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Mar 16, 2021 Press Release
Announcement heeds members’ calls for taxpayer flexibility

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Reps. Brian Higgins (D-NY-26), a member of the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee, and Bill Pascrell, Jr.

Mar 16, 2021 Press Release
Federal Relief Provided in the American Rescue Plan

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced colleges, universities and institutions of higher education in Erie and Niagara Counties can expect to receive approximately $172.7 million in federal funding through the American Rescue Plan, with the requirement that at least half of the funding is dedicated directly to students. 

Mar 12, 2021 Press Release

“Over the past several weeks we have heard the stories of strong and brave women.  I previously issued a statement supporting ongoing, independent investigations into early accusations, but given continuing new accounts, it is clearly time for the Governor to resign. 

“This a challenging time for New York.  There is too much important work to be done.  We need to move forward.”

Mar 11, 2021 Press Release
Federal Government Lays Out Plan to Bring Nation Closer to Normal

Congressman Brian Higgins released the following statement in response to President Biden’s address to the nation and new federal plans to fight the pandemic. 

Mar 11, 2021 Press Release
Legislation Closes Gun Background Check Loopholes

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced the House of Representatives has approved H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2021, and H.R. 1446, the Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2021. The legislation, both cosponsored by Higgins, would close background check loopholes in federal law.

Mar 11, 2021 Press Release

NEW YORK (March 11, 2021) – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that People United for Sustainable Housing (PUSH) of Buffalo is one of 18 organizations to receive a total of $3.3 million in grants for environmental job training programs across the country.

Mar 10, 2021 Press Release
A Family of Four Earning Under $150,000 to Receive Direct Payment of $5,600

$775 Million in Aid for Municipalities in Erie and Niagara Counties

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced the House of Representatives approved the American Rescue Plan, the final Congressional action before the bill is signed into law by President Biden. 


Mar 9, 2021 Press Release
PRO Act Begins to Address Income Inequality in America

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced the House of Representatives approved H.R. 842, the Protecting the Right to Organize Act (PRO Act) of 2021, legislation strengthening the rights of workers to join together to negotiate fair wages and safe working conditions.

Mar 3, 2021 Press Release
Legislation Enshrines Popular Voting Methods, Protects the Right to Vote, and Gets Dark Money out of Elections

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced House passage of, H.R. 1, the For The People Act. This omnibus legislation is an ambitious template to ensure safe and easy access to the ballot box, make meaningful reforms to make election campaigns more transparent, and end the influence of undisclosed, dark money. 

Mar 3, 2021 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced the approval in the House of Representatives of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act (HR 1280), legislation aimed at addressing systemic racism and rebuilding the relationship between the police and the community toward the goal of saving lives.