(WKBW release) In a meeting of the House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security, New York Congressman Brian Higgins on Wednesday pushed for the Peace Bridge to be included in a plan to initiate pre-inspection to speed the flow of traffic along the northern border.
Higgins, a member of the committee, directed his comments to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano at a meeting discussing the proposed 2013 budget.
The Beyond the Border Action Plan set forth a proposal for at least one pre-inspection pilot project for trucks crossing into Canada from the United States. In his comments to Secretary Napolitano Higgins stressed, as one of the busiest Northern Border Crossing, the Peace Bridge should be considered as a location for this pilot.
In her response the Secretary said they envision not just one but two sites for pre-inspection and stated specifically that a strong case has been made for the Peace Bridge.
Higgins applauded this new development and appreciated the serious consideration being given to the site, “Improving the flow of goods and traffic across the Peace Bridge should be an economic priority for this nation. The Buffalo Niagara region is within 500 miles of 55% of the U.S. population and 62% of the Canadian population. Opening up the bottleneck at this binational transportation corridor is crucial to our interconnected economies.”