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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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As the U.S. Marks the 77th Anniversary of the First Social Security Check, Rep. Higgins Fights to Protect WNY Seniors from Cuts
(To access video click above or go to: https://youtu.be/_SoFXvsRCV8) For the last 77 years Americans have been assured that Social Security would provide a safety-net upon retirement and Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) is fighting to keep it that way for generations to come. With new talk of a potential overhaul of the Social Security program, Higgins is supporting legislation to protect and improve Social Security for Western New York seniors.  The Social Security 2100 Act, drafted by Rep. John Larson, would raise the payroll tax cap on Social Security toward the goal of providing long-term stability for the program.  Currently the maximum amount of wages subject to the Social Security tax is $127,200.  Under this bill, those earning over $400,000 would now be taxed at the standard FICA rate, providing necessary contributions from high-wage earners to help keep the program solvent.  The bill co-sponsored by Higgins would also use a different formula to calculate annual Cost
Congressman Higgins Kicks-Off Black History Month with a Tribute to the Colored Musicians Club
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) recognized a piece of Western New York’s African American history from the Floor of the House of Representatives as the country observes Black History Month.  (To access video click above or go to: https://youtu.be/n-SBgBXRvRU) Higgins said: “As the nation recognizes Black History Month, I rise to pay tribute to a special history in my Western New York community.  “This Friday marks the 100th Anniversary of Buffalo’s Historic Colored Musicians Club. “The Club’s origin stretches back to 1917 when a group of African American musicians sought to create their own safe haven in a then-segregated community. They banded together, organized, and started Local 533 of the American Federation of Musicians. “Some of the world’s most prolific jazz musicians have performed at the Club. The likes of Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington, and Ella Fitzgerald all impressed crowds in the building near the corner of Broadway and Michigan. “Throu
Reps. Higgins, Collins, Slaughter & Reed Join Flight 3407 Families In Meeting With Top House Transportation Leaders
Congressmembers Brian Higgins (NY-26), Chris Collins (NY-27), Louise Slaughter (NY-25) and Tom Reed (NY-23) joined Flight 3407 families in a roundtable discussion with top House of Representatives transportation leaders to emphasize the importance of protecting the hard-fought aviation safety improvements achieved in recent years.  Delegation members helped to coordinate the meeting with the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure’s Aviation Subcommittee. “Time and time again these families have come to Washington, D.C. with a focused message and goal of protecting other families from their incredible heartbreak,” said Congressman Higgins.   “Their vigilance drove meaningful change resulting in safer skies for all Americans.  Today’s meeting was aimed at sharing the work it has taken to get to where we are today and reiterating the importance of preserving the new safety measures as we prepare for the next FAA reauthorization.” “Th
Members Collectively Fought for Additional Federal Funds to Upgrade Facility and Bring KC-135 Mission to Niagara Falls, NY; Mission will Make NFARS Even More Valuable and Viable   Buffalo, N.Y. – Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Representatives Brian Higgins and Chris Collins applauded the arrival of KC-135s at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station (NFARS).   “I was proud to fight to bring the KC-135 fleet to NFARS, and today we will see that vision become a reality. Not only does this mission fulfil a strategic role in our national security, this mission also protects thousands of good-paying jobs for Western New York residents, and provides a boost to the regional economy,” said Senator Schumer. “This $25 million federal investment is money well-spent, keeping people at work and enhancing the mission of NFARS for decades to come.”   “The official arrival of the KC-135s to the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station is great news

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