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Transportation & Infrastructure

For decades the U.S. has underinvested in our infrastructure and America’s roads, bridges, water systems and sewer lines are in desperate need of repair.  Brian has fought to change that since his early years in Congress with his Nation Building Here at Home Act, investing over $1.2 trillion in America’s infrastructure, rebuilding our communities, creating economic opportunity and growing jobs. As a member of the House Committee on Ways and Means, Brian is a leading voice for infrastructure investment in Washington and helped to craft the $1.5 trillion Moving Forward Act, a comprehensive plan to repair and revitalize our country’s infrastructure.

Brian is a relentless fighter for Western New York’s fair share of federal transportation funding, delivering for notable projects such as: the redesign of the Niagara Street corridor, the return of cars to Main Street in Downtown Buffalo, Kenmore Avenue improvements along the Tonawanda/Buffalo border, and the transformation of a crumbling, one-way Fuhrmann Boulevard into the Outer Harbor Parkway. 

Following the tragic crash of Flight 3407 in 2009, Higgins worked alongside the Families of Flight 3407 to push sweeping reforms through Congress to improve airline safety.  In the years since, they have continued to fight for implementation of higher pilot training standards, measures to mitigate pilot fatigue, and rules to provide greater transparency for consumers. 




More on Transportation & Infrastructure

Apr 15, 2009 Press Release
With the next phase of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) set to go into effect on June 1, Congressmen Chris Lee (NY-26) and Brian Higgins (NY-27) are continuing to urge Washington to open a passport office in Western New York. The lawmakers joined forces this week to ask the State Department to shed light on the process by which issuance agency sites are selected. They say that “complete transparency” is critical to providing Western New Yorkers with “a complete understanding of how – and more importantly, when – a passport agency will be placed in Western New York.”
Apr 15, 2009 Press Release
Congressmen Chris Lee (NY-26) and Brian Higgins (NY-27) held a press conference this morning at Broderick Park on Squaw Island to announce that the State Department has informed them of its intention to open a permanent passport issuance agency in the Buffalo-Niagara Falls region. The lawmakers have been fighting to bring a passport office to Western New York as part of a months-long effort to help ease the implementation of new travel requirements that go into effect on June 1st.
Mar 27, 2009 Press Release
Today, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) and Congressman Chris Lee (NY-26) sent a letter to Secretary Napolitano asking for a clear message from DHS on shared border management.
Mar 26, 2009 Press Release
According to published reports by the media, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has agreed to re-open discussions on Shared Border Management, a move that Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) says would devastate progress on a new Peace Bridge.