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Higgins Points to Detroit As Example of Job and Economic Potential that Comes with Building Capacity at International Border

Jun 18, 2012
Press Release

 Congressman Brian Higgins stood by the Peace Bridge in Buffalo and called on Western New York leaders, residents and businesses to join him in the fight against the inertia.  Higgins used Friday’s announcement of a deal for a new international border crossing between Detroit and Canada as an example of how delays and obstruction are costing this community jobs and economic opportunity.  

June 18, 2012 - Congressman Higgins Encourages Progress at the Peace Bridge

“While Western New York is finding ways to block, other communities are finding ways to build,” said Congressman Higgins.  “The complacency and resistance to change that has been pervasive in Buffalo for fifty years will continue to cost us if we don’t act now.”
In an agreement between the state of Michigan and Canada announced June 15, the two governments will move forward on construction of a New International Trade Crossing between Detroit and Windsor, Ontario.  As a part of the deal, Canada will fund Michigan’s share of the project, up to $550 million, toward the $2 billion span.  
A study released by the Center for Automotive Research found that the Detroit project will create approximately 12,000 jobs per year during the 4-year construction phase and another 8,000 permanent jobs will be created in the vicinity of the new bridge and the greater region as a result of new economic activity.  
Congressman Higgins, a champion for the addition of new capacity at the international Peace Bridge crossing between Buffalo, New York and Fort Erie, Ontario, added,  “Incessant squabbling  only leads to inertia.  Be it the waterfront, the Peace Bridge or the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, it is time to fight against the fight and together fight for progress and all the good that comes with it.”
Congressman Higgins also recently introduced the “Nation Building Here at Home Act,” a plan to fix the nation’s roads and bridges, put Americans back to work and help our returning Veterans.  Higgins’ infrastructure bill, supported by economists, transportation organizations and working men and women, is projected to create 27 million jobs over the next 5 years and $400 billion in economic activity the first year alone.  
Higgins asserted, “Public infrastructure is a public responsibility. In addition to historically low rates of borrowing, the “cost acceleration” of delaying road and bridge repair increases by 500% after only two years. Put simply, a $5 million bridge repair project will cost $25 million in 2014. The time to rebuild America is now, actually right now.” 
Congressman Higgins is a member of the House Committees on Homeland Security and Foreign Affairs and was recently named to serve on the US-Canada Interparliamentary Exchange. His district covers portions of the border between Western New York and Ontario including the Peace Bridge.