Lawmakers aim to block Abu Dhabi preclearance facility

06/6/2013 | Hill, The

A bipartisan group of lawmakers have drafted an amendment to block the Department of Homeland Security from establishing a customs preclearance facility in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The amendment to a bill that provides funding for DHS would "prohibit DHS from using any taxpayer dollars to conduct Customs and Border Protection (CBP) preclearance operations at the Abu Dhabi International Airport, where NO U.S. air carriers provide service," the legislation says. "At a time when domestic CBP staffing levels are inadequate, causing excessive wait times, DHS should not expand its mission size and footprint," the amendment concludes.

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