NEWS: Sanders Statement on Why Americans Don’t Know What’s in the Build Back Better Plan

Source: United States Senator for Vermont – Bernie Sanders

BURLINGTON, Vt., Oct. 15 – Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) Friday issued the following statement after polls showed too many Americans still don’t know what’s in the Build Back Better agenda: 

“Poll after poll shows overwhelming support for the $3.5 trillion Build Back Better legislation – and the need to lower prescription drug costs, expand Medicare to cover dental, hearing and vision, greatly improve home health care, make child care and housing affordable, establish Paid Family and Medical Leave and address the existential threat of climate change. And the polling numbers go astronomically high when people understand that this $3.5 trillion bill will be paid for by demanding that the wealthy and large corporations start paying their fair share of taxes.

“Yet, polling also shows that despite President Biden having introduced this proposal five months ago, a majority of Americans have very little knowledge as to what is in this bill – one of the most consequential pieces of legislation for working people in the modern history of our country. Americans can be for the bill. They can be opposed to the bill. But it is absurd that so many of them don’t know what is in the bill. 

“Why is that? There are a number of reasons but, at the top of the list, is the reality that the mainstream media has done an exceptionally poor job in covering what actually is in the legislation. There have been endless stories about the politics of passing Build Back Better, the role of the president, the conflicts in the House and the Senate, the opposition of two senators, the size of the bill, etc. – but very limited coverage as to what the provisions of the bill are and the crises for working people that they address.

“The foundations of American democracy are threatened not only by extremism, but by ignorance and lack of knowledge. It is hard to ask people to have faith in their government when they have little understanding of what their government is trying to do. Build Back Better is an enormously important piece of legislation. The American people have a right to know what’s in it. My hope is that mainstream media will fulfill their responsibilities and make that happen.”

Sen. Cramer: HHS Awards $2 Million to Support Individuals with Disabilities in North Dakota

Source: United States Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND)

BISMARCK – U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND) announced today the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded $2,166,613 to the North Dakota Department of Human Services. 

The funds will be used for the Money Follows the Person grant program, which supports community inclusion of individuals with disabilities. Learn more here.

Sen. Cramer, Rep. Armstrong Highlight States’ Rights at Agriculture Summit

Source: United States Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND)

BISMARCK — U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND), member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, and Representative Kelly Armstrong (R-ND) delivered remarks at the Western Caucus Agriculture Mini Summit today focusing on the importance of states’ rights, Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule, and federal agriculture policy. 


“Private property and individual and states’ rights are priorities for North Dakotans. A one-size-fits-all federal approach to our agriculture and water is not reasonable, not workable, and not appropriate,” said Senator Cramer.“Events like the summit today are crucial to the conversation specific to our state’s agriculture and water priorities.”

“Though North Dakota’s farmers and ranchers have faced many hardships in recent year, they have persevered and continued to supply food for the nation. I am excited to welcome members of the Congressional Western Caucus to Bismarck and to share to share the story of our agriculture producers with them,” said Congressman Armstrong 

Following their remarks, the members responded to questions on the farm bill, conservation, and reconciliation. 


Senator Cramer worked with the Trump Administration to craft Navigable Waters Protection Rule, making sure it stays within the confines of the law. As Chair of the EPW Subcommittee on Water last Congress, the senator convened ahearing on the issue which included testimony from North Dakota’s Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring. In October 2019, Senator Cramer hosted then-EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler for a WOTUS roundtable.
To ensure his constituents have a seat at the table, Senator Cramer hosted EPA Administrator Regan in Bismarck for a listening session with North Dakotans which covered issues such as WOTUS, and he secured a commitment from the new Assistant EPA Administrator for Water, Rahdika Fox, to hold a WOTUS listening session on the new rule in North Dakota.

In Letter to Facebook, Klobuchar, Capito, and Baldwin Request Information on How Instagram Promotes Posts Glorifying Eating Disorders to Younger Users

Source: United States Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn)

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) sent a letter to Facebook expressing concern that content on Instagram may promote eating disorders among young users, specifically teenagers and girls.

