• Tom Drake

Biden Signs Bill to Save Alaska Season

A rare Bi-partisan bill will allow cruise ships to skip Canada.

Yesterday in a private ceremony at the White House, U.S. President Joe Biden signed into law the Alaska Tourism Restoration Act. The legislation, which is temporary, enables Alaska-bound cruise ships to bypass a requirement to dock in Canada in between U.S. stops. Canada has banned the cruise ships from its ports until next year over concerns about Covid-19.

Attending this private ceremony were U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan and Congressman Dan Young, the three Republican members of Congress who sponsored this bill.

President Biden said on social media “Today, I signed the Alaska Tourism Restoration Act into law. Tourism is vital to the state of Alaska — and this law will help revitalize the industry and support Alaskans by allowing large cruise ships to return to the state this summer,".

Following this ceremony Senator Sullivan told reporters "The bill that President Biden signed today will at long last bring our small business owners hope. I want to thank my colleagues on both sides of the aisle, in both chambers, for working with us to help Alaskans in need."

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