U.S. Representative Richard Hanna today voted in favor of a House bill that would prohibit the creation of a crossing fee on pedestrians and passenger vehicles at American land borders.
The measure is part of H.R. 2117, the Homeland Security Appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2014. This annual bill provides funding for the Department of Homeland Security in order to strengthen our nation's homeland security and border protection efforts.
In March 2013, the Obama Administration in its Fiscal Year 2014 budget request sought to study the feasibility of charging admission for travelers coming into the United States at land crossings on our borders with Canada and Mexico.
The passage of today's bill ensures no border tax would be imposed on pedestrians and passenger vehicles.
"Canada is a part of our daily life in Upstate New York as people cross the border for purposes of work, tourism and shopping," Rep. Hanna said. "Taxing pedestrians and passengers at our border in New York is a profoundly bad idea. It would bring adverse economic impacts to Upstate communities and would go against efforts to collaborate with our biggest trading partner. Thankfully we stopped this bad idea from moving forward."
The bill was approved by a vote of 245-182.