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Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26), a member of the Congressional LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus, announced passage of the Equality Act (H.R. 5), a bill that ensures LGBTQ Americans are equally protected from discrimination under federal law.
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.
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.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) applauded President Biden’s executive order revoking President Trump’s actions banning transgender troops from serving in the United States Military. Higgins released the following statement:
“Americans who sign up to serve and protect deserve nothing less than equal protections from the country they bravely defend. It is an incredibly selfless act to commit oneself to the military. Denying these selfless individuals the ability to simply be themselves is shameful. We welcome the new Commander-in-Chief’s actions to right this historic wrong.
Congressman Brian Higgins announced the approval of H.R. 4995, the Maternal Health Quality Improvement Act of 2020. The bill seeks to resolve disparities in access to maternal healthcare among rural and minority populations.
Congressman Brian Higgins (N-26) announced the House of Representatives approved HR 5309, the Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair (CROWN) Act. The bill explicitly prohibits discrimination on the basis of hair texture or style, commonly experienced by Black Americans.
“Nobody should be harassed or discriminated against for wearing their natural hair or choosing a style based on cultural heritage and preferences, yet people face these biases every day,” said Higgins. “The CROWN Act solidifies in federal law that race-based hair discrimination is illegal.”
Congressman Brian Higgins provided remarks on the floor of the House of Representatives in recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month and the contributions of the Hispanic community in Western New York and across the country.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced $773,233 in federal funding provided through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded to Neighborhood Health Center of WNY, Community Health Center of Buffalo, and Jericho Road Ministries to further strengthen quality improvement activities and expand quality primary health care service delivery.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) joined Western New York postal workers and residents in expressing outrage and opposition to operational changes which threaten to sabotage the United States Postal Service (USPS). The community gathered in front of the William Street mail processing facility in Buffalo, as the Congressman prepares to head to Washington, DC where the House of Representatives will vote on legislation to protect and provide emergency relief to the USPS.
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.