WWNYtv.com - Owens: Bright economic future for U.S., Canada

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By:  Bill Owens
Date: May 22, 2013
Location: Washington, DC

North country Congressman Bill Owens has won a battle in his war against a plan to charge a fee to cross the U.S. - Canadian border.

The Democrat introduced an amendment that would halt the proposed study of a border fee.

On Wednesday, the House Appropriations Committee unanimously passed the amendment.

Under the measure, the Department of Homeland Security would be barred from using any funding to study or implement border crossing fees for passenger vehicles and pedestrians at the northern and southern borders.

"The idea of charging a border fee is wrong-headed, and the damage done to economic development and tourism along the border would cost more than the government could ever collect through fees," Owens said in a news release. "This amendment will bar the use of funds to study or implement a border fee, stopping the idea in its tracks. I am hopeful this amendment will continue through the legislative process and help convince DHS that it's time to drop the idea altogether."

The amendment will be included in the bill when it comes to the floor of the House for a vote later this year.