Congressman Chris Collins

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Congressman Chris Collins is backing President Trump's decision to impose a 25 percent tariff on imported steel and a 10 percent tariff on aluminum imports. The levies will take effect in about two weeks.  

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Congressmen Chris Collins and Brian Higgins have jointly signed a letter to a federal government agency, urging action on a plan to expand and improve the US plaza at the Peace Bridge. While the Peace Bridge Authority backs the federal lawmakers, at least one Buffalo Common Council member has now expressed concerns for the acquisition of land Higgins says will be needed.


Democratic Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz says he invited Republican Congressman Chris Collins to participate in a Town Hall-style conversation to address ways of reducing mass shootings. But Collins is saying no.

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The government shutdown is here.

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A new database is being tested that allows airlines to check a pilot's credentials before they're hired. It's required as part of the safety regulations enacted after the crash of Flight 3407, in Clarence Center, that killed 50-people.

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Congressman Chris Collins has thrown his support behind a bill that bans a practice he calls "grotesque" and "unnecessary," and is one many may not know continues in the U.S. military. It is the mutilation of animals for purposes of training military field medics.


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Not-for-profit organizations that suffered damage when Lake Ontario water flooded the shoreline earlier this year are eligible for federal low-interest loans, Congressman Chris Collins announced.


Western New York proved to be productive ground Wednesday for Vice President Mike Pence. As Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy reports, Pence attended a fundraiser at Salvatore's that earned $400,000 for Republican Party efforts. The visit also featured a discussion with local small businesses who heard Pence pitch the benefits of the Trump Administration's tax overhaul plan, a proposal that has been blasted by the leaders of New York State's Democratic Party.


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President Donald Trump's decision to phase out Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, drew swift and strong criticism Tuesday. But a local Republican congressman is sponsoring a bill that, he says, would give the children of those who entered the U.S. illegally a chance to stay permanently.


Collins unveils SAGA Act, aims to undo Cuomo's SAFE Act

Jul 31, 2017
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Congressman Chris Collins says federal law can preempt state law. It is with that in mind that the Western New York Republican is introducing a bill that aims to take down Governor Andrew Cuomo's gun control legislation known as the SAFE Act.


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On the same day the Congressional Budget Office issued its assessment of the Senate's proposed health bill, the Cuomo Administration offered its own sharp criticism of a bill they say will prove devastating to everyday New Yorkers while seriously harming efforts to battle an ongoing opioid addiction epidemic.


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The U.S. House of Representatives’ vote on the plan to replace the Affordable Care Act looms this evening, and some of New York’s representatives are still on the fence. New York Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul is hoping to change that.


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The House is expected to vote Thursday on a Republican health care bill that repeals wholesale sections of the Affordable Care Act. New York's Senators are both blasting it. They take exception to an amendment co-sponsored by Congressman Chris Collins that cuts billions of dollars in federal aid while shifting county medicaid costs to the state level.


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A provision to shift Medicaid health care costs in New York from counties to the state as part of the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act by Congress is meeting with a cool reception from state leaders.


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First, there was a billboard asking "Where's Chris Collins?" Now, in response to that ad, a new billboard is on display thanking the congressman for his service.


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As federal elected officials face noisy constituents at town hall meetings nationwide, New York's senior U.S. Senator and that body's minority leader took questions Wednesday about his own ability to be reached.


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Western New York Democratic Congressman Brian Higgins spoke with reporters Monday about immigration and congressional town halls. WBFO's Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley says the democratic lawmaker is unsure how those in Washington will find a "middle ground." 

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Western New York Congressman Chris Collins' strong support for the policies of President Donald Trump is not sitting well with some community members. Around 200 people reportedly gathered outside  the congressman's Williamsville office yesterday to renew calls for Collins to hold a town hall meeting.


Republican Congressman Thomas Reed was greeted by scores of boisterous protesters Saturday at town hall meetings in Western New York.

Local congressmen offer thoughts on Inauguration Day

Jan 20, 2017
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Two Western New York Republican members of Congress are among those looking forward with excitement to today's inauguration of Donald Trump, the 45th President of the United States of America. Meanwhile, while many Democrats have indicated they'll skip the proceedings, one Buffalo-area Democrat says he'll be there.


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A local congressman is weighing in on a fellow federal lawmaker's weekend remarks about President-Elect Donald Trump, expressing his disappointment while, during a television interview, suggesting that John Lewis is acting like a "spoiled child."


Local congressmen offer their wishes for 2017

Dec 20, 2016
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What might a Congressman want in the New Year? Two local elected representatives, one from each party, recently offered WBFO some of what they'd put on a wish list for the coming year.

Trump cabinet nominees concern Schumer, excite Collins

Dec 13, 2016
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As President-Elect Donald Trump continues to pick his nominees for his Cabinet, some are raising eyebrows while others are raising concerns. The New York Democrat who will soon become the Senate Minority Leader has concerns about several picks.


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On Tuesday, President Barack Obama is expected to sign the 21st Century Cures Act into law. Two local congressmen, one from each major political party, stood together with representatives of numerous health and patient interests to celebrate the act's passage.


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New York Republicans nominated Wendy Long to challenge Democratic Senator Charles Schumer at their nominating convention in Buffalo on Friday.

Local and state leaders are responding to the sudden death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

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Almost seven years after 50 people died in the crash of Flight 3407 in Clarence Center, the victims' families are still fighting to protect the flying public. They were joined Tuesday by every member of Western New York's congressional delegation in Washington.  


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Congressman Brian Higgins recently won unanimous support in Congress for a measure requiring the Department of Homeland Security to conduct a terrorism threat assessment on the transportation of chemical, biological, nuclear and radiological materials in the United States. 

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Speaker John Boehner's resignation was met with "stunned silence" by his fellow Republicans - according to Congressman Chris Collins.

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Colleges across the country may soon compete to be designated as “Manufacturing Universities.”

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