Infrastructure and Jobs
Investing in our infrastructure has historically been a non-partisan issue. However, in recent years, Congress’ investment in addressing America’s crumbling infrastructure has been pathetically weak. The American Society of Civil Engineers gives our infrastructure a D+ grade and the World Economic Forum ranks America 24th in infrastructure. Transportation for America estimates that there are 63,000 structurally deficient bridges in the United States – 2088 in New York State and 99 in Western New York alone. Brian has consistently called on Congress to make a bold investment in nation building right here at home. In 2012 he introduced the Nation Building Here at Home Act , which would have invested $1.2 trillion over five years to rebuild our infrastructure, with the potential to create 27 million jobs and reduce unemployment to 5.6 percent.
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Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) joined members of the International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers, including Western New York Dresser-Rand plant employee James Lewis, and fellow House of Representatives leaders to highlight the struggles of working families in the aftermath of the GOP tax bill.
To access video of the remarks by Congressman Higgins & James Lewis go to: https://youtu.be/e_UAU4TEiY8?t=27m6s
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) is calling on the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) to take immediate proactive action to ease traveler inconvenience during rehabilitation of the Buffalo Skyway.
Construction on the Skyway is expected to begin in March 2018 and continue through June 2020. During construction, one or both lanes of the Skyway will be closed for multiple hours each day. Total cost of the project is nearly $30 million.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) celebrated $2 million in investments in Buffalo & Erie County Greenway projects made possible through the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) relicensing agreement with the New York Power Authority.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the Buffalo and Fort Erie Public Bridge Authority (PBA) are jointly pursuing new technologies, which will allow for the long-stalled redevelopment of the U.S.
During a meeting of the House of Representatives Budget Committee, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) questioned Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney about the proposed White House budget, particularly the strategy behind an infrastructure plan that further burdens local communities and residents.
Following release of President Trump’s Fiscal Year 2019 Budget, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26), a member of the House Budget Committee, is outlining how the proposal would impact the people of Western New York as well as the projects and priorities of importance to the region.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26), a member of the House of Representatives Committees on Budget and Ways and Means, warned an infrastructure proposal released by the White House, is nothing more than a mirage.
Higgins says, “The President’s plan, framed as a $1.5 trillion investment, provides a minimal federal commitment – $20 billion a year – while shifting costs to local governments, taxpayers and commuters.”
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) is advocating for Western New York neighborhoods to be nominated as federal Opportunity Zones, under a new program that provides tax incentives to encourage investment in designated economically distressed areas.
“Western New York’s renaissance won’t be fully realized until it reaches into struggling neighborhoods,” said Congressman Higgins. “The Opportunity Zone program can provide a new tool to draw needed attention into communities that would significantly benefit from investments and job creation.”
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) pointed to a new report released this week by the American Road and Transportation Builders Association as the latest reminder of the urgent need for a focus on a substantial federal commitment to infrastructure.
At 9pm tonight, January 30, 2018, President Donald Trump will provide his first State of the Union Address to a joint session of Congress. Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) made the following remarks in advance of the speech.