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Statement of Rep. Brian Higgins Re: Adoption of Senate Amendment In Opposition to Cross-Border Fee

May 10, 2013
Press Release

“Since first calling attention to this fee last month, I have been delighted to see the emergence of a bipartisan coalition in opposition to this ill-advised proposal. I want to commend Senators Patrick Leahy and Chuck Schumer and the bipartisan coalition of Senators that worked to adopt this amendment, and I naturally welcome this support to block the government from studying the creation of a new fee for border crossing. Any such fee would have a negative effect on areas across the country, including here in Western New York, that benefit from substantial cross-border activity. The idea to study a new toll was misguided from its inception, and I will continue to work with a bipartisan coalition of colleagues in the House of Representatives to ensure that it never sees the light of day on this side of the Capitol.”