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Members of Congress Lead Bipartisan Push Urging US to Address Canada’s Underused Housing Tax

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In a bipartisan letter, members of Congress are urging the United States Secretary of State to work with the Government of Canada to find a solution to exempt Americans from Canada’s Underused Housing Tax. The push comes ahead of Memorial Day weekend, which typically marks the start of the busy cross-border summer season for cottage owners. Joining the letter led by Congressmembers Brian Higgins (...

Congressman Higgins Announces Approval of Legislation Increasing Funding & Supporting Jobs for Veterans

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Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced the approval of the Veterans’ Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) Act (S. 777) and the Veteran Employment Through Technology Education Courses (VET-TEC) Act (H.R.1669). The bipartisan bills approve an increase in the cost-of-living allowance for disabled veterans and provide paid vocational educational opportunities for veterans in technology fields. “Veter...

Congressman Higgins Co-leads the Historic Tax Credit Growth and Opportunity Act

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Congressman Brian Higgins (D-NY-26) announced introduction of the Historic Tax Credit Growth and Opportunity (HTC-GO) Act (H.R. 1785). The bipartisan legislation expands and enhances the federal Historic Tax Credit program. Video: Higgins said, “Over the last two decades, my Western New York Community has seen over $1.2 billion of investments in more than 250 rehab pro...

Higgins Announces Final Passage of NOTAM Improvement Act

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Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced final House approval of the NOTAM Improvement Act (H.R. 346), sending the bill that addresses issues related to the January grounding of flights across the U.S. to the President’s desk. (VIDEO) Higgins spoke in favor of the bill on the House floor earlier this year, saying, “On January 11th a failure of the Notice to Air Missions system grounded thousand...

Congressman Higgins Announces $480,000 For Lake Erie Protection Programs Led by Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper

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Jill Jedlicka & Rep Higgins

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced $480,000 in federal funding for Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper to engage the Western New York community in the expansion of waterway monitoring and protection in the eastern basin of Lake Erie. The funding, which was secured by Higgins in the federal budget, will further opportunities for the public, including volunteers and underrepresented students, to pl...

Representatives Higgins and Fitzpatrick Introduce Legislation Improving Community Access to Human Services & Mental Health Support

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U.S. Representatives Brian Higgins (D-NY) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) announced the introduction of the Human Services Emergency Logistics Program (HELP) Act. The bipartisan bill would increase funding for alternate resource, response, and referral systems like the 211 Network and the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline, reducing wait times and more efficiently connecting people with disabilities, ol...

Pastor Craig Pridgen Serves as Guest Chaplain for the House of Representatives

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Congressman Higgins, Pastor Pridgen, and Speaker Pelosi

On Thursday, May 18, 2023, Buffalo native and Niagara Falls Pastor Craig Pridgen led members of the House of Representatives in an opening prayer. The Capitol Hill visit came at the invitation of Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26). Pastor Pridgen Video: Pastor Pridgen prayed, “…It is in the stillness of a room steeped in tradition that we pause to invite your presence.....

Reps. Brian Higgins & Jamaal Bowman Reintroduce Resolution Condemning the Great Replacement Theory with Co-Leads CBC Chair Horsford, CHC Chair Barragán, CAPAC Chair Chu, Congressional Equality Caucus Chair Pocan, CPC Chair Jayapal, Rep. Takano, Rep. Raskin, and Rep. Ramirez

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Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) and Congressman Jamaal Bowman, Ed.D. (NY-16) reintroduced a resolution to condemn the white supremacist “Great Replacement Theory,” along with Congressional Black Caucus Chair Steven Horsford (NV-04), Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chair Nanette Barragán (CA-44), Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus Chair Judy Chu (CA-28), Congressional Equality Caucus Chair...

Higgins and Meng Introduce Legislation to Prohibit the Sale and Transfer of Body Armor to Potential Mass Shooters

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In advance of the one-year anniversary of the Tops Friendly Market grocery store shooting in Buffalo, New York, U.S. Reps. Grace Meng (D-NY) and Brain Higgins (D-NY) announced the reintroduction of the Aaron Salter, Jr. Responsible Body Armor Possession Act. Video: The legislation is named in memory of Aaron Salter, Jr., the supermarket security guard killed in the mas...

Congressman Higgins Marks Full Reopening of the US-Canada Border with Push to Ease Travel & Grow Tourism

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Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) spoke on the floor of the House of Representatives during National Travel and Tourism Week calling the end of COVID restrictions at the Northern Border “a turning point in rebuilding the interconnected relationships and economies communities along the US-Canada border enjoy.” The United States will drop its COVID vaccine requirement on Canadians entering the Unite...

Thompson, Higgins, Carter, Titus Announce Creation of the Disaster Equity and Building Resilience Caucus

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May 11, 2023 (WASHINGTON) – Today, Reps. Bennie G. Thompson, Troy A. Carter, Sr., Dina Titus, and Brian Higgins announced the creation of the Congressional Disaster Equity and Building Resilience Caucus to promote the benefits of resilience and the need for equity in the country’s disaster preparedness and response infrastructure. Research has shown that racial minorities, rural areas, low-income ...

Sens. Wyden, Crapo, Reps. Kelly, Higgins Lead Legislation to Honor Medal of Honor Recipients

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Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, and U.S. Representatives Mike Kelly, R-Pa., and Brian Higgins, D-N.Y., today led members of Congress to introduce legislation in the Senate and House designating U.S. Highway 20 between Newport, Ore. and New England as the “National Medal of Honor Highway.” “Stretching 372 miles, US Route 20 is New York State’s longest hi...

Congressman Higgins Announces Winners of Congressional Art Competition

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First Runner Up Madison Ralph

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced the winners of the Congressional Art Competition which features the artwork of Western New York high school students and those across the country. This year Congressman Higgins received 22 pieces of artwork from students attending 14 local high schools. One piece of artwork from each Congressional District is selected for display in the halls leading to ...

Congressman Higgins Announces $1 Million to Support Small Business Start-ups in Western New York

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Congressman Higgins Announcing Federal Funding for Launch NY

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced one million dollars in federal funding for Launch NY, the first and only nonprofit Venture Development Organization to provide pro bono mentoring and seed capital access to early-stage startups in the 27 westernmost counties of New York State. Secured by Congressman Higgins in the fiscal year 2023 budget, funding supports a program expanding entrepreneur...

Higgins Announces $750,000 to Help WNY Small Businesses Establish & Expand E-Commerce

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Rep Higgins Announces $750,000 for the SBDC at Buffalo State

During Small Business Week, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced $750,000 in federal funding to help Western New York start-ups and existing small businesses develop a website and facilitate opportunities to grow online sales. The funding, secured by Congressman Higgins in the 2022 budget, is directed to the Small Business Development Center at SUNY Buffalo State which is leading the e-comm...