Higgins Pays Tribute to Van Miller on House Floor

On the Floor of the House of Representatives, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) recognized the life of Van Miller, the longtime radio announcer for the Buffalo Bills.  Miller served as the “Voice of the Bills” from 1960 to 1971, and again from 1977 to 2003.  He was a beloved figure in Buffalo and remains a cultural icon for his enthusiastic and memorable calls.  Mr. Miller passed away on July 17th, 2015. 


Higgins Announces Vacant Homes Act of 2015

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) joined members of the Distressed Properties Task Force in Western New York to announce the Vacant Homes Act, a bill designed to expedite the sale of underwater homes and foreclosures to prevent the buildup of vacant homes in neighborhoods and communities. 


Six Western New York Students to Attend United States Service Academies

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced that six students from his Congressional District will be attending one of the United States Service Academies this year. Service Academy appointments are made based on nominations by a member of Congress or the Vice President.  Each service academy ultimately decides which nominees will be accepted into the school. 


Congressman Higgins Presents U.S. Army Specialist Wilmer Olivencia with the Purple Heart for Wounds Sustained During the Vietnam War

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) presented United States Army veteran Wilmer A. Olivencia with a Purple Heart and other medals earned for wounds sustained and service during the Vietnam War. 

“Specialist Olivencia came home at a time when veterans did not receive the warm welcome they deserved but today we are honored to right this wrong and extend sincere appreciation on behalf of a grateful nation,” said Higgins.  “He fought for his country and had to fight again to regain his health and mobility.  His determination is incredible and bravery is commendable.”


Higgins Pushes for Focus on Infrastructure, Alternative Energy & Job Training at Hearing Outlining “Make it in America” Agenda

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) pointed to lessons Western New York has learned in recent years as the House of Representatives looks at strategies to grow the economy through a robust “Make it in America” agenda. 

Higgins was one of twenty-one members asked to weigh in on the future of the “Make it in America” agenda.  The event held on Capitol Hill was hosted by House of Representatives Minority Whip Steny Hoyer. 


Higgins Announces Approval of 21st Century Cures Act

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26), co-sponsor of the 21st Century Cures Act (H.R. 6), announced approval of the bill which provides $8.75 billion in additional funding for National Institutes of Health (NIH) and $550 million to the U.S. Food and Drug A...

Congressman Higgins & Mayor Szymanski Announce More Than $530,000 for the City of Lackawanna Fire Department

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) and City of Lackawanna Mayor Geoff Szymanski announced a federal grant totaling $536,324 for the Lackawanna Fire Department.  The funding is provided through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) program.

“This fire grant will provide the City of Lackawanna with additional resources to assist with recruitment and retention efforts, ultimately strengthening the response to emergency situations,” said Congressman Higgins. 


On House Floor, Higgins Pushes For Cancer Drug Coverage

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) spoke on the Floor of the House of Representatives today regarding H.R. 2739, the Cancer Drug Coverage Parity Act. The bipartisan legislation would require health insurance companies to provide equal coverage for tradi...