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Collins Takes Issue with Plan to Look Into Border Crossing Fee
04/25/2013 02:50 PM ET  

In a letter to Senate Appropriations Committee leaders today, Collins said she has "grave concerns" about the proposal contained in President Obama's budget request for fiscal year 2014.

Plans to study the feasibility of charging a fee for vehicles crossing into the U.S. along the nation's southwest and northern borders is raising the hackles of Maine U.S. Sen. Susan Collins.

In a letter to Senate Appropriations Committee leaders today, Collins said she has "grave concerns" about the proposal contained in President Obama's budget request for fiscal year 2014, and is especially concerned about the effect it would have on residents of Maine's Aroostook County, where she grew up.

"For many border community residents, crossing the border is a way of life in order to access essential services, travel to their jobs, to shop and dine, to attend church, and to visit family and friends," Collins writes in the letter. "According to the Maine International Trade Center, more than 300,000 people cross the U.S.-Canadian border each day."

Collins says the land border fee, which she says would affect pedestrians and passenger vehicles, could put a damper on tourism and trade, and hinder the U.S.'s economic relationship with Canada.

Collins is requesting that the committee recommend explicitly barring funding for a feasibility study on the fees.



 

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