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Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) released the following statement in response to the news that the United States and Canada have reached an agreement to lift 232 duties on steel and aluminum within the next two days:
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced that the House of Representatives has joined the Senate in approving S.J.Res. 7, a resolution directing the President to “remove the United States Armed Forces from hostilities in or affecting the Republic of Yemen.” The action reasserts the legislative branch’s war authority, guaranteed under the Constitution.
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Congressman Brian Higgins took to the House Floor to highlight the consequences of Congressional dysfunction on our economic recovery. According to Higgins, Congress’ failure to reach a compromise on a balanced approach to reduce the debt and weak attempts at job creation stifles our economy and has caused Americans to lose confidence in Congress.
“We know the positive things that can happen when we standup for ourselves. We’ve done it here in Western New York and today the powerful force that is the will of American people broke through Washington brinksmanship delivering the payroll tax cut struggling families desperately deserve.
Congressman Higgins released the following statement after House leadership refused to hold a vote on the Payroll Tax Cut extension already approved by a strong bipartisan majority in the Senate:
Frustrated with unrelated add-ons and wasted time on one-house legislation, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) took to the Floor of the House of Representatives to encourage his colleagues to abandon today’s consideration of H.R. 3630 and instead begin serious debate on clean legislation to cut the payroll tax for middle class families in Western New York and across the nation.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) applauded the Making Work Pay Tax Credit, which becomes effective today, Wednesday, April 1, 2009 and will provide over 110 million middle class working families with additional take home pay totaling up to $400 per person and $800 for married taxpayers annually in 2009 and 2010.
“Every little bit helps for Western New York’s hard working families who have suffered a significant blow due to this sweeping financial crisis,” said Congressman Higgins. “This provides taxpayers some relief and will invest new money into the local economy.”