Burlington Free Press
The U.S. senators from Vermont and New York top diplomatic and security officials in this country and Canada to agree this year how to enable pre-clearance of cross-border rail travelers — a critical step to enhancing and expanding passenger rail service between Montreal, New York City and Vermont.
U.S. Sens. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., Charles Schumer, D-N.Y. ,Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Vt.and Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., made their request in a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.
“The economic links between Canada and the states of Vermont and New York are vital, and there is great potential to make them stronger still. A smoother customs experience in Montreal will spur job creation and economic opportunities on both sides of the border,” the senators said in a joint statement.
President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Stephen Harper issued a joint declaration in 2011 — Beyond the Border: A Shared Vision for Perimeter Security and Economic Competitiveness.
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