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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. 




More on Cross Border Commerce

May 16, 2013 Press Release
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) spoke on the Floor of the House of Representatives today calling on both Houses of Congress to follow through on committee action to eliminate a plan to study a new fee on citizens crossing the U.S. border by land.
May 15, 2013 Press Release
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) won approval for an amendment blocking the U. S. Department of Homeland Security’s plan to study a new land crossing fee at our borders. Higgins introduced the amendment during today’s House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security hearing to markup H.R. 1417, the Border Security results Act of 2013.
May 10, 2013 Press Release
“Since first calling attention to this fee last month, I have been delighted to see the emergence of a bipartisan coalition in opposition to this ill-advised proposal. I want to commend Senators Patrick Leahy and Chuck Schumer and the bipartisan coalition of Senators that worked to adopt this amendment, and I naturally welcome this support to block the government from studying the creation of a new fee for border crossing.
Apr 25, 2013 Press Release
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) is leading a coalition of House of Representatives members in opposition to the Department of Homeland Security’s proposed study of a land border crossing fee along the U.S. border with Canada. More than a dozen members representing the Northern Border have joined Congressman Higgins in writing a letter to the Homeland Security Secretary calling the proposed border toll a barrier to greater economic integration and asking for the Department to reject the plan.
Mar 14, 2013 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) today with Canada authorizing two phases of primary inspections of commercial cargo in Canada, including one at the Peace Bridge in Buffalo, NY.   

Mar 8, 2013 Press Release

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that New York State will move forward with the U.S., New York Gateway Connection Improvements project to the Peace Bridge in Buffalo.  The New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) project will reconfigure access to the U.S. Peace Bridge Plaza, reducing congestion and improving traffic flow for both commercial and private vehicles.  This step will make the Peace Bridge a more effective conduit for travel and commerce between the United States and Canada.

Nov 16, 2012 Press Release

“I was pleased to learn that the Peace Bridge Customs Commercial Plaza construction project has received the necessary federal environmental approvals from the General Services Administration (GSA) to move forward. Working closely with the Governor's office, we have advocated for swift action on this to continue the positive momentum at the Peace Bridge.

Oct 18, 2012 Press Release

Today the Buffalo and Fort Erie Public Bridge Authority (Peace Bridge Authority) announced further support from members of the Western New York Congressional delegation regarding efforts to advance long-awaited improvements at the Peace Bridge corridor, including roughly $40 million in related renovations and current plaza enhancements.

Oct 9, 2012 Press Release

“The economic future of Western New York is increasingly tied to the free flow of people and trade across our border with Canada.   From our auto manufacturing plants to our professional sports teams and our retail businesses to our airport; all benefit from our close proximity to Southern Ontario which has an estimated population of 13.4 million and is expected to grow to 17.7 over the next 24 years.

Jun 18, 2012 Press Release

 Congressman Brian Higgins stood by the Peace Bridge in Buffalo and called on Western New York leaders, residents and businesses to join him in the fight against the inertia.  Higgins used Friday’s announcement of a deal for a new international border crossing between Detroit and Canada as an example of how delays and obstruction are costing this community jobs and economic opportunity.