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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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.
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.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) announced over $1.85 million in federal funding to support cutting edge research and jobs at 6 Western New York small businesses. The companies along the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus and at other locations in the area were among the 2,923 biotechnology businesses nationwide awarded credits under the therapeutic discovery project program.
As the nation recognizes October as Breast Cancer Awareness month, Buffalo resident Mike Story and his daughter Carly are sharing their story with Western New York and the country to draw attention to the issue and try to help others. And while Mike shares the story of his fight, childhood friend Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) continues his fight for increased federal funding for cancer research and treatment at facilities like Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) right here in Western New York and others across the nation.