In the letter, the senators highlighted Facebook Whistleblower Frances Haugen’s testimony to the Senate Commerce Committee last week, noting Haugen’s belief that “Facebook knows that they are leading young users to anorexia content.” The senators also wrote that “Ms. Haugen’s complaints to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) also indicate that Facebook has additional information about its impact on eating disorders that Facebook has not shared with policymakers, parents, or the public.”

They continued later in the letter: “The stakes here are incredibly high — studies have found that eating disorders have one of the highest mortality rates of any mental illness. We have long fought to ensure Americans can access treatment services for eating disorders, but more must be done to protect our kids from being exposed to content on Facebook and Instagram that glorifies and promotes eating disorders.”

Klobuchar, Capito, and Baldwin have been long-standing leaders in ensuring Americans can access treatment services for eating disorders. They cosponsored the bipartisan Anna Westin Act, which included provisions to increase training and education on eating disorders and ensure parity for insurance coverage of residential treatment of eating disorders. Provisions of this bill were ultimately signed into law in 2016 as part of the 21st Century Cures Act.

The bill was named in honor of Anna Westin of Chaska, Minnesota, who was diagnosed with anorexia at the age of 16. Despite the urgency of her condition, her family was informed that they had to wait until their insurance company ‘certified’ Anna’s treatment, ultimately delaying and limiting the treatment Anna received. After struggling with the disease for five years, Anna died at the age of 21.

Full text of the letter can be found HERE and below.

Dear Mr. Zuckerberg and Mr. Mosseri:

We write to express our concern about the dangers of Instagram, especially for young people who suffer from eating disorders. Instagram has broad reach among teenage women and girls, meaning that harmful content posted to its platform can be especially dangerous.

We are well aware of the dangers of these diseases. The three of us were the leaders of the Anna Westin Act, a bill that was signed into law in December 2016 and increased training and education on eating disorders and ensured parity for insurance coverage of residential treatment of eating disorders.

In her testimony before the Senate Commerce Committee, Frances Haugen told us that “Facebook knows that they are leading young users to anorexia content.” Other efforts found that Instagram not only failed to take action on accounts that promote eating disorders, but that the platform actively promoted them. Thanks to the whistleblower’s disclosures and testimony, we know that internal Facebook research documented that Instagram makes eating issues worse for 17% of teen girls who use the platform.

Ms. Haugen has stated that Facebook’s own research says that Instagram is “distinctly worse than other forms of social media” in its harms to teenagers. Teens are uniquely vulnerable to this kind of harmful content, and studies indicate eating disorders often begin in the early teens and twenties. Ms. Haugen’s complaints to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) also indicate Facebook has additional information about its impact on eating disorders that Facebook has not shared with policymakers, parents, or the public.

The stakes here are incredibly high — studies have found that eating disorders have one of the highest mortality rates of any mental illness. We have long fought to ensure Americans can access treatment services for eating disorders, but more must be done to protect our kids from being exposed to content on Facebook and Instagram that glorifies and promotes eating disorders.

We ask that you answer the following questions by October 27, 2021:

  1. What measures, both automated and manual, do you employ on Instagram to detect accounts or content that promote unhealthy eating and other eating disorders?
  2. How many Instagram accounts have you removed in the last year for promoting unhealthy eating habits?
  3. How many Instagram users do you estimate have seen content promoting unhealthy eating in the last year? Please provide estimates for both all users and separately for teenage or younger users.
  4. What resources do you offer to Instagram users who were shown harmful content promoting unhealthy eating?
  5. Please describe any additional information you have collected about the relationship between any of your apps and eating disorders affecting your users. This includes any academic research, market studies, informal studies, user interviews, surveys, strategy documents, or other documents.
  6. Facebook’s internal research found that teens self-report “inappropriate advertisements targeted to vulnerable groups” as one of Instagram’s harms.

a.  What are the top 100 advertisements seen by teenage users of Instagram in      the last year?

b.  For each advertisement, please describe the content of the advertisement,      including any videos, pictures, and text included in the advertisement, as well      as data about the reach and viewership of the advertisement.

