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ENG: Brian Higgins (born October 6, 1959) is the U.S. Representative for New York's 26th congressional district. He is a member of the Democratic Party. Early life, education and career A native of Buffalo, Higgins served three two-year terms on the Buffalo Common Council (city council) from 1988 to 1993, representing the South District. In 1993, during his final year on the Council, Higgins was rated “Buffalo's Best Lawmaker” in a 1993 Buffalo News Survey of Western New York business and community leaders. He graduated from Buffalo State College with a B.A. in political science in 1984. He later received an M.P.A. from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in 1996. After that, Higgins served as the 145th District representative to the New York ...
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Rep. Higgins Signs on as MBL Co-Sponsor

Rep. Brian Higgins (D-Buffalo/Jamestown) recently signed on as a co-sponsor of the Small Business Lending Enhancement Act of 2011 (S. 509/H.R. 1418), which would raise credit unions' MBL cap to 27.5 percent of assets. He is the tenth representative from New York to support the legislation. The Credit Union Association of New York, CUNA and other state associations/leagues have been working diligently to advance the Small Business Lending Enhancement Act in Congress. Through district office visits and other grassroots advocacy, New York credit unionists have helped build impressive support ...

Higgins Calls for Clean Payroll Tax Cut Bill

Frustrated with unrelated add-ons and wasted time on one-house legislation, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) took to the Floor of the House of Representatives to encourage his colleagues to abandon today’s consideration of H.R. 3630 and instead begin serious debate on clean legislation to cut the payroll tax for middle class families in Western New York and across the nation. If Congress doesn’t act the payroll tax will go up to 6.2% on Jan. 1 from its current reduced rate of 4.2%. Congressman Higgins supports efforts to keep the payroll tax cut but disagrees with the convoluted ...

Higgins Forms House Urban Area Security Initiative Caucus

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) announced the formation of a House of Representatives Preserving Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) Capability Gains Caucus and related legislation to protect the federal investments made to UASI communities. The UASI program, administered by the Department of Homeland Security, focuses on enhancing regional preparedness in identified high-risk areas through collaboration that fosters integrated emergency prevention, protection, response and recovery. Buffalo-Niagara is among regions nationwide that will no longer qualify to apply for these funds after ...

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Higgins Calls Latest Freedom Caucus/White House Healthcare Plan “Deceitful”
Amid reports of renewed efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) is warning that details of the latest Republican healthcare plan indicate a move to take away basic benefits and cost Americans dearly.  Members of the House of Representative’s conservative Freedom Caucus and White House leaders, including Vice President Pence, met this week to discuss the latest proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. This follows the majority’s failed attempt to pass the American Health Care Act nearly two weeks ago.  Reports indicate a new Republican plan would allow for the elimination of essential benefit coverage, which requires coverage for: prescription drugs; emergency care and hospitalization; maternity, newborn and pediatric care; and substance use and mental health services.  They would also allow for the elimination of the “community rating” requirement, which prevents insurance companies from charging sick people more.  (To
Call for Art: Congressman Higgins Announces Details for Annual Congressional Art Competition
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) is inviting local high school students to participate in the annual Congressional Art Competition. All artwork submitted from students in Congressman Higgins’ district will be featured in a public gallery and available for viewing online.  The winning piece will be displayed in the tunnel to the U.S. Capitol.  “This is a great opportunity to feature the incredible creativity and talent of high school students here in Western New York.,” said Congressman Higgins.  “We encourage local young artists to participate.” Interested students must submit their original artwork by 5:00 pm on Tuesday, April 25th.   Students can submit a maximum of three original pieces of artwork for consideration in the competition. Art pieces can be delivered to Congressman Higgins’ Buffalo Office at 726 Exchange Street, Suite 601. Submitted artwork must be framed and can be no larger than 26 inches high, 26 inches wide and 4 inches deep. Accepted mediums for
Statement by Congressman Brian Higgins on American Military Intervention in Syria
"As I have stated in the past, the fight in Syria is not a fight for freedom and democracy; it is a fight for raw power and control between a murderous dictator and violent extremists. Reports of the use of sarin to brutalize the Syrian people by their government is barbaric and inhumane and rightly calls out for condemnation on the world stage. While this targeted strike on the airfield which purportedly administered the chemical attack may be considered proportional, my previous stance on America's role in Syria has not changed. I oppose wholesale American intervention in Syria, and the Congress must debate an authorization of the use of military force." "It should be noted that the Trump administration's about-face on Syrian intervention demonstrates how ill-advised its policy of halting entry of helpless refugees from this war-torn country is."
Higgins Blasts Trump Proposal for Increased Flood Insurance Fees to Help Pay for the Wall
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) is calling a Trump Administration proposal to increase fees for property owners in flood zones to help pay for a wall along the southern border outrageous and unfair.  Higgins is among 31 members of the House of Representatives signing a letter to Congressional appropriators opposing an increase in National Flood Insurance Program premiums for homeowners to assist with the expense of building the President’s wall.  “Property owners living in federally designated flood zones are already made to pay hundreds of dollars in additional insurance protection for floods most will never see,” said Congressman Higgins.   “To further burden flood zone homeowners and small business owners would be outrageous and unfair.  The President suggested Mexico would pay for his wall but under this plan it would be hard-working Americans that pay the price.”  The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) was established through the National Flood Insurance

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