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Vt. Senator Wants US-Canada Border Crossing Closed

Sunday, 23 May 2010 04:37 PM

 

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Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont is asking Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to close the little-used Canadian border crossing at Morses Line.

The Democratic senator told Napolitano in a letter Sunday that he's prepared to close the port during the Appropriations process, if necessary.

Leahy says he agrees with those who attended a meeting Saturday with U.S. Customs and Border Protection representatives that the port is not a critical link in the nation's security or commerce. If it requires a lot of money to modernize it, it's best to close the port and use the money elsewhere.

The Department of Homeland Security has received $420 million to modernize land ports. Federal plans call for spending about $5 million to renovate and expand the little-used Depression-era Morses Line station by seizing land from a Vermont dairy farm.

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