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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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Oct 4, 2011 Press Release

Congressmembers Brian Higgins (NY-27), Jean Schmidt (OH-2), Louise Slaughter (NY-28), Kathy Hochul (NY-26), and Tom Reed (NY-29) are continuing to keep up the pressure on completion of a federal aviation safety rule, now over two months delayed, and nearly 100 members of the House of Representatives are joining them in pushing for the rule to directly address issues related to pilot fatigue.    

Sep 27, 2011 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) is asking the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) to step in and investigate repeated problems at the Van Buren Road railroad crossing in Dunkirk. 

Sep 19, 2011 Press Release

U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles E. Schumer, together with U.S. Representatives Brian Higgins, Louise Slaughter and Kathy Hochul, today wrote to FAA Administrator Randolph Babbitt urging him to implement new rules for pilot training that were included in the overhauled FAA regulations that the New York members worked hard to pass.  Pilot error was identified as the cause of the Flight 3407 tragedy.

Sep 15, 2011 Press Release

After recent news citing a Colgan Air/Pinnacle Airlines/Continental Airlines flight landed at the wrong airport, Western New York Representatives Kathy Hochul (NY-26), Brian Higgins (NY-27), Louise Slaughter (NY-28) and Tom Reed (NY-29) today sent letters to the Presidents of Colgan Air, Pinnacle Airlines and Continental Airlines demanding to know how their airlines have improved safety standards since the crash of Continental Flight 3407 in February 2009.

Sep 13, 2011 Press Release

Unrelenting in their push for safer skies for the flying public, Western New York Congressmembers Brian Higgins (NY-27), Louise Slaughter (NY-28), Kathy Hochul (NY-26) and Tom Reed (NY-29) are continuing to urge expedient action on the final implementation of flight safety rules. 

Sep 13, 2011 Press Release

Today, Representatives Kathy Hochul (NY-26) and Brian Higgins (NY-27) announced that Calspan Corporation, known for significant innovations in aerospace and transportation safety, has been awarded a $40 million federal contract to operate the National Automotive Sampling System (NASS) Zone Center 1, which helps establish a nationwide effort to reduce motor vehicle crashes, injuries and deaths on highways.

Sep 7, 2011 Press Release

In a letter to President Obama, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) outlined steps central to growing jobs in Western New York and across America.  This comes in advance of the President’s economic address before Thursday’s joint session of Congress. 

Sep 1, 2011 Press Release

Today Congressmembers Nick Rahall, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure, and Jerry Costello, Ranking Member of the Aviation Subcommittee sent a letter to the President urging swift action on the final rule related to pilot fatigue.

Representatives Brian Higgins (NY-27), Louise Slaughter (NY-28) and Kathy Hochul (NY-26) issued the following joint statement in response:

Aug 30, 2011 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) welcomed news that the Administration plans to lift mandates previously issued by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) which would have required local municipalities to pay for costly changes to street and traffic signs. 

Aug 19, 2011 Press Release

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