All four U.S. senators from Maine and New Hampshire say it’s time to take a more targeted approach to restrictions along the U.S.-Canadian land border as opposed to the blanket closure that’s been in place since mid-March, after the COVID-19 pandemic was declared.
Rather than extend the current closure order, which has been extended each month and runs through Oct. 21, Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine; Angus King, I-Maine; Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H.; and Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., are asking President Donald Trump to apply restrictions on a local basis given the low risk of significant cross-border transmission along their states’ borders with Canada.
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“As states and localities in the interiors of our nations continue to reopen, we are concerned that border communities that have historically depended on day-to-day cross-border commerce will be left behind, even as their risk of COVID-19 transmission appears to remain low,” the bipartisan quartet wrote in a letter to Trump Wednesday.
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