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Representing the 27th District of New York

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May 19, 2016 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today released the following statement after reports surfaced that health insurers operating in New York’s Obamacare exchanges requested premium rate increases by as much as 89%.

May 18, 2016 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today announced $88,858  in federal funding for Adams Fire Co. in Wheatfield, New York. The grant was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG), which is designed to help first responders improve their capability to respond to fires and emergencies of all types.

May 13, 2016 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed 18 pieces of legislation this week to combat the nation’s opioid epidemic.

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May 2, 2016 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today announced his office's satellite office hours for the month of May. These satellite office hours are held in addition to the normal office hours at Congressman Collins’ Geneseo and Lancaster district offices.

Apr 26, 2016 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today released the following statement after introducing H.R. 5021, the Better Accounting for Medicaid Costs Act. The legislation will focus on reducing costs associated with Medicaid information requirements.

Apr 26, 2016 Press Release

Representatives Chris Collins (NY-27) and Peter King (NY-02) released the following statements after holding a joint press conference urging an increase in first responder grant funding.

Apr 26, 2016 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today released the following statement recognizing United States Navy Veteran, Kenneth A. Dehm of Batavia, as New York 27th Congressional District’s April ‘Veteran of the Month.’ The ‘Veteran of the Month’ is a new program established by Congressman Collins’ office to recognize the dedication and service of NY-27’s veterans.

Apr 11, 2016 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins today released the following statement announcing the winner, runner up, and honorable mentions of the 2016 Congressional Art Competition. Congressman Collins joined participating NY-27 students this past Saturday, April 9th at the Roz Steiner Art Gallery at Genesee Community College for a brief reception before announcing this year’s winner. 

Apr 4, 2016 Press Release

WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. – Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today announced his office's satellite office hours for the month of April. These satellite office hours are held in addition to the normal office hours at Congressman Collins’ Geneseo and Lancaster district offices.

Mar 23, 2016 Press Release

U.S. Representatives Chris Collins (NY-27) and Louise Slaughter (NY-25) today led a bipartisan letter from members of the New York Congressional delegation to President Obama opposing the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

Mar 17, 2016 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today released the following statement recognizing United States Navy Veteran, Ernie Reitzel, as New York 27th Congressional District’s first ‘Veteran of the Month.’ The ‘Veteran of the Month’ is a new program established by Congressman Collins’ office to recognize the dedication and service of NY-27’s veterans.

Mar 3, 2016 Press Release

U.S. Representatives Chris Collins (NY-27) and Paul Tonko (NY-20) today released the following statements after H.R. 3716, the Ensuring Removal of Terminated Providers from Medicaid and CHIP Act,was unanimously approved by the House. This legislation included H.R.

Feb 29, 2016 Press Release

U.S. Representatives Chris Collins (NY-27) and Jerry McNerney (CA-09) today released the following comments after introducing H.R. 4642, the Diabetic Eye Disease Prevention Act. The legislation works to prevent blindness and eye diseases associated with diabetes.

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Feb 29, 2016 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today released the following statement after sending a letter to VA Secretary McDonald inviting him to tour the recently embroiled VA health facilities in Western New York and urging the implementation of Lean Six Sigma in order to improve efficiency across VA facilities.

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Feb 29, 2016 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today announced his office’s satellite office hours for the month of March. These satellite office hours are held in addition to the normal office hours at Congressman Collins’ Geneseo and Lancaster district offices.

Feb 23, 2016 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins today released the following statement announcing the United States Naval Academy’s Summer Programs and encouraging all eligible high school students in New York’s 27th Congressional District to apply.

Feb 17, 2016 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today released the following statement after a VA OIG report released February 11, 2016 found significant issues with the national VA suicide hotline program.

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Feb 10, 2016 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins today released the following statement announcing this year’s Congressional Art Competition and encouraging local high school students in New York’s 27th district to participate.

Feb 9, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today released the following statement after President Obama released his budget for Fiscal Year 2017.

Feb 4, 2016 Press Release

U.S. Representatives Chris Collins (NY-27) and Brian Higgins (NY-26) today released the following comments after receiving news that eight KC-135 refueling tankers will be arriving at Niagara Air Falls Reserve Station to replace the base’s aging fleet of cargo planes. The news will be made official in the President’s budget which will be released on February 9, 2016. 

Jan 21, 2016 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today released the following statement after introducing legislation to rename the currently unnamed post office located at 15 Rochester Street, Bergen, New York in honor of Bergen resident Barry Miller. If passed, the legislation would rename the post office the “Barry G. Miller Post Office.”

Jan 13, 2016 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today issued the following statement after President Obama’s State of the Union address.

Jan 11, 2016 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) is reminding local fire departments and Emergency Medical Service (EMS) providers to apply for federal Assistance to Firefighter Grants (AFG) through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) before the Friday, January 15, 2016 deadline.

Jan 5, 2016 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today released the following statement after President Obama issued executive actions which circumvent the Constitution and deny Western New Yorkers their Second Amendment rights.

Dec 11, 2015 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today released the following statement expressing his disappointment in the New York Supreme Court granting injunctions banning FanDuel and DraftKings from operating in the state until a final decision is made.

Dec 9, 2015 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today released the following statement after writing a letter to Department of Defense and Federal Aviation Administration officials expressing concern over a proposed wind turbine project along the Lake Ontario shoreline.

Dec 3, 2015 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today released the following statement after passage of H.R. 22, the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act.

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Dec 2, 2015 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) is encouraging local fire departments and Emergency Medical Service (EMS) providers to apply for federal Assistance to Firefighter Grants (AFG) through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Nov 18, 2015 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27), Congressman John Katko (NY-24), and county legislators, Dave Godfrey and Lynne Johnson, today released the following statements after meeting with State Department officials about the International Joint Commission’s (IJC) plans to implement new guidelines regulating the water levels of Lake Ontario.

Nov 17, 2015 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today announced his office’s satellite office hours for the remainder of November. These satellite office hours are held in addition to the normal office hours at Congressman Collins’ Geneseo and Lancaster district offices.

Nov 16, 2015 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today released the following statement demanding Governor Andrew Cuomo stop his plans to accept Syrian refugees into New York.

Nov 12, 2015 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today released the following statement urging local schools to participate in this year’s “Holiday Mail for the Troops” Program.

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Nov 10, 2015 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today released the following statement after New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman ordered daily fantasy sports companies – DraftKings and FanDuel – to stop accepting bets from New York residents.

Nov 6, 2015 In The News

WASHINGTON — Several Republicans Thursday heaped blame on the Obama administration for the failure of more than half of the cooperatives set up under the health law to infuse competition into the insurance market.

Nov 6, 2015 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today released the following statement after President Obama formally rejected the Keystone XL pipeline.

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Nov 5, 2015 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today released the following statement after the House passed the Surface Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2015.

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Nov 2, 2015 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today released the following statement reminding students of the deadline to apply for U.S. Service Academy nominations.

Oct 27, 2015 In The News

Never in my lifetime did I think I would open an app on my phone and, within minutes, have an on-demand car service pick me up and take me where I want to go. Unfortunately, while I can access this service when I am in places like Washington D.C., New York City and many other cities around the nation, I can’t when I am home in Western New York.

Oct 23, 2015 Press Release

U.S. Representatives Chris Collins (NY-27) and Paul Tonko (NY-20) today released the following statements after introducing the Medicaid Directory of Caregivers Act (Medicaid DOC Act), legislation to improve access to doctors for Medicaid participants.

Sep 29, 2015 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today released the following statement after questioning various state health care exchange officials during an Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing for the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee.

Sep 23, 2015 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today announced $189,191 in federal funding for South Lockport Fire Company. The grant was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG), which is designed to help first responders improve their capability to respond to fires and emergencies of all types.

Sep 19, 2015 Press Release

Congressmen Chris Collins (NY-27) issued the following statement after holding a press conference touting the importance of H.R.

Sep 11, 2015 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today announced $40,168 in federal funding from the Federal Aviation Administration for the Akron Airport.

Sep 3, 2015 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today announced $167,340  in federal funding for three local fire companies. Rapids Fire Company, located in Niagara County, will receive $64,029, Clarence Fire District No. , located in Erie County, will receive $63,456, and Shelby Fire Company, located in Orleans County, will receive $39,855.

Sep 2, 2015 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today announced $ $144,760 in federal funding for the Adams Fire Company located in Niagara County. The grant was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) program, which is intended to support the recruitment, hiring, and retention of firefighters.

Aug 25, 2015 Press Release

WILLIAMSVILLE, NY- Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) held a press conference Tuesday, August 25th at the Hamburg Lakeshore Overseas Veterans Post 1419, to promote his legislation, the REVAMP Act. The REVAMP Act will grant veteran organizations access to federal funding for maintenance and improvements to veteran halls and posts.

Aug 20, 2015 Press Release

GENESEO, NY- The offices of Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) and Senator Gillibrand will host two informational workshops where staff members with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will provide an overview of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program.

Aug 6, 2015 In The News

In what has become the new normal, President Obama has once again moved the goalposts during his foreign policy negotiations. By doing so, the administration has put America and its allies at risk, while empowering one of our fiercest enemies.

Aug 5, 2015 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins today joined with four children suffering from rare diseases, their families, and University at Buffalo officials to discuss the importance of the 21st  Century Cures Act and urged the U.S. Senate to quickly pass this bipartisan legislation.

Jul 31, 2015 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins today released the following statement after introducing H.R. 3327, the Kids Before Cons Act, which will block the Obama administration’s plans to use Pell grants to fund college programs for prisoners.

