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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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Jul 7, 2011 Press Release

Today, Representatives Yvette D. Clarke (D-NY), Brian Higgins (D-NY), and Kathleen C. Hochul (D-NY), members of the New York Congressional delegation and members of the House Committee on Homeland Security, announced their co-sponsorship of the False Travel Documents Prohibition Act of 2011 (H.R. 2431).  The recent incident involving a passenger who was able to board a flight from New York’s John F.

Jun 14, 2011 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) announced the Dunkirk Airport has been awarded a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation totaling $627,192. 

“Runway expansion is allowing for increased volume and capacity at the airport which supports local business activity and jobs,” said Congressman Higgins.  “This latest grant continues the progress we have already started at the Dunkirk Airport and provides for improved equipment so we are best prepared to guide our planes, cargo and passengers into Dunkirk safely.”

May 24, 2011 Press Release

Western New York Congressmembers Brian Higgins (NY-27) and Louise Slaughter (NY-28) joined a bipartisan group of 28 members of the House of Representatives calling upon the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to formally remove the Sec. 826 (The Shuster Amendment) from the FAA Reauthorization Act (H.R. 658).  

Apr 14, 2011 Press Release

U.S. Congressmen Pat Tiberi (R-OH), Brian Higgins (D-NY), and Steve LaTourette (R-OH) today introduced the Short Sea Shipping Act to encourage job creation and to continue developing the United States shipping industry.

“Historically, proximity to water brought great economic opportunity for communities like Western New York,” said Congressman Higgins.  “We want to again make waterways business-friendly, promoting the robust flow of goods and the creation of quality jobs.”

Apr 14, 2011 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27), a member of the House of Representatives Committees on Homeland Security and Foreign Affairs, sent a letter to the U.S. Commissioner of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) asking for expedited effort on the Peace Bridge construction project including consideration of a reduced footprint for the American plaza. 

Apr 1, 2011 Press Release

“In a disappointing move, members of the House voted (215-209) to approve an amendment which endangers the great progress we have made in flight safety since the crash of Flight 3407 and jeopardizes the lives of the flying public.  This is a tragic assault on the mountain of work it took to advance necessary aviation reforms including measures to reduce pilot fatigue.

Mar 24, 2011 Press Release

In a letter to the U.S. Secretary of Transportation, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27), a member of the new Congressional Aviation Safety Caucus, is pressing for increased staffing in air traffic control towers. 

Feb 19, 2011 Press Release

Today, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) voted against the FY 2011 Continuing Budget Resolution (H.R.  1), which makes severe cuts to dozens of programs that directly impact the economic stability of Western New York.

Jan 26, 2011 Press Release

As Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) listened to the President lay out his agenda for job creation and economic opportunity in Tuesday’s State of the Union Address he was struck by how one project in particular had the potential meet many of the goals outlined – Peace Bridge expansion.

“If this nation is serious about creating jobs, doubling our exports and helping to sustain and create businesses in America we can start by moving forward on construction of a new Peace Bridge,” said Congressman Higgins, a member of the House Homeland Security and Foreign Affairs Committees.

Dec 13, 2010 Press Release

BUFFALO – Western New York Congressmen Chris Lee (NY-26) and Brian Higgins (NY-27), and Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand joined with the Flight 3407 family members today to publicly call upon the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to implement ticketing requirements included in the comprehensive aviation safety reforms signed into law earlier this year.