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
As the nation heads into what would typically be a busy weekend for cross-border travel, Congressmmembers Brian Higgins (D-NY-26) and Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21), Co-Chairs of the Northern Border Caucus, are leading a push for the United States and Canada to develop guidance that prepares for reopening while the border is under its current shutdown.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced $1.6 million in additional federal funding for the Buffalo and Erie County Workforce Investment Board (WIB). The funding, which is allocated through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families, will be directed to the WIB’s Health Profession Opportunity Grant (HPOG) program. The program previously received two five-year awards; this extends WIB’s successful HPOG program for an 11th year.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced the House of Representatives has approved, under unanimous consent, S. 4116 - legislation extending the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) application deadline to August 8, 2020. Small businesses previously had until June 30 to apply.
Higgins said, “The current health crisis has led to an economic crisis, with many small business owners struggling to stay afloat. This Paycheck Protection Program extension gives small businesses more time to access available resources some desperately need to stay open and save jobs.”
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced approval of H.R. 2, the Moving Forward Act. The bill, co-sponsored by Higgins, dedicates more than $1.5 trillion to rebuilding America’s infrastructure and creating American jobs.
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Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced two federal grants totaling $2,061,984 to the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA) for snow removal equipment at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport. The grants were awarded by the Federal Aviation Administration, under the U.S. Department of Transportation.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) released details on the Moving Forward Act (H.R. 2), newly unveiled legislation co-sponsored by Higgins that dedicates more than $1.5 trillion to rebuilding America’s infrastructure and creating American jobs.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced the House of Representatives approved H.R. 6509, the Public Safety Officer Pandemic Response Act of 2020. The bill amends the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 to provide public safety officer death and disability benefits for certain first responders who contract COVID-19.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) is calling on the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) to thoroughly and expeditiously investigate and publicly report on the details which led to a train derailment in East Aurora, New York on May 18, 2020.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26), City of Niagara Falls Mayor Robert Restaino and Reverend Craig Pridgen, Senior Pastor and True Bethel Baptist Church and President of the Niagara Ministerial Council are teaming up to share information about the Census and stress how important it is for residents to be counted.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced the House of Representatives has approved the Heroes Act, the fourth emergency bill directed at addressing the resources and relief desperately needed by to communities battling COVID-19.
The broad legislative package includes funding for healthcare, protections for workers, support for schools and small businesses impacted by the outbreak, resources to address food insecurity and other needs for those out of work, and direct funding for state and local governments.