the effort and support the Promoting Travel, Commerce and National Security Act -- a necessary step to solidify the preclearance agreement between the U.S. and Canada, which was reached nearly a year ago.

This significant, bipartisan legislation is great news for U.S.-Canadian relations, and I strongly encourage my colleagues to cosponsor this vital piece of legislation to maintain a secure Northern border and facilitate travel and commerce between the U.S. and Canada, and benefit our Upstate New York economy.

I yield back.