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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.
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.