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When the House of Representatives votes Thursday on beginning a formal impeachment investigation, Western New York will have two votes on the floor: Corning Republican Tom Reed and Buffalo Democrat Brian Higgins. Former Clarence Republican Chris Collins resigned his congressional seat after a felony conviction and is not eligible to vote.

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Getting rid of the Skyway does not involve reinventing the wheel, but going back two centuries to Joseph Ellicott's original design for Buffalo.

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Local members of Congress are weighing in on the controversy over a phone call that President Donald Trump had with the Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky.

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Standing at the foot of West Ferry Street with the Peace Bridge in the background, on Thursday Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer announced he will introduce a bill requiring a minimum number of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Agents along the U.S. border with Canada.

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Visitors to Buffalo's Canalside pass by a fence surrounding the pit marking where Memorial Auditorium once stood. It  used to rock with basketball, hockey and The Who. Wednesday night, the public was shown three possibilities of what might rock that two-acre hole into the future.

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Today is the annual observance of Purple Heart Day in the United States. First created by George Washington on August 7, 1782, it's the world's oldest military decoration currently being used. Many veterans and families of deceased veterans who are owed this medal, however, must often undergo a painstaking process to acquire the deserved medal.

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Tallies by the Associated Press and National Public Radio indicate a majority of Democrats now favor the pursuit of a presidential impeachment inquiry. The question Buffalo-based Congressman Brian Higgins faced Friday was whether their Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, will feel compelled to act.

The Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019 has been signed into law by President Trump. It extends benefts to veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange while serving on ships off the coast of Vietnam. The co-sponsor of the bill, Rep. Brian Higgins (D-Buffalo), talked with WBFO's Howard Riedel about the measure, Wednesday's Democratic Presidential debate and other issues top of mind this week.

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Canada's government is taking another look at a new road across Ontario's Niagara Peninsula to ease the chronic congestion on the QEW.

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The emergency declaration by President Trump to reallocate billions of dollars budgeted for other purposes to fund a border wall with Mexico could have an effect on Western New York. The U.S. Department of Defense has issued a document identifying hundreds of military construction projects subject to cancellation to free up resources to help pay for the wall. WBFO's Howard Riedel talked about the matter with Rep.

The House is expected to vote this week, possibly as early as Tuesday, on a resolution blocking President Trump's use of a national emergency declaration to divert funds for his much-desired wall on the southern border. Two Western New York congressmen agree that the president's declaration is inappropriate in this circumstance but they disagree on the resolution scheduled for a vote.

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Rep. Chris Collins (R-Clarence) liked President Trump's State of the Union speech and said Democrats should have, but Rep. Brian Higgins (D-Buffalo) had no problem explaining why he didn't.

The 116th U.S. Congress will be sworn in Thursday, including Rep. Brian Higgins (D-Buffalo), who spoke with WBFO's Howard Reidel about the first time in eight years Democrats will be in control of the House of Representatives. Among the topics discussed were picking a Speaker, the government shutdown and H.R. 1 on redistricting and automatic voter registration.


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Improvements on the Buffalo waterfront are moving out into open water, to the breakwalls that protect the harbor.

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Rep. Brian Higgins has reversed course and now says he will support Nancy Pelosi for Speaker of the House.

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The Democrats organizing an effort to block Nancy Pelosi from retaking the House speaker's gavel have finally gone public.

Eleven House Democrats and five incoming freshmen have signed a letter promising to vote against Pelosi in Democrats' internal caucus leadership vote as well as on the House floor in January.

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U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao says she is open to changing pilot training regulations that would roll back the 1500 rule enacted after the crash of Flight 3407 in Clarence nine years ago.

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It’s not unusual for lawmakers in the nation’s capital to crash on the couch in their offices after a long day’s work at the Capitol. But a new bill supported by some representatives who look down on the practice could put an end to that.

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Congressman Brian Higgins is calling for solid plans for more than $90 million in funding that is headed for Buffalo’s waterfront, and he has ideas on what to do with it.


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Improving Amtrak passenger train service into and out of this region is almost as important as improving the connecting Metro Rail service. That from a meeting Tuesday night sponsored by Citizens for Regional Transit.


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Rejecting advice from Rep. Brian Higgins (D-Buffalo) to shrink its plans, the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority board Thursday voted to hire a consultant to plan extensions of Metro Rail.

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The visual images on television were very clear: Republicans were vocal in their praise of President Trump's State of the Union message, while Democrats were not wearing out their hands with applause. However, there was one issue that seemed to cross the aisle: infrastructure.

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"Together we resist. Together we rise up. Together."

Activist and college professor Tanya Loughead led the chant, early in Sunday's Women's Solidarity March in Buffalo. The event drew thousands to the steps of City Hall, marching through downtown and then back to City Hall for more speeches - an outgrowth of the national march in Washington, D.C. exactly a year before and a protest against the inauguration of President Donald Trump.

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Republicans in Congress had a major victory Tuesday, passing the president's tax program. Democrats were unable to block the bill before it went to the Senate. However, the bill will go back to the House for a second vote Wednesday because of changes mandated by arcane Senate rules, but it is expected to make it to the president's desk.

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New bridges that bring Bailey Avenue motorists over Cazenovia Creek and the Buffalo River in South Buffalo officially open to traffic Monday night.

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Buffalo officially has a state park, with Wednesday's ribbon cutting for Buffalo Harbor State Park, a multi-million-dollar rebuilding of the decrepit relics of the city's industrial past into a major recreation area.

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A Republican federal tax reform plan would be disastrous to homeowners, and to the local economy. That's the assessment of two local Democrats who joined with the representative of a local realtors' group to reject a proposal eliminating a tax deduction that's been in place for more than a century.


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The Niagara Falls Water Board is apologizing for the sewage dump into the Niagara River on Saturday. Water Board Chairman Dan O'Callaghan read a prepared statement and refused to take questions, during a quick appearance Thursday afternoon outside board headquarters.

Higgins critical of EPA funding cuts

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Proposed funding cuts to the federal Environmental Protection Agency are coming under fire by Democrats on the House Budget Committee.

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Both Republicans and Democrats are saying the Senate health care bill will not pass, even if an actual vote is delayed longer. WBFO talked with Congressman Brian Higgins, who said it is time to look beyond the plan for something new.

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