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Dec 6, 2019 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced House passage of H.R. 4, the Voting Rights Advancement Act, a bill that restores the strength of the 1965 Voting Rights Act (VRA) with greater federal oversight of violators and expanded transparency for voters. 


Oct 24, 2019 Press Release

On the eve of New York State’s first ever early voting, which runs from October 26th to November 3rd, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) took to the House floor to express his support for legislation he cosponsored that includes measures aimed at closing loopholes that allow foreign governments and individuals to spend money in and influence American elections. H.R.

Jun 7, 2019 Press Release

In recognition of Pride Month, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced his support for measures that advance and protect LGBTQ rights at the federal level. Pride each year marks a celebration of LGBTQ rights, honors history, and serves as a rallying cry for future progress. We have seen incredible progress, yet this year’s events are especially significant as LGBT Americans continue to face threats of weakening protections and attacks on rights and freedoms from the Trump Administration.

Jun 5, 2019 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced that the House of Representatives passed H.R. 6, the American Dream and Promise Act, which he’s a cosponsor of, by a vote of 237-187. The bill takes several steps to protect Dreamers, those who were brought to the US as children of undocumented immigrants, and those with either Temporary Protected Status (TPS) or Deferred Enforced Departure (DED).

May 17, 2019 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced approval in the House of Representatives of the Equality Act (H.R. 5), a bill that ensures LGBTQ Americans are equally protected from discrimination under federal law.  Higgins is an original sponsor of the bill which was introduced by Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI-1) and has a total of 240 cosponsors. 

Apr 4, 2019 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced the House of Representatives approved H.R. 1585, The Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019.

Mar 28, 2019 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced passage of H.R. 7, the Paycheck Fairness Act, by a vote of 242-187 in the House of Representatives. The legislation was introduced by Rep. Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) and Rep. Higgins is one of its 239 cosponsors. H.R. 7 builds on the progress made and closes loopholes in the 1963 Equal Pay Act, which amended the Fair Labor Standards Act to require that men and women be given equal pay for equal work.  


Mar 8, 2019 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced House passage of the most sweeping government reform and election security package in decades, H.R. 1, the For The People Act. The transformative legislation will strengthen the instruments of our democracy and provide more openness, transparency, and accountability in government, returning power to American citizens.