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Congressman Higgins’ Response to the State of the Union Address

Congressman Higgins’ Response to the State of the Union Address

“In today’s 2011 State of the Union Address President Obama outlined the United States’ game plan toward winning the future, and first up is job creation and economic growth.  Americans are justifiably impatient and we need to fuel that urgency with opportunities for success for our businesses, for our innovators and for our children.

“America can compete against any nation in the world when given the tools to do so. We should start by preparing our children for greatness with an unmatched quality education and preparing our businesses for prosperity by leveling the playing field impacted by China’s unfair economic policies and extending the Research and Development tax credits that feed the entrepreneurial hunger to develop cutting edge breakthroughs. 

Higgins Named to Homeland Security Committee

Higgins Named to Homeland Security Committee

Congressman to Continue Leadership on Border Issues, Security Funds in New Role

This week, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) was selected by the House Democratic Caucus to serve on the House Committee on Homeland Security and the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.

“I am honored to have been appointed to serve on Homeland Security Committee, positioning our border community in the forefront of national discussions and helping to advance the Peace Bridge project and improve our border operations to strengthen economic ties with our Canadian neighbors,” said Higgins, a member of the Congressional Northern Border Caucus.  “Moreover, with a position on the Committee with jurisdiction over FEMA, I will continue to fight against unfair, outdated flood maps and for relief when communities like Silver Creek, devastated by flooding, and Buffalo, hit by the October Storm, are overwhelmed by natural disasters.”

Congressman Higgins & Mayor Brown Announce $322,400 Federal Fire Grant for Buffalo

Congressman Higgins & Mayor Brown Announce $322,400 Federal Fire Grant for Buffalo

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27), City of Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown and Buffalo Fire Commissioner Garnell W. Whitfield, Jr. announced a new federal grant totaling $322,400 for the Buffalo Fire Department.

“This significant federal grant will continue to build on the critical investments protecting our firefighters and making our streets safer,” said Congressman Higgins, who is newly appointed to the House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee.   “I commend the city administration and fire department leaders for putting in the hard work necessary to build a qualifying grant application and help deliver these funds to Buffalo.”

Rep. Slaughter Speaks on the House Floor, Says Repeal of Health Care Reform is Discriminatory

Rep. Slaughter Speaks on the House Floor, Says Repeal of Health Care Reform is Discriminatory

"Any attempt to repeal or defund this legislation is simply unfair to us, our daughters, our mothers and our granddaughters" Slaughter says.

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-28) today called repeal of the Affordable Care Act discriminatory as she defending the landmark legislation. Her comments on the floor of the House of Representatives came as the Republican-lead House continues day two of their futile attempt to strip rights away from women and benefits from seniors, families and small businesses.

A transcript of Slaughter’s remarks are included below.

Video of her floor speech is available here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fl99J3DpbIw

Congressman Higgins Outlines: What Health Care Repeal Means for WNY

Congressman Higgins Outlines: What Health Care Repeal Means for WNY

“Today I will vote against the effort to repeal health care reform.   Health reform needed the start we gave it and we should be working together to build on that momentum.  No one thinks the Affordable Care Act is perfect, but tearing down what has been done is destructive not constructive.”

“Most would agree health care costs are devastating businesses and families but finding long-term solutions to complex problems doesn’t come when you press the delete key, it happens when we collectively put in the hard work necessary to continue the process of delivering meaningful change - that is what the American people want and that is what they deserve.”

 

What Does Repeal Mean for WNY?

Cutting Job Opportunities and Discovery Along the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus

Legislature Chair Barbara Miller-Williams Reaffirms County Commitment to the Library

Legislature Chair Barbara Miller-Williams Reaffirms County Commitment to the Library

 Buffalo, NY –  Erie County Legislature Chair Barbara Miller-Williams (D-Buffalo, 3rd District) reaffirmed her personal commitment to the libraries today. 

 “The funding of the library system is vital to the economic vitality of Erie County.  I, for one, am committed to moving the process forward and making sure we fund the libraries to the fullest extent possible,” Miller-Williams said.  “there is a process that guides us when we are spending county money and we have to make sure we are completely accountable to the taxpayers of the county.  Right now the process is running its course and I feel confident that the funding for Library will be dedicated to them before the end of the year.”

Higgins Shocked by House Vote Denying $250 Cost Relief for Seniors on Social Security

Higgins Shocked by House Vote Denying $250 Cost Relief for Seniors on Social Security

On Wednesday Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) voted for H.R. 5987, the Seniors Protection Act but the bill failed to receive the over two-thirds support needed for approval. The legislation, cosponsored by Higgins, would have provided a one-time $250 payment to seniors on Social Security to compensate for an automatic formula that calculates no Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for 2011.

“I am saddened to see partisan Washington politics win out at the expense of seniors in Western New York and across the nation,” said Congressman Higgins.

“For Social Security recipients in this community that $250 payment, while not exorbitant, certainly goes a long way toward paying heating bills or prescription costs. The issue of making sure our seniors have the most basic of necessities should not be one that divides but instead a national priority we can all unite behind.”