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Stefanik to co-chair Congress’ Northern Border Caucus

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Willsboro, talks with The Post-Star’s editorial board in 2018 at the newspaper’s Glens Falls office. (Photo provided — Kathleen Phalen-Tomaselli, The Post-Star)

WASHINGTON — North Country Congresswoman Elise Stefanik, R-Schuylerville, will co-chair Congress’ Northern Border Caucus, along with Rep. Brian Higgins, D-Buffalo.

The caucus, which contains House of Representatives members from both major parties, will address policies related to Canada’s relationship with the U.S. These may pertain to trade, energy, transportation, immigration, the environment and homeland security, according to a press release Stefanik’s office sent Monday.

Stefanik will succeed Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., as the Republican co-chair.

“Canada continues to be our strongest economic ally, and we must actively work to maintain our partnership with them so that it is productive and beneficial for both countries,” Stefanik said in the release.

“The Northern Border Caucus is the key alliance within Congress for our shared border with Canada, and representatives from the North Country have long been leaders including John McHugh and Bill Owens,” said Garry Douglas, president of the North Country Chamber of Commerce, based in Plattsburgh. “Congresswoman Stefanik has quickly become an active and trusted champion for our northern border and for our immensely important economic partnership with Canada. Being selected as Co-Chair recognizes her commitment and knowledge, and once again places this region in a top position in all matters related to the U.S.-Canada relationship.”

“The Northern Border Caucus was formed in 1994 at the request of the Canadian/American Border Trade Alliance by Congressman John LaFalce,” said Jim Phillips, president of the Canadian/American Border Trade Alliance. “It is led by a Republican and Democrat co-chair. We are very excited that Congresswoman Elise Stefanik is the new Republican co-chair. She is a visionary, energetic leader who is extremely knowledgeable about the U.S./Canada Border and represents our border related interests extremely well.”

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