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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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Jul 26, 2013 Press Release
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced The Service Collaborative of WNY, Inc. has been awarded over $2.88 million in federal funding through the Corporation for National and Community Service and the Department of Labor. The funding will support two AmeriCorps programs aimed at improving education outcomes for children in Buffalo schools and providing financial literacy training to residents and a YouthBuild program which will teach construction skills to at-risk young adults while improving neighborhood properties.
Jun 25, 2013 Press Release
Federal student loan rates are scheduled to increase from 3.4% to 6.8% in less than a week if Congress doesn’t act. As Congressman Higgins heads back to Washington, DC for votes he is pushing for action in the House of Representatives to keep higher education borrowing affordable.
Jun 18, 2013 Press Release
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) is urging leadership in the House of Representatives to act quickly to prevent college student loan rates from doubling. The current interest rate under the Federal Direct Student Loan Program is 3.4 percent. That number is expected to increase to 6.8 percent on July 1, 2013 unless preventative action is taken.
Nov 15, 2012 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins joined University at Buffalo’s School of Dental Medicine for the unveiling of “S-miles To Go,” its new state-of-the-art mobile dental van. 

Sep 26, 2012 Press Release

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) today awarded Buffalo Promise Neighborhood a grant totaling approximately $962,765.  The grant, administered through the DOJ’s new Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation (BCJI) program, will fund efforts to improve safety and security for the children and families who live, work and go to school in the Promise Neighborhood, located in Buffalo’s 14215 ZIP Code. 

Aug 16, 2012 Press Release

Explore & More Children's Museum today announced the selection of Gyroscopea museum planning, architecture and exhibit design firm, to lead its master planning process, taking a critical step towards opening a children’s museum on the Buffalo waterfront. The Master Plan will be funded by The John R. Oishei Foundation, the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation (ECHDC) and Fisher-Price. 

Apr 26, 2012 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins took to the House Floor today to advocate for Congressional action to keep student loan interest rates at the 3.4 percent rate legislated by Congress in 2007. This cut would expire in July of this year without legislative action. 


Mar 15, 2012 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) announced that he has joined as a cosponsor of H.R. 3826, which would extend the reduced interest rate for subsidized Stafford student loans. A previously legislated cut to these interest rates is set to expire in July 2012. 

Sep 2, 2011 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) announced that D’Youville College is set to receive a federal grant totaling $741,818 through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).  

Aug 31, 2011 Press Release

Cassadaga Job Corps Academy recognized and celebrated the graduation of more than 60 young men and women who are now preparing to launch their careers and the rest of their life.  This commencement also marked the first time that the Job Corps program has celebrated the success of their students on one day across the entire country.  Many of the nation’s 124 Job Corps Centers conducted graduation ceremonies as part of National Job Corps Commencement Day.  Serving as commencement speaker at this graduation was Congressman Brian Higgins, a member of the Congressional Friends