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In the first virtual hearing in the history of the House of Representatives, members of the House Ways and Means Committee, including Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) held a hearing to discuss racial health disparities and the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on communities of color.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) is calling on the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to implement necessary measures to protect the health and safety of employees, including Western New Yorkers who work at the IRS office located in Cheektowaga, New York.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced $204,845 in federal funding for the Buffalo Niagara Freedom Station Coalition for protection and rehabilitation of the Michigan Street Baptist Church. The funding is provided through the National Park Service’s (NPS) African American Civil Rights Grant Program.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced House passage of H.R.35, Emmett Till Antilynching Act. The bill makes an offense involving lynching a federal hate crime. The legislation was cosponsored by Congressman Higgins and passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 410-4.
“This legislation marks the end of a century long battle to federally outlaw the horrific act of lynching and sends a clear message to our communities that we will continue to fight for equality on every front, for as long as it takes,” said Higgins upon passage of the bill.
During a special Black History Month celebration presented by the Bennett-Wells American Legion Post and Auxiliary #1780, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) honored over fifty veterans who served during the Vietnam War.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced House passage of H.J.Res.79, Removing the deadline for ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment. The House Joint Resolution would remove the 1982 deadline set by the 92nd Congress and allow the Equal Rights Amendment to be ratified into the Constitution by three-fourths of the States. It was cosponsored by Congressman Higgins and passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 232–183.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced House passage of H.R. 4, the Voting Rights Advancement Act, a bill that restores the strength of the 1965 Voting Rights Act (VRA) with greater federal oversight of violators and expanded transparency for voters.
On the eve of New York State’s first ever early voting, which runs from October 26th to November 3rd, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) took to the House floor to express his support for legislation he cosponsored that includes measures aimed at closing loopholes that allow foreign governments and individuals to spend money in and influence American elections. H.R.
In recognition of Pride Month, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced his support for measures that advance and protect LGBTQ rights at the federal level. Pride each year marks a celebration of LGBTQ rights, honors history, and serves as a rallying cry for future progress. We have seen incredible progress, yet this year’s events are especially significant as LGBT Americans continue to face threats of weakening protections and attacks on rights and freedoms from the Trump Administration.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced that the House of Representatives passed H.R. 6, the American Dream and Promise Act, which he’s a cosponsor of, by a vote of 237-187. The bill takes several steps to protect Dreamers, those who were brought to the US as children of undocumented immigrants, and those with either Temporary Protected Status (TPS) or Deferred Enforced Departure (DED).