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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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Mar 31, 2014 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced that the northern border between Western New York and Southern Ontario will soon see U.S. Homeland Security staffing increases.  U.S. Customs & Border Patrol (CBP) responsible for securing the ports of entry have announced plans to significantly increase personnel at the Port of Buffalo, which includes border crossings in the City of Buffalo, Niagara Falls and Lewiston. 

Feb 28, 2014 Press Release
Today the Peace Bridge Authority (PBA) approved a contract to begin Phase II of a project to widen the approach to the Peace Bridge plaza in Buffalo, NY.
Feb 24, 2014 Press Release
Today, Canada’s Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, the Honourable Steven Blaney; Canada’s Minister of National Defence, the Honourable Robert Nicholson; U.S. Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas; U.S. Senator for New York, Charles E. Schumer; and U.S. Congressman for Western New York, Brian Higgins, officially launched Phase II of the truck cargo pre-inspection pilot at the Peace Bridge crossing between Fort Erie, Ontario and Buffalo, New York.
Jan 23, 2014 Press Release
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) has prepared legislation that will ease the ability for Canadians to own a home and live in the United States while working in Canada. The bill is aimed at providing new economic opportunities for the Buffalo Niagara region while giving Canadians affordable living options just over the border.
Jan 21, 2014 Press Release
“Today marks the start of the long-awaited pre-inspection pilot project at the Peace Bridge. This is a critical step toward improving the flow of people and goods across the northern border and revolutionizing Western New York’s economic future.
Jan 14, 2014 Press Release
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced the federal budget bill, released late last night, includes an increase of $220.4 million in funding for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
Jan 9, 2014 Press Release
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26), a member of the House Committees on Homeland Security and Foreign Affairs, is encouraged by progress made through the historic “Beyond the Border” agreement between the United States and Canada and is pushing for a continued commitment to improving the flow of goods and people across the border as a means to foster economic growth.
Jan 6, 2014 Press Release
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced completion of the first phase of a pilot project to streamline traffic and the flow of goods across the border between the United States and Canada. Phase II will begin soon at the Peace Bridge.
Dec 20, 2013 Press Release
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) and Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) wrote to Acting U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner Thomas Winkowski to inquire about staffing deficits at the Peace Bridge that cause delays and unreasonably long wait times.
Jun 26, 2013 Press Release
“Peace Bridge progress has been discussed for decades without substantial results. Often stagnation can cause frustration to boil over, but at the same time that heat can be the impetus to progress."