Education is one of the most powerful tools we can give our children. From early education all the way through graduate studies and beyond, Brian strongly believes that all students should be given an equal chance to succeed. In order to prepare students to enter the workforce, Higgins has been a strong advocate for math and science education, in addition to workforce training programs, to give students the marketable skills they need to compete in a globalized economy. Brian has also been outspoken on the need to make higher education more affordable to reduce the skyrocketing education debt burden faced by so many recent graduates.
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Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26), a member of the House of Representatives Budget Committee, provided in an analysis of the Trump Budget, released this week, the devastating impact it would have on the people, neighborhoods and economy of Western New York.
Today the House of Representatives passed House Joint Resolution 76, cosponsored by Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26), to reverse a rule put forth by the U.S. Department of Education that would deny debt relief to students defrauded by their college, university, or other institution of higher education. Originally, under the Higher Education Act borrower defense repayment rule created by Congress in 1992, student borrowers who were defrauded by their school were entitled to relief up to six years from when they responsibly could have discovered the misrepresentation.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26), ’85, has announced that Buffalo State’s Patricia H. and Richard E.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced a $1.5 million federal grant awarded through the U.S. Department of Labor to The Service Collaborative of Western New York for their Western New York YouthBuild: Leaders Under Construction Program.
YouthBuild combines education and job skill development for at-risk youth ages 16-24. The Service Collaborative was one of only 67 grant recipients sharing $85 million in YouthBuild grants nationwide.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) joined The Service Collaborative of WNY, Inc. Executive Director Kate Sarata and other partners to announce a federal grant through the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) for a new early intervention effort to provide a foundation that prepares preschool children for success in mathematics.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) is inviting local high school students to participate in the annual Congressional Art Competition. All artwork submitted from students in Congressman Higgins’ district will be featured in a public gallery in Western New York and available for viewing online. The winning piece will be displayed in the tunnel to the U.S. Capitol.
“This is a great opportunity to feature the incredible creativity and talent of high school students here in Western New York.,” said Congressman Higgins. “We encourage local young artists to participate.”
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) and representatives from the office of U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand are hosting Service Academy Night 2018, an opportunity for high school students, families, school administrators and counselors to learn more about service academy institutions, programs and the application process.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced a federal grant totaling $11,549,528 for Community Action Organization of Erie County. The funding, provided through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will support Head Start and Early Head Start programs in Western New York.
“We know that providing children with access to educational programs early provides a lifetime of benefits,” said Congressman Higgins “This federal grant to CAO is an investment in Western New York children and families.”
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced the Congress on Your Corner schedule for the month of February. Through the program, staff members from Congressman Higgins’ office are available at satellite sites throughout the district to better serve the needs of constituents.
The February Congress on Your Corner schedule is available below:
Thursday, February 8th
11:00am – 1:00pm
Amherst Senior Center
370 John James Audubon Parkway, Amherst
Congressman Brian Higgins, Vice Ranking Member of the House Ways and Means Committee, called the GOP tax bill a “hit on fundamental fairness” before casting vote against the tax package.
Higgins repeatedly expressed concern that the legislation pays for tax benefits for wealthy corporations at the expense of hardworking Americans and communities like Western New York.