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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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Feb 24, 2014 Press Release
Today, Canada’s Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, the Honourable Steven Blaney; Canada’s Minister of National Defence, the Honourable Robert Nicholson; U.S. Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas; U.S. Senator for New York, Charles E. Schumer; and U.S. Congressman for Western New York, Brian Higgins, officially launched Phase II of the truck cargo pre-inspection pilot at the Peace Bridge crossing between Fort Erie, Ontario and Buffalo, New York.
Jan 23, 2014 Press Release
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) has prepared legislation that will ease the ability for Canadians to own a home and live in the United States while working in Canada. The bill is aimed at providing new economic opportunities for the Buffalo Niagara region while giving Canadians affordable living options just over the border.
Jan 21, 2014 Press Release
“Today marks the start of the long-awaited pre-inspection pilot project at the Peace Bridge. This is a critical step toward improving the flow of people and goods across the northern border and revolutionizing Western New York’s economic future.
Jan 14, 2014 Press Release
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced the federal budget bill, released late last night, includes an increase of $220.4 million in funding for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
Jan 9, 2014 Press Release
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26), a member of the House Committees on Homeland Security and Foreign Affairs, is encouraged by progress made through the historic “Beyond the Border” agreement between the United States and Canada and is pushing for a continued commitment to improving the flow of goods and people across the border as a means to foster economic growth.
Jan 6, 2014 Press Release
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced completion of the first phase of a pilot project to streamline traffic and the flow of goods across the border between the United States and Canada. Phase II will begin soon at the Peace Bridge.
Dec 20, 2013 Press Release
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) and Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) wrote to Acting U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner Thomas Winkowski to inquire about staffing deficits at the Peace Bridge that cause delays and unreasonably long wait times.
Jun 26, 2013 Press Release
“Peace Bridge progress has been discussed for decades without substantial results. Often stagnation can cause frustration to boil over, but at the same time that heat can be the impetus to progress."
May 16, 2013 Press Release
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) spoke on the Floor of the House of Representatives today calling on both Houses of Congress to follow through on committee action to eliminate a plan to study a new fee on citizens crossing the U.S. border by land.
May 15, 2013 Press Release
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) won approval for an amendment blocking the U. S. Department of Homeland Security’s plan to study a new land crossing fee at our borders. Higgins introduced the amendment during today’s House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security hearing to markup H.R. 1417, the Border Security results Act of 2013.

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