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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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Nov 16, 2017 Press Release

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. 

Sep 8, 2017 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) believes the Buffalo-Niagara region is an ideal choice for Amazon’s new headquarters and is emphasizing Western New York’s strengths in a letter to the company’s CEO. 

Jul 26, 2017 Press Release
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced approval of H.R. 3218, The Harry W Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017.
Jul 7, 2017 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced three federal grants totaling over $2.42 million from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for nurse training programs at the University at Buffalo (UB) and community health services in Western New York. 

“This federal funding has the dual benefit of encouraging and supporting those seeking opportunities in healthcare fields as well as expanding services in underserved areas and ultimately improving the quality of care in the region,” said Congressman Brian Higgins. 

Mar 16, 2017 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) said the White House Budget Blueprint, released Thursday, March 16, delivers a devastating blow to Western New York families and the local economy. 


Sep 1, 2016 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) joined representatives from the Parent Network of WNY and Buffalo School District to announce a $500,000 federal grant awarded through the United States Department of Education aimed at expanding learning and outcomes for Buffalo School Students with disabilities. 

Aug 4, 2016 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) joined The Service Collaborative of WNY (TSC) to announce a federal grant totaling more than $3.4 million to support the AmeriCorps Builds Lives through Education (ABLE) program in Western New York. 

Mar 15, 2016 Press Release

Buffalo, N.Y. – U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Representative Brian Higgins today announced $24,294,448 in federal funding for the Community Action Organization of Erie County. The federal funding was provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Head Start and Early Head Start Program to support and expand education and development services for low-income children in the community. Funding was allocated through two grants, one for $22,472,229 and the second for $1,822,219.


Sep 29, 2015 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) and Villa Maria College announce a federal grant totaling more than $1.984 million for the College, provided through the U.S. Department of Education.

“Villa Maria College has a longstanding tradition of excellence in education and commitment to community service,” said Congressman Higgins.  “This grant will support Villa’s outreach efforts and work guiding students through to graduation.”

Sep 15, 2015 Press Release

Cheektowaga, NY – U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Brian Higgins today announced a new push to secure student fitness programs for schools across the country, amid Congressional efforts to cut physical education funding. Standing at Union East Elementary School with Congressman Brian Higgins, Superintendent of Cheektowaga Central School District Dennis Kane, Union East Elementary School Principal Brian Bridges and Erie County Health Commissioner, Dr.