Rep. Brian Higgins

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

Donating blood is a selfless gift that saves the lives of people a donor will likely never meet. The need today is great...
12/30/2020

Donating blood is a selfless gift that saves the lives of people a donor will likely never meet. The need today is greater than ever due to a decrease in donations due to COVID and an increase in the use of convalescent plasma. Still, we live in a nation where healthy donors are turned away simply because of their sexual orientation. We are fighting to change that.

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12/29/2020
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“These dollars will be spent by and by and not saved, and that’s exactly what we need to stabilize and eventually grow this economy,” Rep. Higgins said.
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George K. Arthur was a giant in local government and politics. A kind and gentle man, he was a tireless fighter for just...
12/26/2020

George K. Arthur was a giant in local government and politics. A kind and gentle man, he was a tireless fighter for justice and equality, both in his hometown and across the nation. I had the honor of serving with George on the Buffalo Common Council and witnessed firsthand his commitment to our city. We had the opportunity to catch up earlier this year when he took me on a tour of the Nash House Museum. I was proud to call George a colleague and a friend. RIP.

Warm wishes for a Christmas filled with peace, love and joy.
12/25/2020

Warm wishes for a Christmas filled with peace, love and joy.

John Granville was a bright young man from Buffalo, selflessly working to promote free and fair elections in Sudan when ...
12/23/2020
Family of slain Buffalo-born diplomat to get $2.5 million

John Granville was a bright young man from Buffalo, selflessly working to promote free and fair elections in Sudan when he was tragically murdered in 2008. His work helped pave a path to a better life for people in the country.

After a long, difficult road, legislation approved this week includes long-overdue justice for his family.
https://buffalonews.com/news/local/family-of-slain-buffalo-born-diplomat-to-get-2-5-million/article_027b5fcc-43df-11eb-89ba-a3331739e379.html

Jane Granville said she is just beginning to figure out how to spend the money, but she is thinking about establishing scholarships in her son's honor.

The #COVID19 pandemic has devastated our families, businesses and communities. In times of national emergency, it is the...
12/22/2020
Higgins Announces House Approval of COVID Disaster Relief Package

The #COVID19 pandemic has devastated our families, businesses and communities. In times of national emergency, it is the role of the federal government to respond with disaster relief to address the urgent needs of the people. Yesterday we passed a major #COVID19 relief package that includes another round of direct payments, unemployment assistance, aid for small businesses, funding for education, and additional resources to help fight the spread of COVID-19. We will continue to fight for additional funding to combat the ongoing pandemic.
https://higgins.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/higgins-announces-house-approval-of-covid-disaster-relief-package

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced the House of Representatives has approved a major COVID disaster relief package providing urgent resources to families, businesses and communities. Higgins said, “The health and lives of the American people are at stake. From education to employment, the...

For residents of West Seneca's Lexington Green neighborhood, flooding remains a serious concern every year. With this ov...
12/18/2020
Higgins Announces Over $115,000 to Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper for Project Addressing Flooding in the Lexington Green Neighborhood

For residents of West Seneca's Lexington Green neighborhood, flooding remains a serious concern every year. With this over $115K federal grant, Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper can continue their work of being excellent stewards of our waterways by examining ways to improve the natural environment to help mitigate this flooding.
https://higgins.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/higgins-announces-over-115000-to-buffalo-niagara-waterkeeper-for-project

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced $115,347 in federal funding provided through the 2020 National Coastal Resilience Fund to Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper for the design of a Buffalo Creek floodplain project aimed at reducing flooding in the Lexington Green neighborhood in the Town of West Se...

Currently, millions of people are still waiting for their #CARESAct direct payments. The IRS stopped processing requests...
12/15/2020

Currently, millions of people are still waiting for their #CARESAct direct payments. The IRS stopped processing requests in November, requiring people to apply for a credit when they file taxes. We are fighting to make sure people receive the full COVID relief payment they are entitled to.

8 years ago today 26 innocent lives were taken, including 20 children age 6 & 7, during a tragic shooting at Sandy Hook ...
12/14/2020

8 years ago today 26 innocent lives were taken, including 20 children age 6 & 7, during a tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, CT. We are committed to continue the fight for real progress on common sense gun policy and mental health support.

Attention Western New Yorkers: Tomorrow is the FINAL day for healthcare open enrollment. To have the peace of mind of kn...
12/14/2020

Attention Western New Yorkers: Tomorrow is the FINAL day for healthcare open enrollment. To have the peace of mind of knowing you're covered, visit: nystateofhealth.ny.gov and #GetCovered today.

As we work during #CancerScreenWeek to raise awareness to the health benefits and the importance of early cancer screeni...
12/11/2020
Higgins Announces Passage of Bills Aimed at Improving Access to Cancer Screening & Clinical Trials

As we work during #CancerScreenWeek to raise awareness to the health benefits and the importance of early cancer screening, these recently passed bills, aimed at improving access to cancer screening and clinical trials, will help remove the barriers to testing and treatment that so many Americans need.
https://higgins.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/higgins-announces-passage-of-bills-aimed-at-improving-access-to-cancer

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26), co-chair of the Cancer Caucus, announced the passage of a pair of bills aimed at improving access to cancer screening and clinical trials during Cancer Screen Week. Higgins, a cosponsor of both bills, said, “When it comes to cancer, early and frequent screening i...

