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) announced Western New York will receive over $19.939 million in federal emergency funding to help local communities respond to and recover from the COVID-19 outbreak. The funding was included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act recently approved by Congress to address urgent public health and economic crisis.
Higgins said, “These allocations allow for community-driven decision making on how federal resources can be best utilized to help our neighbors and neighborhoods during this public health emergency.”
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced Western New York will receive more than $61.3 million in federal funding to support public transportation through an emergency package approved by Congress in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
“Public transportation is an essential service and by maintaing operations, we ensure residents continue to have access to healthcare, food and employment,” said Congressman Higgins. “We appreciate the services the NFTA and its workers are continuing to provide our community during this difficult time.”
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) is responding to multiple reports confirmed by the Canadian government that the White House is making plans to send 1,000 U.S. troops to the border between the U.S. and Canada.
Higgins, who serves as Co-Chair of the House of Representatives Northern Border Caucus, released the following in response:
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) reported on new restrictions at the border between the United States and Canada which will be put into place by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) effective 11:59pm today, March 20, 2020 in a binational response to limit the COVID-19 outbreak.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin reported the IRS tax filing deadline for this year is being moved to July 15, 2020.
On March 18, the U.S. Department of Treasury announced COVID-19 related changes allowing for individuals to delay payments until July 15, 2020, however at that time the guidance did not change the April 15 filing deadline.
As Western New York prepares to mark the tragic anniversary of the crash of Flight 3407, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) is calling on the federal government to persist in demanding the highest level of safety for airline passengers. Higgins voice comes as the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is delayed in implementing the changes required in legislation following the crash, and as new concerns are raised relative to pilot training.
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 House passage of H.R. 2474, the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act. The legislation protects worker rights by closing loopholes corporations use to exploit workers, expanding collective bargaining rights, strengthening workers’ access to fair union elections, and introducing meaningful penalties for companies and executives that violate employee rights. The bill was cosponsored by Congressman Higgins and passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 224-194.
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) announced a $1.5 million federal grant awarded through the U.S. Department of Labor to The Service Collaborative of Western New York for their Western New York YouthBuild: Leaders Under Construction Program.
YouthBuild combines education and job skill development for at-risk youth ages 16-24. The Service Collaborative was one of only 67 grant recipients sharing $85 million in YouthBuild grants nationwide.