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May 2: Special Edition; Chamber Welcomes Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson for Congressman Peters’ Border Crossing Roundtable

Chamber Welcomes Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson for Congressman Peters’ Border Crossing Roundtable

The Detroit Regional Chamber hosted U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and U.S. Representative Gary Peters (D-Bloomfield Twp.) today, in addition to other high-ranking officials and key stakeholders, for a roundtable to discuss the prioritization of the proposed customs plazas at high-volume trade crossings, such as the Detroit-Windsor border and Port Huron.

Congressman Peters invited Secretary Johnson to visit the northern border and join local leaders to discuss the importance of the border and the New International Trade Crossing (NITC). Chamber President and CEO Sandy Baruah joined Secretary Johnson and Congressman Peters in welcoming the roundtable which included: Senator Debbie Stabenow, Congressmen John Conyers Jr. (D-Detroit) and John Dingell (D-Dearborn), Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection Gil Kerlikowske, Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones, Councilwoman Saunteel Jenkins, Michigan Department of Transportation Director Kirk Steudle, Consul General Douglas George, Consulate General of Canada in Detroit, and a host of dignitaries and officials to discuss the importance of the NITC.

Congressman Peters Seeking Timely Federal Government Funding for NITC Customs Plaza

Friday’s roundtable discussion represented an increased effort in securing the funding of the NITC, as Congressman Peters continues to push for the timely development of federal customs plazas at critical trade crossings. Secretary Johnson’s attendance at the roundtable could provide a major boost in the timetable of securing the government funding needed to build the critical infrastructure.

Congressman Peters originally introduced the Customs Plaza Construction Act of 2014 in February, pressing for the utilization of Michigan’s strategic location and talented workforce to transform the state into a transportation and logistics hub that will boost trade, create jobs and strengthen the Michigan and U.S. economies.

The Chamber has advocated for the construction of the NITC as its top public policy priority for more than a decade, and across several gubernatorial administrations. It is part of a coalition that recently sent a letter to President Obama asking for swift advancement on funding the customs plaza for the NITC project.

For up-to-date news regarding the ongoing NITC project, click here.

Chamber Applauds Congressman Peters and Governor Snyder for Continued Leadership in Bid for Construction of NITC, Customs Plaza

Congressman Peters and Governor Rick Snyder have been steadfast advocates for the construction of the NITC, the most important infrastructure project in North America, which would increase international trade, create thousands of jobs and grow the Michigan economy.

In a press release, Baruah recognized both for their bold leadership amid politics that threaten to delay the project. To view the full release, click here.