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Duckworth Discusses Efforts to Protect AANHPI Community During Illinois Holocaust Museum Anti-Hate Event

Source: United States Senator for Illinois Tammy Duckworth

October 15, 2021

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) last night discussed her work to address the rise in violence against the Asian American Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) community as part of the Illinois Holocaust Museum’s “Combating Anti-AAPI Hate: Building a Foundation for Change” event. Duckworth was in conversation with Ester Hurh, Board President of KAN-WIN, the Chicago-based organization that works to eradicate gender-based violence across Asian American communities. Duckworth discussed her COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act, which President Biden signed into law earlier this year, as well as her personal experiences with hate, discrimination and racism toward the AANHPI community.

“I’d love to be able to say that anti-Asian bigotry isn’t American—or isn’t normal—but the reality is, for the AANHPI community, it is inextricably woven into their everyday American experience,” Duckworth said. “After a year of hateful, offensive rhetoric being used by Donald Trump in an attempt to racialize the COVID-19 pandemic against Asian Americans, we’ve seen a spike in hate crimes, violent assaults and discrimination targeting the AANHPI community. I was proud to see my legislation to help put a stop to these crimes signed into law earlier this year, and I’ll keep working to make sure our communities are safe.”

Duckworth’s COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act, which was signed into law in May, will help expedite the review of COVID-19-related hate crimes at the Department of Justice, provide support for state and local law enforcement agencies to respond to these hate crimes and coordinate with local and federal partners to mitigate racially discriminatory language used to describe the pandemic.

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Here’s What They’re Saying: Ohio Media Highlights Brown’s Statewide Travels Touting Wins He Secured for Ohioans

Source: United States Senator for Ohio Sherrod Brown

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) visited communities across Ohio to highlight the wins he is working to deliver for Ohioans in the American Rescue Plan and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Plan. He stopped at performing arts centers in Dayton and Lima, visited Norwalk to tour the West Main street water line project, hosted a virtual roundtable on mental health challenges facing young Black girls, toured the Akron Zoo to discuss the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), and toured a union manufacturing plant in New Philadelphia to tout the Buy America protections he secured in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Plan.

During stops in Dayton and Lima: Brown joined local arts leaders at the Dayton Arcade and the Allen County Veterans Memorial Civic and Convention Center to show how the Shuttered Venue Operator Grants (SVOG) – which the Save Our Stages Act made possible – have helped local cultural and entertainment small businesses survive the pandemic and reopen. Brown helped write and pass the American Rescue Plan, which included the Save Our Stages Act. The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance reopened for its new season last week and the Lima Symphony will begin in-person performances again this Saturday.

Read what they’re saying about Brown’s stops in Dayton and Lima:

Dayton Daily News: ‘Lights are turning back on:’ Federal aid allows local groups to keep doors open

  • “On behalf of the arts in the Dayton region, we offer a sincere thank you to Senator Brown and to all elected officials and individuals who supported the distribution of the Shuttered Venue Operator Grants,” [Culture Works President and CEO Lisa] Hanson said. “It took a bit more than a village this time, and we are grateful to live in Ohio where the importance of the arts to our economy and our lives is shared.”
  • “[Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, artistic director and conductor Neal Gittleman] called the federal grants “a lifesaver” for the alliance and said it will probably take two to three years for the DPAA to fully rebuild its audience and ticket sales following the pandemic’s “disastrous hit.””

Dayton 24/7 Now: Senator Brown visits Dayton Arcade and local performing arts, showcases grant funding

  • “[Neal Gittleman, Artistic Director and Conductor of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra] said, “Over the next three weeks, Dayton Opera and Dayton Ballet will take the stage, too. Funds from the SVOG grant were absolutely vital to getting us here and allowing us to come out of the COVID-ravaged season, living up to our ‘We’re back and better than ever!’ tagline. Senator Brown’s support of the SVOG was instrumental to getting the program implemented, and for that, we are deeply thankful.””

WDTN, 2 News, Dayton: Sen. Sherrod Brown tours Dayton Arcade with arts organizations to celebrate SVOG grants

  • “39 Dayton-region arts venues across our entire service area and arts organizations received over $18 million through the first round of the SVOG with the largest grant to the downtown theater Dayton Live, formally know as the Victoria Theater Association, at nearly $10 million from both rounds of funding,” said Lisa Hanson, the executive director of Culture Works Dayton.”