Jul 29, 2015 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins today released the following statement after introducing the Small Business Regulatory Sunset Act, which will reduce excessive regulations hurting small businesses.

Jul 15, 2015 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins today released the following statement after a video revealed Planned Parenthood Senior Director of Medical Services discussing the sale of fetal body parts.

Jul 10, 2015 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins today released the following statement after passage of H.R. 6, the 21st Century Cures Act.

Jul 9, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today announced $182,378 in federal funding for Dansville Fire Department located in Livingston County.

Jun 25, 2015 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins today released the following statement in response to the Supreme Court’s ruling in King v. Burwell.

Jun 15, 2015 In The News

This article appeared in the Buffalo News on Saturday June 13, 2015.

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Jun 9, 2015 Press Release

U.S. Representatives Chris Collins (NY-27) and Paul Tonko (NY-20) today released the following statements after sending a letter signed by 33 Members of the New York and New Jersey Congressional delegations to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Thomas Wheeler.

Jun 4, 2015 Press Release

U.S. Representative Chris Collins today released the following statement after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a report that found no evidence of fracking having a widespread impact on drinking water.

May 27, 2015 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today released the following statement after the Obama Administration finalized its Clean Water Act Waters of the United States Rule.

May 27, 2015 Press Release

Williamsville, NY- Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today announced $78,897 in federal funding for the Village of Warsaw Fire Department.

May 21, 2015 Press Release

U.S. Representative Chris Collins (NY-27) today released the following statement after the House Energy and Commerce Committee approved H.R. 6, the 21st Century Cures Act.

May 19, 2015 Press Release

U.S. Representatives Chris Collins (NY-27) and Eric Swalwell (CA-15) today introduced H.R. 2409, the Main Street Revival Act, which would expedite local small business development in underserved areas.

May 13, 2015 In The News

A federal lawmaker is proposing to ban bankruptcy trustees from trying to claw back tuition money from universities and, in some cases, college students themselves—a legal maneuver that can arise in a parent’s bankruptcy case.

May 13, 2015 Press Release

Congressmen Chris Collins (NY-27) and Blake Farenthold (TX-27) today released the following statements after introducing the Protecting All College Tuition Act (PACT Act). The PACT Act protects students, parents, and colleges against a troubling new practice by bankruptcy trustees targeting tuition payments parents have made on their children’s behalf.

May 5, 2015 Press Release

Congressmen Chris Collins (NY-27), Peter King (NY-02), and Keith Rothfus (PA-12)  today issued the following statement after introducing the Renovate and Enhance Veterans’ Meeting Halls and Posts (REVAMP) Act. The legislation will make it easier to secure funding for maintenance and improvements to veterans’ meeting halls and posts.

Apr 29, 2015 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins today announced $103,637  in federal funding for Mercy EMS in Batavia, NY. The grant was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG), which is designed to help first responders improve their capability to respond to fires and emergencies of all types.

Apr 22, 2015 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins today announced $128,793 in federal funding for the City of Lockport Fire Department. The grant was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG), which is designed to help first responders improve their capability to respond to fires and emergencies of all types.

Apr 22, 2015 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins today announced $60,347 in federal funding for Honeoye Falls Mendon Volunteer Ambulance. The grant was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG), which is designed to help first responders improve their capability to respond to fires and emergencies of all types.

Apr 16, 2015 Press Release

Congressmen Chris Collins (NY-27) and Joe Courtney (CT-02) today issued the following statements after introducing the bipartisan Ensuring Children’s Access to Specialty Care Act.

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Mar 30, 2015 Press Release

In a letter sent last week to the House Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs, U.S. Representatives Chris Collins (NY-27) and John Katko (NY-24) requested language preventing the use of any federal funding to implement the International Joint Commission’s (IJC) Lake Ontario-St.

Mar 26, 2015 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins today issued the following statement after supporting H.R. 2, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, which will permanently replace the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR).

Mar 25, 2015 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins today issued the following statement after supporting the House’s annual budget.

Mar 18, 2015 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) issued the following statement after joining Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) and others in introducing the bipartisan Manufacturing Universities Act.

Mar 5, 2015 In The News

Good for Chris Collins. The congressman from Clarence was one of only 75 Republicans to vote to fund the Department of Homeland Security rather than hold a critical governmental office hostage to a suicide charge against President Obama’s administrative orders on immigration.

“I came here to govern,” Collins said Tuesday. “I didn’t come here to lurch from crisis to crisis.”

Mar 3, 2015 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) issued the following statement after voting to fund the Department of Homeland Security.

Mar 3, 2015 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins issued the following statement after attending today’s joint session of Congress featuring Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Feb 26, 2015 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins today issued the following statement after the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to reclassify the Internet as a Title II utility.

Feb 25, 2015 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today released the following statement after introducing, the Clinical Trials Modernization Act, legislation to streamline clinical trials and expedite the discovery of disease cures. 

Feb 20, 2015 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins today released the following statement encouraging local high school students in New York’s 27th district to participate in this year’s Congressional Art Competition.

Feb 20, 2015 In The News

Congress is getting close to striking an agreement that would allow President Obama to negotiate a new free trade deal with 11 Pacific Rim nations, but voices of concern are emerging from Western New York lawmakers – most surprisingly from Rep. Chris Collins, R-Clarence.

Feb 19, 2015 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins today released the following statement regarding his opposition to President Obama’s request for fast track trade promotion authority.

Feb 12, 2015 Press Release

Rep. Chris Collins (NY-27), Rep. Brian Higgins (NY-26) and Rep. Louise Slaughter (NY-25) today released the following statements after leading a letter sent to Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Rep. Bill Shuster and Ranking Member Rep. Peter DeFazio asking to retain the safety standards put in place after the crash of Flight 3407.

Feb 10, 2015 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins today announced $639,136 in federal funding from the National Science Foundation for SUNY College at Geneseo. The grant will help fund the school’s program that addresses the national need for more and better trained geoscientists by increasing recruitment, graduation, and preparation for and placement in careers or geosciences graduate programs.

Feb 4, 2015 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today issued the following statement after FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler released plans to vote on net neutrality rules February 26th.

Feb 2, 2015 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins today issued the following statement after President Obama released his FY 2016 budget request.

Jan 22, 2015 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins today issued the following statement after the Subcommittee on Health completed its subcommittee hearing entitled “A Permanent Solution to the SGR: The Time is Now.”

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Jan 21, 2015 In The News

WASHINGTON – At first, it might seem like a naive child’s Christmas wish list, like a kid from Brooklyn asking for a pony, a ride to the International Space Station and two years of free college tuition.

Jan 20, 2015 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins today issued the following statement after President Obama’s State of the Union address.

Dec 17, 2014 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins today released the following statement on Governor Cuomo’s decision to ban fracking.

Dec 12, 2014 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins today released the following statement after passage of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act for FY 2015.

Dec 11, 2014 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today released the following statement after H.R. 1281, Newborn Screening Saves Lives Reauthorization Act, passed the House and was sent to the President’s desk to sign into law.

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Dec 4, 2014 In The News

Rep. Chris Collins’ brief congressional career will take a big step forward next year when he joins the House committee that churns out more legislation than any other.

Dec 3, 2014 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins today released the following statement on his Energy and Commerce subcommittee assignments for the 114th Congress.

Dec 1, 2014 In The News

Voters across America made a clear choice in this month’s election about the direction in which they want the country to move.

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Nov 26, 2014 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today released the following statement after the Obama administration officially proposed tightening its rules for smog-causing ozone.

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Nov 24, 2014 Press Release

Senator Charles Schumer, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Congressman Chris Collins and Congressman Brian Higgins today wrote to Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Contreras-Sweet urging the SBA to prepare to swiftly administer disaster assistance to the Western New York region.

Nov 24, 2014 In The News

The snow is still being plowed and expected floodwaters have yet to crest, but fast-track preparations are underway to seek the federal dollars needed for the massive response to last week’s storm.

Nov 23, 2014 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins today released the following statement after touring the town of Boston with Town Supervisor Martin Ballowe to assess damage from this week's deadly winter storm.

Nov 14, 2014 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today released the following statement after House passage of H.R. 5682, To Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline.

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Nov 10, 2014 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) responds to the President urging the FCC to regulate the Internet as a utility under Title II of the Communications Act.

Nov 10, 2014 In The News

The Republican wave that swept the nation Tuesday pushed New York’s two senators into the minority and dislodged Democrats from three House seats in the state.

And that’s likely just the beginning of change – and uncertainty – for New York’s leading federal politicians in the wake of the Republican sweep of Congress.

Nov 10, 2014 In The News

The nine Republicans who will represent New York in the House of Representatives next year likely will play an important role helping Speaker John Boehner marginalize Tea Party dissidents.

Oct 21, 2014 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins today announced being named a Friend of the Farm Bureau for the 113th Congress by The American Farm Bureau Federation.

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Oct 15, 2014 In The News

ALDEN, N.Y. (AP) — A western New York post office has been dedicated to a hometown soldier killed in Afghanistan. A plaque honoring Army Sgt. Brett Gornewicz was unveiled Friday in the town of Alden, east of Buffalo. It will be permanently installed at the U.S. Post Office there.

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Oct 10, 2014 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand released the following remarks after the dedication of the U.S. Post Office in Alden, New York in honor of Army Sergeant Brett E. Gornewicz, an Alden native who died while courageously serving in Afghanistan in 2012.

Oct 2, 2014 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins today announced the National Association of Manufacturers named him as one of their Manufacturing Legislative Excellence Recipients for the 113th Congress. Congressman Collins received a grade of 100% from the organization.

