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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

Aug 1, 2017 Press Release
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) wrote a letter to the New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner, urging the department to publicly release the schedule for the Environmental Impact Study (EIS) of the Buffalo Skyway and expedite the study to ensure the Department of Transportation makes appropriate choices in regard to how much money will be spent rehabilitating the Skyway.
Jul 26, 2017 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced that Northrop Grumman Amherst Systems has been awarded a $10,367,772 contract with the United States Air Force through the Department of Defense for the production of additional Joint Threat Emitter systems.

“Local workers are helping to equip our armed forces with state-of-the-art training equipment and while their work supports our troops, this contract supports the Western New York economy and jobs,” said Congressman Higgins.

Jul 18, 2017 Press Release
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).
Jun 12, 2017 Press Release

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. 

May 31, 2017 Press Release
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.
May 25, 2017 Press Release
At a U.S. House of Representatives Budget Committee hearing with Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) questioned the Administration’s logic relative to tax breaks for the wealthy and a lack of investments in areas that stimulate economic growth.
May 22, 2017 Press Release
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.
Apr 26, 2017 Press Release

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

Apr 3, 2017 Press Release

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. 

Mar 30, 2017 Press Release

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.

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