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Aug 14, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26), who serves as Co-Chair of the Northern Border Caucus, released the following statement in response to today’s announcement that the Canadian government is extending travel restrictions between the United States and Canada through September 21, 2020:

“On full display for the entire world to see is the Trump Administration’s abject failure to lead.  This lack of leadership is keeping families apart, straining the relationship with our closest allies, and contributing to unnecessary deaths. 

Jul 28, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) is calling for the United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to establish clear guidance for patient caregivers when crossing the U.S.-Canada border to give better certainty to families and the medical institutions providing care.

Jul 24, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced the House of Representatives approved a legislative package providing funding for fiscal year 2021. The legislation includes four bills including appropriations for: State-Foreign Operations, Agriculture-Rural Development-FDA, Interior-Environment, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs. The new federal fiscal year begins October 1, 2020.  Additional appropriation bills are scheduled for a vote next week. 

Jul 23, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26), who wrote to Customs and Border Protection in June (Letter Here) calling for the state and federal governments to find a resolution to the Trusted Traveler dispute, released the following statement in response to today’s news that the policy banning New Yorkers is lifted:

Jul 21, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced the House of Representatives approved H.R. 6395, the FY 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) a bill providing funding for the nation’s military bases, research and operations. The legislation includes a Maritime Heritage amendment submitted by Higgins as well as measures related to COVID response suggested in Higgins’ Pandemic Preparedness bill.

Jul 17, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced the House of Representatives Appropriations Committee passed the FY 2021 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill, which included report language requested by Higgins related to essential traveler exceptions at the Northern Border.

Jul 14, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26), who serves as co-chair of the Congressional Northern Border Caucus and the U.S. Canada Inter-parliamentary Group, released the following statement in response to published reports of a bilateral agreement between the United States and Canada extending crossing restrictions along the Northern border:

Jul 3, 2020 Press Release

As the nation heads into what would typically be a busy weekend for cross-border travel, Congressmmembers Brian Higgins (D-NY-26) and Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21), Co-Chairs of the Northern Border Caucus, are leading a push for the United States and Canada to develop guidance that prepares for reopening while the border is under its current shutdown.

Jun 8, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26), Co-Chair of the Northern Border Caucus, responded to today’s announcement by Prime Minister Trudeau granting permission to cross the border to visit family, calling the policy change “an incremental step forward.”

Jun 8, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) is calling for U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to continue to negotiate with New York State government in good faith to resolve the suspension of enrollment and renewal of Trusted Traveler program participation for New York State residents.

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