Congressmen Bill Owens (D-NY) and Kevin Cramer (R-ND) announced today that they will serve together as co-chairs of the House Northern Border Caucus, a Congressional organization of House Members formed to promote the interests of states along the Canadian border.
"Canadian investment is incredibly important to job creation and economic development in Northern Border Communities," said Owens. "Canada's presence bolsters U.S. tourism, creates opportunities to recruit businesses across the border and improve sales for local retail operations, resulting in billions of dollars in economic impact in New York State alone. I appreciate Congressman Cramer's commitment to these issues and look forward to working with him in the 113th Congress to promote these initiatives."
"I am honored to reintroduce the House Northern Border Caucus with Congressman Bill Owens (D-NY)," Cramer said. "This Caucus will serve as a vital component as America and Canada continue to develop energy and water resources," Cramer continued. "Working hand in hand with Canada will ensure resources are developed in a reasonable manner while creating jobs. I look forward to working with Congressman Owens and members of the caucus going forward."
Canada is the United States' largest trading partner, with nearly two billion dollars in trade flowing across the border every day. Owens and Cramer highlighted the Beyond the Border Agreement and work with Canadian manufacturers as upcoming points of interest for the Caucus. Before coming to Congress, Owens worked with local economic development leaders in Clinton County to recruit Canadian companies to expand into New York.
The Northern Border Caucus was founded in 1994 and is the oldest Congressional Member Organization on the issue of the U.S.-Canada relationship. Congressman Owens joined the Northern Border Caucus when he first came to Congress, becoming co-Chairman of the Caucus in 2011.