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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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Feb 17, 2021 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced that school districts in Erie and Niagara Counties would see an estimated $413,973,000 in COVID relief under President Biden’s American Rescue Plan. The data was provided by the House of Representatives Committee on Education and Labor, which recently held hearings to advance education measures included in the $1.9 trillion COVID relief package.

Feb 10, 2021 Press Release

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.

Feb 3, 2021 Press Release

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.

Dec 21, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced the House of Representatives has approved a major COVID disaster relief package providing urgent resources to families, businesses and communities.

Oct 22, 2020 Press Release

Buffalo, New York – October 22, 2020 – Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced today that D’Youville has been awarded a five-year, $2.25 million federal grant through the U.S. Department of Education’s Strengthening Institutions program.

The grant will focus on building programs and support systems to help low-income students at D’Youville remain and be successful in college until graduation.

Oct 6, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) released the following statement in response to President Trump’s tweet indicating he has instructed his team to stop any discussions about providing Americans and communities with COVID relief until after the election.

Aug 31, 2020 Press Release

Buffalo, NY – After several weeks of collecting donations, Congressman Brian Higgins, Erie County Legislator Howard J. Johnson, and Fillmore District Council Member Mitch Nowakowski hosted a backpack and school supplies giveaway today, August 29th , for hundreds of families in need in the City of Buffalo. As families navigate the new school year remotely, these supplies will give parents and kids additional resources to be successful in continuing their education from home while the COVID-19 pandemic continues to strain school districts and teachers.

Aug 10, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) joined a group of 89 members calling on Congressional leadership to include funding for the census in the next COVID-19 relief package, accompanied by a necessary extension to census reporting deadlines. The letter follows a recent announcement by the Census Bureau to suddenly end field data collection by September 30.


Aug 7, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced a total of $911,186 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Education for three Western New York colleges.  Trocaire, Medaille and the University at Buffalo each received grants through the Student Support Services (SSS) Program. 

“This federal funding gives local students access to additional resources to help set them on a path to success in college and beyond,” said Higgins. 

Aug 6, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced his cosponsorship of the Pandemic Response & Opportunity Through National Service Act (HR 6702). Upon enactment, this legislation will provide critical funding to a number of national service programs, mobilizing thousands of Americans to respond to the damages wrought by the COVID pandemic.