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Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced a total of $2,240,102 in American Rescue Plan funding will be delivered to Western New York as part of a nationwide initiative to invest in the infrastructure of health centers in underserved neighborhoods.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced approval of H.R. 4, the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2021, legislation protecting the right of Americans to vote.
“The right to vote is one of the most sacred rights in our country and the foundation of our democracy. Ensuring that every American has fair and equal access to that right is a fundamental duty of our government and this bill takes great strides toward accomplishing that goal,” said Higgins.
Following President Joe Biden’s public address before a joint session of Congress, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) is encouraged by the new federal focus on families and neighborhoods.
During a House of Representatives Ways & Means Committee hearing titled “In Their Own Words: Paid Leave, Child Care and an Economy that Failed Women,” Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) stressed the importance of improving federal policy to support working families.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced passage of H.R.7, the Paycheck Fairness Act. The legislation, cosponsored by Higgins, strengthens the 1963 Equal Pay Act by closing loopholes to provide women additional protections from pay discrimination and requiring, under the law, equal pay for equal work.
Higgins said, “The wage gap is real and substantial. It hurts women, our economy and American families. The time to address pay equity in a meaningful way is long overdue.”
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced House approval of H.R. 1620, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2021. The bill reauthorizes the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which expired in 2019, ensuring continued protections and access to essential services for victims of domestic violence and abuse.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced the House passage of H.J. Res. 17, which clears the path for ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment. The vote comes during Women’s History Month and just days after International Women’s Day. Higgins is a cosponsor of the resolution.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced the approval in the House of Representatives of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act (HR 1280), legislation aimed at addressing systemic racism and rebuilding the relationship between the police and the community toward the goal of saving lives.
“The system is broken, and we need to find a way to better keep everyone safe,” said Higgins. “This bill addresses inequities that exist, strives for fairness, and allows for communities to lead in the creation of a better path forward.”
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.