Bill Honoring Only Supreme Court Justice from WNY Moves to House Floor
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) announced legislation he introduced naming the new federal courthouse in Buffalo, NY for Justice Robert H. Jackson has passed a second hurdle in the House of Representatives and will now move to the Floor for full consideration.
"Robert Jackson's contributions continue to live on in the justice system and the Courthouse in Buffalo will stand as a lasting legacy in our community where he lived and practiced law," said Higgins.
On March 1 Higgins' Courthouse bill was approved unanimously by the Transportation & Infrastructure Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings & Emergency Management. Today, March 8, the legislation won unanimous approval by the full committee.
Robert Jackson was raised in Western New York and practiced law in Buffalo and Jamestown. He was a U.S. Attorney General, a distinguished member of the U.S. Supreme Court who presided over some of the most important cases of his time, and was appointed by President Truman to prosecute Nazi war criminals in the Nuremburg Trials.
Congressman Higgins fought for the federal funding needed to construct the new courthouse in Buffalo, testifying before the House Budget Committee in February 2007 and later pushing for passage of the resolution that gave the final green light on the $137 million project. Construction at the site began later that year and the building opened to the public on November 28, 2011. The building is home to the U.S. District Court, Court of Appeals, U.S. Probation, U.S. Marshals, U.S. Attorney and GSA.