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Jun 24, 2009 Press Release
“What I want to talk about is America...if we’re going to do a not-for-profit plan, it should be designed to do one thing: it should be a countervailing force for a system that everybody agrees is unaffordable, unsustainable and unacceptable.”
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Jun 24, 2009 Press Release
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) voted with his colleagues in the House of Representatives to approve keys bills which will provide critical support services and funding for veterans: H.R. 1016, the Veterans Health Care Budget Reform & Transparency Act and H.R. 1211, the Women Veterans Health Care Improvement Act.
Jun 23, 2009 Press Release
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) announced that the Buffalo & Eric County Public Library has been awarded a $20,000 federal grant for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Big Read program, the largest reading program in the country.
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Jun 19, 2009 Press Release
“This outline is the culmination of months of deliberation, and is the first concrete step toward reforming our health care system to reign in skyrocketing costs that threaten to bankrupt our families and government. The best patient care and highest quality outcomes should be the only influences in medical decision making. We must cut waste and unintended incentives that drive up costs, encourage innovation and access to cutting-edge treatments, and substantially address prevention and wellness toward the goal of reducing the incidence of chronic disease. The Cleveland Clinic and the Mayo Clinic serve as examples of high quality, low cost, highly integrated medical practices that are already using these strategies with very good and efficient outcomes and should serve as models as we move forward. The United States spends more per capita on health care than any country in the world but our outcomes are dismal and getting worse. A physician-driven, highly transparent, voluntary, not-for-profit public health plan option is necessary to truly reform our healthcare system and today we move closer to that goal.”
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Jun 18, 2009 Press Release
Today, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) voted with his colleagues in the House of Representatives to approve H.R. 2847, the 2010 Commerce, Justice and Science (CJS) Appropriation Act. In addition to the program funding that will benefit this region, the bill contains $400,000 in direct assistance, requested by Congressman Higgins, for two Western New York initiatives.
Jun 16, 2009 Press Release
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture is making disaster assistance available to farms in Chautauqua, Erie, Cattaraugus, Alleghany and Wyoming counties. Farm Service Agency (FSA) Emergency Loans and Supplemental Revenue Assistance payments may be granted to eligible farm operators who experienced severe losses based on excessive snowfall occurring from December 10, 2008 through March 11, 2009.
Jun 16, 2009 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) announced that the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority has been awarded a $294,000 federal grant through the U.S. Department of Transportation for the purchase of a hybrid bus. 

Jun 16, 2009 Press Release

Today, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) voted with his colleagues in the House of Representatives to approve H.R. 403, Homes for Heroes Act of 2009, a bill which will expand the supply of housing and support services to low-income veterans.

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Jun 15, 2009 Press Release
Today, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) voted with his colleagues in the House of Representatives to approve a bill providing critical federal dollars for efforts to maintain national security, respond to H1N1 flu needs, fund consumers vouchers for less efficient vehicle trade-ins and support our troops and veterans.
Jun 15, 2009 Press Release

Today, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) submitted a formal proposal to Governor Paterson and the New York Power Authority (NYPA) requesting 36% of the net revenue produced by the Niagara Power Project be devoted to economic development and tourism efforts in Western New York, including moderately-priced waterfront housing on Buffalo's Outer Harbor for the first time in the city's history.

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