Brian is a supporter of the Affordable Care Act recognizing the law was a beginning, not an end to expanding, improving, and providing more affordable healthcare options for Americans. He supports legislation aimed at bringing down the cost of prescription drug prices and is a lead sponsor of a bill that would allow people ages 50-64 to buy into Medicare early.
As Co-Chair of the House of Representatives Cancer Caucus, Brian works with his colleagues to support substantial federal investments in medical research, funding benefiting Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus here in Western New York and supporting families fighting horrible diseases and conditions across the nation. He is also a lead sponsor of the Cancer Drug Coverage Parity Act, which requires health insurance companies to provide the same coverage for new, promising orally-administered anti-cancer medication as it does for traditional intravenous chemotherapy.
Brian remains at the forefront of today’s top health discussions ranging from improving mental health services to seeking solutions to combat the opioid epidemic, as a member of the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health.
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Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced the House of Representatives approved H.R. 6395, the FY 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) a bill providing funding for the nation’s military bases, research and operations. The legislation includes a Maritime Heritage amendment submitted by Higgins as well as measures related to COVID response suggested in Higgins’ Pandemic Preparedness bill.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced the House of Representatives Appropriations Committee passed the FY 2021 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill, which included report language requested by Higgins related to essential traveler exceptions at the Northern Border.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) and City of Niagara Falls Mayor Robert Restaino were joined by Niagara Falls Housing Authority Director Clifford Scott and other municipal and community leaders to announce plans to deploy federal emergency funding in the City of Niagara Falls for COVID relief, response and prevention.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced a federal grant totaling $601,653 to the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA) for costs necessary to operate, maintain, and manage Metro Bus service during the COVID-19 health emergency.
“As this health crisis continues, so does our need to keep Western New York’s transportation running smoothly and efficiently,” said Higgins. “This funding will help the NFTA shoulder the costs incurred by operating for our community during COVID-19.”
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26), who serves as co-chair of the Congressional Northern Border Caucus and the U.S. Canada Inter-parliamentary Group, released the following statement in response to published reports of a bilateral agreement between the United States and Canada extending crossing restrictions along the Northern border:
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) is calling for immediate review and reconsideration of a decision to block residents of Frederick Douglass homes in Buffalo from access to outdoor water. Higgins has heard from multiple residents about this issue and reached out to agencies to try to resolve the urgent matter.
The property is owned by the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority (BMHA) and managed by Cornerstone Property Managers.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced federal funding to the Hamburg Volunteer Fire Department and the Swormville Fire Company to help these first responders protect communities from COVID-19; The Hamburg Volunteer Fire Department received $4,161.29 while the Swormville Fire Company, serving Amherst and Clarence, was awarded $3,265.76.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced federal funding to the Niagara County Department of Emergency Services and Ellicott Creek Fire Company to prevent, prepare for and respond to COVID-19.
Niagara County Department of Emergency Services was awarded $77,295.45. Ellicott Creek Fire Company, which serves the Towns of Amherst & Tonawanda, received $3,750.39 in federal funding.
Higgins said, “This emergency funding provides necessary resources to protect those who protect our community.”
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced $1.6 million in additional federal funding for the Buffalo and Erie County Workforce Investment Board (WIB). The funding, which is allocated through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families, will be directed to the WIB’s Health Profession Opportunity Grant (HPOG) program. The program previously received two five-year awards; this extends WIB’s successful HPOG program for an 11th year.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced the House of Representatives has approved, under unanimous consent, S. 4116 - legislation extending the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) application deadline to August 8, 2020. Small businesses previously had until June 30 to apply.
Higgins said, “The current health crisis has led to an economic crisis, with many small business owners struggling to stay afloat. This Paycheck Protection Program extension gives small businesses more time to access available resources some desperately need to stay open and save jobs.”