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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 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.
Feb 20, 2009 Press Release
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) released additional information on the $250 payment designated for seniors, disabled veterans and retired railroad workers under the recently approved American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
Feb 13, 2009 Press Release
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) voted today with his colleagues in the House of Representatives to approve the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, a comprehensive bill that will stimulate the local and national economy through targeted tax breaks and investments.
Jan 31, 2009 Press Release
Congressman Brian Higgins, Mayor Byron W. Brown and other area leaders met today with Senator Kirsten Gillibrand to discuss ways to improve the economy and create jobs in Western New York.
Jan 28, 2009 Press Release
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) voted today with the majority in the House of Representatives in support of critical legislation to create and save 3 to 4 million American jobs. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act was approved by a vote of 244-188. Developed with the Obama Administration, this job creation package will rebuild America, making us more globally competitive and energy independent, and transforming our economy for long-term growth; give 95 percent of American workers an immediate tax cut; and invest quickly in the economy.
Jan 21, 2009 Press Release
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) announced release of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan, comprehensive legislation drafted by the House of Representatives that takes a multifaceted approach to creating jobs and getting the American economy moving again. The proposed bill includes $550 billion in targeted investments and $275 billion in tax cuts. Congressman Higgins will be participating in discussions on the plan when the House Committee on Ways and Means meets to markup the bill tomorrow.