Hometown Stations, WLIO, Lima: Sherrod Brown connects with Allen County arts leaders on results of key grants

  • “We didn’t have the ability to pay for staff to be here all the time to answer those phones and execute those events… now, we can,” Ambroza stated. “We got that ability now to afford salaries, keeping our lights on, and paying those bills that we were seriously running out of options to do.”

Lima News: ‘Save Our Stages’: Brown checks out comeback effort

  • “The (SVOG) really truly was our lifeline, and the only way that we were able to continue and move forward to bring live concerts like the one we’re going to do this weekend,” [Lima Symphony Orchestra Executive Director Elizabeth Brown-Ellis said].

During a stop in Norwalk: Brown joined Norwalk Mayor David Light on a walking tour of West Main Street in Norwalk to discuss how federal American Rescue Plan funds will finance replacement of a more than 100-year-old, cast-iron water line on West Main Street, and potential future infrastructure investments in the city from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Plan.

Read what they’re saying about Brown’s stop in Norwalk:

Sandusky Register: Brown eyes city project

  • “It was nice to see him take the time to visit our city to see first-hand how we are utilizing a large portion of our American Rescue Plan money,” [Mayor Dave] Light said. “Without this money, our community would have had to borrow the funds to complete this project.”

During a roundtable Discussion on Mental Health Challenges Facing Young Black Girls: Brown convened a virtual roundtable discussion on the mental health challenges affecting young Black girls amid an alarming rise in suicide deaths. Brown spoke with mental health experts about a recent study, published by Dr. Arielle Sheftall through the Center for Suicide Prevention and Research at the Abigail Wexner Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, which found an increase in suicide rates among young Black children, and young Black girls in particular. The group discussed ways to support those in crisis.

Read what they’re saying about Brown’s Mental Health Roundtable:

Cleveland.com: Alarming rise in suicide rates among Black girls a focus of mental health roundtable hosted by Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown

  • “An alarming rise of suicide rates among young Black girls has emerged during the coronavirus pandemic, experts said during a mental health roundtable hosted by Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown and Illinois Rep. Lauren Underwood.”
  • “The virtual roundtable on Wednesday focused on rising suicide rates across the U.S., and how state and national lawmakers can help to address mental health issues among youth.”

During a stop in Akron: Brown joined leaders of the Akron Zoo Thursday to tour the facility and show how Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funds helped the zoo survive the COVID-19 pandemic. The federal funds helped the zoo reopen to the public and kept workers on the job.

During a stop in New Philadelphia: Brown joined Gradall Industries leadership and representatives from the International Association of Machinists Local 1285 at Gradall Industries’ manufacturing plant. Brown discussed Buy America protections he secured in the bipartisan infrastructure plan, the potential opportunities for Ohio suppliers like Gradall, and the benefits of a skilled, union workforce.

Read what they’re saying about Brown’s stop in New Philadelphia:

Times-Reporter: Sherrod Brown touts infrastructure bills during Gradall tour

  • “The senator highlighted his Buy America protections that he worked to include in the legislation. These protections will ensure that taxpayer dollars are used to buy and include American-made products for all federally funded infrastructure projects.” 

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In Letter to Facebook, Baldwin, Klobuchar, and Capito Request Information on How Instagram Promotes Posts Glorifying Eating Disorders to Younger Users

Source: United States Senator for Wisconsin Tammy Baldwin

10.15.21

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) sent a letter to Facebook expressing concern that content on Instagram may promote eating disorders among young users, specifically teenagers and girls.

In the letter, the senators highlighted Facebook Whistleblower Frances Haugen’s testimony to the Senate Commerce Committee last week, noting Haugen’s belief that “Facebook knows that they are leading young users to anorexia content.” The senators also wrote that “Ms. Haugen’s complaints to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) also indicate that Facebook has additional information about its impact on eating disorders that Facebook has not shared with policymakers, parents, or the public.”

