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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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May 11, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced the award of a $227,778 National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to University at Buffalo (UB) for the development of a new damping system assessment based on real time wind simulations on tall building models under Engineer and Researcher Dr. Teng Wu.

May 7, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced an additional $690,559 in federal funding for several local colleges and the students they serve. 

Higgins said, “Access to education is challenging under the current public health emergency.  These additional resources will help colleges continue to reach students and keep students on a path to graduation.”

Apr 9, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced Western New York college students and institutions are scheduled to receive more than $68.8 million dollars in federal funding provided in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act approved by Congress on March 27th.

Apr 8, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced $204,845 in federal funding for the Buffalo Niagara Freedom Station Coalition for protection and rehabilitation of the Michigan Street Baptist Church.  The funding is provided through the National Park Service’s (NPS) African American Civil Rights Grant Program.

Apr 6, 2020 Press Release

In response to the COVID-19 public health crisis, Congress has taken swift action, through three funding packages, to provide emergency relief hospitals, communities and workers. Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) provided the following summary of the resources available to families and students.

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Mar 19, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced House passage of S. 3503, providing GI Benefits during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The bill would ensure the Veterans Affairs Department (VA) continues providing full benefits to veterans taking courses that are moved from the classroom to online during the coronavirus outbreak.

Feb 11, 2020 Press Release

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.

Jan 16, 2020 Press Release

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.

Jan 16, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26), ’85, has announced that Buffalo State’s Patricia H. and Richard E.

Jan 13, 2020 Press Release

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.