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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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Feb 9, 2011 Press Release

At today’s House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee hearing, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27), a member of the Committee, asked direct questions regarding the future of the Peace Bridge expansion project in Western New York.

Feb 7, 2011 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27), a newly appointed member of the House Homeland Security and Foreign Affairs Committees, sent a letter to U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Bersin requesting a meeting to discuss how the two can work collaboratively to see the Peace Bridge expansion project proceed expeditiously.

Feb 4, 2011 Press Release
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27), a member of the House Committees on Homeland Security and Foreign Affairs, released the following statement in response to today’s meeting between U.S. President Barack Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper related to northern border issues:
Jan 26, 2011 Press Release

As Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) listened to the President lay out his agenda for job creation and economic opportunity in Tuesday’s State of the Union Address he was struck by how one project in particular had the potential meet many of the goals outlined – Peace Bridge expansion.

“If this nation is serious about creating jobs, doubling our exports and helping to sustain and create businesses in America we can start by moving forward on construction of a new Peace Bridge,” said Congressman Higgins, a member of the House Homeland Security and Foreign Affairs Committees.

Mar 2, 2010 Press Release
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) and leaders from the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy announced support for a Peace Bridge plaza using an existing construction option that would preserve Frederick Law Olmsted’s "Gateway" vision for Front Park.
Feb 25, 2010 Press Release
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) and Erie County Clerk Kathy Hochul are opposing a plan proposed by the U.S. Department of State to increase Passport fees. The Department has filed a notice, in the Federal Register, of intent to raise a number of fees, a move that would increase the cost of a passport book from $100 to $135 for adults.
Jan 28, 2010 Press Release
The Buffalo and Fort Erie Public Bridge Authority (PBA), in concert with the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT), today kicked off a series of six informational open houses to update the public about the choices for a new signature, companion bridge spanning the Niagara River between Buffalo, New York, and Fort Erie, Ontario, Canada and the construction of a new U.S. Department of Homeland Security Plaza at the Peace Bridge.
Dec 14, 2009 Press Release
Governor David A. Paterson today announced that five new bridge designs have earned federal approval, a significant breakthrough in moving forward the long-stalled Peace Bridge project. The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) and Buffalo and Fort Erie Public Bridge Authority (B&FEPBA) have reached an agreement with all necessary State, federal and Canadian environmental agencies in identifying five environmentally acceptable signature bridge design concepts, any of which can be chosen by the project sponsors and moved forward to construction. Governor Paterson today unveiled those designs to the public for additional comments and for a final determination on which will be chosen for the project.
May 18, 2009 Press Release
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) announced that Western New York will receive $700,000 in Recovery Act funding to support the opening of a regional passport agency in Western New York. Congressman Higgins and Congressman Chris Lee (NY-26) first advocated for a WNY passport office in a letter sent to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on March 26th. Just days ago, standing near the Peace Bridge, Reps. Higgins and Lee announced the State Department has agreed with their request and will begin the process of establishing a passport agency locally.
Apr 15, 2009 Press Release
With the next phase of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) set to go into effect on June 1, Congressmen Chris Lee (NY-26) and Brian Higgins (NY-27) are continuing to urge Washington to open a passport office in Western New York. The lawmakers joined forces this week to ask the State Department to shed light on the process by which issuance agency sites are selected. They say that “complete transparency” is critical to providing Western New Yorkers with “a complete understanding of how – and more importantly, when – a passport agency will be placed in Western New York.”