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Refugee resettlement agencies in Buffalo, New York have agreed to receive 350 Afghanistan evacuees. Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) is pushing for emergency funding to ensure Afghan evacuees have access to the full range of services available through the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Refugee Resettlement.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) responded to positive developments toward lifting restrictions for vaccinated travelers wishing to cross at Land Ports of Entry between the United States and Canada.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) applauded action by President Biden to send one million doses of the Moderna COVID vaccine to Canada.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26), who serves as Co-Chair of the Northern Border Caucus and the Canada-U.S. Interparliamentary Group released the following statement in response to ongoing discussions about U.S.-Canada border restrictions:
“It is clearly the beginning of the end of the border shutdown between the U.S. and Canada. In conversations with government leaders on both sides of the border we are learning plans are moving forward to provide for expanded crossing allowances. Action is long overdue.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) responded to published reports indicating plans are underway to accommodate NHL teams by extending exemptions for travel between the United States and Canada.
Higgins said, “If exemptions can be made to bring hockey teams together, the same can be done to bring families together.”
“Hamas and others terror organizations prey upon civilians in Gaza for the purpose of fomenting instability in the Middle East, which subverts the pathway to peace between Israel and the Palestinians. These continued attacks have resulted in the killing of Israeli and Palestinians alike and they must stop. Because these attacks are designed to destabilize its government, Israel has every right to defend itself and its citizens. We must urge restraint to avoid this crisis to escalate further.”
Congressmembers Brian Higgins (D-NY-26) and Bill Huizenga (R-MI-2) were appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives to serve as co-chairs of the Canada-United States Inter-Parliamentary Group. The Inter-Parliamentary Group is comprised of a coalition of elected leaders from both countries committed to advancing dialogue on policies of mutual interest. Bilateral issues of discussion include trade, border management, Great Lakes, security, and economic opportunity.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26), a staunch advocate for measures aimed at strengthening the relationship between the United States and Canada, expressed deep concern about a measure in Canada’s Budget 2021 that imposes an additional 1% tax on non-Canadian residential property owners.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26), who serves as Co-Chair of the Congressional Northern Border Caucus, spoke with U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to discuss the existing order closing the U.S. – Canada border to non-essential travel. In the call, Congressman Higgins made an urgent appeal to expand the definition of essential traveler to allow for families to reunite.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) and City of Niagara Falls Mayor Robert Restaino are calling for expansion of the Amtrak route between Buffalo, Niagara Falls, New York and Toronto, Ontario to be a priority as the federal government plans to make investments in rail. The American Jobs Plan, the infrastructure package announced by President Biden on March 31, proposes an $80 billion investment to expand and improve Amtrak service.