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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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Jan 13, 2012 Press Release

 Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) released the following statement in response to the Peace Bridge Authority’s Request for Proposals (RFP):

Dec 8, 2011 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins released the following statement in response to Governor Cuomo’s budget plan:  

Nov 1, 2011 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) is asking the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner to begin the process of allowing pre-inspection at the Peace Bridge, a critical step to moving forward with construction on the smaller Peace Bridge plaza plan. 

Sep 28, 2011 Press Release

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Representatives Brian Higgins, Louise Slaughter, and Kathy Hochul urged the office of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to expedite the exploration of commercial pre-inspection opportunities and the implementation of Customs Plaza renovations at the Peace Bridge international border crossing in Buffalo.  As the busiest passenger vehicle crossing and third busiest commercial vehicles crossing on the Northern border, the Peace Bridge plays a vital role in the overall economic viability of Western New York, the state, and the country.

Jun 29, 2011 Press Release

Today Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) confirmed federal agencies involved in Peace Bridge expansion project are moving toward consensus on a reduced footprint for the U.S. Plaza.  The news comes after Congressman Higgins’ call on Wednesday afternoon with U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Alan Bersin.

Apr 14, 2011 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27), a member of the House of Representatives Committees on Homeland Security and Foreign Affairs, sent a letter to the U.S. Commissioner of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) asking for expedited effort on the Peace Bridge construction project including consideration of a reduced footprint for the American plaza. 

Mar 31, 2011 Press Release
On Wednesday, March 30 Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27), a member of the House Foreign Affairs and Homeland Security Committees, met with United States Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood to discuss the Peace Bridge project in Western New York.
Feb 15, 2011 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27), a newly appointed member of the House Committee on Homeland Security has been chosen to serve on the Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security and the Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence, key appointments for the Western New York border community’s safety and economic potential.
 

Feb 9, 2011 Press Release

At today’s House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee hearing, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27), a member of the Committee, asked direct questions regarding the future of the Peace Bridge expansion project in Western New York.

Feb 7, 2011 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27), a newly appointed member of the House Homeland Security and Foreign Affairs Committees, sent a letter to U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Bersin requesting a meeting to discuss how the two can work collaboratively to see the Peace Bridge expansion project proceed expeditiously.

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