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Western New Yorkers know too well the painful costs of pollution and other forms of environmental degradation and neglect. Over 30 years ago the Buffalo River was declared biologically dead and ecologically destroyed, and only through a persistent restoration effort was it remediated and shows vastly improved water quality. Brian believes that we must learn from this history to prevent the recurrence of environmental disasters like Love Canal and Tonawanda Coke in our district. His work in Washington, D.C. focuses on the conservation and care for the many precious natural resources here in Western New York. From the Great Lakes, to our waterways, to our parks and natural public spaces, Brian is fighting to ensure the federal policies enacted in Congress help to support a healthy environment and protect those most vulnerable to pollution and exposure to hazardous substances. To achieve these goals of preservation, Brian has been a strong supporter of federal funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, the Land and Water Conservation Fund, and the Water Resources Development Act.

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May 15, 2009 Press Release
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) made public the findings of a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) investigation he requested which examined the unjustifiably high gas prices in Western New York last fall.
Apr 29, 2009 Press Release

Today, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) voted with his colleagues in the House of Representatives to approve S. Con Res 13, the Budget Resolution Conference Report for Fiscal Year 2010. The Conference Report is a document that resolves differences between budgetary legislation agreed to in the House of Representatives and the Senate and outlines economic plans for our nation’s future. 

Apr 29, 2009 Press Release

Late yesterday, Congressmembers Brian Higgins, Chris Lee, Steve Israel, Carolyn Maloney and Eric Massa introduced a bill (HR2133) in the House of Representatives that would require the New York Power Authority to direct into a special fund profits from the sale of unused energy that was allocated for Western New York industries for Western New York waterfront, cultural, park and economic development projects. 

Apr 22, 2009 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) announced he will introduce federal legislation aimed at keeping more of the profits from the Niagara Power Project here in Western New York. 

Apr 3, 2009 Press Release
Today, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) voted in favor of a 2010 federal budget that serves as a long term economic plan that will get our economy working again and put us on a path towards renewed prosperity.
Mar 26, 2009 Press Release
Today, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) announced that local governments in Western New York will receive over $6.8 million in federal green energy funds to cut local governments’ utility costs and protect local property tax payers. The funding comes from the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program, funded by President Obama’s recently-passed stimulus legislation.
Mar 21, 2009 Press Release
In letters to the New York Power Authority (NYPA) and Governor Paterson, Congressman Brian Higgins is condemning the recent sweep of $306 million in NYPA funds to the State's general fund which he points out “took more resources out of Western New York in one day then the Niagara Power Project's relicensing settlement will invest here in fifty years.” In addition the Congressman is calling NYPA’s latest move to increase rates to customers unconscionable.
Mar 12, 2009 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) announced that New York State will receive $517,796,513 in funding through the federal Reinvestment and Recovery Act to use toward projects that improve energy efficiency in homes.

“These funds will immediately create jobs for those who manufacture, sell and install products like windows or furnaces and provide significant, long term savings for those making the energy upgrades,” said Higgins. 

Mar 11, 2009 Press Release
U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer and Congressman Brian Higgins today met with FTC Chairman Leibowitz to urge him to move forward on the investigation of the gas price disparity in Western New York. Schumer and Higgins laid out the severity of the problem to the new FTC commissioner and illustrated the effect it had on cash strapped families. They asked him to conclude the study as rapidly as possible and ensure that FTC not only made the study public, but provided detailed solutions that could be implemented quickly.
Mar 9, 2009 Press Release

Today Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27), a member of the House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means, announced additional details on the provisions included in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act which will provide tax credits and savings for local homeowners.