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We think that that additional fee would potentially inhibit travelers from Canada.

Congressman Owens wants to repeal fee on Canadian visitors

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Congressman Bill Owens of Plattsburgh has introduced legislation to repeal a border fee on Canadian travelers visiting the United States.

The five-dollar, fifty-cent fee applies to all Canadians entering the U.S. by air or sea. It hasn't yet been enforced. Owens says north country lawmakers are worried about how it will effect a region dependent on tourism.

"We think that that additional fee, would potentially inhibit travelers from Canada. Canada does not currently impose that kind of a fee on Americans coming in, so we're also concerned a little bit about a retaliatory fee. Both of those, if they were instituted, would clearly have a negative impact on cross-border trade."

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer has already announced he'll introduce similar legislation in the Senate to fight the new fee.

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Joanna Richards
Watertown Correspondent

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