More on Northern Border
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26), who serves as Co-Chair of the House of Representatives’ Northern Border Caucus is asking U.S. and Canada leaders to re-examine the scope of those provided essential travel status as communities on each side of the border begin reopening measures.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) today announced plans to introduce the U.S. Infectious Disease Epidemic and Pandemic Preparedness Act. The bill would create an independent agency within the Department of Health and Human Services -- the National Medical Command (NMC) -- charged with preparing for, monitoring, and responding to pandemics, and would provide significantly increased federal funding for research into treatments and vaccines against infectious diseases.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) encouraged local professional and volunteer fire departments to apply for new federal fire grants made available through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act approved by Congress on March 27th.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant application period is now open with a deadline of May 15, 2020 at 5:00pm.
“Activities related to firefighter recruitment, hiring and retention are a constant focus for both career and volunteer departments,” said Congressman Higgins. “The SAFER program supports efforts to ensure fire stations are adequately staffed to answer the call. We encourage local departments to apply.”
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced several Western New York communities are slated to receive a combined $1,019,019 in federal funding to assist public safety agencies with the emergency response to the coronavirus outbreak.
“For first responders, risk comes with the job but this virus creates a whole new level of uncertainty,” said Higgins. “They dedicate themselves to protecting us and we need to make sure they have the resources to protect themselves and the communities they serve.”
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) is responding to multiple reports confirmed by the Canadian government that the White House is making plans to send 1,000 U.S. troops to the border between the U.S. and Canada.
Higgins, who serves as Co-Chair of the House of Representatives Northern Border Caucus, released the following in response:
On the heels of the U.S.-Canadian agreement on border travel restriction, U.S. Senator Charles Schumer and U.S. Congressman Brian Higgins today demanded that Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Acting Secretary Wolf designate Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) officers as employees working under hazard, given the severe spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in New York. Schumer and Higgins said that the designation is essential, because it would allow CBP officers to receive hazard pay, providing financial insulation in the event that they or their family members are infected.
With news of a binational plan for strict restrictions at the border between the United States and Canada, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) is asking U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to provide clear details on the procedures for necessary border crossings and other information related to staffing levels and protections.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) released the following statement in response to President Trump’s orders for military action which led to the death of Iran General Qasem Soleimani:
On the eve of New York State’s first ever early voting, which runs from October 26th to November 3rd, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) took to the House floor to express his support for legislation he cosponsored that includes measures aimed at closing loopholes that allow foreign governments and individuals to spend money in and influence American elections. H.R.