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 a federal grant totaling $2,853,778 to the Niagara Falls Water Board for improvements to the Niagara Falls Wastewater Treatment Plant.
The federal funding is provided under the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, which provides communities with grants to “eliminate long-term risk to people and property from future disasters.” It is estimated that every dollar spent through this program in prevention saves $4 in future damages within a community.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced two federal grants to the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA) for improvements at the Niagara Falls International Airport. The grants were awarded by the Federal Aviation Administration, under the US Department of Transportation.
The first grant is in the amount of $135,000 and will go to removing trees that obstruct two of the airport’s runways and approach surfaces.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) released the following statement in response to the news that the United States and Canada have reached an agreement to lift 232 duties on steel and aluminum within the next two days:
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) was joined by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Buffalo District to announce $12.455 million in federal funding to the Army
Corps in 2019 for improvements to the Buffalo Harbor.
“I will vote to elect Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House of Representatives.
“Last summer, I indicated a desire to see new Democratic leadership in 2019. At the time, I believed that our caucus needed to do a better job telling the American public what we are for, not against. For example, I have been a consistent advocate for a Medicare buy-in option for Americans aged 50 and over, but it was not a priority for my party’s leadership. Health care and American infrastructure are areas of concern for me, as is lowering prescription drug costs for Americans.
In September, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) spoke on the Floor of the House of Representatives concerned that tariffs imposed by the Administration could cost consumers and local jobs at companies like New Era Cap Company, headquarted in Buffalo, New York. Two months later that possibility became a reality as New Era announced plans to close its Western New York manufacturing plant in Derby, imp
The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) today joined federal, state and local officials at a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of a $4.2 million highway rehabilitation project to improve pedestrian safety and mobility on NY Route 5, Main Street, in the Town of Amherst and Village of Williamsville in Erie County. The project introduced traffic calming initiatives that created a more balanced system for all modes of transportation.
The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (Parks) announced today that work to convert the former West River Parkway into a multi- use recreational trail that connects the City of Buffalo to the City of Niagara Falls has been completed.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) released the following statement in response to the announcement of a new trilateral trade agreement between the United States, Canada and Mexico:
Buffalo, NY – Today, Mayor Byron W. Brown announced that construction has begun on the fourth phase of downtown Buffalo’s Cars Sharing Main Street Project. Work is now underway to restore vehicular traffic along lower Main Street, between Exchange and Scott Streets, greatly increasing access to Canalside, and other destinations along Buffalo’s Inner Harbor.