They continued later in the letter: “The stakes here are incredibly high — studies have found that eating disorders have one of the highest mortality rates of any mental illness. We have long fought to ensure Americans can access treatment services for eating disorders, but more must be done to protect our kids from being exposed to content on Facebook and Instagram that glorifies and promotes eating disorders.”

Baldwin, Klobuchar and Capito have been long-standing leaders in ensuring Americans can access treatment services for eating disorders. They cosponsored the bipartisan Anna Westin Act, which included provisions to increase training and education on eating disorders and ensure parity for insurance coverage of residential treatment of eating disorders. Provisions of this bill were ultimately signed into law in 2016 as part of the 21st Century Cures Act.

The bill was named in honor of Anna Westin of Chaska, Minnesota, who was diagnosed with anorexia at the age of 16. Despite the urgency of her condition, her family was informed that they had to wait until their insurance company ‘certified’ Anna’s treatment, ultimately delaying and limiting the treatment Anna received. After struggling with the disease for five years, Anna died at the age of 21.

Full text of the letter can be found HERE and below.

Dear Mr. Zuckerberg and Mr. Mosseri:

We write to express our concern about the dangers of Instagram, especially for young people who suffer from eating disorders. Instagram has broad reach among teenage women and girls, meaning that harmful content posted to its platform can be especially dangerous.

We are well aware of the dangers of these diseases. The three of us were the leaders of the Anna Westin Act, a bill that was signed into law in December 2016 and increased training and education on eating disorders and ensured parity for insurance coverage of residential treatment of eating disorders.

In her testimony before the Senate Commerce Committee, Frances Haugen told us that “Facebook knows that they are leading young users to anorexia content.” Other efforts found that Instagram not only failed to take action on accounts that promote eating disorders, but that the platform actively promoted them. Thanks to the whistleblower’s disclosures and testimony, we know that internal Facebook research documented that Instagram makes eating issues worse for 17% of teen girls who use the platform.

Ms. Haugen has stated that Facebook’s own research says that Instagram is “distinctly worse than other forms of social media” in its harms to teenagers. Teens are uniquely vulnerable to this kind of harmful content, and studies indicate eating disorders often begin in the early teens and twenties. Ms. Haugen’s complaints to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) also indicate Facebook has additional information about its impact on eating disorders that Facebook has not shared with policymakers, parents, or the public.

The stakes here are incredibly high — studies have found that eating disorders have one of the highest mortality rates of any mental illness. We have long fought to ensure Americans can access treatment services for eating disorders, but more must be done to protect our kids from being exposed to content on Facebook and Instagram that glorifies and promotes eating disorders.

We ask that you answer the following questions by October 27, 2021:

  1. What measures, both automated and manual, do you employ on Instagram to detect accounts or content that promote unhealthy eating and other eating disorders?
  2. How many Instagram accounts have you removed in the last year for promoting unhealthy eating habits?
  3. How many Instagram users do you estimate have seen content promoting unhealthy eating in the last year? Please provide estimates for both all users and separately for teenage or younger users.
  4. What resources do you offer to Instagram users who were shown harmful content promoting unhealthy eating?
  5. Please describe any additional information you have collected about the relationship between any of your apps and eating disorders affecting your users. This includes any academic research, market studies, informal studies, user interviews, surveys, strategy documents, or other documents.
  6. Facebook’s internal research found that teens self-report “inappropriate advertisements targeted to vulnerable groups” as one of Instagram’s harms.
  • What are the top 100 advertisements seen by teenage users of Instagram in the last year?
  • For each advertisement, please describe the content of the advertisement, including any videos, pictures, and text included in the advertisement, as well as data about the reach and viewership of the advertisement.

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In Auburn, Senator Collins Visits Site of Future Public Safety Complex

Source: United States Senator for Maine Susan Collins

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Auburn, ME – Today, U.S. Senator Susan Collins, a co-chair of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus, visited the Central Fire Station, which will be the site of a new public safety building.  The renovated and expanded facility will include space for Auburn’s fire and police departments, as well as administrative offices, an emergency operations center, and public areas.  

Senator Collins submitted a congressionally directed spending request of $2.5 million for the project.  As a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, she is working to secure this funding through the ongoing appropriations process.

