Brian Higgins

Brian Higgins Congressman serving New York’s 26th congressional district, which includes portions of Erie & Niagara Counties.

Congratulations to Cardsmart Greetings - Buffalo,NY. The family-owned small business located in Kenmore was one of just ...
06/16/2020
Cardsmart Greetings in Kenmore receives national attention

Congratulations to Cardsmart Greetings - Buffalo,NY. The family-owned small business located in Kenmore was one of just 20 businesses recently featured in a national Small Business Spotlight.

https://www.wivb.com/news/good-news-with-gabby/cardsmart-greetings-in-kenmore-receives-national-attention/

KENMORE, N.Y. (WIVB) — A family owned store in Kenmore is receiving some national attention.  Cardsmart Greetings has been featured in Qurate Retail Group’s Small Business Spotlight!&nbs…

Our National Heritage Areas, Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor & Niagara Falls National Heritage Area, support ou...
06/16/2020

Our National Heritage Areas, Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor & Niagara Falls National Heritage Area, support our economy and provide important community resources. Waiving their fund matching requirement would come at no cost to taxpayers and provides access to funds to help our communities working to weather #COVID19.

As we celebrate Flag Day, we are reminded of the fundamental promises of our democracy: equality and justice for EVERY A...
06/14/2020

As we celebrate Flag Day, we are reminded of the fundamental promises of our democracy: equality and justice for EVERY American. We will continue the fight for these values and a more just union.

Over $52.8M to help ECMC Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center & Mount St. Mary's Hospital and Health Center respond to ...
06/12/2020
Higgins Announces Over $52.8 Million to Help WNY Hospitals Respond to COVID-19 Costs

Over $52.8M to help ECMC Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center & Mount St. Mary's Hospital and Health Center respond to the costs incurred while serving our most vulnerable WNY neighbors during #COVID19.

https://higgins.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/higgins-announces-over-528-million-to-help-wny-hospitals-respond-to

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced Western New York hospitals will receive over $52.8 million in federal funding designated for the nation’s healthcare facilities who serve our most vulnerable citizens during the COVID-19 pandemic. “Our hospitals have been on the frontlines of this cris...

The outbreak of the novel coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the critical importance of registered nurses throughout t...
06/11/2020
Congressman Higgins Announces Federal Grant for D’Youville College Nursing Program

The outbreak of the novel coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the critical importance of registered nurses throughout the country’s healthcare system. In order to ensure that future nursing students continue to have access to top-notch education and training in Western New York, D'Youville College will be receiving more than $700,000 in additional federal funding for the Patricia H. Garman School of Nursing. Through the Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP), this grant will help D’Youville provide loan forgiveness to students pursuing advanced degrees who have committed to teaching upon completion of their studies. https://higgins.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/congressman-higgins-announces-federal-grant-for-d-youville-college

As Western New York continues to battle the novel coronavirus, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) joined D’Youville College in announcing a federal grant for the college’s nursing program. Allocated by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, the grant will give D’Youville $707,983 to he...

06/10/2020
Complete your Census Today!

For our children, for our community, for our future - be counted. Complete your 2020 Census today. English: 2020census.gov, 844-330-2020
Spanish: 2020census.gov/es, 844-468-2020 @hiHispanic Heritage Council of Western New York Inc. U.S. Census Bureau

06/05/2020

The completely unwarranted use of force by police in front of Buffalo City Hall last night is a call to action for our city and country.

Videos are exposing unchecked bad actors and the painful truth of what has been happening in our communities for far too long.

George Floyd’s murder has led to a nationwide outcry for change. This unacceptable incident right here in our community — and others across the country in the wake of this tragedy — shows how widespread and urgent of a change is needed.

The House of Representatives will soon release a legislative package led by the Congressional Black Caucus addressing equal justice and police brutality. There is clearly much work to do. I am eager to work with my colleagues to advance these measures swiftly.

Stop by Sunday's food drive to help South Buffalo Community Table help our neighbors.
06/04/2020

Stop by Sunday's food drive to help South Buffalo Community Table help our neighbors.

📣 We’ve teamed up with The South Buffalo Farmer's Market for a FOOD DRIVE!!

South Buffalo Community Table needs our help as more people than ever are utilizing the food pantry. All non-perishable food items are appreciated, but there is a high need for proteins (peanut butter, canned fish/meat, etc).

📅 Sunday, June 7th, 9am-12pm
📍 Cazenovia Park next to Robert J. Williams Shelter House (see map)
✓ Just pull up and volunteers will unload your donations, no need to leave your car

Please share this post to spread the news!

