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“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.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced approval of two pieces of legislation reforming immigration laws to lay out a path to legal status for Dreamers and farmworkers.
“This nation was built by good people seeking a better life in America where freedom and opportunity are possible with hard work,” said Higgins. “Our current system is broken. This legislation makes common sense changes that build a clear bridge for people who have grown up here and seek to continue to enrich our communities and economy.”
On the eve of the new federal fiscal year, which began on October 1, the Trump Administration released their proposed refugee admission report recommending just 15,000 refugees be admitted in 2021. Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) whose Western New York district has benefited from being a welcoming home to refugees, rejected the Administration’s policies intended to exploit and divide.
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.
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.
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.