Maine senators oppose border crossing fees

7:18 PM, May 25, 2013   |    comments
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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Maine's two senators are joining other members of Congress in opposing border crossing fee along the northern and southwestern borders.

U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, a Republican, and independent Sen. Angus King, along with a bipartisan group of other senators, sent a letter Friday expressing their concerns about the Department of Homeland Security's plan to study the feasibility of imposing a border crossing fee along the borders.

The letter to Sens. Mary Landrieu and Dan Coats, the chairwoman and ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security, said that for many border community residents, "crossing the border is a way of life in order to access essential services, travel to their jobs, to shop and dine, to attend church, and to visit family and friends."

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