Sep 22, 2014 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today announced $675,699 in federal funding from the Federal Aviation Administration for three local airports.

Sep 18, 2014 In The News

Republicans are slamming the Obama administration for failing to release enrollment data for ObamaCare's small-business health insurance exchanges despite repeated inquiries.

Sep 18, 2014 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins today released the following statement after Petro Poroshenko, the President of Ukraine, addressed a Joint Session of Congress. Congressman Collins was joined by Mr. Stefan Mychajliw, Erie County Comptroller.

Sep 18, 2014 Press Release

Rep. Chris Collins and Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D-CT) today introduced H.R. 5526, the Manufacturing Universities Act of 2014, to prepare engineering students for innovative careers in manufacturing.

Sep 17, 2014 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today released the following statement after voting to support H.J. Res. 124 and the coinciding amendment. The legislation funds the government, extends the Export-Import Bank’s authorization, and provides the President authorization to combat ISIS.

Sep 17, 2014 In The News

WASHINGTON, D.C.-- Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are split over the President's plan to take on the militant organization known as the Islamic State.

"We have not set conditions for actions in Syria. There is no credible partner there; there is no political partner there, and that's really the issue," said Rep. Chris Gibson.

Sep 16, 2014 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today released the following statement after a Democrat and Chronicle report that MVP Health Care is dropping two of its five Medicare Advantage plans.

Sep 15, 2014 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins today announced $254,935 in federal funding from the Federal Aviation Administration for Akron Airport. The grant will support the acquisition of new snow removal equipment, which will enhance the airport's ability to clear the airfield during adverse weather conditions.

Sep 15, 2014 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins today announced $847,161 in federal funding from the Federal Aviation Administration for Ontario County Airport. The grant will fund the construction and rehabilitation of the airport’s taxiway including improved lighting and signage.

Sep 11, 2014 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins today released the following statement on the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks.

Sep 11, 2014 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins released the following statement after the President’s address laying out his strategy to eliminate the ISIS threat.

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Sep 9, 2014 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins released the following statement today on the passage of H.R. 5078, the Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act, which would prevent the EPA and the Army Corp of Engineers from implementing the proposed rule that would redefine “waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act.

Sep 3, 2014 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins today announced $83,991 in federal funding for two local fire companies. The local fire companies are the North Collins Volunteer Fire Department, which received $69,019, and the Village of Victor Fire Department, which received $14,972.

Aug 20, 2014 In The News

By Rep. Chris Collins

Energy costs on everything from gasoline to standard utilities remain too high, and Western New York families are struggling to protect their wallets. They need and deserve immediate solutions to reduce energy costs and unleash our country’s energy potential.

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Aug 19, 2014 Press Release

LANCASTER, NY- Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today released the following remarks after holding a press conference addressing current energy policies.

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Aug 14, 2014 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins today announced $176,703 in federal funding for two local fire companies. The local fire companies are Naples Fire Department in Ontario County and Rapids Fire Company in the Town of Lockport.

Aug 8, 2014 Press Release

The office of Congressman Chris Collins will host an informational workshop where staff members with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will provide an overview of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program. Representatives from the Fire Program Specialist Office of FEMA will be giving a presentation on new and previously existing policies, guidelines, and requir

Aug 8, 2014 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins today announced $118,137 in federal funding for three local fire companies. The local fire companies are the Depew Fire Department, the Bergen Fire Department, and the Upper Mountain Fire Company.

Aug 6, 2014 In The News

WASHINGTON – Supporters of reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank of the United States say some New York businesses will have a tougher time growing sales overseas if Congress doesn't vote to let the bank make new loans after Sept. 30.

Aug 5, 2014 Press Release

The Buffalo Zoo is the new permanent home to two bald eagles, Carson and Stripe, after Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) convinced the federal government to keep the birds in Western New York. 

Jul 31, 2014 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today announced $41,325 in federal funding for the Jamison Road Fire Company in Elma, NY.

Jul 30, 2014 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins today blasted the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) during a Committee on Small Business hearing entitled “Regulatory Overreach: Is EPA Meeting Its Small Business Obligations?”

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Jul 30, 2014 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins today released the following statement after House passage of the Conference Committee Report for H.R. 3230, Veterans’ Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act of 2014.

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Jul 25, 2014 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today released the following statement after releasing a bipartisan letter requesting President Barack Obama establish August 7th as National Lighthouse Day.

Jul 24, 2014 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins announced $688,950 in federal funding for Silver Springs Fire Department on behalf of Wyoming County.

Jul 22, 2014 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins today announced $630,000 in federal funding from the Federal Aviation Administration for the Genesee County Airport. The grant will fund the construction for approximately 700 linear feet of taxi lane necessary to provide access to the new T-hangar areas at the airport.

Jul 21, 2014 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today released the following statement in response to a study showing Obamacare has forced seniors in New York’s 27th District to have their Medicare Advantage cut by 16.43 percent.

Jul 18, 2014 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC- Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today released the following statement following BlueCross BlueShield’s (BCBS) announcement they would be terminating Medicaid coverage for 53,000 Western New York participants.

Jul 16, 2014 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today released the following statement after discussing ride sharing regulations during a Committee on Small Business hearing entitled, “Barriers to Entrepreneurship: Examining the Anti-Trust Implications of Occupational Licensing.”

Jul 14, 2014 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today released the following statement on House passage of H.R. 5031, the STEM Education Act of 2014.

Jul 10, 2014 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today released the following statement after Niagara County Legislator David Godfrey, Orleans County Legislator Lynne Johnson, and he met with State Department officials regarding the International Joint Commission’s (IJC) Plan 2014 to govern Lake Ontario water levels.

Jul 9, 2014 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today questioned Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Deputy Administrator, Honorable Robert W. Perciasepe, at a Science, Space, and Technology Committee hearing on the EPA’s overreaching rule proposal entitled “Definition of the ‘Waters of the United States’ Under the Clean Water Act.”

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Jul 9, 2014 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins  today announced $152,000 in federal funding for Newstead Fire Company. The grant was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG), which is designed to help fire companies, like Newstead, improve their capability to respond to fires and emergencies of all types.

Jul 2, 2014 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins and local legislators released the following statements today after a press conference concerning the International Joint Commission’s (IJC) plans to implement new guidelines regulating the water levels of Lake Ontario.

Jun 30, 2014 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) will hold a press conference this Wednesday regarding the International Joint Commission's ruling to implement new guidelines determining the water levels of Lake Ontario.

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Jun 30, 2014 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins today released the following statement on the Supreme Court’s decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. (formerly Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.).

Jun 25, 2014 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins today released the following statement on news the Department of Health and Human Services is assessing additional New York locations to house undocumented children from the southern border.

Jun 24, 2014 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today released the following statement on passage of H.R. 1281, Newborn Screening Saves Lives Reauthorization Act.

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Jun 23, 2014 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today released the following statement on new allegations of wrongdoing at the Buffalo VA.

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Jun 19, 2014 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins today released the following statement on language included in the House Energy and Water Appropriations bill that increases funding opportunities for major energy innovators in New York.

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Jun 19, 2014 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins today is proud to announce changes to his Congressional staff.

Jun 18, 2014 Press Release

Congressman Collins today reacted to reports that Phoenix VA employees manipulated wait-times for veterans in order to trigger $10 million in bonuses.

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Jun 17, 2014 Press Release

Congressman Collins and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand released the following remarks after the passage of H.R. 3472 a bill to name the U.S. Post Office in Alden, New York after Army Sergeant Brett Gornewicz, an Alden native who died while courageously serving in Afghanistan.

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Jun 16, 2014 Press Release

Today’s vote in the New York State Assembly to further stall fracking is just the latest sign that the downstate politicians are totally out of touch with the economic realities of Upstate New York. We are surrendering a true economic boon to neighboring states while Albany politicians and regulatory bureaucrats twiddle their thumbs.

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Jun 11, 2014 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today is blasting a proposal by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that will significantly hurt the local cheese industry.  The FDA is contemplating banning cheese makers from the centuries old practice of aging cheese on wooden boards. This process is commonplace among artisan cheese makers operating across New York’s 27th Congressional District.

Jun 10, 2014 Press Release

“The Veteran Access to Care Act is an important step toward fixing the ongoing problems some veterans face in accessing healthcare from the VA. I am pleased the House came together in a bipartisan way to advance a solution to ensure our veterans receive the care they need, when they need it.

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Jun 10, 2014 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins is supporting legislation to prevent the Obama Administration’s EPA from shutting down coal plants and driving up the cost of electricity. Collins is co-sponsoring HR 4813 introduced by Congressman McKinley of West Virginia. 

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Jun 10, 2014 In The News

Five more members of New York’s congressional delegation are calling for Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki to resign in the wake of a scathing report citing lengthy treatment delays at VA facilities.

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Jun 10, 2014 In The News

Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.) has introduced legislation to give all veterans access to hospice care through the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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Jun 10, 2014 In The News

WASHINGTON – Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand and Rep. Chris Collins have joined the chorus of critics of President Obama’s decision to negotiate with the Taliban to win the release of an American prisoner of war.

Jun 5, 2014 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins announced today that the Dansville Municipal Airport will receive two grants from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) totaling more than $1.1 million. The first grant, for $1,077,300, will fund the rehabilitation of both approximately 1,500 linear feet of taxiway and approximately 60,000 square feet of existing apron pavement.

