Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster

Representing the 2nd District of New Hampshire
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Kuster to Announce Introduction of a Bill to Increase Trade Opportunities for New Hampshire Businesses at Press Conference in Claremont

Wednesday, March 9, 2016 - 3:00pm

Claremont, NH – This afternoon, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) held a press conference in Claremont, NH to announce the introduction of her Promoting Travel, Commerce, and National Security Act. This bipartisan legislation would streamline travel and commerce operations between the U.S. and Canada, thereby expanding trade opportunities for Granite State businesses and helping to strengthen our national security.

“I was proud to host a press conference today to announce my legislation, which would greatly benefit the local Claremont economy and the state as a whole,” said Congresswoman Annie Kuster. “If implemented, this legislation would open the doors for increased tourism in the Granite State, which would provide an economic boost to Claremont, the only town in western New Hampshire with its own Amtrak stop. What’s more, the bill would help regional businesses increase trade opportunities with Canada, which would likely spur expanded operations and increased job creation. I urge my colleagues from both sides of the aisle to come together to swiftly pass this bill into law.”

Kuster was joined at the press conference by Mayor Guy Charlene Lovett, City Manager Guy Santagate, Amtrak representatives, representatives from the New Hampshire Department of Transportation, and local business leaders who could benefit from the bill. During the press conference, Congresswoman Kuster discussed the importance of her bill to New Hampshire and Claremont’s economy. By expediting travel processes between the U.S. and Canada, this bill will increase trade opportunities for local businesses and help bolster New Hampshire’s tourism industry – the second largest industry in the state. Additionally, this bill will enhance our national security procedures along the Northern border.  By establishing additional preclearance facilities for air, rail and maritime border crossings in Canada, Customs and Border Protection officials will be able to address potential threats early before they reach U.S. soil. 

The legislation Kuster introduced paves the way for expansion of preclearance facilities, operated by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, at land, rail, maritime, and air ports of departure in Canada. It was introduced in the House last week by Congresswoman Annie Kuster, and in the Senate by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK).  The House version of the bill was introduced by a bipartisan group of legislators including five Democrats and five Republicans.