November 13, 2023

New York House Democrat Stepping Down

It would appear that Republicans are not the only people frustrated with how the House is running right now.

Rep. Brian Higgins (D-N.Y.) has announced that he will be stepping down in February after nearly 10 terms in Congress.

Higgins cited recent frustrations in the House as his reason for leaving Congress.

Time to Go

Congress is currently moving at a snail’s pace, which is to be expected when you have a razor-thin majority and a party that is in transition.

Democrats are facing much the same problem, as their party is dealing with a far-left faction that is dominating the headlines and intimidating other members of the Democrat caucus to move in their direction.

Higgins cited this conflict as the primary reason that he will be stepping away.

He stated, “I’ve always been a little impatient, and that trait has helped us deliver remarkable progress for this community.

“But the pace in Washington, D.C. can be slow and frustrating, especially this year.

“Therefore, after thoughtful consideration, I have made the difficult decision to leave Congress and explore other ways I can build up and serve Buffalo and Western New York.”

Now, before anyone starts to think that maybe the GOP can take this seat, pump the brakes a bit.

Higgins represents the 26th district, which is heavily populated by Democrats, so there will be another Dem taking this seat in the next election, but the question remains if it will be a moderate or someone that is siding with the Squad.

Higgins did hit the nail on the head, however, in stating, “Congress is not the institution that I went to 19 years ago. It’s a very different place today. We’re spending more time doing less. And the American people aren’t being served.”

From my perspective, representatives seem more interested in generating social media hits and generating money for their own campaigns rather than serving their constituents.

Quite frankly, the current state of Congress is embarrassing for both sides of the aisle.

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