Letter on S. 2612, the "Promoting Travel, Commerce, and National Security Act of 2016"

Friday, April 8, 2016 - 2:30pm

The Honorable Patrick Leahy
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510

The Honorable Ron Johnson
 United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510

Dear Senators Leahy and Johnson:

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than three million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations, and dedicated to promoting, protecting, and defending America’s free enterprise system, strongly supports S. 2612, the “Promoting Travel, Commerce, and National Security Act of 2016.”

The legislation would provide legal clarity to U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials who are responsible for the day-to-day operation of preclearance facilities in Canada. In addition to fulfilling the promises of the Beyond the Border Agreement, it has the potential to remove barriers to trade and travel at the border, while simultaneously enhancing U.S. national security.

The legislation would clarify that any U.S. employee or contractor working in Canada at a preclearance facility who commits a crime may be tried in a U.S. court of law, as opposed to a Canadian court, which would ensure the accountability of CBP officers, but also protect American personnel. This clarification would create new opportunities and help expand the relationship with America’s largest trading partner.

The Chamber welcomes the opportunity to work with you on these issues.


R. Bruce Josten