While Senator Charles Schumer has introduced legislation to repeal the $5.50 tax on Canadians entering the US by boat or air, the companion bill in the House introduced by Rep. Bill Owens could face obstacles.
House leaders may find it difficult to allow such a measure to come to the floor as passing it would hand the Democrat Owens a ready made issue to run on next year.
The tax is a good issue for Owen's challenger, businessman Matt Doheny.
House Republicans will not likely want to give it up and place a feather in Mr. Owen's cap.
Of course Mr. Owens introduction of the bill may be a means to tee up the GOP as being obsructionists and craven in their partisanship.
And you thought legislation is debated and acted upon based on its merits.
Watertown Daily Times Schumer, Owens introduce border-fee repeal legislation