Transportation & Infrastructure
For decades the U.S. has underinvested in our infrastructure and America’s roads, bridges, water systems and sewer lines are in desperate need of repair. Brian has fought to change that since his early years in Congress with his Nation Building Here at Home Act, investing over $1.2 trillion in America’s infrastructure, rebuilding our communities, creating economic opportunity and growing jobs. As a member of the House Committee on Ways and Means, Brian is a leading voice for infrastructure investment in Washington and helped to craft the $1.5 trillion Moving Forward Act, a comprehensive plan to repair and revitalize our country’s infrastructure.
Brian is a relentless fighter for Western New York’s fair share of federal transportation funding, delivering for notable projects such as: the redesign of the Niagara Street corridor, the return of cars to Main Street in Downtown Buffalo, Kenmore Avenue improvements along the Tonawanda/Buffalo border, and the transformation of a crumbling, one-way Fuhrmann Boulevard into the Outer Harbor Parkway.
Following the tragic crash of Flight 3407 in 2009, Higgins worked alongside the Families of Flight 3407 to push sweeping reforms through Congress to improve airline safety. In the years since, they have continued to fight for implementation of higher pilot training standards, measures to mitigate pilot fatigue, and rules to provide greater transparency for consumers.
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Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced the House of Representatives Appropriations Committee passed the FY 2021 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill, which included report language requested by Higgins related to essential traveler exceptions at the Northern Border.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26), who serves as co-chair of the Congressional Northern Border Caucus and the U.S. Canada Inter-parliamentary Group, released the following statement in response to published reports of a bilateral agreement between the United States and Canada extending crossing restrictions along the Northern border:
As the nation heads into what would typically be a busy weekend for cross-border travel, Congressmmembers Brian Higgins (D-NY-26) and Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21), Co-Chairs of the Northern Border Caucus, are leading a push for the United States and Canada to develop guidance that prepares for reopening while the border is under its current shutdown.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26), Co-Chair of the Northern Border Caucus, responded to today’s announcement by Prime Minister Trudeau granting permission to cross the border to visit family, calling the policy change “an incremental step forward.”
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) is calling for U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to continue to negotiate with New York State government in good faith to resolve the suspension of enrollment and renewal of Trusted Traveler program participation for New York State residents.
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) a member of the House of Representatives Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee and Co-Chair of the House Northern Border Caucus, released the statement below following approval of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) by the House of Representatives:
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:
In September, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) spoke on the Floor of the House of Representatives concerned that tariffs imposed by the Administration could cost consumers and local jobs at companies like New Era Cap Company, headquarted in Buffalo, New York. Two months later that possibility became a reality as New Era announced plans to close its Western New York manufacturing plant in Derby, imp