A Backbencher No More, Higgins Raises His Voice in Tax Fight as Reed Gains Clout

U.S. Rep. Brian Higgins first joined the Ways and Means Committee in 2009, but Democrats lost so many seats in the 2010 election that he got bumped off the committee. He recently rejoined it. (Derek Gee/News file photo)
U.S. Rep. Brian Higgins first joined the Ways and Means Committee in 2009, but Democrats lost so many seats in the 2010 election that he got bumped off the committee. He recently rejoined it.

It was as if the mild-mannered backbench congressman from Buffalo stripped off his boxy pinstriped suit to reveal a silver spandex shirt with a big blue “D” on it as he as he suddenly became … SuperDemocrat!

Raising his voice to nearly a shout, Rep. Brian Higgins last week summed up his party’s argument against the Republican tax cut plan as the House Ways and Means Committee finished its work on the measure.

“The White House Council of Economic Advisers had the audacity to suggest that these corporate tax cuts would result in a $4,000 to $9,000 annual increase” in income in Middle America, Higgins said.  “… Another boldfaced lie by this White House perpetrated against the American people.”
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