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Feb 22, 2021 Press Release
Full House Vote Could Happen This Week Package Includes Billions for Vaccines, Therapeutics & Testing to Protect Americans from COVID-19

As the United States marked the tragic milestone of 500,000 U.S. deaths due to COVID, the House of Representatives Budget Committee took action to advance the American Rescue Plan, a $1.9 trillion COVID relief package.

Feb 19, 2021 Press Release
Congressman Pushing for Action to Protect USPS Services

Congressman Higgins says Postmaster General Louis DeJoy must be removed in order to protect the future of the United States Postal Service (USPS) and the American customers it serves.

Feb 17, 2021 Press Release
COVID Relief Funds Aimed At Helping Keep Schools Open, Teachers & Children Safe & Students Learning

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced that school districts in Erie and Niagara Counties would see an estimated $413,973,000 in COVID relief under President Biden’s American Rescue Plan. The data was provided by the House of Representatives Committee on Education and Labor, which recently held hearings to advance education measures included in the $1.9 trillion COVID relief package.

Feb 16, 2021 Press Release
Congressman Asked Biden Administration to Include Local Clinics in Initial 250 Sites

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced that Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) in Western New York will be included among the 250 clinics nationwide first to receive a direct allocation of COVID-19 vaccine doses.

Feb 12, 2021 Press Release
For Years The Western New York Delegation Has Fought Tirelessly Alongside Flight 3407 Families To Implement Flight Safety Regulations; Now Lawmakers Are Urging FAA To Prioritize Safety And Finalize Last Unfinished Rule, The Establishment Of A Pilot Record Database

WASHINGTON, D.C. — On the 12th anniversary of the Colgan Air Flight 3407 crash, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Representatives Brian Higgins and Chris Jacobs are calling for the immediate finalization of pilot records database rule.

Feb 12, 2021 Press Release
Congressman Higgins Presses DOT Secretary Buttigieg to Finalize Pilot Records Database

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) is urging the newly appointed U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg to get to work on finalizing the last piece of policy directed to be implemented following the tragic crash of Flight 3407 in Western New York on February 12, 2009.

Feb 12, 2021 Press Release
Measures Passed Include $1,400 Direct Payments, Healthcare Affordability, Expansion of Child Tax Credits & Protections for Seniors

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced, during a second full day of hearings on the American Rescue Plan, the House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee approved several measures providing COVID relief for families.

Feb 10, 2021 Press Release
Markup Starts on Wednesday

The House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee, on which Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) serves, will begin the process of considering measures included in the next COVID-19 disaster relief package.

Feb 10, 2021 Press Release
Ways & Means Committee Begins Process of Approving Components of the COVID Relief Package

Unemployment Extension & Expansion Among Measures Approved


Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced that the House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee has begun its work on the American Rescue Plan, passing several components of the COVID disaster relief package in committee.

Feb 10, 2021 Press Release
State & Local Aid Formula Estimates $324 Million for Buffalo, $55 Million for Niagara Falls

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced Erie and Niagara Counties will receive over $792 million in estimated federal disaster relief under the American Rescue Plan.  The newly released data is provided by the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, which is overseeing the state and local aid component of the bill.