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Jul 24, 2012 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins led a coalition of 15 of his House of Representatives colleagues in sending a letter urging the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers to heed the warnings of a recent report published by American and Canadian scientists with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada. The report identifies the invasion of the Great Lakes by Asian Carp as a more imminent threat than initially realized. 

Jun 6, 2012 Press Release

 By a vote of 223-195 this evening, the House of Representatives approved an amendment to the 2013 Energy and Water Appropriations bill that would increase funding for clean-up efforts at the West Valley site. The amendment was introduced by Congressman Tom Reed (NY-29) and Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27).  

May 8, 2012 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins applauded today’s announcement that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will  provide Congress and the public the opportunity to identify a potential permanent Asian carp solution by next year, much earlier than initially expected.

Feb 8, 2012 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) is among 31 members of Congress, representing the Congressional Great Lakes Task Force, sending a letter asking the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers urging the use of newly released data to shorten the timeframe for action to protect the Great Lakes.

Aug 16, 2011 Press Release

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Aug 8, 2011 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) announced the award of $167,000 in federal funding for Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper. The grant, provided through the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, will support Phase II of the Buffalo Riverbend project

Jul 14, 2011 Press Release

By a vote of 261-162, today the House of Representatives approved an amendment introduced by Congressmen Tom Reed (NY-29) and Brian Higgins (NY-27) that restores funding for clean-up efforts at the West Valley site, a move that actually saves $120 million which would have resulted from clean-up delays. 

Jul 12, 2011 Press Release

U.S. Representatives Tom Reed (NY-29) and Brian Higgins (NY-27) have together introduced an amendment to increase funding designated for clean-up efforts at the West Valley site, a move aimed at protecting the greater Western New York community and saving money over the long-term.  The Reed-Higgins Amendment would restore $41 million to the non-defense environmental cleanup fund in H.R. 2354, the FY 2012 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill. 


Jun 6, 2011 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) sent a letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers asking the department to dedicate additional FY2011 Aquatic Plant Control Program funding for Chautauqua Lake. 

Dec 21, 2010 Press Release

Today, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) announced approval of H.R. 5809, the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA), bipartisan legislation which reauthorizes a diesel emissions reduction program for five years, encouraging production of clean-diesel technology and supporting local jobs.

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