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Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) and City of Niagara Falls Mayor Robert Restaino are calling for expansion of the Amtrak route between Buffalo, Niagara Falls, New York and Toronto, Ontario to be a priority as the federal government plans to make investments in rail. The American Jobs Plan, the infrastructure package announced by President Biden on March 31, proposes an $80 billion investment to expand and improve Amtrak service.
The House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee, on which Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) serves, will begin the process of considering measures included in the next COVID-19 disaster relief package.
Congressman Higgins said, “Americans are eager to return to the life we knew pre-pandemic. While many things may never be the same, quick action on this package can help protect people from the disease and uplift struggling families, businesses and communities.”
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced Erie and Niagara Counties will receive over $792 million in estimated federal disaster relief under the American Rescue Plan. The newly released data is provided by the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, which is overseeing the state and local aid component of the bill.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) is pushing to ensure restaurant assistance in the next COVID disaster relief package doesn’t leave smaller, neighborhood restaurants behind.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced approval in the House of Representatives of the 2021 Budget Resolution, the first step in passing President Biden’s American Rescue Plan.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) has been reappointed to serve on the House Budget Committee and the House Committee on Ways and Means including its subcommittees on Social Security, Health, and Trade.
Higgins said, “Membership on these committees puts us at the table for discussions on many of the issues important to Western New York. The work ahead will be particularly critical this year as we address needed relief to communities and help families and businesses recover from hardships associated with COVID-19.”
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) released the following statement in response to President Trump’s tweet indicating he has instructed his team to stop any discussions about providing Americans and communities with COVID relief until after the election.
Buffalo, NY – After several weeks of collecting donations, Congressman Brian Higgins, Erie County Legislator Howard J. Johnson, and Fillmore District Council Member Mitch Nowakowski hosted a backpack and school supplies giveaway today, August 29th , for hundreds of families in need in the City of Buffalo. As families navigate the new school year remotely, these supplies will give parents and kids additional resources to be successful in continuing their education from home while the COVID-19 pandemic continues to strain school districts and teachers.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced $773,233 in federal funding provided through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded to Neighborhood Health Center of WNY, Community Health Center of Buffalo, and Jericho Road Ministries to further strengthen quality improvement activities and expand quality primary health care service delivery.
Following a request by Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) and other members, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is granting an extension giving Federal Historic Tax Credit (HTC) applicants additional time to fulfil necessary requirements due to the COVID pandemic.