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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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May 28, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced the House of Representatives approved the Veterans' Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) Act of 2020 (H.R. 6168), providing veterans with service-connected disabilities and survivors of disabled veterans with a proposed increased rate of compensation matching the cost-of-living adjustment provided to Social Security recipients. 

May 27, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced skilled nursing facilities in Western New York will receive more than $20 million in federal emergency funding to address increased expenses related to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“Nursing homes, by their very mission, serve those most at-risk of serious consequences as a result of infection due to age, pre-existing conditions and close proximity,” said Congressman Higgins.  “This funding provides needed resources to help facilities meet the challenges of prevention and protection against COVID-19.”

May 27, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) and Niagara County Clerk Joseph Jastrzemski announced the accreditation of Jeffrey M. Glatz, Director of the Niagara County Veterans Service Agency. As a fully accredited representative of the American Legion he can now work on the preparation and presentation of claims for veterans’ benefits.

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.