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Higgins Calls for Support of Solar Ready Vets Program

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) called on Congress to support the Solar Ready Vets program, a federal initiative introduced by the White House to provide job training and opportunities for veterans in the rapidly growing solar industry. Speaking on the House Floor on Earth Day, Higgins urged colleagues to support the new initiative.


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Higgins Asks CBP to Move on Reforms to Reduce Wait Time at Northern Border Crossings

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) said the Department of Homeland Security should change two policies that could reduce wait times for trucks by 81% during peak travel season, according to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) report. 

“Every minute a commercial vehicle is delayed on the bridge is costing companies, jobs and our economy.  And truck congestion causes delays for travelers and consumers. Let’s open the floodgates of northern border commerce today,” said Higgins.

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Higgins Announces Legislation to Protect the Great Lakes, Update Water Infrastructure

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced legislation aimed to update water infrastructure essential to protecting the Great Lakes and the communities that surround them.

“The Great Lakes are an incredible natural and economic resource for Western New York,” said Congressman Brian Higgins. “Restoring and preserving the integrity of the Great Lakes is critical to our waterfront economy and the vitality of our region.”

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Higgins Announces Online Voting Now Open for Student Art Competition

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) invites the public to visit his website to view an online gallery of the student submissions for the congressional art competition and vote for your favorite piece.

All submissions are currently on public display in the first floor of the Larkin at Exchange Building in Buffalo and can also be viewed on the Congressman’s website at:  www.Higgins.House.gov.

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Local Domestic Violence Rights Advocate Mary Travers Murphy to Receive National Award for Outstanding Victim Advocacy

Erie County Family Justice Center Executive Director Mary Travers Murphy will receive a national award from the U.S. Congressional Victims’ Rights Caucus at a ceremony on Capitol Hill during National Crime Victim’s Rights Week (April  19-25).  Congressman Higgins nominated Mary for the “Ed Stout Memorial Award for Outstanding Victim Advocacy.” She will travel to Washington, DC to accept one of five awards presented nationwide. 

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New Children’s Hospital at the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus Will Be Completed in 2017 & Replace Current Women & Children’s Hospital in Buffalo, as the Only Emergency Pediatric Care Facility in Western NY 

Schumer, Higgins Say it is Critical the New John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital Has a Helipad for Transporting Patients in Life-Threatening Situations – But Feds Must First Approve the Project Before Landing Pad Construction Can Begin

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Higgins Recognizes Holocaust Remembrance Day

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) spoke on the House Floor in recognition of Holocaust Remembrance Day, known as Yom Hashoah in Hebrew, a time to remember the heroism of the nearly six million Jews whose lives were lost under the Nazi Germany regime. 

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On Equal Pay Day, Higgins Calls for Approval of the Paycheck Fairness Act

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) recognized Equal Pay Day by urging passage of legislation aimed to close the pay inequality gender gap.  National Equal Pay Day represents the day when an average American woman's earnings finally match what an average American man earned in the previous year.


Congressman Higgins & Niagara University Encourage Continued Community Engagement After Volunteer Fair

Western New York residents turned out in droves for the first-ever LiveNF Volunteer Fair held April 7 at the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute. The event was organized through Niagara University’s ReNU Niagara program and Congressman Brian Higgins

Forty registered organizations were on hand to welcome residents interested in learning more about volunteer opportunities in the city of Niagara Falls and across Western New York.