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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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.
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.
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.