BTBObserver blogged yesterday on boilerplate language included in the White House’s FY14 DHS budget directing DHS to assess the impact of imposing a new fee on border crossings along America’s northern and southwestern border.
Congressman Brian Higgins (D-NY) has already harshly criticized the proposal.
Owens, representative to the U.S. House of Representatives from the North Country’s 21st Congressional District and co-chairman of the Congressional Northern Border Caucus, said such a fee would not be good for business or for relations with our northern neighbors.“Imposing a fee to cross the border is a bad idea, plain and simple,” Owens said. “I represent a number of communities that depend on Canadian travelers and investment to support local businesses and job growth. Instead of adding an additional barrier for commerce, we should be taking more steps to ease the legitimate flow of people and goods between our two countries.”
“I will explore all legislative options available to me to prevent this move in the months ahead,” Owens said.
“Good work is being done across the district to reduce wait times and promote increased trade with America’s neighbor to the North. We should keep focus on these positive developments and set aside any initiatives that would diminish the progress already taking hold.”