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Owens applauds Leahy’s border fee amendment

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Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., has introduced an amendment to the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act that would bar the creation of a fee to cross the northern or southern borders.

In a statement released Tuesday, Rep. William L. Owens, D-Plattsburgh, applauded the senator’s move as a positive step in support of cross-border trade.

Mr. Owens expressed his opposition to proposed border fees earlier this year and lastweek during a visit to Jefferson County.

“Senator Leahy’s work to block proposed border fees is spot on and a reflection of the value northern border communities place on our relationship with Canada,” Mr. Owens said in the released statement. “I will continue looking for opportunities to introduce similar legislative initiatives in the House and urge my colleagues in the Senate to support Chairman Leahy’s amendment.”

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