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GOP CRITICIZES HIGGINS ON ENVIRONMENT VOTE

The National Republican Congressional Committee last week charged that Rep. Brian Higgins, D-Buffalo, has "polluted" notions about the environment because of his vote against the GOP energy bill.

The committee said the legislation is "environmentally friendly" and creates a national policy that will stimulate many new domestic sources of energy.

Higgins responded, "The nation didn't have an energy policy before the vote and doesn't have one with this bill. It is a short-sighted political move aimed at winning friends and (Republican) contributors instead of what it should be -- a long-term plan to ease the energy burden on consumers and make the United States safer and energy independent."

The bill faces an uncertain future in the Senate.

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