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Jun 5, 2014 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins announced today that the Canandaigua Airport will receive nearly $300,000 in grant funds from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to help the airport more efficiently remove snow and ice from runways. The grant for $292,500 will be used to purchase a new loader with a 14-foot plow to help better remove snow and ice from the newly expanded runway.

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Jun 2, 2014 Press Release

President Obama's new climate rules will hit the average American where they can least afford it – the wallet. If this plan is allowed to be become law, there is no doubt many Americans will lose their jobs when power plants are forced to close and the cost of energy will increase from power bills to the price at the pump.

May 30, 2014 Press Release

The resignation of VA Secretary Shinseki was long overdue. While the country honors his decorated service during the Vietnam War, it has been clear to me for well over a year that Secretary Shinseki is not up to the management challenges that plague the VA.

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May 29, 2014 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) continues to lead the fight against excessive overreach by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and its proposed ‘Waters of the U.S.’ rule.  Collins participated in a House Small Business Committee hearing today highlighting how the proposal could drown small businesses in new, costly and unnecessary regulation. 

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May 29, 2014 Press Release

"For too long, Western New York's veterans have been denied the honor of being laid to rest among their fellow heroes right here in our community.  Today's announcement of a Veterans’ Cemetery in Pembroke finally rights that wrong.  This location will allow veterans from all around our region to be properly and locally honored for their service to this country."
 

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May 28, 2014 Press Release

The interim report released today by the VA Inspector General confirms what many of us in Congress have been saying for some time: the VA is fundamentally mismanaged and is failing miserably in its mission to honorably serve America's veterans.  For well over a year now, I have been calling on VA Secretary Shinseki to resign.

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May 25, 2014 In The News

Rep. Chris Collins, R-Clarence, is raising alarm that Clean Water Act revisions under EPA and Army Corps of Engineers consideration would expand the waterways under federal authority — and constrict farm families’ control over their fields.

May 23, 2014 Press Release

As the nation prepares to honor the brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our county this Memorial Day, Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) has introduced legislation in the House of Representatives to ensure that all our veterans get the end of life care they need and deserve.  Collins has introduced the Care for our Heroes Act (HR 4725), which mandates that all vetera

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May 20, 2014 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) voted in support of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA), which passed the House 412-4 today. The legislation contains funding and programs aimed at protecting the economy of the Great Lakes.

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May 20, 2014 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) helped the Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of Genesee County regain its tax-exempt status, something it should have never had revoked in the first place.  The CCE of Genesee County contacted Congressman Collins’ office after it was notified by the IRS that its tax-exempt status was being revoked without an explanation.

May 15, 2014 In The News

U. S. Rep. Chris Collins, R-Clarence., announced Tuesday he and more than 160 fellow Congress members are fighting to stop expansion of the Environmental Protection Agency Clean Water Act.

May 14, 2014 In The News

U.S. Rep. Chris Collins recently applauded the bipartisan effort that led President Obama to sign the Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act into law.

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May 14, 2014 In The News

Congressman Chris Collins received the Spirit of Enterprise Award Monday from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

The award, given annually, recognizes members of Congress who support the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s agenda as judged by their voting records.

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May 14, 2014 In The News

The Small Business Subcommittee on Health and Technology, led by Rep. Chris Collins, R-27, conducted a field hearing Tuesday in Geneseo that examined the potential benefits of small agriculture businesses entering into partnerships and other supply arrangements with large processors and retailers.

May 12, 2014 In The News

WASHINGTON – Of all the characters created for the film “Ghostbusters,” the frantic Environmental Protection Agency inspector, or avenger, played by William Atherton took a particular stroke of genius.

May 7, 2014 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today announced that the Genesee County Youth Bureau has received nearly $130,000 in AmeriCorps funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). 

May 5, 2014 Press Release

Statement from Congressman Chis Collins (NY-27) regarding the Supreme Court case Greece v. Galloway, which concerned the religious establishment clause in the Constitution. The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in favor of the Town of Greece.

May 5, 2014 In The News

May 2 (BNA) - House lawmakers signed a May 1 letter to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy objecting to the proposed Clean Water Act rule that would clarify jurisdiction over the nation's waters and wetlands.

May 1, 2014 Press Release

More than 200 members of the House of Representatives, from both parties, are joining together and telling the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to back off its plan to expand federal control under the Clean Water Act (CWA). Both agencies are seeking a rule change to give the federal government more authority by expanding the already overly bro

May 1, 2014 In The News

Over the past couple years, the Small Business Administration has siphoned money away from some long-standing programs to launch new pilot initiatives intended to support entrepreneurs. Many of those new programs were not authorized by Congress.

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May 1, 2014 In The News

More than 200 House members are calling on the Obama administration to drop its plans to expand the Environmental Protection Agency’s jurisdiction over smaller bodies of water around the country. 

Apr 30, 2014 Press Release

The Coalition for Medicare Choices publicly thanked Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today for fighting to protect Medicare Advantage.  Collins strongly opposed the 5.9 percent rate cut the Obama administration proposed in February of this year.  

Apr 17, 2014 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today announced the availability of approximately $1.4 million in grant funding to support Specialty Crop programs in New York.  The funding is a part of the Farm Bill passed by Congress earlier this year. 

Apr 15, 2014 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) is attempting to block the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) from expanding federal control under the Clean Water Act (CWA).  Both agencies are seeking a rule change to give the federal government more authority by expanding the already overly broad definition of ‘navigable waters’ in the Clean Water Act.

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Apr 14, 2014 Press Release

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce today presented Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) with its annual Spirit of Enterprise Award in recognition of his support of pro-growth, pro-jobs policies during the first session of the 113th Congress.  Collins received the award during a stop at McGard in Orchard Park, a family owned business dating back to 1959 currently doing business around the globe.

Apr 10, 2014 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins voted today in support of the House Republican Budget, including a provision that he secured to protect Medicare Advantage from future cuts.

Apr 3, 2014 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins applauded the bipartisan effort that led President Obama to sign the Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act (H.R. 2019) into law today. 

Apr 3, 2014 In The News

U.S. Rep Chris Collins, R-Clarence, praised what he called a “bipartisan effort that led President Obama to sign the Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act (H.R. 2019) into law” on Thursday.

Mar 25, 2014 Press Release

The people of Buffalo and Western New York have lost a true gentleman and friend.  While not a local resident, Ralph Wilson keenly understood what it meant to be a Western New Yorker and how much the team he built means to our community.  It was my great honor as a Member of Congress and as the former Erie County Executive to work with him, and I am deeply saddened by his loss.

Mar 25, 2014 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) announced today that his staff will be available for satellite office hours throughout the community during the month of April.  These satellite hours are in addition to the normal office hours at Collins’ district offices in both Lancaster and Geneseo.  Staffers will be holding satellite hours each month in rotating locations.
 

Mar 21, 2014 Press Release

The Small Business Subcommittee on Health and Technology, under the chairmanship of Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27), today conducted a field hearing in Albion, NY (Orleans County) to discuss the need for expanded broadband access for small businesses.

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Mar 21, 2014 In The News

ALBION — Congressman Chris Collins, R-Clarence, led a field hearing in Albion Thursday to gather information about the need for expanded broadband access in rural areas.

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Mar 21, 2014 In The News

ALBION — Congress came to Orleans County Thursday, as a field hearing called by Rep. Chris Collins drew testimony on rural broadband from national, regional and community-level telecommunications firms.

The House Small Business Subcommittee hearing held in the Orleans County Legislative Chambers lacked the scale of a full Congressional panel, but not in importance.

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Mar 18, 2014 In The News

U.S. Rep. Chris Collins, R-Clarence, will chair a House Small Business Subcommittee Field Hearing in Orleans County Thursday, March 20, on broadband. The hearing will examine how the lack of access to broadband Internet service in rural communities impacts the operations of local small businesses and farms.

Mar 17, 2014 In The News

ALBION — U.S. Rep. Chris Collins, R-27th District, will chair a House Small Business Subcommittee field hearing here Thursday.

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Mar 12, 2014 Press Release

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce today presented Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) with its annual Spirit of Enterprise Award in recognition of his support of pro-growth, pro-jobs policies during the first session of the 113th Congress.

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Mar 12, 2014 In The News

U.S. Rep. Chris Collins, R-Clarence announced Tuesday Senate passage of the Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act (H.R. 2019). Collins, whose district includes part of Ontario County including Canandaigua, co-sponsored the legislation in the House.

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Mar 11, 2014 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) applauded the Senate’s passage of the Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act (H.R. 2019) today.

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Mar 5, 2014 Press Release

Western New York Congressmembers Brian Higgins (NY-26) and Chris Collins (NY-27) are calling for a reversal on a plan by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to remove Buffalo-Niagara International Airport’s (BNIA) status as a hub airport.  Under the TSA’s “hub and spoke realignment” plan the Buffalo airport would become a spoke and Albany would become the upstate hub. 

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Feb 26, 2014 In The News

Three New York Republicans have proposed legislation to prohibit the federal government from funding college courses for prison inmates.

Feb 26, 2014 In The News
Farmers across New York have a greater certainty about their future today, thanks in large part to the efforts of Congressman Chris Collins on the Farm Bill that was recently signed into law.
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Feb 25, 2014 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) officially introduced the Kids Before Cons Act with Congressmen Tom Reed (NY-23) and Chris Gibson (NY-19) as a co-sponsors today. 

This legislation will prohibit the use of federal taxpayer dollars to provide a college education to convicted criminals.

Feb 24, 2014 In The News

ALDEN, N.Y. — Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Rep. Chris Collins have introduced legislation to name a western New York post office after a soldier killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan.

