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A pilot project designed to reduce congestion on the Peace Bridge got underway last week, but Rep. Brian Higgins says pre-inspection is not enough. Higgins is once again calling for a new span between Buffalo and Fort Erie.

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Western New York Congressman Brian Higgins is planning to propose legislation to make it easier for Canadians to own a home and live in the United States while working in Canada. Higgins noted that the economies of Western New York and Southern Ontario are deeply connected, and that the new "W" visa for Canadian nationals would boost the local economy and create jobs.

Federal budget includes funding for more border agents

Jan 14, 2014
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A federal budget bill released late Tuesday night includes funding to hire more border agents in Western New York.

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The year's end brings an anticipated new look for 2014. Among the rumored moves are possible new directions for Mayor Byron Brown and Congressman Brian Higgins.

Higgins says NFL blackouts unfair to Bills fans

Dec 20, 2013
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The Buffalo Bills will play their last home game of the season Sunday against the Miami Dolphins.  But if you don't have a ticket, you won't be able to see it.  The game will be blacked out on local television after failing to sell out. 

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People attending a fundraiser for Rep. Brian Higgins Monday night walked a gantlet of opponents to the South Buffalo Democrat, including Carl Paladino.

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Lawmakers are considering a bill that would provide cancer patients more access to affordable treatments.

The Buffalo Bills have guaranteed a sellout for Sunday's game, ensuring that it will be seen on local television.

Higgins calls for action on Alzheimer's

Nov 14, 2013
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Buffalo Representative Brian Higgins took to the floor of Congress to bring attention to what he calls a "public health crisis," one that will cost the Nation $203 billion this year.

Tax credits move Roswell Park expansion forward

Nov 13, 2013
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A $6.3 million tax credit allocation will help advance construction of Roswell Park Cancer Institute's new Clinical Sciences Center.

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The partial federal government shutdown has ended after Congress Wednesday night voted in favor of a new deal.  The vote also prevented a default.  But Western New York Congressional leaders from both sides of the isle are not pleased with this plan.

WNY Congressman describes being locked down at Capitol

Oct 4, 2013
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Western New York Congressman Chris Collins and two of his staff members quickly moved into lockdown mode at his Capitol Hill office Thursday afternoon.

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The federal government shutdown has sparked a great deal of finger pointing, much of which follows party lines.  Members of the  Western New York's Congressional delegation are following suit.

Buffalo River restoration entering next phase

Sep 24, 2013
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A key partnership that will move cleanup of the Buffalo River forward was announced Monday. The newly-formed Buffalo Restoration Partnership will use $44 million to clean 6.2 miles of river sediment.

Congressman warns of cuts to federal arts funding

Sep 17, 2013
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Some prominent arts and cultural groups could be in for a major funding cut. A bill working its way through Congress could slash funding for the National Endowment for the Arts to its lowest level since the 1970s.

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The next phase of the Cars Sharing Main Street project was officially kicked off in downtown Buffalo Tuesday.

Higgins says 'no good options' for U.S. in Syria

Aug 28, 2013
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It appears likely the U.S. will use force in response to alleged chemical weapons attacks by the regime of Syria's Bashar Assad. But the White House does not have the support of at least one member of the Western New York congressional delegation.

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In a push to eliminate what some drivers call a commuter tax on local residents, Rep. Brian Higgins is leading a fight to eliminate a 15-cent Thruway toll just outside of Buffalo.

President Obama to speak on cost of higher education

Aug 22, 2013
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Western New York Congressman Brian Higgins is ready to greet President Obama as he arrives at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport this morning.  Congressman Higgins will also ride in the Presidential motorcade. WBFO'S Eileen Buckley spoke with Higgins about why President Obama is using the University at Buffalo for a back drop to discuss the importance of higher education and access to it.

The White House has officially confirmed that President Barack Obama will be in Buffalo next Thursday, August 22, to kick off of a two-day bus tour.

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Over one-third of the employees at the New York Power Authority earn over $100,000 annually, according to an audit conducted by the New York State Comptroller's Office. While public officials have been quick to criticize, NYPA officials say the report ignores a series of recent reforms.

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The Buffalo-Niagara Region was recently cut from a portion of Homeland Security funding, and Congressman Brian Higgins is striving to have that funding restored.

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Ongoing cleanup of the Buffalo River and the City Ship Canal will continue as the Environmental Protection Agency restored funding for the effort.

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The Families of Continental Flight 3407 were back in Washington Wednesday to have their first meeting with new Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx.

Local officials speak out on climate change

Jul 30, 2013
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Some of the areas elected leaders, including Congressman Brian Higgins, are calling on the community to join them in supporting President Obama's plan to fight climate change.

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Nearly 200 AmeriCorps members will be serving schools and other organizations in Buffalo thanks to a federal grant.

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A new bill proposed on Capital Hill would prevent the Postal Service from weakening delivery standards. As WBFO's Chris Caya reports if next day delivery is stopped - hundreds of local jobs could be eliminated.

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Congressmen Chris Collins and Brian Higgins stood side-by-side in Buffalo Monday in opposition of a downsizing plan by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

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As a dispute between the Cuomo Administration and Canadian officials over the Peace Bridge drags on, Congressman Brian Higgins believes a settlement can be reached without a long legal fight. 

Funding in place for Ohio Street transformation

May 31, 2013
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More improvements are on the way along Buffalo's waterfront as the city is moving forward with the $11.3 million reconstruction of Ohio Street.