Bill Designed to Expedite Cross-Border Travel with Canada Passes Congress

Dec 12, 2016

A bipartisan bill designed to improve cross-border travel between Canada and the U.S. has passed Congress and is headed to the president's desk.

The bill, officially known as the “Promoting Travel, Commerce, and National Security Act” aims to streamline travel and commerce between the U.S. and Canada by allowing for more pre-clearance of passengers traveling between countries. Pre-clearance is when passengers undergo border inspections prior to traveling, and can help to avoid bottlenecks at border-crossings.

New Hampshire Democratic Congresswoman Annie Kuster was a sponsor of the bill. In a statement, she said if signed by the president, the law would increase economic and trade opportunities for New Hampshire businesses.

The bill passed on a voice vote with no opposition.