Homeland Security & Public Safety
With a district bordering Canada, Brian is a recognized leader on matters related to the US-Canadian relationship. In his roles as Co-chair of the Northern Border Caucus, Co-chair of Canada-US Inter-Parliamentary Group, and a member of the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Trade, Brian seeks out opportunities to build our binational relationship, fighting for adequate staffing and systems to allow for the efficient flow of goods and people across the border.
Brian works to build safer neighborhoods through his support of the federal fire grant program, the Justice in Policing Act and common sense legislation to reduce gun violence including universal background checks.
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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.
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.
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), 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.
Congressmembers Brian Higgins (NY-26) and Chris Jacobs (NY-27) are leading a push to have the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station (NFARS) host the next KC-46A Pegasus Reserve component.
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.”
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) encouraged local volunteer and combination fire departments to apply for the second round of federal fire grants made available through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
Higgins said, “The Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program is designed to support community readiness in response to emergencies. The impact of the coronavirus outbreak puts a new strain on our first responders. This emergency funding provides necessary resources to support protective equipment and supplies.”
Yesterday afternoon Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) spoke directly with National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Chairman Robert Sumwalt about concerns related to the federal investigation into the recent airplane crash in Western New York.