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111th Congress

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111

With Deficit Reduction Committee Set to Meet, Higgins Recommends Plan for Billions in Medicare Savings

With the first public meeting of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction set for Thursday, September 8, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) is asking the Committee co-chairs for serious consideration of an effort to negotiate lower drug prices through the Medicare program, a change that could save the nation as much as $200 billion over the next 10 years. 

Statement By Congressman Brian Higgins on Debt Ceiling Vote

“This was a difficult decision following a long and disappointing display of Washington gamesmanship.  But this vote, like every other I take, was made with thoughtful consideration of what is the best choice for the people of Western New York and the community I work tirelessly to see prosper and grow.

“I have said all along that my criteria for a debt ceiling deal are that it be long-term, removing the uncertainty of default from the economy, that it be bipartisan, and that it be balanced in terms of spending and revenues.

Statement By Congressman Brian Higgins on the Boehner Default Bill

“The American people want compromise and deserve a serious effort to protect their best interests and get the job done.  Instead, this doomed bill is more of the same Washington nonsense that amounts to nothing more than a political ploy and a waste of valuable time. 

“The Boehner Bill is a temporary patch that does nothing to inject the economic certainty necessary for sustained economic growth.  This short term bill will bring us right back to square one in a few months.  That is not the way to create jobs.

Higgins Cites Hypocrisy in House Republican Protests

Statement By Congressman Brian Higgins:

"I’d like to respond to House Republicans who are protesting at the White House today regarding the debt ceiling.

In April, House Republicans voted for a budget resolution which, even though it ends Medicare as we know it, still increases the national debt from $14.3 trillion to $23.1 trillion, or 62%, over the next decade.  How can they oppose raising the debt ceiling when the plan they proposed just 3 months ago would require the debt ceiling to be raised $8.8 trillion?  

Higgins Votes for Consideration of Clean Continuing Resolution to Avoid Shutdown

Today Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) voted for a measure which would have allowed for consideration of a clean Continuing Resolution, which would give parties time to finish negotiations and prevent a government shutdown on Saturday, a move defeated by House Republicans.

“I am as frustrated as the Western New Yorkers I was elected to represent,” said Higgins.   “We certainly need a budget that cuts spending, but instead of an effort to compromise and unite, we are seeing partisan posturing on matters unrelated to spending injected for the sole intention to divide and scare.”

Higgins Shocked by House Vote Denying $250 Cost of Living Relief for Seniors on Social Security

Today, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) voted for H.R. 5987, the Seniors Protection Act but the bill failed to receive the over two-thirds support needed for approval. The legislation, cosponsored by Higgins, would have provided a one-time $250 payment to seniors on Social Security to compensate for an automatic formula that calculates no Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for 2011.

Bill Cosponsored By Higgins Providing Seniors with One-Time $250 Social Security Adjustment to be Considered This Week

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) announced this week the House of Representatives will consider H.R. 5987, the Seniors Protection Act of 2010. The bill cosponsored by Congressman Higgins and introduced by Congressman Earl Pomeroy, also a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, will provide a $250 payment to Social Security recipients to offset a provision that calculates no cost of living adjustment (COLA) for seniors next year.