Feb 21, 2014 Press Release

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Chris Collins today announced legislation to name the U.S. Post Office in Alden after Army Sergeant Brett Gornewicz, an Alden native who died while courageously serving in Afghanistan.

Feb 21, 2014 In The News

U.S. Rep. Chris Collins, R-Clarence, will introduce legislation to prohibit the use of federal taxpayer dollars to provide a college education to convicted criminals.

Feb 21, 2014 In The News

Legislation is being presented in Congress to name the U.S. Post Office in Alden for Army Sgt. Brett Gornewicz, an Alden man who was killed while serving in Afghanistan in 2012.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Rep. Chris Collins are sponsoring the legislation.

Feb 20, 2014 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) will introduce legislation to prohibit the use of federal taxpayer dollars to provide a college education to convicted criminals.  The pending legislation is in response to Governor Cuomo’s announced plan to use taxpayer dollars to fund college degree programs for convicted criminals in New York State prisons. 

Feb 20, 2014 In The News

Rep. Chris Collins Thursday jacked up his opposition to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's proposal to provide college educations for prison inmates by introducing legislation blocking use of federal dollars for the program.

Feb 19, 2014 Press Release

The Governor’s latest plan to fund college educations for convicted criminals with New Yorkers’ tax dollars is an insult to law abiding citizens all across our state who are struggling to pay for higher education or find employment in this stagnant economy.  This plan is just the latest sign that for a state that is the highest taxed and ranks among the worst in job creation, Albany

Feb 14, 2014 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) is urging local fire companies to apply for federal grants to help protect firefighters and the public from danger.  The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is opening the application period for its Fire Prevention and Safety grants. 

Feb 12, 2014 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) spoke on the floor of the House of Representatives for the 5th anniversary of the crash of Flight 3407 to honor the victims and their families.

You can watch the video here.

Transcript of Congressman Collins’ speech

Feb 9, 2014 In The News

In the past several decades, the number of private and recreational pilots across the country has plummeted, as has the number of small aircraft being manufactured — trends that some say have been accelerated by increasingly strict federal regulations.

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Feb 5, 2014 Press Release
Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) announced today that his staff will be available for satellite office hours throughout the community during the month of February.  These satellite hours are in addition to the normal office hours at Collins’ district offices in both Lancaster and Geneseo.  Staffers will be holding satellite hours each month in rotating locations.
 
Feb 4, 2014 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) issued the following statement after Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver called for a two year delay in Common Core implementation in New York State:

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Feb 4, 2014 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) released the following statement regarding today’s report by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office that determines ObamaCare will reduce the number of full-time workers by approximately 2.3 million people through 2021.

Jan 30, 2014 In The News

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Jan 29, 2014 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) voted in support of the bipartisan Farm Bill this morning.  The five-year comprehensive legislation easily passed the House of Representatives with large support from both Republicans and Democrats.

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Jan 28, 2014 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) issued the following video statement following President Obama’s State of the Union address.

You can watch the video statement here.

Transcript of Congressman Collins response:

Jan 28, 2014 In The News

WASHINGTON – A bipartisan Farm Bill that’s soon to be voted on in Congress looks like a boon to farmers of Western New York – at the expense of food stamp recipients in cities like Buffalo.

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Jan 28, 2014 In The News

Congress is set to vote this week on a full Farm Bill that both Sen. Charles Schumer and Rep. Chris Collins say supports and protects growers and consumers.

A compromise bill covering a $1 trillion package of farm and nutrition assistance policies running through 2019 will go before the house Wednesday, and likely pass soon after in the Senate according to Schumer.

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Jan 27, 2014 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) talked to parents about Common Core today as part of a district-wide telephone town hall meeting.  The new educational standards are currently being implemented in New York State.  Common Core is widely criticized for forcing students to learn skills necessary to perform well on tests as opposed to actually learning critical material. 

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Jan 21, 2014 Press Release

Congressman Collins (NY-27) will host a telephone town hall on Common Core this coming Monday.  The new educational standards are currently being implemented in New York State.  Common Core is widely criticized for forcing students to learn skills necessary to perform well on tests as opposed to actually learning critical material.  Congressman Collins recently met with parents, stud

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Jan 18, 2014 In The News

United States House of Representatives member Chris Collins said he’s glad his first year in Congress is over, but he emphasized he’s optimistic about the future in Washington, D.C.

Jan 16, 2014 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) has been named to the House Subcommittee on Space, his sixth subcommittee assignment.

Jan 14, 2014 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) announced today that he will vote in support of the federal budget bill, which was introduced late last night, and will come before the House of Representatives later this week.

Jan 14, 2014 In The News

WASHINGTON – The long lines of traffic at the Peace Bridge should grow shorter later this year thanks to a federal spending deal that also boosts funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, the Great Lakes and other initiatives that are important to Buffalo.

Jan 10, 2014 Press Release

After pressing for answers for months, Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) says the IRS will not force volunteer fire departments to comply with ObamaCare’s expensive employer mandate.

The Department of Treasury sent a letter to Congressman Collins this afternoon clarifying its policy. 

Jan 10, 2014 In The News

Congressman Chris Collins, NY-27, is co-sponsoring legislation that cuts the retirement benefits for members of Congress and redirects those funds to military retirement benefits.

Jan 10, 2014 In The News

Congressman Chris Collins, NY-27, is co-sponsoring legislation that cuts the retirement benefits for members of Congress and redirects those funds to military retirement benefits.

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Jan 9, 2014 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) is co-sponsoring legislation that cuts the retirement benefits for Members of Congress and redirects those funds to military retirement benefits. 

Jan 9, 2014 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) spoke on the floor of the House of Representatives in an effort to protect local volunteer fire departments from ObamaCare’s expensive and burdensome mandates. Collins is a co-sponsor of legislation (H.R.

Dec 19, 2013 In The News

Nov 19 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's HealthCare.gov site is riddled with security flaws that put user data of millions of people at risk and it should be shut down until fixed, several technology experts warned lawmakers on Tuesday.

Dec 13, 2013 Press Release

Tonight I voted in favor of the congressional budget compromise that passed the House with strong bipartisan support.

Dec 12, 2013 Press Release

Today's vote by the Erie County Legislature to irresponsibly ban fracking ensures that Western New York will continue to wallow in the status quo while jobs flee our region for pro-growth areas that embrace new technologies and common-sense job policies.

Dec 12, 2013 Press Release

Moog Inc. executive and Orchard Park resident Dick Aubrecht testified before Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) and the House Science, Space and Technology Subcommittee on Research and Technology today.

The hearing, “Building a Network for Manufacturing Innovation,” examined the need for a manufacturing innovation network in our country.

Dec 9, 2013 In The News

Ellis Winstanley and his twin brother own eight restaurants and two software firms in Austin, Texas. In addition, through a business partnership with their parents, the brothers own a share of another three printing shops and two small construction companies.

Dec 9, 2013 In The News

Leadership, families and clients of the Arc of Livingston-Wyoming met with Rep. Chris Collins on Nov. 26 to discuss a federal directive preventing Hilltop Industries and other sheltered workshops from admitting new workers.

Dec 6, 2013 In The News

WASHINGTON – One of Rep. Chris Collins’ first major legislative efforts took a big step forward Thursday, as the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology approved his bill establishing a grant program that aims to fund innovations being created at the nation’s universities, research institutes and laboratories.

Dec 5, 2013 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins’ legislation to help scientists commercialize their ideas passed through the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology today.  The TRANSFER Act of 2013, which passed with bipartisan support and has the backing of local a

Dec 4, 2013 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) wants the Obama Administration to clarify how it is counting and classifying small business employees as the new health care law mandates take effect.  Collins chaired a full House Small Business Committee hearing today examining the health care law’s application of the business aggregation rule and the serious accounting concerns it

Nov 25, 2013 Press Release

Members of Western New York’s Congressional delegation are pressing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to establish missions at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station (NFARS).

Nov 24, 2013 Press Release

This deal, on its face, is a troubling, dangerous recognition of Iran's right to enrich uranium and potentially endangers our strongest Middle East ally in Israel.

I am especially skeptical that a regime which has prided itself on secrecy and deception will suddenly embrace transparency and openness.

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Nov 22, 2013 In The News

WASHINGTON – Rep. Chris Collins, R-Clarence, is warning that volunteer fire departments may become unintended victims of the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that many employers offer health insurance.

Nov 21, 2013 Press Release

Ford’s significant investment in the Buffalo Stamping Plant speaks to the quality and dedication of our local workforce,” said Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27).  “The addition of 350 jobs helps boost Western New York’s manufacturing economy and ensures that more high quality automotive parts made right here in Hamburg will help build Ford vehicles sold around the world.

Nov 20, 2013 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) criticized Governor Andrew Cuomo today on the House floor for continually delaying hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in New York.

Nov 15, 2013 Press Release

Today, the House voted to attempt to help the millions of Americans who were misled by President Obama when he promised them they could keep their health insurance.  In Western New York alone, 137,000 people were betrayed by President Obama when their policies were cancelled.  

Nov 14, 2013 Press Release

The administrative fix announced today by the President is just the latest example of how misguided and unmanageable ObamaCare really is. After being intentionally misled by the White House in an attempt to sell ObamaCare, 137,000 people in Western New York alone recently learned their insurance policy would be canceled under the healthcare law.

Nov 7, 2013 Press Release

Buffalo Mayor Bryon Brown and Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) have co-signed a letter urging the Erie County Industrial Development Agency (ECIDA) to do what is necessary to keep Delaware North headquartered in downtown Buffalo.

Nov 7, 2013 In The News

City Hall is deeply concerned with the prospect of losing one of Buffalo’s most iconic companies and on Thursday Mayor Byron W. Brown joined forces with an unlikely ally in an effort to keep it here.

