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Congressman Higgins Announces Introduction of Legislation to Protect and Expand Workers'Rights

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Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced the introduction of the Richard L. Trumka Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act (H.R.20). Originally cosponsored by Higgins, this comprehensive legislation protects workers’ right to bargain for higher wages, better benefits, and safer workplaces, with additional safeguards against corporate retaliation.  “The PRO Act empowers…

Congressman Higgins Celebrates as the Respect For Marriage Act Becomes Law

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Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) spoke on the floor of the House of Representatives as the President prepared to sign the Respect for Marriage Act into law.  Higgins, a member of the Congressional LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus, is a co-sponsor of the bill.  Video: https://youtu.be/rVQcx_UxNOw  Higgins said, in part, “I rise today to celebrate progress in…

Congressman Higgins Announces Final Approval of the Respect for Marriage Act

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Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26), a member of the LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus, announced the final approval of the Respect for Marriage Act (H.R.8404). The bill, cosponsored by Higgins, will constitutionally recognize same-sex marriage, and formally repeal the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act. Higgins said, “Our nation was founded on the basic principles of freedom and equality.…

Congressman Higgins Welcomes News That FDA is Planning to End Discriminatory Blood Donation Policies

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Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) welcomed the long overdue news that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is preparing to update its guidelines regarding blood donations, moving away from blanket, discriminatory rules banning donations from some gay and bisexual men.  “Blood donation rules should be based on science, not stigma,” said Congressman Higgins.…

Congressman Higgins Announces Approval of Legislation Supporting the Protection and Advocacy for Voting Access (PAVA) Program

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Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced the approval of the PAVA Program Inclusion Act (S.3969). The bipartisan bill builds on previous legislation to increase voting access for people with disabilities in the Northern Mariana Islands and American Indian consortiums. “Our democratic electoral process is most successful when all voters have equal opportunities to…

Congressman Higgins, Starbucks Workers United Announce Buffalo Employee Michelle Eisen to Testify Before House Committee

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Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) and Starbucks Workers United announce Buffalo employee and organizer, Michelle Eisen will testify this week before the House of Representatives’ Committee on Education & Labor. Eisen will be a witness during a full committee hearing titled: “In Solidarity: Removing Barriers to Organizing.” Michelle Eisen is an over decade-long…

Higgins Announces House Approval of the Respect for Marriage Act

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Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced approval by the House of Representatives of the Respect for Marriage Act (HR 8404). This action comes in response to language in an opinion by Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas indicating the need for the court to “reconsider” and “correct the error” established by previous decisions related to marriage…

Higgins Announces House Action on Legislation Protecting Rights to Reproductive Healthcare Services

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Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) voted with the House of Representatives to approve the Women’s Health Protection Act of 2022 (HR 8296) and the Ensuring Women’s Right to Reproductive Freedom Act (HR 8297). “Congress has the ability to fix the injustice imposed by the extreme Supreme Court decision, protect women’s healthcare freedom and end the criminalization of…

Congressman Brian Higgins Announces Approval of Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act

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Buffalo Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced the House of Representatives has approved the Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act (HR350). The legislation addresses domestic violent extremism like that identified as the cause of the recent mass shooting in Buffalo, New York which killed 10 people, injured 3 others, and traumatized the community.    Congressman Higgins…

Buffalo Congressman Brian Higgins, Members of the Tri-Caucus & Democratic House Leaders Join Together to Condemn the Racist Buffalo Shooting

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Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) joined members of the Congressional Black Caucus, Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, House of Representatives Majority Whip James Clyburn, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other members of Congress to denounce the racist mass shooting which occurred in Buffalo, New York and other ongoing efforts to promote hate in…