Cross Border Commerce
The successful growth of Western New York’s economy heavily depends on our ability to maintain and grow our relationship with Southern Ontario. Each year, the Peace Bridge alone facilitates the transport of over $30 billion in commerce, spurring $227.4 billion in economic activity, and supporting one million jobs. Brian has been an advocate for creating reliable access at the border as a means to foster this economic relationship. As a result of Brian’s advocacy to the Department of Homeland Security, the Peace Bridge has been included in a pre-inspection pilot to inspect trucks coming into the United States with the goal of easing congestion and decreasing wait times at the border. Additionally, Brian successfully urged U.S. Customs & Border Protection to increase staffing at the Peace Bridge and other local border crossings.
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressmen Chris Collins (NY-27) and Brian Higgins (NY-26) sent a letter to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary John Kelly and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Acting Commissioner Kevin McAleenan urging them to implement protocols that would reduce processing times at the northern border for commercial vehicles.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) said American jobs and infrastructure should be the primary consideration in any plan to re-work the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
Established in 1994, NAFTA is an arrangement between the United States, Canada & Mexico addressing trade issues between the three nations. This week the Administration sent Congress a plan to renegotiate NAFTA.
As the critical relationship between the United States and Canada is in the spotlight after Canadian Prime Minster Justin Trudeau’s visit to Washington, D.C., several members of the House of Representatives Northern Border Caucus are sending a letter to U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly cautioning against the existing proposal requiring implementation of biometric screening at Land Ports of Entry (LPOE).
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced the House of Representatives has approved H.R. 677 the Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Intelligence and Information Sharing Act of 2017. The bill, introduced by Rep. Martha McSally, includes language included by Rep.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) is encouraged that progress will be made to address staffing issues on the border between the United States and Canada following today’s Northern Border Caucus meeting in Washington, D.C. with Canadian Ambassador David MacNaughton. Prior to the meeting with the entire caucus, the Congressman and the Ambassador met briefly and discussed the specific staffing and the resulting traffic problems at the Niagara River crossings.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the opening of the new ramp carrying traffic from Porter Avenue directly into the Peace Bridge U.S. Plaza. The new ramp allows for the closure of Baird Drive in Front Park to restore the historic park. The project is a key component of the $56.7 million New York Gateway Connections Improvement project in Buffalo and complements the state’s record $27 billion investment in roads and bridges, primarily in Upstate New York. The closure of Baird Drive and opening of the ramp are effective Tuesday, September 6.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) is advocating for a direct binational pedestrian connection to accommodate Canadian GO Train passengers and better facilitate cross-border tourism. Higgins’ push comes following an announcement on June 28th by Ontario’s Transportation Minister of expanded GO Transit service between Toronto and Niagara Falls, Ontario.
Rep. Brian Higgins heard from advocates and businesses directly and indirectly impacted by travel at a roundtable event today in Buffalo designed to draw attention to the importance of travel to the regional economy.
Travel is one of the largest industries in the United States, employing more than 14 million Americans. In Erie County alone, more than 29,000 people are directly employed by the travel industry.
While awaiting completion of a formal review of the pre-inspection pilot project at the Peace Bridge, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) says steps can and should be taken immediately to improve efficiencies at the northern border crossing.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) spoke on the floor of the House of Representatives in support of the cancellation of this week’s vote on the Secure our Borders First Act. The legislation included provisions, which could create long delays at already congested northern border crossings. In last week’s Homeland Security Committee meeting, Higgins offered an amendment to ensure that any additional inspections would be matched with adequate staffing and infrastructure improvemen