The governor of Ohio, John Kasich and the Republican-controlled legislature are pushing to prevent any state government from banning citizens from traveling to Canada.
On Wednesday, Kasich announced that the state legislature would take up legislation in the next week that would ban the federal government from using taxpayer money to reimburse Canadian airports for the costs of flights from Ottawa to Toronto.
The move follows Trump’s executive order to temporarily bar federal workers from returning to the U.S. to take part in the coronavirus pandemic, which has killed nearly 2,500 people and forced millions of others to seek treatment abroad.
The executive order also has blocked most refugee admissions to the United States.
Kasich, who was born in Canada and is the son of Irish immigrants, said he and his fellow Republican lawmakers will continue to push for changes in the federal budget to allow for taxpayer-funded travel to Canada for Americans.
“I think this is something that we have to do,” Kasich said on the statehouse floor Wednesday.
“We can’t continue to live in a country where we can’t travel.”
The governor is a strong proponent of allowing Americans to stay in the U