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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.
Following President Joe Biden’s public address before a joint session of Congress, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) is encouraged by the new federal focus on families and neighborhoods.
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 new federal relief available to help restaurants struggling due to the pandemic. A $28.6 billion Restaurant Revitalization fund was included in the American Rescue Plan supported by Higgins.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced help is available for arts, museums and performance venues that had to close their doors or saw drastically reduced business due to the pandemic. Over $16 billion was provided through legislation supported by Congressman Higgins for the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) program.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced a $750,000 federal grant from the Department of Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund) for Launch NY, an Upstate New York Venture Development Organization (VDO) that supports and invests in high-growth, high-impact companies across 27 New York counties. The mission of the CDFI program is to increase economic opportunity and community development for underserved populations in distressed communities.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Extension Act (H.R. 1779) has been signed into law extending the application deadline to May 31, 2021.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has been incredibly difficult on our community’s small businesses, forcing them to make tough decisions as they navigate their financial future,” said Congressman Higgins. “This bill helps to alleviate pressure by giving struggling businesses additional time to apply for much needed relief.”
Today, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy released a 10-year strategic plan for the United States Postal Service (USPS). Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26), who has fought to protect jobs and postal services in Western New York, raised concerns about components of the proposal.
“We are willing to work with leadership toward the goal of strengthening the future of the Postal Service but not at the expense of postal service customers or workers,” said Higgins.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) application window is scheduled to open April 8, 2021. The grant program will offer over $16 billion in federal funding to help performance venues struggling from the costs of the COVID-19 pandemic.