Over 100 years ago Western New York gave modern cancer research to the world through what would become the Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Today our region continues to lead the way in medical and scientific research. As a Member of the House Cancer Caucus, Brian has been a steadfast supporter for cancer research, both for local researchers and for the nation’s cancer program generally. Brian has led efforts among his colleagues to increase funding for cancer research and is engaged with the cancer community on innovations that will alleviate suffering due to cancer and ultimately find a cure. Brian has introduced H.R. 1801, the Cancer Drug Coverage Parity Act, which would require health insurance companies to provide the same coverage for new, promising orally-administered anti-cancer medication as it does for traditional intravenous chemotherapy.
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In a House of Representatives Budget Committee hearing reviewing the recently released 2020 budget proposed by President Trump, Budget Committee member Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) questioned the Administration’s justification for drastic cuts in medical research generally, and cancer research specifically.
Washington, DC - U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, and Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) are supporting Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center’s application to renew the facility’s esteemed standing as a National Cancer Institute (NCI) designated comprehensive cancer center, which also guarantees a federal commitment of millions of dollars.
Following release of President Trump’s Fiscal Year 2019 Budget, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26), a member of the House Budget Committee, is outlining how the proposal would impact the people of Western New York as well as the projects and priorities of importance to the region.
Washington D.C. – Two co-chairs of the House Cancer Caucus, Representatives Derek Kilmer (D-WA-06) and Brian Higgins (D-NY-26), pushed back against a President Trump budget proposal that includes severe cuts to scientific research into stopping the spread of cancer.
This week the House of Representatives approved H.R. 3381, the Childhood Cancer Survivorship, Treatment, Access, and Research (STAR) Act. The legislation, cosponsored by Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26), had broad bipartisan support.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) is reaching out to Vice President Joseph Biden, formally inviting the leader of the “Cancer Moonshot” initiative to see first-hand the outstanding cancer research happening right here in Western New York at Roswell Park Cancer Institute.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26), a member of the Congressional Cancer Caucus and founder of the National Institutes of Health Caucus, welcomed the intensified U.S. effort in the fight against cancer. This week, as we recognize February 4th as World Cancer Day, the White House pledged $1 billion in federal funding over the next two years to attack one of the largest health threats facing families today.
Higgins addressed the issue on the House Floor:
Today the White House announced plans for a $1 billion investment toward the National Cancer Moonshot initiative aimed at the elimination of cancer as we know it. Under the proposal, $195 million in new cancer research will be dedicated this year and the President will propose $755 million for cancer research in his FY2017 budget due out next week. Congressman Higgins released the following statement in response: