Our #infrastructure bill will bring the funds necessary to build a completely new @CBP port at the Highgate Springs Land Port of Entry on Interstate 89. Vermonters have been asking for improvements to this crossing for years. Image
@USGSA Administrator Carnahan knows, as Vermonters do, that Highgate currently experiences long delays at peak travel times, and the completion of the A35 highway in Canada will only increase traffic in the coming years. Image
Our #infrastructure bill will also make major upgrades to crossings at Alburg Springs, Richford, Norton & Beebe Plain, all ports that have seen little investment since they were constructed in the 1930s. Glad to visit our border today with @USGSA Administrator Carnahan.
As a Vermonter I know that the border we share with Canada is a tremendous asset, and one that has shaped the history and culture of our state. These upgrades are a major win for travelers and will give a boost to our state’s and our region’s economy.

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Today in Groton, CT, we celebrated the commissioning of The USS Vermont (SSN-792). COVID meant the commissioning in April 2020 was a private affair, but today anyone can see how proud we are of this fine submarine and its crew.
Brig. Gen. Hank Harder of the Vermont National Guard presents the Commander of the USS Vermont a jug of GENUINE Vermont Maple Syrup. @VTNationalGuard
Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro addresses the crew of the USS Vermont.
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Ensuring that every American can vote in our elections is not a partisan question. It is the core of our democracy. #ForThePeople
Republicans should not be allowed to hide behind procedure. Stand up and vote — just like our constituents should be able to do. #ForThePeople
When we set up roadblocks between citizens and the ballot box, our democracy suffers. America is better than that. #ForThePeople
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10 Jun
Yesterday I spoke with EPA Administrator @EPAMichaelRegan about the EPA’s important Geographic Programs, and how programs for Lake Champlain and the Great Lakes programs can benefit one another.
The Lake Champlain program, which the Trump administration repeatedly sought to ELIMINATE, is fundamental to EPA’s mission. #Appropriations
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Domestic violent extremism is hardly a new problem in America, but we're facing a class of criminals who are more emboldened than ever. Why? Never before had these extremists received political cover from an American President. That's what we saw during the last four years.
As Appropriations Committee Chairman, I'm committed to combatting violent extremism in ALL its forms. But let's not draw false equivalence between white supremacist extremists--who represent the MOST LETHAL threat we face--& other types of extremism. Let's follow the facts.
We must combat the threat of domestic extremism the American way. Let’s not repeat the mistakes of our past & sacrifice rights & liberties in the name of security. I've always defended Americans' civil liberties regardless of who's in charge. I won't hesitate to do so again now.
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There’s much to love about @Amtrak’s proposed new service map. Over the past decade I worked in the #Appropriations Committee to secure millions of dollars to extend the Ethan Allen from Rutland to #BTV. The construction work making that expansion will be completed this year.
On the #Appropriations Committee I’ve always made #Amtrak a funding priority. We also secured Obama-era ARRA funds to make major investments in the #Vermonter route to increase its speeds. These prior federal investments make the #VT expansions Amtrak has laid out possible.
My 2016 #preclearance legislation set the table for extending the Vermonter to #MTL & I look forward to working with Pres. Biden, @Amtrak & Canadian officials to finally restore that service. Connecting #VT & Montreal by rail will offer an important boost to Vermont’s economy.
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I was proud this afternoon to meet up with Vermonters from the Vermont National Guard who’ve been in Washington to protect the Capitol and our nation during this historic week. We are grateful for their service.
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