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Rep. Brian Higgins of NY found this little pill in the proposed budget for the US Department of Homeland Security:
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.
Politicians on both sides of the border are vowing to fight any fee as a potential impact to trade. The DHS is apparently arguining that this would be analogous to the fee changed for air arrivals.
(and yes, I do follow Canadian news!)