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115th Congress


With Protections for those with Pre-Existing Conditions Under Full Attack, Higgins Says the Need for an Early Medicare Buy In is Increasingly Critical

With the Justice Department refusing to defend protections for those with pre-existing conditions, the Trump Administration releasing a new rule providing junk insurance and a new push for repeal of the Affordable Care Act, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) says now is the time to approve legislation allowing Americans to buy into Medicare early.  

Higgins Announces House Approval of Legislation Expanding Support to Women Veterans & Veteran Treatment Courts

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced the House of Representatives has approved a pair of bills aimed at providing additional support to women veterans and veterans engaged in the veteran treatment court program. 

“Both of these bills provide additional people to serve the needs of our veterans,” said Congressman Higgins. “Through this human interaction, with outreach specialists and peer counselors, veterans are better supported and positioned to overcome challenges.”

Higgins Welcomes Start of Construction on Project Returning Cars to Lower Main Street in Downtown Buffalo

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) welcomed the start of construction on a project continuing the return of cars to portions of Main Street in Buffalo.  The funding was provided through the FY 2015 Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program.  Congressman Higgins supported Buffalo’s application for the funding.

Congressmembers Marchant & Higgins Lead Bipartisan Push, Supported by 171 Members, for a Renegotiated Softwood Lumber Trade Agreement Between the U.S. & Canada

Congressmembers Kenny Marchant (TX-24) and Brian Higgins (NY-26), members of the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Trade, led a bipartisan letter to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer requesting that the U.S. reengage in discussions with Canada to reach a negotiated agreement on softwood lumber.

Reps. Higgins, Stefanik, Faso, Katko & Maloney Lead Bipartisan Effort Opposing Tariffs on Canadian Newsprint

Congressmembers Brian Higgins (NY-26), Elise Stefanik (NY-21), John Faso (NY-19), John Katko (NY-24) and Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) led a letter to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and International Trade Commission (ITC) Chairman Rhonda Schmidtlein urging reconsideration of the tariffs on Canadian uncoated groundwood paper (UGW), used as newsprint, which will have a severe impact on local newspapers.

Members sent the bipartisan letter to voice their concerns about the tariffs, imposed in January and increased in March, which reach as high as 32 percent.

Congressman Higgins Announces June Congress on Your Corner Schedule

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced the Congress on Your Corner schedule for the month of June. Through the program, staff from Congressman Higgins’ office are available at satellite sites throughout the district to better serve the needs of constituents.

Below is the outreach schedule for June:


Tuesday, June 12


John Duke Center

1201 Hyde Park Boulevard, Niagara Falls


Thursday, June 14


Schiller Park Senior Center

Higgins Pushes Back on Transportation Secretary’s Comments on Pilot Training

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) released the following statement in response to remarks made today by U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao:

“Secretary Chao’s comments today ignore the verifiable fact that trained pilots save lives.  The families of Flight 3407 have fought for years to ensure that these important flight safety measures were enacted and preserved, saving others from the same tragedy their families endured and leading to safer skies for everyone.