Nov 4, 2013 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) is encouraging local fire departments and EMS squads to apply for federal Assistance to Firefighter Grants (AFG) through FEMA.  AFG funds help fire departments and other first responders purchase critical equipment and protective gear.  The funding can also be used to obtain training and other resources needed to help protect both the public and emer

Oct 28, 2013 Press Release

Following concerns regarding the implementation of the health care exchanges, Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) sent a letter to Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius asking for a delay in the individual mandate. 

Oct 28, 2013 In The News

WASHINGTON – Having failed to delay Obamacare by shutting down the government, a group of House Republicans – led this time by Rep. Chris Collins, R-Clarence – is trying a different approach: asking somewhat politely.

Oct 16, 2013 Press Release
Tonight, the House voted to increase our national debt by over $300 billion without achieving a single spending cut. I could not, in good faith, vote in favor of this legislation which only adds billions to the credit card bill our children will be left to pay. 
 
Oct 9, 2013 Press Release
There is no excuse or defense for why the Administration has failed to pay military death benefits to deserving families since the partial government shutdown began. 
 
Oct 9, 2013 Press Release

House Small Business Subcommittee on Health and Technology, under the chairmanship of Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27), today held a hearing to examine how the Obamacare definition of full-time employees, at 30 hours per week, is affecting small businesses, their employees, and the economy. 

Oct 9, 2013 In The News
The ObamaCare employer mandate has been delayed for one year, but small-business owners who stand to be impacted down the road say the law needs to be changed.
 
Oct 2, 2013 Press Release

“Tonight, the House continued to work and offer reasonable and commonsense solutions to the partial government shutdown by passing bills to fully fund the National Institute of Health for critical research and open all national parks and museums.

The American people should not be short changed because Washington can’t get its act together.

Oct 1, 2013 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) has asked House leadership to suspend his own pay during the duration of the partial shutdown of the federal government.  Late last night, Collins sent a letter to House administration requesting that his pay be withheld for the length of the shutdown.

Oct 1, 2013 In The News
CANANDAIGUA — Congressman Chris Collins, R-Clarence, requested Tuesday that House administration suspend his pay for the duration of the government shutdown.
 
Sep 30, 2013 Press Release
"For the third time in nearly as many days,  I was proud to once again vote for a measure that fully funds the government, and protects the residents of New York’s 27th district from the train wreck that is Obamacare,” said Congressman Chris Collins.
 
Sep 30, 2013 Press Release
Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) announced this afternoon that 18 Members of the House of Representatives signed on as co-sponsors of the Government Shutdown Fairness Act, which would suspend pay for Members of Congress during any government shutdown.
 
Sep 28, 2013 In The News
With the prospect of a government shutdown looming on Tuesday, the Republican-controlled House was working to pass legislation Saturday night that would impose a one year delay on parts of the nation’s new health care law and repeal a tax on medical devices.
 
Sep 25, 2013 In The News
Congressman Chris Collins , R-Clarence, has introduced the Government Shutdown Fairness Act (H.R. 3160). This legislation would stop members of Congress from receiving a salary in the event of a government shutdown.
 
Sep 24, 2013 Press Release
Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) has introduced the Government Shutdown Fairness Act (H.R. 3160).
Sep 24, 2013 In The News
Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) does not want members of Congress to receive a salary in the event of a government shutdown and he has introduced the Government Shutdown Fairness Act.
 
The 27th Congressional District for the House of Representatives includes parts of Niagara County.
 
Sep 23, 2013 In The News
WASHINGTON – Republican members of Congress who represent Western New York put forth their plans Monday for stopping a government shutdown before it happens: bills that would shut off the paychecks of federal lawmakers unless they complete work on legislation to fund the government.
 
Sep 20, 2013 Press Release

The vast majority of my constituents want Washington to get spending under control and prevent the harmful economic impact of Obamacare.  Today, I voted for a Continuing Resolution that accomplishes both and ensures that our government stays open at the same time. 

Sep 20, 2013 In The News
Congressman Chris Collins, R-27, has introduced legislation in Congress to help scientists commercialize their ideas and it has the backing of local research universities.
 
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Sep 18, 2013 Press Release
Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27), alongside NFL Hall of Famer Jim Kelly and Hunter’s Hope Foundation, held a briefing for Members of Congress on the Newborn Screening Saves Lives Reauthorization Act (H.R.
Sep 18, 2013 In The News
WASHINGTON – Inspired by the memory of his late son, Buffalo Bills great Jim Kelly returned to Capitol Hill on Wednesday to push Congress to renew legislation that helps states to expand their newborn health screening programs.
 
And he won bipartisan support for his effort, as Rep. Chris Collins, R-Clarence, and Sen. Charles E.
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Sep 17, 2013 Press Release
Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) announced today that there will be an information night for local high school students interested in applying to a U.S. Military Academy.  Parents and guardians are also encouraged to attend.
Sep 14, 2013 In The News
“Everything old is new again” is a familiar saying that often proves true. What is also true is that sometimes when the old becomes new again, adjustments need to be made to accommodate the times. Such is the case as apple growers respond to a resurgence in public demand for hard cider.
Sep 13, 2013 Press Release
Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) has introduced legislation in Congress to help scientists commercialize their ideas and it has the backing of local research universities.  As a member of the Science, Space and Technology Committee, Collins is the sponsor of the TRANSFER Act of 2013 (H.R. 2981).
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Sep 10, 2013 Press Release
After carefully considering the matter and waiting for President Obama to make his best case to the American people, I have decided that I will vote no to authorize U.S. military action in Syria, if and when the vote comes to the House.
Sep 9, 2013 Press Release
Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) announced today that the Genesee County Airport, located in Batavia, will receive two grants from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) totaling more than $1 million. The first grant, for $973,800, will fund the construction necessary to relocate the airport’s apron.
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Sep 5, 2013 In The News
WILSON — A coalition of local officials led by Rep. Chris Collins, R-Clarence, called on the U.S.
Sep 5, 2013 In The News
Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — WILSON — There’s a major collaborative effort to get the Wilson Harbor dredged. The stake holders in the town and village, state, and county leaders are lined up — with Congressman Chris Collins standing in support. The Army Corps of Engineers is ready to go. 
 
All that is needed is the money.
Sep 4, 2013 Press Release
Following a tour of Olcott and Wilson harbors, Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) joined with state and local leaders to highlight the urgent need to maintain and protect local harbors along Lake Ontario’s south shoreline.
Sep 4, 2013 In The News
A measure before Congress that would soften restrictions on producers of hard cider was detailed Tuesday by Rep.
Sep 4, 2013 In The News
RIDGEWAY — When is a bottle of hard apple cider not a cider?
 
Under existing federal tax statutes, that’s a serious and costly question for cidermakers.
 
Washington defines cider differently than wine or champagne for tax purposes, charging producers wildly different tax rates on a per gallon basis.
 
If a cider’s alcohol by volume
Sep 3, 2013 Press Release
Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) announced today his sponsorship of the bipartisan Cider Industry Deserves Equal Regulation Act (H.R. 2921), commonly known as the CIDER Act.  If passed, the legislation would change the outdated definition of hard cider in federal tax law.
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Sep 3, 2013 Press Release
Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) announced today that his staff will be available for satellite office hours throughout the community during the month of September.  These satellite hours are in addition to the normal office hours at Collins’ district offices in both Lancaster and Geneseo.
Aug 31, 2013 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) issued the following statement regarding the President’s decision to receive authorization from Congress regarding military action in Syria:

Aug 31, 2013 In The News

Getting Congress involved in the discussion – and potential decision – over whether to take military action in Syria is a good step, some members of Congress from Western New York said Saturday.

But grave concerns about the situation were expressed, with some elected officials cautioning about what could lie down the road.

Aug 31, 2013 In The News
Congressman Chris Collins, R-Amherst, who days ago joined other lawmakers in urging President Barack Obama to ask for authorization from Congress before using U.S.
Aug 28, 2013 Press Release
Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) released the following statement today on potential military action in Syria:
 
“Today I signed a letter from Representative Scott Rigell (VA-2) to President Obama urging the President to consult and receive authorization from Congress before ordering the use of U.S.
Aug 27, 2013 Press Release
Congressman Chris Collins Announces FAA Grant for Canandaigua Airport
August 22, 2013
Aug 26, 2013 In The News

WASHINGTON – The Army Corps of Engineers is backing away, for now at least, from its plan to shrink employment at its Buffalo district office.

Aug 3, 2013 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) has introduced legislation in Congress to help scientists commercialize their ideas and it has the backing of local research universities.  As a member of the Science, Space and Technology Committee, Collins is the sponsor of the TRANSFER Act of 2013 (H.R.

Aug 2, 2013 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) showed his support for the town of Greece, NY in the upcoming Supreme Court case, Greece v. Galloway today by signing an Amicus Curiae brief in support of Greece.

Greece v. Galloway, which concerns the religious establishment clause in the Constitution, will be argued this fall.

Aug 2, 2013 Press Release
Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) voted today to approve legislation that improves how the EPA will go about its ongoing study of the relationship between hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” and groundwater.  The EPA Hydraulic Fracturing Study Improvement Act [H.R.
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Jul 30, 2013 In The News
Congressman Chris Collins, R-Clarence, and families affected by juvenile diabetes came together today to support the Kids First Research Act (H.R. 2019). Collins is a co-sponsor of the legislation that would eliminate federal funding for presidential campaigns and party conventions and reallocate the funding to expand pediatric research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
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Jul 29, 2013 Press Release
 
Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) and families affected by juvenile diabetes
Jul 24, 2013 Press Release
Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) honored Helen Silliman and the late Flossie Bragg on the floor of the House of Representatives today for making history as the first female volunteer firefighters in Erie County.
Jul 17, 2013 Press Release

“The votes today to delay both the employer and individual mandates required under Obamacare were about what is fair to the American people. By choosing to delay only the employer mandate, President Obama is selectively deciding which portions of the law he is going to enforce, and that is not fair to America’s hardworking men and women.

