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
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.
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.”