Health centers like Community Health Center of Buffalo, and Neighborhood Health Center are critical to provide care for ...
12/11/2020
Congressman Higgins Announces Over $3.5 Million for Western New York Community Health Centers

Health centers like Community Health Center of Buffalo, and Neighborhood Health Center are critical to provide care for our community, especially our most vulnerable, as the #COVID19 pandemic continues. $3.5 million in new federal funding will support these frontline healthcare facilities and the Western New Yorkers they serve.
https://higgins.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/congressman-higgins-announces-over-35-million-for-western-new-york

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced community health centers in Western New York will receive over $3.5 million in federal funding. The funding, awarded to Community Health Center of Buffalo and Neighborhood Health Center, is provided through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services....

As the sun sets in Western New York, signifying the beginning of the first night of #Hanukkah, we wish a very happy & sa...
12/10/2020

As the sun sets in Western New York, signifying the beginning of the first night of #Hanukkah, we wish a very happy & safe Hanukkah to all those celebrating in our community, and around the world.

Today marks the 56th annual installment of the Lake Erie - Niagara River ice boom.  For decades, during the warm months,...
12/10/2020

Today marks the 56th annual installment of the Lake Erie - Niagara River ice boom. For decades, during the warm months, the ice boom sat on Outer Harbor property robbing Western New Yorkers from access to their waterfront. Through the federal relicensing settlement, we demanded NYPA move ice boom storage off the Outer Harbor. Today the site is a public waterfront destination, Wilkeson Pointe.

12/10/2020
Higgins Honors Life & Legacy of WNY Champion Robert Kresse

Robert Kresse was a champion for WNY's arts, preservation communities, and a friend. I was honored to pay tribute to him on the floor of the House this week. Known for his work with Frank Lloyd Wright's Martin House, Asbury Hall at Babeville, Genesee Gateway & many more, he combined his skills for estates & historic preservation to become a powerful force for good in Buffalo for 70 years.

This will be a difficult holiday season for many in Western New York. Increasing job loss due to COVID-19, as well as fe...
12/09/2020

This will be a difficult holiday season for many in Western New York. Increasing job loss due to COVID-19, as well as fear of the disease, make many vulnerable. Many families are facing housing insecurity and fear eviction. New research also shows that when housing relief ends, COVID-19 cases go up. The next package that Congress passes needs to prioritize further relief for tenants and landlords to avoid housing insecurity and prevent homelessness, particularly in a community like ours with severe winter weather.

Our focus in Washington, DC, is not just to support legislation that’s good for Western New York, but to find ways to in...
12/09/2020
Higgins-backed proposals to modernize border security, clean up Lake Erie pass House

Our focus in Washington, DC, is not just to support legislation that’s good for Western New York, but to find ways to insert Western New York priorities into legislation advancing through Congress. Bills approved yesterday by the House include initiatives we’ve advanced to address algal blooms in Lake Erie, provide resources for historic military vessels like those at the Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park, and add technology at the Northern Border to help speed and streamline travel across our shared border with Canada. https://buffalonews.com/news/higgins-backed-proposals-to-modernize-border-security-clean-up-lake-erie-pass-house/article_9739a9ae-399c-11eb-b7c1-e323fc4b1c8a.html

Several of Rep. Brian Higgins' legislative priorities moved a step closer to becoming law Tuesday as the House completed its work on must-pass legislation for the year.

Patients with ALS shouldn't be required to wait and worry for 5 months in order to access the disability benefits they d...
12/09/2020
Higgins Announces Passage of Legislation Assisting Those with ALS in Quickly Receiving Disability Benefits

Patients with ALS shouldn't be required to wait and worry for 5 months in order to access the disability benefits they desperately need. Today we passed legislation that removes this waiting period, allowing them instant access and easing unnecessary stress.
https://higgins.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/higgins-announces-passage-of-legislation-assisting-those-with-als-in

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26), a member of the House ALS Caucus, announced passage of S. 578, the ALS Disability Insurance Access Act of 2019. The bill eliminates the five-month waiting period for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits for individuals with Amyotrophic Lateral Scler...

Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) threaten precious aquatic habitats and the economic livelihood of communities along Lake Eri...
12/08/2020
Water Resources Development Act, Including Project Added by Higgins Addressing Harmful Algal Blooms, is Approved

Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) threaten precious aquatic habitats and the economic livelihood of communities along Lake Erie. In February, I testified in front of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure urging for increased resources to combat the growth of HABs. Today the House passed legislation for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, to carry out water infrastructure projects, including a $25 million demonstration project we pushed for that aims to eliminate harmful algal blooms in the Great Lakes, including Lake Erie. https://higgins.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/water-resources-development-act-including-project-added-by-higgins

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced the House of Representatives approved the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA). The legislation, which provides authority for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to carry out water projects, includes a provision led by Higgins which provides $25 million for...