Jul 11, 2013 Press Release
Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) made the following statement today regarding passage of H.R. 2642, the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013 (Farm Bill):
 
“Today’s passage of a House Farm Bill is a critical step forward for the hardworking men and women of our agricultural community.
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Jul 11, 2013 Press Release
Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) is pleased to announce that the New York Wine and Grape Foundation, located in Canandaigua, received $373,986 in federal agriculture funding.  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack released the 2013 allocations for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) Market Access Program (MAP) this week.
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Jul 11, 2013 In The News
Wegman's Supermarkets, touted for years as being one of the nation's premier places to work, is reportedly cutting health insurance benefits for part-time workers, according to Congressman Chris Collins, who spotlighted the move as being another example of unintended consequences of a  bad health care reform plan.
 
"As America is witnessing the impacts of Obamacare hit ho
Jul 11, 2013 In The News

A modified Farm Bill narrowly passed the House of Representatives on Thursday after a broader version was defeated last month.

The new version of the bill did not include food stamps, the first time since 1973 that the program – formally called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – was not included in the farm bill.

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Jul 10, 2013 Press Release
Representatives Brian Higgins and Chris Collins won approval for an amendment to the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2014 which prohibits any funds in the bill from being used to consolidate or move functions performed by the Army Corps of Engineers Buffalo or Chicago Sectors. 
Jul 10, 2013 In The News

WASHINGTON – New commercial airline pilots will need to have far more experience before climbing into the cockpit under a new set of federal rules unveiled Wednesday that won widespread praise from the Families of Continental Flight 3407 and members of Congress.

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Jul 10, 2013 Press Release
Members of the Western New York federal delegation called the release of new pilot training rules by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) welcome news. 
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Jul 8, 2013 Press Release
Following two deadly airplane crashes, members of Western New York’s federal delegation are calling on the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to move quickly to finalize aviation safety rules requiring new pilot training standards. 
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Jul 3, 2013 Press Release
Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) announced today that his staff will be available for satellite office hours throughout the community during the month of July.  These satellite hours are in addition to the normal office hours at Collins’ district offices in both Lancaster and Geneseo.
Jul 1, 2013 In The News

ALBION — Amid a far-ranging conversation with Orleans County officials, Rep. Chris Collins detailed plans for a halved-version of the previously voted-down farm bill to be passed by the House of Representatives this month.

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Jun 27, 2013 Press Release
The House Small Business Subcommittee on Health and Technology, under the chairmanship of Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27), held a hearing to highlight the contributions of mobile applications (apps) entrepreneurs to economic growth and improved health care.
Jun 25, 2013 In The News

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Listen to your mother.

The age-old advice helps explain why seven University at Buffalo doctoral candidates, at the request of Rep. Chris Collins, R-Clarence, will speak to members of Congress about an award-winning smartphone app they are developing.

Jun 24, 2013 Press Release
Congressmen Chris Collins (NY-27) and Brian Higgins (NY-26) are objecting to efforts by the United States Army Corps of Engineers to move functions performed in the Buffalo region to Louisville and Detroit.
 
“The Army Corps of Engineers continues to play a critical role in the success of several projects of both local and regional significance,” said Congressman Collins.
Jun 24, 2013 In The News

Reps. Brian Higgins, a Buffalo Democrat, and Chris Collins, a Clarence Republican, often don’t see eye-to-eye on partisan, ideological issues.

Jun 21, 2013 In The News
While many small business owners take measures to keep their physical office secure, unprotected company data stored on a computer poses a grave threat – and that data is getting more and more difficult to shield.
 
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Jun 20, 2013 Press Release
“Today’s unfortunate defeat of the House Farm Bill speaks to the dysfunction in Washington that continues to stand in the way of solving real problems for real Americans.
 
Agriculture is a critical industry in New York’s 27th Congressional District, impacting our local residents far beyond those directly doing the hard work of farming.
Jun 20, 2013 Press Release
Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) will appear live on Fox News tonight to talk about the latest proof that Obamacare truly is a ‘train wreck.’  Collins will appear live on On The Record with Greta Van Susteren, which airs at 10 PM.
Jun 20, 2013 In The News
The House of Representatives today rejected a five-year, half-trillion-dollar farm bill that would have cut $2 billion annually from food stamps and let states impose broad new work requirements on those who receive the aid.
 
The vote was 234-to-195 against the bill.
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Jun 19, 2013 Press Release
WASHINGTON (June 19, 2013)— Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) presented Jonathan Gidley of Lockport, NY with the Congressional Award Gold Medal today in Washington D.C.
 
“I am incredibly proud of Jonathan, and am honored that I was able to present him with the Congressional Award Gold Medal,” said Collins.
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Jun 18, 2013 Press Release
An amendment supporting the National Guard and Military Reserve Force advanced by Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) has been adopted by the House of Representatives.  Collins successfully inserted the amendment into the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014, which establishes all programs and spending levels for the Department of Defense.
Jun 18, 2013 Press Release
The President of Ontario County’s Commodore Plastics will testify before the House Small Business Committee on Wednesday.  Brad Braddon will participate in a hearing entitled Made in the USA: Stories of American Manufacturers.  The purpose of the hearing is to highlight the reemergence and accomplishments of small American manufacturers.
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Jun 18, 2013 In The News
When Brad Braddon, president of Commodore Plastics and Commodore Technology in Bloomfield, hosted U.S. Rep. Chris Collins, R-Clarence, earlier this month he had no idea it would lead to a trip to Washington D.C. to speak before a Congressional committee.
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Jun 17, 2013 Press Release

To mark National Small Business Week, Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) is asking small business owners in his district to complete an online survey about the economy and other issues impacting the small business sector.  Starting today, Collins will be emailing the survey to small business owners across the eight counties of New York’s 27th Congressional District.  Small business owners not a

Jun 13, 2013 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today announced that 150 Chase Albion jobs will be retained in Western New York. A hiring event will be held at the Chase Albion facility on Wednesday, June 26th and Friday, June 28th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Jun 7, 2013 Press Release
Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) says Washington needs to do more to ensure young people become actively involved in agriculture.
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Jun 7, 2013 In The News
With an eye toward drawing more young people into farming, Rep. Chris Collins appeared at the Post Farm in Elba today to announce his support of a bill that would provide aid and support to aspiring young farmers.
 
The Beginning Farmer and Rancher Opportunity Act of 2013 is aimed at providing loans, grants and assistance to new farmers.
Jun 7, 2013 In The News

Within four weeks of taking office as congressman for New York’s 27th district, Rep. Chris Collins found himself voting on the nation’s contentious debt ceiling extension. Three weeks after that, his sequester vote was in, and just a few weeks later, it was budget time.

Jun 7, 2013 In The News
Warsaw seniors in Lynn Saxton’s Participation in Government class learned firsthand about the workings of the House of Representatives and the Republican view on present government issues from Congressman Chris Collins last Thursday.
 
Collins represents the 27th District, which includes eight counties, including Wyoming County.
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Jun 6, 2013 Press Release

Statement from Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) following the announcement that JP Morgan Chase plans to close its Mortgage Facility in Orleans County, impacting 400 workers:

Jun 6, 2013 Press Release
Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) has been named to the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, his third committee assignment.
May 28, 2013 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) honored the late John Chase, a WWII veteran from Batavia, NY, today by presenting his family members with the medals he earned in service.

May 23, 2013 In The News

WASHINGTON – Thousands of patient records at the VA hospitals in Buffalo and Batavia have likely been misplaced or damaged, according to federal officials who have been prodding the facilities to improve their record-keeping.

May 16, 2013 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) voted yesterday to approve the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management (FARRM) Act of 2013 and move it out of the House Agriculture Committee.  The bill was passed by a large, bipartisan vote of 36-10.

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May 16, 2013 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Outraged over recent revelations that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) singled out and targeted conservative political groups, Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) has signed a letter to Treasury Secretary Jack Lew voicing concern and demanding answers.

May 10, 2013 Press Release

“As if Americans need another reason to be skeptical of the IRS, today’s admission that the agency targeted conservative leaning non-profits for extra tax document scrutiny is truly stunning.  Instead of engaging in a political witch hunt by singling out non-profits with different politics than the President, the IRS should be working to make the tax preparation process easier for hardworking t

May 10, 2013 In The News

WASHINGTON – A tax that’s designed to partly fund health care reform could actually prompt some small businesses to stop offering health insurance, witnesses said Thursday at a congressional hearing convened by Rep. Chris Collins, R-Clarence.

May 9, 2013 In The News

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Four months after learning veterans may have been exposed to HIV and hepatitis at the V.A. Hospital in Buffalo, 20 have tested positive for hepatitis.

May 9, 2013 Press Release

House Small Business Subcommittee on Health and Technology Chairman Chris Collins (NY-27) today led a hearing to examine the economic effects of the upcoming health care law’s insurance tax on small businesses.  Beginning in 2014, the health care law imposes a new tax on the health insurance policies that most small businesses purchase.

May 9, 2013 In The News

WASHINGTON – Twenty veterans treated at the Buffalo Veterans Affairs Medical Center have tested positive for hepatitis in the wake of revelations that nurses improperly reused insulin pens on multiple patients, but all but two have cleared the virus, the hospital said Thursday.

