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.
More on Infrastructure and Jobs
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26), a member of the House Committee on the Budget, objected to the Fiscal Year 2018 budget resolution introduced by House Republicans this week which slashes Medicare and fails to invest in the growth of the American Economy.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) said American jobs and infrastructure should be the primary consideration in any plan to re-work the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
Established in 1994, NAFTA is an arrangement between the United States, Canada & Mexico addressing trade issues between the three nations. This week the Administration sent Congress a plan to renegotiate NAFTA.
Perry Street stretches from HarborCenter in Downtown Buffalo through the Cobblestone District and into South Buffalo’s Old First Ward. Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) travels the 1.1 mile route frequently and, troubled by the vacant and deteriorating conditions of publicly owned property in the area, is proposing a plan to help the neighborhood reach its great potential.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) says two long-underway local transportation projects, extension of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA) Metro Rail to the DL&W and creation of a Buffalo to Amherst light rail corridor, are now at risk of not happening due to a federal budget proposal that eliminates the programs intended to support these projects.
During a House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee hearing on tax reform Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) insisted that federal tax policy must acknowledge and address the growing income gap leaving more hard-working Americans struggling to raise a family and get by in retirement.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) is formally putting federal agencies on notice about the hazardous conditions creating alarming lead contamination rates in Buffalo, Western New York and thousands of other “hotspots” reported in a recent Reuters special report. Higgins criticizes proposed budget cuts that would further exacerbate lead poisoning rates among children and in a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Hou
Buffalo is a City with heart. We see it in our sports fans, in neighbors digging one another out after snowstorms, in the expats drawn like a magnet back home, or in communities rallying around a family in need. There is something not quite tangible that makes this place we call home special – the people.
After eliminating the gratuitous padding inserted into the cost estimates for the Central Terminal and factoring in its eligibility for Historic Tax Credits, which are not available for a Canalside station, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) says putting the new station at the Central Terminal would actually be cheaper than a station at Canalside.