More on Northern Border
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced that the Town of West Seneca and West Seneca Fire District 3 have been awarded federal grants totaling $401,428 from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
“This federal funding will aid in fire protection, preparedness and community safety measures in the Town of West Seneca,” said Congressman Higgins. “We commend the Town and the Fire Department for pursuing and winning federal resources in this highly competitive program and we are grateful for the selfless work of our volunteer firefighters.”
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced that a federal grant from the Department of Homeland Security’s Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Program has been awarded to the City of Buffalo for the hiring of firefighters. The grant is for a total of $9,806,400 and administered by DHS’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
Congressmembers Brian Higgins (D- NY-26) and Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21) announced introduction of the BOUND (Border Officer Utilization for National Defense) Act, requiring minimum staffing levels for Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers stationed at ports of entry along the northern border.
To Prevent Such Needless Security And Economic Danger In The Future, Schumer, Higgins Announce Legislation—BOUND Act—To Set A Minimum Customs Staffing Requirement At The Northern Border
Schumer, Higgins: With Long Lines Looming & Billions In Trade At Risk, Northern Border Communities Can’t Afford Any More Delay
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced Erie and Niagara Counties have each been awarded $325,000 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Higgins, who serves as co-chair of the Congressional Northern Border Caucus, said, “the border between the United States and Canada represents the longest bi-national land boundary in the world and presents unique challenges. This funding helps local and federal agencies coordinate protection and response measures.”
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced the House of Representatives approved legislation extending authorization and funding for the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund. Higgins, a cosponsor of the bill (H.R. 1327), spoke on the Floor in support of the legislation that makes resources available to those who have suffered health consequences or died as a result of the terrorist attack on 9/11.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced the House of Representatives has approved a $4.5 billion supplemental appropriations bill (H.R. 3401) addressing the humanitarian emergency at the southern border. The legislation provides funding to address inadequate food, water, medical supplies and refugee support services for children and adults.
House of Representatives Northern Border Caucus Co-Chairs Congressmembers Brian Higgins (D-NY-26) & Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21) released a letter sent to House appropriation leaders supporting the addition of 1,846 new positions within Customs and Border Protection (CBP), including 1,200 CBP officers.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) released the following statement in response to the news that the United States and Canada have reached an agreement to lift 232 duties on steel and aluminum within the next two days:
Congressmembers Brian Higgins (D-NY-26) and Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21), who serve as Co-Chairs of the Congressional Northern Border Caucus, are leading a push to ensure U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) maintain strong staffing levels at airports and Ports of Entry between the United States and Canada. The move comes following a recent announcement by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) of plans to transfer CBP officers stationed along the northern border and U.S. airports to posts at the southern border.