Congressional Black Caucus
06/02/2020
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On May 25th 2020, Derek Chauvin held his knee on the neck of George Floyd for 8 minutes and 46. For 8 min and 46 seconds #GeorgeFloyd struggled for his life, then died.
https://8m46s.com

#JusticeForGeorgeFloyd #ICantBreathe

Following our push, the Administration has reversed course & will extend federal orders assigning National Guard members...
05/29/2020
Following Higgins’ Push, Administration Extends Federal Orders for National Guard

Following our push, the Administration has reversed course & will extend federal orders assigning National Guard members to #COVID19 response through mid-August. We fought for changes so Guard members receive the federal benefits they deserve. https://higgins.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/following-higgins-push-administration-extends-federal-orders-for

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) welcomed the news that the Administration is extending federal orders assigning National Guard members to COVID-19 response through mid-August. The President had previously indicated plans to end the current order when it expires on June 24, leaving National Guard m...

It is critical we support public safety officers & first responders who risk their own health to protect others during t...
05/28/2020
Higgins Announces Passage of Legislation Extending Death and Disability Benefits to Public Safety Officers Contracting COVID-19

It is critical we support public safety officers & first responders who risk their own health to protect others during this outbreak. A recently approved bill provides benefits to first responders in the event of death or disability related to #COVID19 https://higgins.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/higgins-announces-passage-of-legislation-extending-death-and-disability

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced the House of Representatives approved H.R. 6509, the Public Safety Officer Pandemic Response Act of 2020. The bill amends the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 to provide public safety officer death and disability benefits for certain firs...

05/28/2020
Higgins Announces Continued Support of Cancer Research

During National Cancer Research Month we recognize the greatest hope in fighting this relentless disease comes through new discoveries. As Cancer Caucus co-chair I remain committed to making national investments in cancer research a continuing priority #NCRM20 #ResearchSavesLives

Our veterans faithfully serve this country and deserve full access to hard-earned benefits. We were happy to help facili...
05/27/2020
Congressman Higgins & Niagara County Clerk Jastrzemski Announce VA Accreditation to Better Serve Veterans in WNY

Our veterans faithfully serve this country and deserve full access to hard-earned benefits. We were happy to help facilitate VA accreditation for the Director of the Niagara County Veterans Service Agency to help assist veterans with this challenging process. Both our office and the Niagara County Veterans Service Agency are available to help veterans with a number of issues. Veterans are encouraged to reach out to our office at 716-852-3501 or the Niagara County Veteran Services Agency at 716-438-4090 for assistance. https://higgins.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/congressman-higgins-niagara-county-clerk-jastrzemski-announce-va

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) and Niagara County Clerk Joseph Jastrzemski announced the accreditation of Jeffrey M. Glatz, Director of the Niagara County Veterans Service Agency. As a fully accredited representative of the American Legion he can now work on the preparation and presentation of cl...

Safe and affordable housing is more critical than ever during the present #coronavirus outbreak. New federal funding wil...
05/26/2020
Higgins Announces Federal Affordable Housing Assistance for People with Disabilities

Safe and affordable housing is more critical than ever during the present #coronavirus outbreak. New federal funding will be used to help provide affordable housing assistance for people with disabilities.
https://higgins.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/higgins-announces-federal-affordable-housing-assistance-for-people-with

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced $34,561 to Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority (BMHA) and $65,073 to the City of Buffalo in federal funding to assist in providing affordable housing to non-elderly people living with disabilities through the Mainstream Housing Choice Voucher Program. This...

For residents of WNY, ECMC and People Inc. are trusted providers of quality services and care. We are pleased to announc...
05/26/2020
Higgins Announces $2.25 Million for Erie County Medical Center to Assist WNY Dental Patients with Special Needs

For residents of WNY, ECMC and People Inc. are trusted providers of quality services and care. We are pleased to announce federal funding that will strengthen and grow opportunities to better serve & improve the dental care provided to people with special needs. https://higgins.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/higgins-announces-225-million-for-erie-county-medical-center-to-assist

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced the award of a 5-year federal grant totaling $2.25 million through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) for expansion of their Special Needs Dentistry program. The Special Needs Dentistry program at Er...

This #MemorialDay we honor the brave American heroes of our armed forces who made great sacrifices to protect our freedo...
05/25/2020

This #MemorialDay we honor the brave American heroes of our armed forces who made great sacrifices to protect our freedom and democracy. We may never be able to repay that debt, but we will always remember.

