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Higgins Appointed to House Border and Maritime, Trade, Middle East Subcommittees

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.
“Positioning the Western New York region for success starts with keeping our border community safe,” said Congressman Higgins.  “I am honored to be selected for the committee dedicated to border and maritime security two issues central to our area’s storied history and economic future.  Further, this gives our community an opportunity to finally move forward towards completion of the Peace Bridge—a vital link to both our safety and economic future.”
Higgins, whose district stretches along the Lake Erie shoreline and includes Coast Guard Sector Buffalo, has worked closely with the U.S. Coast Guard, securing funding for consolidation of their existing Outer Harbor location to allow for public access to Buffalo's historic lighthouse.

The Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security has jurisdiction over Customs and Border Protection, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the U.S. Coast Guard.  The Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence has jurisdiction over the Department of Homeland Security’s intelligence divisions.

Also a new member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Higgins was appointed to the Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia as well as the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade.  Just last week, he completed a trip to the Middle East making stops in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, and Turkey.

“Each time I return from abroad, I am once again reminded of the opportunities American manufacturing has to be competitive,” added Higgins.  “With complimenting assignments on both Homeland Security and Foreign Affairs, I am eager to delve into the issues that both keep our country safe and support our economic interests home and abroad.”

“With a laser like focus on his district, Congressman Higgins understands that decisions made in Congress affect our country’s place in the world,” said Ranking Member Howard Berman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs.  “I look forward to working with him and utilizing his invaluable insight on issues critical to our northern border, international trade, and currency manipulation.”

A vocal advocate for completion of the Peace Bridge project, Congressman Higgins recently questioned Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano about the project, sent a letter to President Obama asking the Administration to make it a national priority and is planning a meeting with the federal Customs and Border Protection Commissioner to discuss how the two can work collaboratively to see the Peace Bridge expansion project proceed expeditiously.  (Additional Information on Higgins Peace Bridge efforts)