Higgins urges passage of infrastructure bill

May 25, 2019

An infrastructure bill recently made its way through Congress, achieving agreement in principle from both houses and receiving bipartisan support.

According to Congressman Brian Higgins, the $2 trillion bill is the largest in the country's history. He mentioned that there are 64,000 structurally deficient bridges across the country and 100 in Western New York alone, and simple maintenance of these structures is not enough.

Congressman Brian Higgins
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"More money is going into the rehabilitation of old infrastructure, which is a complete waste of money. These bridges, but for the fact that you don't have a major infrastructure bill, would be replaced as opposed to being rehabilitated. So, the Skyway is just one example of many in Western New York and many throughout the country."

Higgins sees the bill not only providing new roads and bridges, but he believes it will bring numerous benefits to the economy, including job creation.

He expressed disappointment that the President has placed the bill on hold as Congress attempts to do its Constitutional duties of oversight.