As our heroic National Guard Soldiers deal with this #covid19 pandemic on the frontlines, the Administration plans to cu...
05/23/2020
Higgins pushes back on ending Guard deployments a day before benefits would kick in

As our heroic National Guard Soldiers deal with this #covid19 pandemic on the frontlines, the Administration plans to cut their deployment short one day before many will qualify for their earned federal benefits.We joined a bipartisan effort to oppose this decision. Our national success in flattening the curve would not, and will not be possible without the contributions of the National Guard. We believe it is critical to ensure that all National Guard personnel are taken care of during this crisis and after.
https://buffalonews.com/2020/05/22/higgins-others-push-back-as-trump-administration-endangers-guard-benefits/

In Washington, the planned June 24 deployment cutoff left lawmakers asking questions. Higgins joined colleagues in a letter to Trump about i

As travel restrictions at our U.S.-Canada border are extended due to #COVID19, both nations should consider new categori...
05/22/2020
With U.S.-Canada Border Restrictions Extended, Congressman Higgins Asks Governments to Examine Essential Travel Allowances

As travel restrictions at our U.S.-Canada border are extended due to #COVID19, both nations should consider new categories of essential travel to allow residents to visit family safely, tend to legitimate business interests, and manage personal property. We are urging the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Canadian Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness to make reasonable modifications to the scope of allowable border crossings while continuing joint efforts to protect public health. https://higgins.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/with-us-canada-border-restrictions-extended-congressman-higgins-asks

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26), who serves as Co-Chair of the House of Representatives’ Northern Border Caucus is asking U.S. and Canada leaders to re-examine the scope of those provided essential travel status as communities on each side of the border begin reopening measures. On March 24 the ...

Tomorrow: Join us for the Cloth Mask Giveaway at True Bethel Niagara Falls on 1112 South Avenue. The event runs from 12-...
05/22/2020

Tomorrow: Join us for the Cloth Mask Giveaway at True Bethel Niagara Falls on 1112 South Avenue. The event runs from 12-2pm and will contain additional information about the #2020census

National Guard Soldiers activated in the federal #covid19 response deserve our full support. Their service is both heroi...
05/21/2020
Higgins Pushing to Provide Resources to National Guard Members Assigned to Federal Emergency Response

National Guard Soldiers activated in the federal #covid19 response deserve our full support. Their service is both heroic and humbling. The Trump Administration’s plan to limit their benefits is wrong, and that’s why we are joining together to make them do the right thing for our Soldiers. https://higgins.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/higgins-pushing-to-provide-resources-to-national-guard-members-assigned

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) is part of bipartisan group of U.S. House of Representatives members and Senators fighting to see that National Guard members receive the benefits they deserve.

05/21/2020
Higgins Announces $4.75B for NIH Coronavirus Research

The #coronavirus is not new. We've experienced 3 coronavirus related outbreaks over the last 2 decades. We fought for, and won, the inclusion of $4.75B in the #HeroesAct to support National Institutes of Health (NIH) coronavirus research that would help end this crisis and prevent future ones.

05/21/2020

REMINDER: Fire Prevention & Safety Grants are available to local fire departments for education in reducing death and injuries due to fire-related hazards. The application is due May 29 at 5pm. We encourage WNY fire departments to apply!
https://www.fema.gov/fire-prevention-safety-grants

05/20/2020
Higgins Congratulates Theo Poulin on C-SPAN's StudentCam Submission

Congratulations to Theo Poulin, an 8th grade student at Mill Middle School in Williamsville Central School District for being named the 3rd place winner of C-SPAN's national C-SPAN StudentCam. This years competition asked students to create films about issues of national importance. Theo's film "Our World in Our Hands" focuses on climate change and the role each of us can play in the protection of our planet. We are inspired by your thoughtful work, and remain hopeful for a future including your creativity and leadership. Check out his documentary here: http://studentcam.org/ThirdPrize-0520Mill.htm

05/20/2020
Thank You Essential Workers

During times of crisis, true heroes emerge. From health care professionals to delivery drivers, grocery store employees to caretakers, first responders to sanitation workers—YOU keep our nation going. Thank you #EssentialWorkers

Residents in East Aurora deserve answers as to the cause of yesterday's train derailment. We are calling on Federal Rail...
05/19/2020
Higgins calls for immediate investigation and public report of East Aurora train derailment

Residents in East Aurora deserve answers as to the cause of yesterday's train derailment. We are calling on Federal Railroad Administration to conduct a swift and transparent investigation.

EAST AURORA, N.Y. (WIVB)–Congressman Brian Higgins is calling on the Federal Railroad Administration to immediately investigate and publicly report on the details leading to a train derailmen…

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