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Cancer Research


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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Sep 7, 2011 Press Release

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. 

Jun 23, 2011 Press Release

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.  

Apr 13, 2011 Press Release

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.

Apr 6, 2011 Press Release

Today, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) made a visit to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Campus for a meeting with National Cancer Institute (NCI) Director Dr. Harold Varmus. 

April 6, 2011- NIH Visit

Feb 19, 2011 Press Release

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.

Feb 16, 2011 Press Release

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.

Feb 14, 2011 Press Release
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) provided initial reaction to President Obama’s 2012 federal budget released today.
Feb 4, 2011 Press Release
Today, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27), a member of the House of Representatives Cancer Caucus and vocal advocate on the need to increase federal funding for cancer research and treatment, recognized February 4, 2011 as World Cancer Day, renewing the call to fight the worldwide leading cause of death.
Jan 25, 2011 Press Release
“In today’s 2011 State of the Union Address President Obama outlined the United States’ game plan toward winning the future, and first up is job creation and economic growth. Americans are justifiably impatient and we need to fuel that urgency with opportunities for success for our businesses, for our innovators and for our children.
Jan 24, 2011 Press Release

As President Obama prepares to lay out his plans for the coming year in tomorrow’s State of the Union Address, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) says renewed attention on cancer research holds the promise of not only improving quality of life but boosting our national economy.