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115th Congress


Congressman Brian Higgins Releases Statement Following the Signing of NAFTA 2.0

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) released the following statement in response to the signing of a new North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) by the Presidents of the United States, Canada and Mexico:

“While I am pleased to see that the President moved away from his previously announced counterproductive strategy to proceed without Canada in the development of this new agreement, I view the announcement today as the next step in many toward achieving a truly enforceable agreement that protects American jobs, lifts wages for working families, and protects our environment.

Statement From Congressman Brian Higgins

“I will vote to elect Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House of Representatives.

“Last summer, I indicated a desire to see new Democratic leadership in 2019.  At the time, I believed that our caucus needed to do a better job telling the American public what we are for, not against. For example, I have been a consistent advocate for a Medicare buy-in option for Americans aged 50 and over, but it was not a priority for my party’s leadership.  Health care and American infrastructure are areas of concern for me, as is lowering prescription drug costs for Americans.

Higgins Proposes to Work With New Era to Fight Tariffs Which Have Forced Tough Decisions for Longtime Western New York Based Company

In September, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) spoke on the Floor of the House of Representatives concerned that tariffs imposed by the Administration could cost consumers and local jobs at companies like New Era Cap Company, headquarted in Buffalo, New York.  Two months later that possibility became a reality as New Era announced plans to close its Western New York manufacturing plant in Derby, imp

State Department of Transportation Announces Completion of $4.2 Million Transportation Enhancement Project on Main Street in Amherst

The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) today joined federal, state and local officials at a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of a $4.2 million highway rehabilitation project to improve pedestrian safety and mobility on NY Route 5, Main Street, in the Town of Amherst and Village of Williamsville in Erie County. The project introduced traffic calming initiatives that created a more balanced system for all modes of transportation.


Congressman Higgins Presents Purple Heart to Family of WWI Soldier Private James Peter Tymon a Century After He Paid the Ultimate Sacrifice in Service to the United States

At the Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) presented the family of Private James Peter Tymon with long-overdue recognition for his sacrifice in service to the United States during World War I.

“A century ago Private Tymon lost his life bravely defending this country,” said Congressman Higgins.  “It is our honor to present his family with a lasting expression of gratitude from the nation he faithfully served.”

Congressman Higgins and Compeer Buffalo Announce $2,175,000 in Federal Grants for Mental Health First Aid Training and Mentorship Programs

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) has announced two federal grants awarded to Compeer Buffalo to strengthen their mental health assistance programs. The grants total $2,175,000, and were awarded by the Health and Human Services (HHS) Department’s Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs (OJP).


USACE receives supplemental funds to construct LaSalle Park Shoreline Protection project

Buffalo, NY—The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Buffalo District received $3.7 million from the 2018 Continuing Authority Supplemental Appropriations to construct and repair approximately 1,300 feet of seawall of the northern section of LaSalle Park, Buffalo, NY.

The seawall fronting the Colonel F.G. Ward Pumping Station has deteriorated over time due to Lake Erie ice and wave action. Projecting the pump station is essential because it is the primary source of drinking water for the City of Buffalo residents.