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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Congressman Brian Higgins took to the House of Representatives Floor today to call on Congress to prevent the automatic spending cuts that could threaten lifesaving work underway locally and nationally by facilities that receive funding from the National Institutes of Health. Higgins warns going over the fiscal cliff would be devastating to the local economy and result in a huge step backward for critical research happening right here in Western New York.
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Western New York Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) spoke on the House Floor citing Roswell Park Cancer Institute’s news of an exciting breakthrough as further evidence of the importance of fully funding cancer research in 2012. The Congressman’s remarks come as the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized Roswell to proceed with a clinical study of a vaccine designed to eradicate cancer cells and prevent relapses.
In a letter to President Obama, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) outlined steps central to growing jobs in Western New York and across America. This comes in advance of the President’s economic address before Thursday’s joint session of Congress.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27), a member of the Congressional Cancer Caucus, applauded the New York State Legislature’s actions to approve A6233B, a bill providing parity on coverage of orally administered chemotherapy treatments. Just last week Congressman Higgins sent a letter to the primary sponsors Assemblyman Lopez and Senator Lanza encouraging passage. The Congressman introduced a similar bill in the House of Representatives in 2009 and is encouraging similar policies nationwide this year.
Today, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) voted against Repealing the Prevention and Public Health Fund, H.R. 1217, legislation which would repeal $34.59 million in grants to New York State aimed at assisting community efforts to prevent disease, detect it early, and manage conditions before they become severe.
Today, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) voted against the FY 2011 Continuing Budget Resolution (H.R. 1), which makes severe cuts to dozens of programs that directly impact the economic stability of Western New York.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) is cosponsoring an amendment to restore $1.6 billion in cuts to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The amendment, introduced by Rep. Ed Markey (MA-7) and cosponsored by Higgins, pays for the NIH programs by ending $40 billion in subsidies to gas and oil companies. House Republican Leadership refused to even let the amendment be considered on the floor for a vote.