Higgins, Huizenga and Castor lead campaign to lift travel restrictions linked to pandemic

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Wed Jul 7, 2021 3:05 PM

75 members of Congress call for science strategy to safely reopen international travel to the United States

Congressmen Brian Higgins, Bill Huizenga (MI-2) and Kathy Castor (FL-14) lead bipartisan campaign urging the Biden administration to take action to safely reopen international travel to the United States

In one letter to Biden, signed by 75 members House of Representatives, Congressional leaders present measures to be taken, including reopening the land border between the United States and Canada: “Both governments should follow the science and drop all travel restrictions for travelers between the United States and Canada who are fully vaccinated travelers or provide evidence of a negative PCR test.

Higgins and Huizenga are co-chairs of the Canada-United States interparliamentary group.

The letter also calls for the re-establishment of travel between the United States and the United Kingdom, highlighting the “significant progress made by both countries in vaccinating citizens.” Working groups have been established to work out the details of lifting travel restrictions between the United States and Canada as well as between the United States and the United Kingdom. However, no announcement was made regarding guidelines or an implementation schedule.

In addition, members want the administration to increase the capacity to process tourist and business visas. They noted: “As of April 8, 2021, only 57 of 237 visa processing sites were fully operational and 76% of consulates are fully or partially closed to routine visa processing. “

Leaders point to the economic consequences of being slow or inactive, writing: “Prior to the pandemic, inbound international travel to the United States contributed $ 234 billion in export revenue to the US economy, generated a trade surplus of $ 51 billion and directly supported 1.2 million US jobs. However, the sharp drop in travel in 2020 resulted in the loss of $ 150 billion in export revenue. If nothing is done to lift entry restrictions, the United States is expected to lose 1.1 million jobs and an additional $ 175 billion by the end of this year.

The United States implemented travel restrictions in early 2020 in response to health concerns related to the global pandemic. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says it is now safe for fully vaccinated people to safely resume many activities, including travel.

Higgins statement on the decision of the International Trade Commission

Higgins issued the following statement in response to the recent United States International Trade Commission (USITC) ruling that found that four countries were selling tires at uncompetitive or subsidized prices:

“The recent decision of the United States International Trade Commission is a resounding victory for global competitiveness that will help our hardworking employees in the tire industry. Going forward, the new rates will serve to protect jobs in the United States and ensure that our metallurgists at Sumitomo Tires can continue their great work without being hampered by unfair trade practices. “

Higgins’ press release said, “In response to anti-dumping and countervailing duty requests filed by the United Steelworkers against Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam, the ITC decided that the four countries were in fact selling tires. dumped or subsidized passenger vehicles and light trucks. in a way detrimental to American manufacturers. Due to the damage to the industry, countries will be subject to new tariffs as of July 7 that will compensate for the uncompetitive behavior.

“Higgins, who is a member of the House Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee, has long championed American jobs and steelworkers at Sumitomo Tires in Tonawanda, repeatedly advocating for their ability to compete in a fair market. In 2017, Higgins testified at a ITC audience – and even in May 2021 – to denounce unfair tire dumping practices. In June, Higgins led his House colleagues into a letter to ITC president push for the commission to fight these unfair manufacturing practices and for American businesses and workers to be given a recourse to regain a level playing field.

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