Prohibiting Additional Land Border Crossing Fee Study

May 16, 2013

Amendment prohibiting this study included in the overall Border Security Results Act of 2013; measure heads to full House of Representatives for consideration

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Candice Miller (MI-10), Vice Chair of the House Committee on Homeland Security and Chairman of the Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security, today commended the inclusion of an amendment prohibiting the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) from conducting a study to add a new border crossing fee for pedestrians or passenger vehicles at land ports of entry along the northern or the southern border of the United States.  Miller said:

“Border security is something that benefits the entire nation and the cost of securing our border is rightly shared by every American, not just the communities that are home to our border crossings.  The cost of the fee proposed by the Obama Administration would have its most dramatic impact on border states like Michigan, and that impact would be particularly harsh in communities like Port Huron and the rest of Southeast Michigan where we are home to the Blue Water Bridge, the Ambassador Bridge and the Detroit-Windsor tunnel.  If put in place, this new fee would discourage millions of dollars in economic activity, would hurt our economy and cost our communities jobs.  In order to effectively block the possibilities of enacting this new fee, I was proud to vote in favor of an amendment which was adopted in full committee to the border security bill today which would prohibit DHS from even conducting this study for a new fee.

“Canada is our nation’s number one trading partner, and a vast amount of that trade occurs in Michigan.  That type of friendship should be encouraged, not discouraged.”

Note: The President’s 2014 proposed budget for DHS includes a provision directing a study to be conducted for assessing the feasibility and cost relating to establishing and collecting a land border crossing fee for both land border pedestrians and passenger vehicles along the northern and southwest borders of the United States:
"SEC.544. (a) The Commissioner of the United States Customs and Border Protection shall:
"(1)conduct a study assessing the feasibility and cost relating to establishing and collecting a land border crossing fee for both land border pedestrians and passenger vehicles along the northern and southwest borders of the United States; the study should include:
"(A)the feasibility of collecting from existing operators on the land border such as bridge commissions, toll operators, commercial passenger bus, and commercial passenger rail;
"(B)requirements to collect at land ports of entry where existing capability is not present; and
"(C)any legal and regulatory impediments to establishing and collecting a land border crossing fee; and
"(2)complete the study within 9 months of enactment of this Act".

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