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Caring for our veterans is far more than thanking them for their service. As veterans return home from overseas, our nation has an obligation to assist them in preparing to reenter into civilian life, including ensuring affordable healthcare, access to earned benefits, and the skills and training needed to fill both the jobs of today and tomorrow. To that end, Brian has introduced H.R. 2169, the Veterans Education Flexibility Act, which would eliminate the deadlines for veterans to use the educational benefits they have earned.  Brian is also committed to help end the backlog for VA benefits and reducing the unacceptably high unemployment rate for returning veterans. 

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Mar 19, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced House passage of S. 3503, providing GI Benefits during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The bill would ensure the Veterans Affairs Department (VA) continues providing full benefits to veterans taking courses that are moved from the classroom to online during the coronavirus outbreak.

Mar 14, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced House passage of H.R. 6201, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act in a broad bipartisan vote (363-40-1) The bill provides paid leave, establishes free testing, and provides important benefits to children, families and seniors. This comes after Congress approved $8.3 billion to address the urgent costs associated with testing and treating those with coronavirus and minimizing the growing impact of the virus last week.

Feb 27, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced approval by the House of Representatives of several bills strengthening measures to provide greater transparency, and support veteran services and jobs. 

Higgins said, “The men and women who serve in our military and the families that support them sacrifice a great deal in defense of this country and we owe it to them to protect and serve our veterans in return. This legislation furthers that goal.”

Below is a summary of the legislation passed in the House this week:

Feb 5, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced House passage of H.R. 4305, the Puppies Assisting Wounded Servicemembers (PAWS) for Veterans Therapy Act.

Jan 24, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) and New York State Assemblymember Karen McMahon were joined by representatives from the United States Air Force and Town of Amherst leaders to honor Amherst residents and Air Force Veterans George “Butch” Wilcox and Robert Fahey. 

“These men represent a generation of patriots who bravely fought in unthinkable circumstances and humbly returned home,” said Congressman Higgins.  “It is truly an honor, on behalf of a grateful nation, to share their stories and publicly recognize their selfless service.”

Jan 22, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced that the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Continuum of Care (CoC) Program has awarded almost $12.3 million in federal funding to Western New York organizations to assist in their mission to end homelessness in the region.

Dec 23, 2019 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) was joined by French Honorary Consul Pascal Soarès in presenting former United States Army Nurse, First Lieutenant Mildred Speers (nee Budimirovich) with the French Chevalier Legion of Honor Medal and U.S. Military medals earned while serving during World War II.


Dec 12, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC – U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and Congressman Brian Higgins (D-NY-26) today announced that following their push, the FY 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) includes their provision to increase funding for the National Maritime Heritage Grant Program.

Dec 11, 2019 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced approval by the House of Representatives of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) conference report, authorizing national defense funding and related programs for fiscal year 2020. 

Nov 26, 2019 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) joined a meeting of the Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 187 to pay tribute to the service of the Nation’s Purple Heart recipients and honor one of their members, Roger Dearmyer.   


Roger was born on September 9, 1945 to parents Jeanne and Howard.  He grew up with his three brothers in Buffalo before moving to Cheektowaga.  Following high school, Roger went to work in a law office until receiving a draft notice for the Vietnam War.