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Oct 16, 2021 Press Release

Following a request for clarity by Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26), the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have updated guidance relative to recognizing people as fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in the eyes of the U.S. government. 

Oct 6, 2021 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced a $250,000 federal grant has been awarded to the International Institute of Buffalo and community partners through the Office of Refugee Resettlement. The funding will support continuation of the Buffalo Refugee Careers Pathway Project. 

Sep 20, 2021 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26), who serves as Chair of the Northern Border Caucus and the Canada-U.S. Interparliamentary Group released the following statement in response to the news that the United States is extending border restrictions for Canadians entering the U.S. through October 21, 2021.

“Continued closure of the U.S. border to vaccinated Canadians is completely unnecessary and unexplained.

Sep 2, 2021 Press Release

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.

Jul 15, 2021 Press Release

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.

Jun 17, 2021 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) applauded action by President Biden to send one million doses of the Moderna COVID vaccine to Canada.

Jun 8, 2021 Press Release

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. 

Jun 1, 2021 Press Release

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.”

May 12, 2021 Press Release

“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.”

May 10, 2021 Press Release

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.

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