FOR PLANNING PURPOSES ONLY: CONTACT: Meredith Kelly
April 25, 2013 202.224.7433
SCHUMER: BORDER FEES ARE DEAD ON ARRIVAL IN THE SENATE – FEDS SHOULDN’T MAKE IT MORE EXPENSIVE FOR TOURISTS, SHOPPERS, SPORTS FANS AND OTHERS TO VISIT UPSTATE NEW YORK BORDER CITIES
The President’s Budget Calls For A Study To Establish a Border Crossing Fee for Pedestrians, Vehicles, and Even Commercial Rail Passengers That Cross Our Northern Border
Schumer Strongly Opposes Any Such Travel Fee & Will Highlight That It Would Be A Non-Starter in the Senate – Fee Would Put Real Damper On Travel & Keep Tourists Out of Businesses, Shops & Restaurants From Buffalo to Plattsburgh to Watertown-Thousand Islands Region & Other Cities in Upstate
Schumer: Upstate NY Economies Will Never Be Sacrificed to Raise a Buck
TODAY, on a press conference call at 12 pm, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer will announce that any plan to impose border fees on Canadians who enter the U.S. by foot, car and even train would be dead on arrival in the Senate. The President’s FY14 Budget includes a proposal to study establishing and collecting a land border crossing fee for pedestrians, passenger vehicles and commercial rail passengers along both the Northern and Southern border. While the exact cost of this travel fee is not yet determined, Schumer is vehemently opposed and will say that any fee – which would have to pass both Houses of Congress to become law – would be a non-starter in the Senate. Schumer highlighted that this would impact all Upstate economies near the Northern Border, like Plattsburgh, Buffalo, Watertown, Massena, the Adirondacks and Niagara Falls, and would also impact cities like Rochester and Albany where there is passenger rail service. For example, even in Rochester the local tourism group estimates that at least 45,000 Canadian visitors visited the area in the past six months alone, with an average per person expenditure of $135.00 and a cumulative direct spend of over $6.1 million. Upstate New York economies are dependent in large part on tourism, recreational fishing, shopping, professional sporting and business-related visits from Canada, and Schumer will highlight that the federal government should not deter legitimate travel with this fee.
DATE: TODAY, Thursday April 25th