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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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Jun 15, 2018 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced the House of Representatives has approved a pair of bills aimed at providing additional support to women veterans and veterans engaged in the veteran treatment court program. 

“Both of these bills provide additional people to serve the needs of our veterans,” said Congressman Higgins. “Through this human interaction, with outreach specialists and peer counselors, veterans are better supported and positioned to overcome challenges.”

Feb 14, 2018 Press Release

Following release of President Trump’s Fiscal Year 2019 Budget, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26), a member of the House Budget Committee, is outlining how the proposal would impact the people of Western New York as well as the projects and priorities of importance to the region.

Feb 1, 2018 Press Release

A tireless servant to his country and his community, longtime Erie County Sheriff Thomas F. Higgins has dedicated a lifetime to Western New York and now local leaders are pushing to dedicate a local landmark in his honor.  Federal, State, County and City representatives are teaming up to name the newly reconstructed Bailey Bridges and adjacent park, located in Sheriff Higgins’ South Buffalo neighborhood, after the United States Marine Corps veteran.

Feb 1, 2018 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced the Congress on Your Corner schedule for the month of February.  Through the program, staff members from Congressman Higgins’ office are available at satellite sites throughout the district to better serve the needs of constituents.

The February Congress on Your Corner schedule is available below:

Thursday, February 8th
11:00am – 1:00pm
Amherst Senior Center
370 John James Audubon Parkway, Amherst

Jan 26, 2018 Press Release

On the eve of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) Town of Tonawanda Deputy Supervisor John Bargnesi, Village of Kenmore Mayor Patrick Mang, Tonawanda Councilman Dan Crangle of and other local leaders paid tribute to Howard Michael Ehrhardt, a WWII veteran from Western New York, who helped to liberate Dachau (DAAK-HOW), Hitler’s first and longest run concentration camp in Germany.  During a ceremony in Tonawanda Town Hall, Mr.

Jan 16, 2018 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) named nine local veterans to serve as members of his Service Academy Advisory Committee.  The panel recently met to interview local high school students applying to an academy and make recommendations to the Congressman. 

Students applying for enrollment in a U.S. service academy are required to seek a nomination from a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate or the Vice President.  The final decision about which students are admitted to each academy rests exclusively with the admissions office at the individual academy. 

Jan 5, 2018 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced the Congress on Your Corner schedule for the month of January.  Through the program, staff members from Congressman Higgins’ office are available at satellite sites throughout the district to better serve the needs of constituents.

The January Congress on Your Corner schedule is available below:

Tuesday, January 9th
10:00AM – 11:30AM
John Duke Center
1201 Hyde Park Blvd., Niagara Falls

Tuesday, January 16th
10:00AM – 12:00PM
Valley Community Center
93 Leddy Street, Buffalo

Nov 16, 2017 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins, Vice Ranking Member of the House Ways and Means Committee, called the GOP tax bill a “hit on fundamental fairness” before casting vote against the tax package. 

Higgins repeatedly expressed concern that the legislation pays for tax benefits for wealthy corporations at the expense of hardworking Americans and communities like Western New York. 

Nov 10, 2017 Press Release

In advance of Veterans Day, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced introduction of the Access to Military Service Records Act (H.R. 4325), legislation which would eliminate the fee associated with obtaining military records.   

“No veteran should have to pay the government for evidence of their sacrifice and service,” said Congressman Higgins.  “This fee is inexcusable and should be eliminated.”

Oct 25, 2017 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) joined the Western New York community in mourning the loss of City of Buffalo Police Officer Craig Lehner with a special tribute to the fallen officer and soldier on the Floor of the House of Representatives. 

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