More on Northern Border
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) was joined by Visit Buffalo Niagara and other community partners during National Travel & Tourism Week, which runs from May 2 through May 8, to highlight the importance of safely reopening the border between the United States and Canada to support tourism supported jobs and economic growth.
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.
Northern Border Caucus Co-chair and Western New York Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) is calling on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to immediately advance concrete proposals for reopening the border between the United States and Canada. The latest push comes just one week before the existing order banning non-essential travel between the two countries is set to expire on April 21, 2021.
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) is calling on agencies in the United States and Canada responsible for border management to implement a process that allows for virtual interviews for new NEXUS applicants.
“As co-chairs of the Canadian and U.S. sections of the IPG, we applaud our governments for renewing their commitment to strengthening the partnership between our two countries. While our proximity to one another necessitates a close relationship, it is our shared democratic values that forever binds us together. It is through this bond that we encourage our governments to work collaboratively to continue to fight the spread of COVID-19 and usher in an economic recovery that benefits all North Americans – especially those hardest hit by the pandemic.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) is continuing to push for a full reopening of the border between the U.S. and Canada by July and encouraging a partial reopening, including additional exemptions to allow families to reunite, much sooner. March 21, 2021 marks the one-year anniversary of the northern border closing to non-essential travel.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26), who serves as Co-Chair of the Congressional Northern Border Caucus, released the following statement in response to today’s bilateral meeting between United States President Joe Biden and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.