“Ensuring that Auburn’s finest and bravest have adequate facilities is essential to improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the emergency services they provide,” said Senator Collins.  “The Auburn Police Department’s current headquarters at City Hall was intended to be a temporary solution, but they have been there for 13 years.  The Central Fire Station is also in need of expansion and renovation.  This project will solve both problems by creating a public safety campus at the Central Fire Station.  As a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, I strongly advocated on Auburn’s behalf to include this critical project in the funding bill, and I will continue to champion this investment as the process moves forward.”

A study commissioned by Auburn found that the best option for creating a public safety campus in the city is to expand the Central Fire Station. The plan calls for the police department to move out of Auburn City Hall, which was only supposed to be a five-year solution.  The building will also include fire station administrative support, a 911 call center, an emergency operations center, and common public space, as well as shared program rooms.  They will also add onto the building to support a tower truck and renovate living space.

During her visit, Senator Collins also watched a demonstration by the communications center, which recently upgraded its technology to enhance the coordination between the school and police departments and allow law enforcement to rapidly address potential threats.  Senator Collins secured $400,000 for this upgrade in 2018 for the Auburn Police Department through the Department of Justice’s Community Oriented Policing Services grant program.

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Senator Collins Visits New Mental Health, Opioid Addiction Treatment Facility at St. Mary’s Hospital

Source: United States Senator for Maine Susan Collins

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Lewiston, ME – U.S. Senator Susan Collins was in Lewiston today to see the new state-of-the-art facility at Saint Mary’s Hospital that will serve Mainers who are battling opioid use disorder, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and other mental health challenges.  The unit will officially open later this fall.

“As our country continues to confront the public health crisis caused by the pandemic, the completion of this impressive treatment facility at St. Mary’s Hospital could not come at a more critical time. Mainers battling opioid addiction and mental health disorders—which have only been exacerbated by the pandemic—will soon have access to the high-quality, compassionate care they need to achieve recovery and healing,” said Senator Collins.

St. Mary’s is one of the largest employers in Androscoggin County and the State of Maine. Across its departments, it employs 1,400 people.  In recent years, St. Mary’s has been undergoing a three-part renovation project. The first phase involved the renovation of the child and adolescent behavioral health unit; the second phase focused on creating a building to hold the infusion center for oncology and rheumatology; and this third phase will culminate in the construction of this mental health facility.

Senator Collins is the leading voice in the Senate in protecting the Provider Relief Fund, federal funding which has helped support hospitals like St. Mary’s throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.  To date, St. Mary’s has received more than $3 million from this fund. 

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Following Push from Senator Collins, Northern Border Will Reopen on November 8th

Source: United States Senator for Maine Susan Collins

Washington, D.C. – Following a push from U.S. Senator Susan Collins, travel restrictions for fully vaccinated Canadians will finally be lifted on November 8th, allowing them to cross the land border between the U.S. and Canada. 

“For many Maine families and small businesses, November 8th cannot come soon enough. 

“It simply made no sense to allow vaccinated air travelers to come to the U.S. but not allow vaccinated Canadians to drive across the northern border.  It was even more frustrating given that vaccinated Canadians could enter the U.S. by air but not by land. 

“This long-overdue announcement will finally help to reunite tight-knit border communities and provide a boost to Maine small businesses that have suffered significant revenue losses without Canadian customers.”

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Senator Collins has repeatedly pushed to adjust or reevaluate restrictions on non-essential travel across the U.S.-Canada border.  Earlier this month, she joined a group of six Senators in calling on the Administration to provide the medical justifications for continued U.S. -Canada land border restrictions.  In July, she joined the rest of the Maine Delegation in sending a letter to Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas, urging the Biden Administration to take steps to allow fully-vaccinated Canadians to cross the U.S.-Canada border for business or leisure given current health conditions. In May, she participated in a call with U.S. Senators and Canadian members of Parliament to discuss the importance of reopening the border.

Earlier this year, Senator Collins sent a letter urging DHS Secretary Mayorkas to ease restrictions on U.S.-Canada travel and included copies of correspondence she had with both former President Trump and former Acting Secretary Chad Wolf advocating for limited border crossing exemptions based on localized risks.

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