Rep. William Owens announced today that the House Appropriations Committee unanimously passed an amendment he introduced that would halt a border fee study proposed by the Department of Homeland Security.
The idea of charging a border fee is wrong-headed, and the damage done to economic development and tourism along the border would cost more than the government could ever collect through fees, Mr. Owens said in the news release. This amendment will bar the use of funds to study or implement a border fee, stopping the idea in its tracks. I am hopeful this amendment will continue through the legislative process and help convince DHS that its time to drop the idea altogether.
Mr. Owens amendment would bar the Homeland Security from using any funding provided under the DHS Appropriations Bill to study or implement border crossing fees for passenger vehicles and pedestrians at the northern and southern borders.