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After Representative Kathy Hochul (NY-26) pressed United States Air Force Secretary Michael Donley and Chief-of-Staff Norton Schwartz on decisions regarding cuts to the Department of Defense budget yesterday, Hochul, along with U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer & Kirsten Gillibrand and Representatives Louise Slaughter (NY-28) and Brian Higgins (NY-27) yesterday afternoon sent a letter to Secretary Donley, inviting him to visit the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station (NFARS) and witness firsthand the value the base serves to the military and U.S.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) has been selected by the House Committee on Homeland Security to serve as Ranking Member of its Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence. The Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence has jurisdiction over the Department of Homeland Security’s intelligence divisions.
Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Representatives Louise Slaughter, Brian Higgins and Kathy Hochul urged the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to construct a new border patrol station at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station (NFARS) as it seeks a replacement for the outdated Niagara Falls Border Patrol Station.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) led a bipartisan group of his House of Representatives colleagues, including New York Reps. Louise Slaughter (NY-28), Kathy Hochul (NY-26), in sending a letter to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano requesting that the 32 high-risk urban areas eliminated from the Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) program in FY 2011 receive continued funding in FY 2012 to maintain and restore preparedness capability gains.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) announced that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will be accepting applications for Fiscal Year (FY) 2011 Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER) grants starting on January 30, 2012. SAFER grants assist local fire departments with staffing and deployment capabilities to ensure that communities have adequate protection from fire and fire-related hazards.
Reps. Louise Slaughter (NY-28) and Brian Higgins (NY-27) today joined with dozens of employees from CUBRC to celebrate the research institution’s largest federal contract to date. This new arrangement will help create a dozen jobs at one of the Medical Campus’ most promising companies.
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At a meeting of the House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) offered an amendment to H.R. 3116, the Department of Homeland Security Authorization Act to authorize an increase in funding for the successful federal fire grant programs. The vote on the amendment was split along party lines with 14 in favor and 19 opposed.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27), a member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, is cosponsoring H.R. 2269, the Fire Grants Reauthorization Act of 2011, which renews the Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) and the Staffing for Adequate Safety and Emergency Response (SAFER) grants programs offered through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) announced the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has extended the deadline to apply for federal fire grants. Local fire Departments now have until 5pm on September 16, 2011 to submit grant proposals. Congress approved $404 million for the Assistance to Fire Grant program which will provide direct assistance to local companies. All applications are submitted to DHS and go through a non-partisan, merit based review ranked by factors established by a panel of fire service professionals.