DHS Border Fee Study Gets Axed in the Senate

A proposed border fee study, attached to boilerplate in the White House’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS) FY14 Budget Recommendation, has been axed by the Senate.  (Read previous developments on this legislatively unpopular proposal here and here.)

From the Burlington Free Press, reporting on the subcommittee bill that has now been approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee:

A Senate subcommittee has approved a bill that expressly prohibits funding any study looking at the feasibility or cost of imposing a border crossing fee on people entering the U.S. by land from Canada or Mexico, U.S. Sen. Susan Collins said.

The Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee on Tuesday approved the department’s fiscal year 2014 funding bill, with language prohibiting the study of a border crossing fee.

Collins, who grew up in northern Maine near the Canadian border, said border community residents routinely go back and forth between countries to work, dine, shop, visit family or attend church.

“Any fee, no matter how small, would have a negative impact on the day-to-day commerce and travel between border communities,” Collins said in a statement. “It would unduly penalize families who have relatives on either side of the border. In addition, it would damage relations between the United States and the neighbors that are vital trading partners.”

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