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“Tonight I joined my colleagues in Congress as the President enthusiastically and thoughtfully introduced the American Jobs Act.
“We know this nation is hurting, people are out of work, businesses are struggling and consumer confidence is suffering, but as the President reminded us tonight the confidence in America as a resilient land of opportunity remains strong and constant.
With the first public meeting of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction set for Thursday, September 8, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) is asking the Committee co-chairs for serious consideration of an effort to negotiate lower drug prices through the Medicare program, a change that could save the nation as much as $200 billion over the next 10 years.
In a letter to President Obama, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) outlined steps central to growing jobs in Western New York and across America. This comes in advance of the President’s economic address before Thursday’s joint session of Congress.
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“The American people want compromise and deserve a serious effort to protect their best interests and get the job done. Instead, this doomed bill is more of the same Washington nonsense that amounts to nothing more than a political ploy and a waste of valuable time.
“The Boehner Bill is a temporary patch that does nothing to inject the economic certainty necessary for sustained economic growth. This short term bill will bring us right back to square one in a few months. That is not the way to create jobs.
“With today’s certification of the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” we lift an unfair weight from the shoulders of our brave and selfless military men and women and enter a new era of respect and equal justice in America.
Statement By Congressman Brian Higgins:
"I’d like to respond to House Republicans who are protesting at the White House today regarding the debt ceiling.
In April, House Republicans voted for a budget resolution which, even though it ends Medicare as we know it, still increases the national debt from $14.3 trillion to $23.1 trillion, or 62%, over the next decade. How can they oppose raising the debt ceiling when the plan they proposed just 3 months ago would require the debt ceiling to be raised $8.8 trillion?
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.
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.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) joined several of his colleagues in signing a discharge petition that would require the House to consider the Currency Reform for Fair Trade Act (H.R. 639).
“This is one of the most important policy changes we can do to create jobs in Western New York and across the United States,” said Congressman Higgins. “It’s simple - when the world buys U.S. products, our companies are making things, and when we make things Americans work.”