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Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) confirmed that the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) Inspector General has initiated a review of the circumstances surrounding the reuse of insulin pens at the VA Western New York Health Center in Buffalo.
“More than 17 million people lost loved ones, homes, businesses or were otherwise directly affected by the devastating impact of Hurricane Sandy. Recovery will be a long and challenging road for our neighbors in the Northeast only made more difficult by the Speaker’s decision to turn his back on those hurting most. Congress acted swiftly in 2005, approving aid for the victims of Hurricane Katrina in just 10 days.
“Yesterday’s vote gave us a partial solution to a comprehensive problem. The American people and businesses need certainty and lasting solutions. Instead brinksmanship continues to create real damage on our economy and financial markets. In order to compete in an increasingly global market we have to invest in America. The economy has a growth problem and Washington should be doing something about it.
Congressman Brian Higgins took to the Floor of the House of Representatives to plead with Congressional leaders to put aside partisanship and develop real and lasting solutions to the issues facing America. Higgins warned the consequences of deadlock and inaction exact real and dire costs on American families and businesses including those right here in Western New York.
Congressman Brian Higgins spoke from the House Floor to support the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) conference report, which contains language from the House-passed version of the bill preventing the movement or retirement of C-130 aircraft. The Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station (NFARS) is home to a fleet of C-130 aircraft and passage of this legislation would ensure that the air reserve station could maintain full capabilities.
Congressman Brian Higgins took to the House of Representatives Floor today to call on Congress to prevent the automatic spending cuts that could threaten lifesaving work underway locally and nationally by facilities that receive funding from the National Institutes of Health. Higgins warns going over the fiscal cliff would be devastating to the local economy and result in a huge step backward for critical research happening right here in Western New York.
At a hearing of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs entitled “Benghazi and Beyond: What Went Wrong on September 11, 2012 and How to Prevent it from Happening at other Frontline Posts,” Congressman Brian Higgins noted the hypocrisy of holding hearings to assign blame, while the House of Representatives has cut over $400 million from what the Obama Administration requested for embassy security. Higgins suggested that the more important goal should be to determine exactly what happened and how the United States can take action to protect diplomats more effectively going forward.
Congressman Brian Higgins spoke on the House Floor to urge his colleagues in the House of Representatives to reach a balanced, bipartisan agreement to create jobs and grow the American economy. Higgins suggests investments in our own nation’s education, scientific research, and infrastructure as a means to do this.
Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer and Congressman Brian Higgins announced that the Economic Development Administration (EDA) has heeded their call, and awarded a $637,000 award to “Launch New York” – a new Venture Development Organization led by the University at Buffalo. This massive investment will allow “Launch” to provide a bridge to boost a 27-county region, spanning from Erie County to Delaware County, to develop the atmosphere needed to transform the technologies and ideas generated at universities and research institutions into commercial successes. The John. R.