If Section 544 of the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Request becomes law, it would mandate that US Customs and Border Protection conduct a study to establish a 'land border crossing fee' that would be collected from individuals crossing the Canada-US border by auto, rail, bus, ferries and on foot or bicycle.
US Representatives Rick Larsen (WA - Bellingham, Everett), Suzan Delbene (WA - Bothell, Kirkland, Blaine), Derek Kilmer (WA - Bremerton, Tacoma) and 16 other members of Congress have written to Secretary Napolitano "to convey strong opposition to inclusion of this proposal in the DHS 2014 budget request." They ask the Secretary to "reconsider this misguided proposal" and point out the harm that it would have on the US-Canada trade relationship and on border communities. A full copy of the Representatives' letter is appended to this blog posting.
It is time for all concerned to step up to the plate. The Representatives who have signed on to the letter need our help.
PACE urges all American readers of this blog to contact their Senators and Representatives to inform them about Section 544 of the DHS Fiscal Year Budget Request and to ask them to oppose this new land border crossing fee proposal.
Meanwhile, Canadian readers of this blog may desire to contact their American friends, customers and suppliers to inform them about Section 544, as while this issues is gathering steam in northern border communities in the US, it has not yet received substantial attention elsewhere.
Together we can beat this provision!