Today, on National #PearlHarbor Remembrance Day, we honor the memory of those lives lost 79 years ago, and remember the ...
12/07/2020

Today, on National #PearlHarbor Remembrance Day, we honor the memory of those lives lost 79 years ago, and remember the heroism and bravery of every American who stepped up to defend our country during one of its darkest moments.

Our Western New York National Heritage Areas deliver a significant return on federal investment and promote an appreciat...
12/04/2020

Our Western New York National Heritage Areas deliver a significant return on federal investment and promote an appreciation for our nation's history. This bill supports their work by creating the National Heritage Area System and ensures those stories are preserved. Within the new National Heritage Area System, existing Western New York heritage areas such as Niagara Falls National Heritage Area and Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor would automatically be included, with federal funding through 2034 aimed at conserving and enhancing their experience. https://higgins.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/higgins-announces-passage-of-legislation-supporting-local-national

Our U.S. veterans risked their lives to defend our freedom. Those that have earned the distinction of a Purple Heart med...
12/03/2020
Higgins Announces Approval of National Purple Heart Hall of Honor Commemorative Coin Act

Our U.S. veterans risked their lives to defend our freedom. Those that have earned the distinction of a Purple Heart medal deserve to be remembered for their bravery for generations to come. This newly approved bipartisan act will provide federal resources to preserve their stories in the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor. https://higgins.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/higgins-announces-approval-of-national-purple-heart-hall-of-honor-0

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced approval of the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor Commemorative Coin Act. Higgins is an original cosponsor of the bipartisan bill which provides resources to preserve the stories of United States veterans who earned a Purple Heart medal. Higgins said, .....

We have always worked hard to make sure Western New Yorkers and Canadians can cross our border seamlessly. Our connectio...
12/02/2020

We have always worked hard to make sure Western New Yorkers and Canadians can cross our border seamlessly. Our connection to Canada is an important part of WNY’s future. Yet the current Administration seems to have given up on using smart policy to safely ease border travel restrictions due to #COVID19. Our letter to Joe Biden’s nomination for DHS Secretary urges a change in 2021.

Amidst the global #COVID19 pandemic, it is more important than ever to have affordable, reliable health insurance. There...
12/01/2020

Amidst the global #COVID19 pandemic, it is more important than ever to have affordable, reliable health insurance. There are two weeks left to #GetCovered. Visit the New York marketplace at: nystateofhealth.ny.gov

The hardships felt by small businesses as a result of COVID-19 are real. The Erie County Business Task Force's Back to B...
11/30/2020
ERIE COUNTY TO DELIVER $19 MILLION IN FINANCIAL AID TO NEARLY 1,400 SMALL BUSINESSES IN NEED

The hardships felt by small businesses as a result of COVID-19 are real. The Erie County Business Task Force's Back to Business Grant Program, in coordination with 43North, will use #CaresAct federal funding to provide struggling businesses with critical pandemic relief to help them through this turbulent time.
https://higgins.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/erie-county-to-deliver-19-million-in-financial-aid-to-nearly-1400-small

ERIE COUNTY, NY— Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz today announced the completion of the Erie County Back to Business Grant Program, reporting that grant recipients will be notified via email and checks will be distributed by mail beginning today. Erie County, working in coordination with 43...

Wishing all a very Happy Thanksgiving!
11/26/2020

Wishing all a very Happy Thanksgiving!

76 years ago Richard Snethen served in the U.S. Army Counter Intelligence Corps during WWII. Today he turns 100 years ol...
11/25/2020
WWII vet wears, recites, his patriotism

76 years ago Richard Snethen served in the U.S. Army Counter Intelligence Corps during WWII. Today he turns 100 years old. We were honored to be able to provide his family with a flag flown over the United States Capitol in celebration of this milestone and in honor of his service. Join us in wishing this American hero a very happy birthday. Read his story here: https://buffalonews.com/news/local/wwii-vet-wears-recites-his-patriotism/article_5c974d16-b8af-5c2b-83d7-aacabd6ae027.html

Pam Bartkowski will never forget the scene three years ago, when she and her father, Richard Snethen, visited the National World War II Memorial. An Army veteran, Snethen wore his

At a time when our economy is suffering under the #COVID19 pandemic, our recent reauthorization of the National Apprenti...
11/24/2020
AAIWNY Apprenticeship - United Way of Buffalo and Erie County

At a time when our economy is suffering under the #COVID19 pandemic, our recent reauthorization of the National Apprenticeship Act, which included additional funding for expansion, will help create jobs and put people back to work in a learning environment. Apprenticeship training produces skilled workers through a combination of structured on-the-job training & trade-specific classroom instruction.

Western New Yorkers wishing to learn more about apprenticeship opportunities in the region may visit: https://www.uwbec.org/aaiwny-apprenticeship

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