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Aug 2, 2019 Press Release
August 7th marks anniversary of America’s oldest military award

In advance of National Purple Heart Day, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) honored five recipients of the Purple Heart Medal from Western New York during a ceremony at the Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park.

Jul 29, 2019 Press Release
Veteran Earned a Bronze Star & Three Purple Heart Medals for Service in the United States Army during the Vietnam War

In advance of Purple Heart Day, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) is honoring Western New York Purple Heart recipients, including a formal presentation of three Purple Heart medals and a Bronze Star to United States Army Sergeant First Class William Roland Hayes for service and injuries during the Vietnam War.

Jul 25, 2019 Press Release
Higgins delivers speech on House floor in support of the legislation

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) took to the House floor during debate and spoke in support of the H.R. 397, Rehabilitation for Multiemployer Pensions Act of 2019, also known as the Butch Lewis Act after union leader Butch Lewis, who led efforts to save troubled multiemployer pensions.


Jul 25, 2019 Press Release
Legislation Continues and Expands the Hunter Kelly Research Program Through the National Institutes of Health

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced the House of Representatives has approved the Newborn Screening Saves Lives Reauthorization Act of 2019 (HR 2507).

Jul 25, 2019 Press Release
Bill Protects Consumers Against Fake Caller ID & Expands Penalties for Illegal Robocall Perpetrators

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced the House of Representatives has approved H.R 3375, the Stopping Bad Robocalls Act, protecting consumers against predatory calling practices. 

Jul 24, 2019 Press Release

Funding Will Be Used To Purchase Cleaner, Modern And More Environmentally-Friendly Electric Buses And The Necessary Support Infrastructure


Schumer, Gillibrand & Higgins Wrote To Transportation Secretary Chao In May Touting NFTA Request

Jul 22, 2019 Press Release
Sergeant Yockey Served Nearly a Decade in the United States Army, Suffered Injuries Related to Agent Orange Exposure Yockey’s Name to be added to Buffalo Naval Park Wall of Honor

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) was joined by United States Army Buffalo Recruiting Commander Captain Randy Warren and VA Western New York Healthcare System Chief of Staff Dr. Grace Stringfellow, and Buffalo Naval & Military Park President Paul Marzello for a ceremony recognizing the service of Vietnam War veteran Sergeant Phillip Yockey. 


Jul 18, 2019 Press Release
Raise The Wage Act Ends 10-Year Stretch With No Increase in Minimum Wage

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced House passage of H.R. 582, the Raise the Wage Act, by a vote of 231-199. It’s been more than a decade since the federal minimum wage was increased to $7.25 in 2009, the longest stretch between increases since the minimum wage was established in 1938.

Jul 15, 2019 Press Release
Program Would Increase Grants Available to Maintain Vessels like those at the Buffalo & Erie County Naval and Military Park

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced that the House of Representatives passed H.R. 2500, the FY 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

Jul 15, 2019 Press Release

“Western New Yorkers today rightly protested the Trump Administration’s appalling treatment of innocent children and families desperately fleeing conflict and danger.  Last week I opposed border legislation because it lacked appropriate safeguarding for the children and families who are victims of this administration’s repugnant policies.