Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced passage of H.R. 7010, the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Flexibility Act of 2020. The bipartisan bill, approved by a vote of 417-1, makes more businesses eligible for the program and provides urgent solutions to some of the challenges small businesses are facing as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) welcomed the news that the Administration is extending federal orders assigning National Guard members to COVID-19 response through mid-August. The President had previously indicated plans to end the current order when it expires on June 24, leaving National Guard members serving on the frontlines of the pandemic response ineligible for federal benefits.
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.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced the House of Representatives approved H.R. 6509, the Public Safety Officer Pandemic Response Act of 2020. The bill amends the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 to provide public safety officer death and disability benefits for certain first responders who contract COVID-19.
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.
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.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced $34,561 to Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority (BMHA) and $65,073 to the City of Buffalo in federal funding to assist in providing affordable housing to non-elderly people living with disabilities through the Mainstream Housing Choice Voucher Program.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced the award of a 5-year federal grant totaling $2.25 million through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) for expansion of their Special Needs Dentistry program.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26), who serves as Co-Chair of the House of Representatives’ Northern Border Caucus is asking U.S. and Canada leaders to re-examine the scope of those provided essential travel status as communities on each side of the border begin reopening measures.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) is part of bipartisan group of U.S. House of Representatives members and Senators fighting to see that National Guard members receive the benefits they deserve.