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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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Mar 13, 2012 Press Release

Representatives Brian Higgins (NY-27) and Kathy Hochul (NY-26) are calling on the CEO of Direct Air to immediately reimburse consumers for terminated flights.  After the abrupt cancellation of flights out of Niagara Falls, NY on March 12th, today Direct Air announced it was suspending all flights until May 15, leaving passengers who purchased tickets without reasonable recourse. 

Feb 8, 2012 Press Release

Today, Representatives Kathy Hochul (NY-26), Brian Higgins (NY-27), Louise Slaughter (NY-28), and Tom Reed (NY-29) introduced a House Resolution to remember the victims of Continental Connection Flight 3407, honor and thank their families and friends who have worked hard to pass flight safety reforms, and call on the Administration to finally implement those reforms to ensure safer skies for the flying public.

Feb 7, 2012 Press Release

 Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) welcomed the news that CSX has replaced the equipment at the Van Buren railroad crossing in Dunkirk.  

Feb 7, 2012 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) joined Flight 3407 families and members of the Western New York Congressional delegation in a news conference on Capitol Hill calling for a sustained push for “one level of aviation safety.”   This is a continuation of the ongoing effort to advocate for stronger rules on pilot fatigue, pilot training and passenger rights following the tragic crash of Colgan Air Flight 3407 near the Buffalo Airport on February 12, 2009.  

Jan 31, 2012 Press Release

Congressmember Brian Higgins (NY-27) welcomed the news that the New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) will fast-track work at the Springville bridge.  

Jan 27, 2012 Press Release

 Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) is pushing for continuation of the federal program that ensures commercial airline service in Chautauqua County.  Higgins stresses the importance of funding the Essential Air Service program in a letter to Congressional Committee leaders working to reauthorize of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).  

Dec 12, 2011 Press Release

 Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) announced the award of $15 million dollars in federal funding for the project to return cars to Main Street in Downtown Buffalo.  Congressman Higgins wrote a letter of support for this project in October.  The funding is provided through the US Department of Transportation’s FY 2011 National Infrastructure Investments or TIGER III Discretionary Grants Program.  

Dec 1, 2011 Press Release

Today, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) spoke on the Floor of the House of Representatives, urging immediate action on the pilot fatigue rule by the Federal Aviation Administration.  This comes as another deadline for completion of the rule passes and follows up on a joint statement released earlier today with Reps. Kathy Hochul and Tom Reed.

Dec 1, 2011 Press Release

Congressmembers Brian Higgins (NY-27), Kathy Hochul (NY-26) and Tom Reed (NY-29) released the following statement upon receiving notice that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will not meet the November 30th extended deadline for completion of a new pilot fatigue rule:

“A transportation issue that means life or death for millions of airline passengers each and every day should be given priority treatment, yet the clear disregard for the urgency of improved pilot fatigue rules is infuriating.