Washington, DC - Today, President Biden will host a virtual, bi-lateral meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. According to the White House, the leaders will "review joint efforts in areas of mutual interest such as the COVID-19 response...and the economic ties that bind our countries, as well as the deep people-to-people bonds we share." These important components of the United States’ special relationship with Canada have undoubtedly been negatively impacted by the year-long closure of the US-Canada northern border to non-essential travel. Congresswoman Stefanik strongly urges President Biden to discuss the safe reopening of the northern border with the Prime Minister once again. She issued the following statement:

"As the Co-Chair of the Northern Border Caucus and Representative of New York's 21st Congressional District, I continue to work closely with my colleagues in Congress, our counterparts in Canada, small businesses, border law enforcement, and families who want safe travel across the northern border to resume. It is absolutely critical to our Northern Border economy, and the economic partnership with Canada that President Biden commits to a metrics based, bilateral plan to safely reopen the US-Canada border to non-essential travel as soon as possible."

In January, Congresswoman Stefanik led a bipartisan letter to President Biden outlining specific actions President Biden must take to achieve this goal. Read the full letter here.