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  • The Canadian border is open, but packages are still stacked up in Blaine
    Posted in In the News on November 8, 2021 | Preview rr

    There wasn’t a deluge of Canadian visitors on the first day of border restrictions being lifted, but Blaine business owners and government officials are happy to start welcoming them back. Downtown Blaine was quiet on Monday afternoon, Nov. 8, hours after the U.S. government eased restrictions on nonessential travelers coming across the border. While Monday wasn’t typically a busy day before the COVID-19 pandemic, the lack of Canadian visitors on the first day of reopening could be confirmation ... Read more

  • Seattle Times: Northwest farmers who lost crops to extreme heat eligible for federal disaster relief
    Posted in In the News on October 18, 2021 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture

    Pacific Northwest food producers stung by extreme heat will be eligible for disaster relief in a $10 billion package included in legislation now signed into law. The record-setting temperatures in late June caused losses across a broad swath of the state from oyster aquaculture operations in the Puget Sound region to fruit orchards in the Yakima Valley and potato growers in the Columbia River Basin. Several members of Washington’s congressional delegation, including Rep. Dan Newhouse, R-Sunnysid... Read more

  • AP: Quarreling Dems must put aside differences, Schumer warns
    Posted in In the News on October 14, 2021 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and the Economy

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer warned fellow Democrats on Thursday they “must put aside our differences” as the party struggles to coalesce around President Joe Biden’s huge but now-scaled-back package of social services and climate change strategies. Schumer’s letter to colleagues comes as progressive leaders in Congress are steering them away from what the progressives call a “false choice” over what to keep or cut as Democrats labor to trim what had been a $3.5 trillio... Read more

  • Though U.S.-Canada border will reopen soon, area lawmakers insist work isn’t finished
    Posted in In the News on October 13, 2021 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    While many area lawmakers hailed news Tuesday, Oct. 12, that the U.S. plans to loosen its border restrictions and allow vaccinated Canadians to cross at land points of entry, they say their work to support communities most impacted by the 19-month-long closure to non-essential travel is not done. “For nineteen long months, our border communities have lived in a state of hardship and frustration, waiting month-to-month for news that the northern border would reopen and they could begin to move pa... Read more

  • Bellingham Herald: Washington lawmakers ‘extremely frustrated’ by U.S. continuing Canadian border closure
    Posted in In the News on October 4, 2021 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    The White House continued to refuse expanding on the reasoning behind its decision not to allow vaccinated Canadians to cross the border by land into the U.S., despite Americans being allowed to head north, and that is frustrating Washington lawmakers. “I remain extremely frustrated that the White House has failed to sufficiently explain its position on our northern border,” Rep. Suzan DelBene of Washington’s 1st District said in a statement emailed to The Bellingham Herald. “How can it follow t... Read more

  • The Spokesman-Review: White House says U.S.-Canada border closure ‘determined by our public health officials’ as Northwest Democrats, Republicans alike cry foul
    Posted in In the News on October 4, 2021 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    WASHINGTON – Weeks after allowing passenger flights from Canada to the United States, the Biden administration has not explained why Canadians can’t make similar trips in a car. Congressional Democrats and Republicans alike have criticized the policy as affecting struggling border communities in their districts. Asked about the issue in Monday’s White House press briefing, Press Secretary Jen Psaki declined to say why the administration has not heeded calls from prominent Washington Democrats – ... Read more

  • CBS: Mail delivery slowdown: USPS to slow delivery starting October 1
    Posted in In the News on October 1, 2021 | Preview rr

    Mail delivery for many Americans will slow starting on Friday, part of Postmaster General Louis DeJoy's blueprint for overhauling the U.S. Postal Service in order to slash costs. But critics say the slower delivery standards could cause problems such as late bill delivery while more broadly undermining the public's faith in the USPS... On Friday, a bipartisan group of 40 lawmakers asked Postmaster DeJoy for more information about the consolidation of 18 mail-processing facilities, part of his 10... Read more

  • KING 5: Extension of US border closure brings more 'frustration,' Washington congress member says
    Posted in In the News on September 20, 2021 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    Suzan DelBene is calling on the Biden administration to reopen the northern border to vaccinated Canadians. BLAINE, Wash. — It will be at least another month before Canadians can drive into the United States following the decision in the White House to extend the border restrictions Monday. The restrictions, which would have otherwise been lifted Sept. 21, were extended through at least Oct. 21 for the northern and southern US borders. It's a decision that will mean "more unpredictability, suffe... Read more

  • Bellingham Herald: Latest border closure extension means more ‘unpredictability, suffering and frustration’
    Posted in In the News on September 20, 2021 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    The United States will extend its border closure with Canada to non-essential travel due to the COVID-19 pandemic another month, the White House announced Monday, Sept. 20. White House Response Coordinator Jeff Zients announced the closure will be extended until Oct. 21, USA Today reported along with several other national news sources. Homeland Security has yet not made a similar announcement on Twitter. Zients’ announcement means non-essential travel from Canada will not be permitted for a 19t... Read more

  • KUOW: Officials demand answers after apparent sabotage of oil train
    Posted in In the News on September 17, 2021 | Preview rr
    Tags: Environment, Energy, Transportation

    Some legislators are calling for action in the wake of a federal report on the apparent sabotage of an oil train north of Bellingham last year. That train derailed and caught fire after it split apart, then slammed into itself. A Federal Railroad Administration investigation published last week found that the train’s brakes and couplers had apparently been tampered with. Democratic Congresswoman Suzan DelBene says she’s demanding answers from BNSF Railway. “This impacts all of our communities w... Read more