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U.S. Congress Delays WHTI Passport Requirements by Land and Rail in Onmibus Bill

On December 17, 2007, the U.S. Congress voted (253 - 154) to delay until June 2009 parts of the WHTI requiring passports to be shown at road and rail border crossings.  This is great news for Canadian tourism and hospitality industries.  However, the measure is merely delayed and Canada and the United Statesmust continue to work to ensure that a reasonable solution is found before the June 2009 deadline.

The following article was posted by Rep. Louise M. Slaugther:

Congress Seeks to Delay WHTI Until June 2009

Published on: December 19, 2007

 

Rep. Louise M. Slaughter (D-N.Y.), chairman of the House Rules Committee, announced that language she authored delaying implementation of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) until June 2009 was included in the Omnibus spending bill passed by Congress on Monday night. Also included is language withholding funds from the Department of Homeland Security until the department reports on the feasibility of WHTI to Congress. The bill passed last night by a vote of 253-154. "This is truly a great victory in our fight to prevent the foolishly misguided requirements of WHTI from devastating the economy of Western New York by unnecessarily hampering travel and trade," said Rep. Slaughter. "I am very pleased that I was able to include language that prohibits the implementation of WHTI anytime before June 2009, so that we can develop a comprehensive policy that not only secures our borders, but ensures that our regional economy will be able to reap the benefits from both trade and tourism. The traffic across our northern border is critical to our economy, and we must never sacrifice our relationship with Canada with an ill conceived attempt to increase border security. I have long said that economic security and physical security are not mutually exclusive. We can and must have both." For more information, call 202-225-3615 or visit www.louise.house.gov or www.dhs.gov.

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