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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 Pays Tribute to Fallen Buffalo Police Officer Craig Lehner
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) joined the Western New York community in mourning the loss of City of Buffalo Police Officer Craig Lehner with a special tribute to the fallen officer and soldier on the Floor of the House of Representatives.  Video of Congressman Higgins Honors the Life of Buffalo Police Officer Craig Lehner Officer Lehner, who served as a member of the underwater recovery team and K-9 unit, lost his life during a training accident in the Niagara River.  In addition to serving as a valued member of the Buffalo Police Department, Lehner served his country as a Staff Sergeant with the United States Army National Guard.  The decorated servicemember earned more than a dozen medals for honorable service over his 16 years with the Army National Guard, which included a deployment to Iraq.  
Reps. Higgins, Larson, Courtney, Scott, O’Rourke & Polis Announce House Introduction of Medicare-X
Congressmembers Brian Higgins (NY-26), John Larson (CT-1), Joe Courtney (CT-2), Bobby Scott (VA-3), Beto O’Rourke (TX-16) and Jared Polis (CO-2) announce introduction of the House companion to the Senate Medicare-X Choice Act of 2017.  The Medicare-X Choice Act (H.R. 4094) builds upon the successful framework of the Medicare program by providing a public plan as an option on the individual and small business health exchanges. Rep. Higgins said, “For over 50 years Medicare has been an efficient and trusted healthcare option for older Americans.  Building on a system that works to make it available to more people who want it, is simply common sense.  Medicare-X adds choice and competition to the existing marketplace.” Congressman Larson said, “Medicare X is a practical approach that uses the successful framework of the Medicare system to provide Americans with an additional, affordable coverage option.  In addition, by encouraging the use of innovative models and approaches
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) marked the opening of the new Bailey Avenue Bridges, crossing Cazenovia Creek and the Buffalo River.  The $22 million infrastructure project, which includes over $15 million in federal funding, is the largest public works project currently underway in the City of Buffalo. “This project on Bailey Avenue and other work across the city, from Fillmore Avenue to Ohio Street to Niagara Street, demonstrates the value of infrastructure investments to not only change the look of a community but also change the energy and economic opportunities for our neighborhoods,” said Congressman Higgins. Work on the project to replace the 88-year old Bailey Bridges began in July 2016.   Local contractor, Union Concrete completed the project.  The new bridges will open to traffic this week and the old Bailey Bridges will be deconstructed in 2018. The final project includes a repaved and reconfigured Bailey Avenue (U.S. Route 62) between Elk Street and McKinley
Western New York Community Joins Congressman Higgins in Push to Protect Federal Historic Tax Credits
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26), economic development leaders, preservationists and others advancing adaptive reuse of Western New York’s historic properties, came together to stress the critical importance of maintaining federal Historic Tax Credits (HTC).  Higgins serves as Vice Ranking Member of the House Committee on Ways and Means, which oversees tax policy and will debate tax reform in the months ahead.  Historic Tax Credits were not included in the tax reform packages recently proposed by the Majority in the House and Senate.   “The Western New York region boasts impeccable works by famed architects like Frank Lloyd Wright, H.H. Richardson, Louis Sullivan, and many others,” said Congressman Higgins. “Those unique pieces of this community’s history tell our story, but without Historic Tax Credits they would sit crumbling or be lost entirely.  Many of the projects that are inspiring a return to downtown living or creating new energy where vacant structures once s

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