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Some members of Congress want Canada to require makers of the painkiller oxycodone to use the same kind used in the United States, which is more difficult to use illegally.


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Congressman Brian Higgins announced proposed legislation on Tuesday which aims to cut down on the length of time a foreclosed or abandoned property lingers until it is finally sold. It's a bill supporters say protects families who cannot afford to keep those homes, as well as protects property values for neighbors.

Rep. Brian Higgins was among a delegation which recently traveled to the Middle East to meet with other leaders concerned about the rising influence of the group that calls itself Islamic State .

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Traffic across the Peace Bridge into the U.S. should be moving a lot faster in the wake of the experimental system of checking trucks before they start across.


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Friends and family to deceased war veteran Corporal Robert J. Smith gathered in West Seneca Sunday morning to recognize him for his contributions during the Vietnam War.

The time limit on veterans' education benefits would be eliminated under a bill proposed by Rep. Brian Higgins, who says veterans who put their lives on the line should have flexibility when seeking an education.

Many of Buffalo's political leaders will be gathering today to witness the formal Presidential candidacy announcement by Secretary Hillary Clinton.

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A local congressman is among those co-sponsoring a bipartisan bill which would make it easier for doctors and other medical professionals to prescribe medication to treat opioid and heroin addiction.

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The first and only state park in the City of Buffalo opened on Sunday, and is set to offer Western New Yorkers a new waterfront destination.

Shelter to provide services to homeless women

May 8, 2015
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Homeless women in Buffalo may soon have a safe place to sleep at night as the Matt Urban Center plans on providing temporary housing in the city's Broadway/Fillmore neighborhood.


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A bill is being introduced by Congressman Brian Higgins that supporters say will bring more transparency to the Social Security Administration, as well as more public input in cases of field office closings.

Protecting the Great Lakes from nutrient pollution

Apr 21, 2015
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Rep. Brian Higgins is introducing legislation to protect the Great Lakes from nutrient contamination.

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The push is on for approval of a helipad atop the new John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital at the Buffalo-Niagara Medical Campus but, before construction, the pad needs to be signed off by local, state, and federal officials.

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

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Rep. Brian Higgins believes the region's psychology is changing as residents see the emergence of new buildings and an active waterfront. The congressman delivered that message at a talk at Medaille College Thursday night.

Higgins recalls Mario Cuomo

Jan 2, 2015

Buffalo-area Congressman Brain Higgins is joining the many in recalling former New York Governor Mario Cuomo who died on Thursday at the age of 82.  Higgins said Cuomo eloquently expressed "the essence of what the Democratic Party has been in America."

Higgins calls for bipartisan work in 2015

Dec 29, 2014
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The 113th Congress ended with lawmakers receiving one of the lowest job approval ratings. Political battles and partisan bickering and gridlock created a dismal 2014 session.  WBFO's Eileen Buckley talked to one local congressman about moving beyond the wall that divides lawmakers. 

Military medals awarded to WWII veteran

Dec 23, 2014
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The family of a now-deceased World War II veteran was presented with the military medals he earned during his service at a ceremony in North Tonawanda on Tuesday. 

Panelists say Buffalo ‘Renaissance’ is real

Dec 5, 2014
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Buffalo’s ‘Renaissance’ is real, at least if you ask the panelists who participated in a forum held at Niagara University Friday. The hour-long discussion put together by university students, focused on the dynamics that are helping to change the city’s image.

Federal aid may cover some storm costs

Dec 2, 2014
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Relief could be on the way people who lost a paycheck because of last month's snow storm. But the region must first be declared a disaster area.

Higgins, Weppner debate at St. Joe's

Oct 29, 2014
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A debate between Democrat incumbent Rep. Brian Higgins and Republican challenger Kathy Weppner took place at St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute Wednesday morning. The candidates are vying for the 26th Congressional District seat.

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With the emergence of lone wolf terrorists and the arrival of Ebola from West Africa, protecting America's borders is getting more difficult, so says Buffalo Congressman Brian Higgins.

Higgins floats plan for parks on the Outer Harbor

Oct 14, 2014
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Funding dedicated for Buffalo's waterfront should be spent on parkland, not parking ramps, according to Rep. Brian Higgins.

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Rep. Brian Higgins and Assemblyman Sean Ryan are speaking out against the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation's proposal for Outer Harbor redevelopment, which calls for a big emphasis on new housing.  

Solar plan proposed for Niagara Falls Air Base

Sep 26, 2014
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A new mission could be coming to the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station. As part of President Obama's recently announced initiative to advance solar deployment and energy efficiency, the base could become a training site for veterans seeking a career in the growing field.

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Jobs and medical breakthroughs could be at stake unless Washington boosts funding for the National Institutes of Health.

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More than 1,000 Democratic Committee members gathered in Lackawanna on Saturday to vote on candidates for Chairman of the Erie County Democratic Committee.

Pegulas reach 'definitive agreement' to buy the Buffalo Bills

Sep 9, 2014
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The owners of the Buffalo Sabres have been chosen to be the new owners of the Buffalo Bills. Terry and Kim Pegula have made the winning bid to take ownership of the storied NFL franchise.

Higgins calls for action on ISIS

Sep 4, 2014
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Shortly after the authenticity of a video showing the beheading of journalist Steven Sotloff was confirmed,Congressman Brian Higgins joined the growing call for an international response.

Niagara Street being beautified into city gateway

Aug 20, 2014
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A major gateway construction project will begin in downtown Buffalo this week. The $16.3 million multi-phase roadway rehabilitation will extend along Niagara Street.

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