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Reps. Sires, Yoho Introduce Bill to Encourage Tourism to the United States

Feb 7, 2017
Press Release

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Representatives Albio Sires (D-NJ) and Ted Yoho (R-FL) introduced legislation that would spur small business growth, bring millions of dollars into the U.S. economy, and allow Canadian citizens to continue to conveniently and safely travel between our shared borders.

The Promoting Tourism to Enhance our Economy Act will allow Canadian citizens who are at least 55 years old and own a secondary residence in the United States to visit the country for 240 days (8 months); current law only allows for 180 days (6 months). Canadian citizens admitted into the U.S. under these provisions are classified as nonresident aliens and would be ineligible for public assistance programs. As such, this legislation is a responsible way to bring additional jobs and revenue into the United States.

“Increased tourism from Canada will spur job growth in towns across the United States,” said Congressman Sires. “Allowing our neighbors to spend more time to enjoy what our country has to offer will help small businesses and expand the economy.”

“Tourism is a vital industry in Florida, and many Canadian citizens have vacation properties or rentals in our state,” said Congressman Yoho.  “This contributes a great deal to the economy in Florida. This sensible legislation will ensure that our friends to the north are able to extend their stay in the U.S. for two additional months without any additional costs to American taxpayers. Canada is one of America’s closest allies and her citizens contribute millions of dollars to the U.S. economy. This bill will provide an incentive for additional tourism from Canada in the future, and will strengthen the bond between our two nations.”

Canadian travelers spend millions of dollars throughout the U.S. each year, many of which seek warmer climates during the winter months. Extending the amount of time Canadians can spend in the United States will better relationships with our Canadian neighbors and spur economic growth at no cost to the taxpayer.