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Schumer pushes for reopening of US-Canadian travel

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB) — One of the most powerful voices in Washington DC came to the Rainbow Bridge in Niagara Falls on Wednesday to turn up the heat on efforts to loosen Covid restrictions that have halted non-essential travel across the United States-Canada border.

“I stand here today because we can’t wait any longer,” said US Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer. He said a plan could be worked out in a matter of weeks if the US Department of Homeland Security officials would just come to some agreement with their Canadian counterparts.

“I’m urging the Canadian and American governments to declare that any vaccinated individual with familial, business, property, educational, medical or other interests be allowed to cross the border,” said Schumer. “Eventually, after that, they should allow anyone to cross the border.”

Dottie Gallagher is the president and CEO of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership. “We need this to happen. Fall is too late. Let’s please, please President Biden and Prime Minister Trudeau, let’s work on this for all of us.”

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