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Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced three local recipients of United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm to School Grants. Grassroots Gardens of Western New York received an award totaling $96,627, the Buffalo Public School District was awarded $96,290, and the Niagara Falls Central School District received an award of $94,603. The grants will introduce more locally grown produce to school cafeterias and expose children to agriculture and nutrition education and hands-on learning.
In a recent letter to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) is calling on the agency to re-study the flood risk for Cayuga Island in Niagara Falls and reinstate the prior flood insurance map from 2010 until errors in the new map are addressed.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) spoke in a House Budget Committee hearing to emphasize the importance of federal investments that focus on the real needs of people in neighborhoods across America. During a discussion about the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)’s proposed 2022 budget, Higgins highlighted the opportunity for the budget to be a “powerful force for good” in cities across the nation.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced introduction of the Historic Tax Credit Growth and Opportunity (HTC-GO) Act (H.R. 2294), which increases the Historic Tax Credit and expands eligibility for smaller projects as a tool to support economic growth.
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.”