Energy & Environment
Over 100 years ago Western New York learned how to turn water into energy. Hydropower spurred incredible job growth in our region and revolutionized manufacturing. Brian believes that we can learn from our history and that by reducing our dependence on foreign oil and innovating with clean energy technologies made right here in America we can power our homes, businesses, and nation’s infrastructure systems in a way that sustains us for the next 100 years. Brian has consistently fought on behalf of Western New York families to keep the economic benefits of the Niagara Power Project in Western New York. He has also fought against harmful speculative trading practices that drive up the price of gasoline and increase big oil profits. In both Western New York and Washington, DC, Brian has helped to preserve HEAP funding for struggling seniors and families, who should never have to make the choice between heating their homes and putting food on the table.
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Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced approval of H.R. 2, the Moving Forward Act. The bill, co-sponsored by Higgins, dedicates more than $1.5 trillion to rebuilding America’s infrastructure and creating American jobs.
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Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) recently urged the House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure to adapt and deploy the innovative HABITATS (Harmful Algal Bloom Interception, Treatment, and Transformation System) pilot program on Lake Erie to fight harmful algal blooms in their next water infrastructure bill. The Congressman proposed policy text for the next Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), major legislation that dictates the United States’ Army Corps of Engineers civil works projects and practices.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) outlined components of the Heroes Act, the latest emergency package constructed to provide relief to workers, families, small businesses and communities impacted by the coronavirus outbreak.
As the United States prepares to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) is deeply concerned that the Environmental Protection Agency’s lax policies are a threat to the incredible progress made to improve Western New York’s air and water quality.
On March 26, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a memo reporting it is ceasing all enforcement actions during the coronavirus pandemic. This is just the latest in nearly 100 environmental rule rollbacks by the current Administration.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) testified before the House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Committee urging continued investments in the protection of the Great Lakes. His remarks come as members of the committee prepare to draft legislation reauthorizing the Water Resources Development Act of 2020.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26), a member of the House of Representatives Budget Committee, provided in an analysis of the Trump Budget, released this week, the devastating impact it would have on the people, neighborhoods and economy of Western New York.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced the House of Representatives has approved a major increase in funding for the Great Lakes. Higgins, a member of the Congressional Great Lakes Task Force, is an original cosponsor of the bipartisan Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Act (H.R. 4031).
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz provided testimony before the House Budget Committee, of which Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) is a member, during a hearing in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, January 15, titled: “Why Federal Investments Matter: Stability from Congress to State Capitals.”
This fiscal year the federal government will provide roughly $750 billion in grants, through a variety of programs, to state and local governments – representing an estimated 3.4 percent of Gross Domestic Product and 16 percent of all federal spending.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) is sounding the alarm on U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) efforts to rollback safeguards for clean water. Higgins isn’t alone; the President’s own EPA Science Advisory Board is expressing concern.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced the House of Representatives approved the Coastal and Great Lakes Communities Enhancement Act (H.R. 729), a bipartisan package of legislation protecting Great Lakes and Coastal communities from the impacts of climate change.
The bundled legislation included an amendment submitted by Congressman Higgins directing United States Geological Survey research to include the impacts of harmful algal blooms, nutrient pollution, and dead zones on Great Lakes fisheries.