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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

Apr 22, 2010 Press Release
"Earlier this month, we expressed our outrage at New York State’s unnecessary suspension of construction contracts resulting in job losses and delays for major projects such as the Outer Harbor Parkway. Just today, during a Buffalo radio interview, the Governor gave due credit to the notion that particular federally funded projects ought to receive the assigned monies which Western New York rightly deserves. I welcome this development and encourage the state to release these funds as soon as possible.”
Apr 9, 2010 Press Release
In a letter to Governor Paterson, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) expressed outrage at New York State’s unnecessary suspension of construction contracts calling it a direct threat to New York’s delicate economic recovery at the worst possible time.
Mar 4, 2010 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) voted with his colleagues in the House of Representatives to approve H.R. 2847, the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment (HIRE) Act, bipartisan legislation aimed to create and save hundreds of thousands of jobs this year.

Jan 28, 2010 Press Release
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) announced that President Obama has released $151 million for rail infrastructure improvements in New York State. The funding for the Empire Corridor was one of several allocations made toward the goal of a national vision to expand high speed rail in America.
Jan 27, 2010 Press Release
“In the history of this nation we have seen eight recessions and seven recoveries and with each, Americans have found opportunity amongst the challenge. Some of our greatest success stories, companies like Microsoft, Hewlett Packard, GE and Disney, were all born during some of this country’s most difficult times. Tonight we heard a President that is hopeful, and one who understands that resurgence will require a focus on meeting the demands necessary in today’s new world economy.
Dec 17, 2009 Press Release
This week Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) joined the House of Representatives in approving the Fiscal Year 2010 Omnibus Appropriation Act and Defense Appropriation bill. This legislation, along with the Energy & Water and Interior & Environment bills approved earlier this fall, will deliver over $22.858 million for projects in Western New York.
Dec 16, 2009 Press Release
Today, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) joined his colleagues in the House of Representatives in approving the Jobs for Main Street Act.
Aug 5, 2009 Press Release
Mayor Byron W. Brown today announced that the city recently completed a $200,000 capital improvement project at three major Cazenovia park facilities in South Buffalo. Joining the Mayor at the announcement were Congressman Brian Higgins, Erie County Legislator Tim Kennedy and two of South Buffalo’s greatest homegrown athletes, Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks and Tim Kennedy of the Buffalo Sabres.
May 20, 2009 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) said local residents will soon see construction trucks at work along Interstate 86 and a number of other Chautauqua County roadways in the with the help of $6.12 million in federal Recovery Act funds.

“The condition along this stretch of I-86 has been a great concern for local residents and is in desperate need of repairs,” said Congressman Higgins. “These projects will allow for safer and more efficient travel and will put people to work in construction related fields this summer right here in Chautauqua County.”  

Feb 24, 2009 Press Release
“Tonight Congress and the country listened as our President, in office just four short weeks, laid out a very realistic and optimistic picture of the state of our nation. With a strong focus on our national economy President Obama provided new hope for middle class families like many in Western New York struggling to find work and afford quality healthcare.