May 9, 2013 In The News

Congressman Chris Collins hosted a hearing this morning of the Small Business Subcommittee on Health and Technology focusing on how aspects of ObamaCare affect small businesses across the country.

May 3, 2013 In The News

U.S. Rep. Chris Collins visited Batavia Thursday to promote legislation to help small businesses in their first year of operation.

Collins’ proposed Main Street Revival Act will allow small companies to defer payment of the first 12 months of payroll taxes, then pay off the owed amount in equal installments over a four-year period, Collins said.

May 2, 2013 In The News

BATAVIA — Two surprises have marked Chris Collins’ first four months in Congress.

The leadership has been open and helpful to new members, he said during a meeting Wednesday with The Daily News editorial board.

But on the negative side, Congress is fractured between a hard-left and hard-right which won’t compromise, and some bills have died in the process.

May 1, 2013 Columns & Op-eds
In today’s economy when people are looking for paycheck security, the federal government should not be putting additional burdens on American employers and families.  The numerous requirements of the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) are now the biggest concern for small businesses, according to a recent survey by the US Chamber of Commerce.
May 1, 2013 In The News

U.S. Rep. Chris Collins has signed on with a proposal to let startup businesses in some economically distressed areas defer payment of federal payroll taxes, in order to improve those businesses’ chances of succeeding.

Collins is the first co-sponsor of the proposed Main Street Revival Act, introduced in the House of Representatives last month by Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif.

Apr 30, 2013 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) is pushing the Main Street Revival Act (H.R. 952), bipartisan legislation which will help promote economic growth and fill vacancies along America’s main streets.  Collins is the lead Republican co-sponsor of the legislation in the House.

Apr 26, 2013 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) issued the following statement following the passage of legislation ending sequester furloughs for Air Traffic Controllers:

Apr 25, 2013 In The News

WASHINGTON – Rep. Chris Collins, R-Clarence, has introduced his first bill as a member of Congress, but in a way there’s nothing new about it.

It’s at least the 40th attempt a Republican lawmaker has made to repeal all or part of the controversial health care legislation backed by President Obama and passed by Congress three years ago.

Apr 15, 2013 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) is announcing that the long awaited dredging of three Lake Ontario harbors is on track to happen next year.  Collins says the Army Corp of Engineers now has the funding it needs to perform maintenance dredging in Oak Orchard, Olcott and Wilson harbors.  Dredging removes built-up sediment that, over time, narrows a harbor’s channel dimensions and creates unsafe

Apr 11, 2013 In The News

President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform law could have a “devastating” impact on the job market and economic growth, Republican Rep. Chris Collins tells Newsmax.

Apr 10, 2013 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) will speak about how ObamaCare is impacting the economy and job growth at the Job Creators Alliance ‘Free Enterprise Leadership Summit’ in Florida tomorrow.  Collins is the only member of Congress speaking at the event and will participate in a panel discussion on how the implementa

Apr 10, 2013 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) issued the following statement regarding President Obama’s budget proposal

Apr 10, 2013 In The News

On the eve of President Obama’s budget presentation, a Western New York Republican joined the AARP in criticizing an expected decrease in the amount paid out in Social Security benefits by restructuring cost of living adjustments.  Chris Collins says the move would hurt seniors and veterans.

Apr 9, 2013 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) is co-sponsoring legislation in the House of Representatives that would help create a more accurate picture of America’s unemployment problem.  Currently, the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ measure that calculates the monthly unemployment figure does not include the number of people who have given up looking for work.  The Real Unemployment Calculation Act (H.R.

Apr 4, 2013 In The News

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Craig Yunker's 6000 acre Western New York farm grows a variety of crops. But come next year, he fears that he may have to scale things back and eliminate some workers. That's because he says the Affordable Care Act may make doing business too expensive.

Yunker said, “We're concerned that we will have to comply and it will double our cost of health care.”

Apr 1, 2013 Press Release

 Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) announced today that his staff will be available for satellite office hours throughout the community during the month of April.  These satellite hours are in addition to the normal office hours at Collins’ district offices in both Lancaster and Geneseo.  Staffers will be holding satellite hours each month in rotating locations.

Mar 22, 2013 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) issued the following statement regarding the FAA’s decision to keep the Niagara Falls tower open:

Mar 22, 2013 In The News

Just days after the 10th anniversary of the beginning of the Iraq War, Western New York Congressman Chris Collins said the Federal agency created to help veterans needs a complete overhaul.

“The V.A. needs to have a top to bottom look at what’s wrong.  They’re just not serving the veterans.  They deserve better,” Collins said.

Mar 22, 2013 In The News

WASHINGTON – Cybersecurity threats have come a long way since hackers temporarily crippled the computer system at one of Chris Collins’ businesses a few years ago.

Mar 21, 2013 Press Release

House Small Business Subcommittee on Health and Technology Chairman Chris Collins (NY-27) today led a hearing to examine the increased volume and complexity of cyber-attacks on small business, especially as new technologies present new challenges, and the role of the federal government in helping address cyber-security issues.

Mar 21, 2013 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) issued the following statement following the House Budget vote.

Mar 16, 2013 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) spoke to senior citizens today about the House Republican Budget proposal which balances in ten years and protects Medicare.  Released earlier this week, the proposal includes a specific protection for Medicare Advantage championed by Collins.

Mar 14, 2013 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) issued the following statement after voting for legislation preserving work requirements for Welfare recipients (H.R. 890, the Preserving Work Requirements for Welfare Programs Act of 2013):

Mar 8, 2013 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) met with approximately 40 local farmers in Batavia today at the first meeting of his Agriculture Advisory Board.  As a member of the House Agriculture Committee, Collins will routinely look to the group to help shape his polices and positions on matters before the committee.  This Congress, the Agriculture Committee is expected to craft a five-year Farm Bill an

Mar 5, 2013 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) announced today that his staff will be available for satellite office hours throughout the community during the month of March.  These satellite hours are in addition to the normal office hours at Collins’ district offices in both Lancaster and Geneseo.  Staffers will be holding satellite hours each month in rotating locations.

Mar 4, 2013 In The News

“If you don’t leave Washington, how do you know what’s going on?”

Rep. Chris Collins came to Medina Saturday for an informal meeting with local government, business and civic leaders. The freshman congressman spoke to a crowd of more than 30 at the Shirt Factory Cafe.

Mar 4, 2013 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) is encouraging local high school students to participate in this year’s Congressional Art Competition.  The winning artist from New York’s 27th Congressional District will travel to Washington, DC and have their artwork displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year.

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Mar 2, 2013 In The News

Dramatic federal budget cuts of 13 percent for defense and 9 percent for most other programs took effect Friday, and the world did not end.

Instead, traffic flowed normally at the Peace Bridge, travelers came and went through the usual security lines at Buffalo Niagara International Airport, and the IRS remained hard at work processing tax returns.

Mar 1, 2013 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) says the federal sequester is unfairly targeting the military but he is hoping military leadership will have greater control over how to make cuts.  Collins made the case for proposed legislation that would give department and agency heads more flexibility over sequester cuts this afternoon at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station.  Collins has signed on as a c

Feb 28, 2013 Press Release

“Helping to protect women from violence should not be a matter of debate in Washington.  As a husband, father of two daughters and brother to five sisters, I am pleased Congress acted to reauthorize this historically bipartisan legislation.  There are many matters in Washington where both parties are understandably miles apart given our different political and economic philosophies, but doing w

Feb 21, 2013 Press Release

“I want to applaud local legislators for standing up for the rights of law abiding gun owners.  Today, the Minority Caucus of the Erie County Legislature pushed through a resolution opposing New York State’s so-called SAFE Act.  Erie joins Livingston, Niagara, Orleans and Wyoming counties in passing resolutions officially opposing this legislation.  I know other local governments within the 27t

Feb 20, 2013 Press Release

“President Obama proposed these devastating across-the-board spending cuts and insisted they become law.  The House has voted twice to replace the President’s sequester with common sense spending cuts and reforms that help achieve a balanced budget within a decade.  Unfortunately, the Senate and President have never addressed these bills.  Washington’s goal should be to grow the economy, expand

Feb 20, 2013 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) is looking to help local, law abiding gun owners protect their privacy.  Starting today, residents of New York’s 27th Congressional District can stop by Collins’ district offices in either Lancaster or Geneseo to pick up or drop off their ‘Opt-Out” forms.  New York State is giving individual pistol permit holders the ability to fill out an ‘Opt-Out’ form to pro

Feb 13, 2013 Press Release

Congressman and small businessman Chris Collins (NY-27) participated in a hearing on Capitol Hill today focused on the state of small business.  Collins and the House Small Business Committee heard testimony from bankers, academics and small business owners related to the sluggish economy, the availability of small business loans, and the implementation of ObamaCare.

Feb 13, 2013 In The News

Rep. Chris Collins, R-27, says President Barack Obama missed the opportunity to lead in his State of the Union Address on Tuesday night.

Feb 13, 2013 In The News

WASHINGTON – The Families of Continental Flight 3407 spent the fourth anniversary of the loss of their loved ones lobbying the Federal Aviation Administration and members of Congress for tougher rules for the nation’s pilots – and in doing so, they found new reason for frustration with the FAA.

Feb 12, 2013 Press Release

“Sometimes, there's nothing more disappointing than when a leader misses the opportunity to lead.

Feb 12, 2013 Press Release

On the fourth anniversary of the crash of Continental Flight 3407, Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27), Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26), Congressman Tom Reed (NY-23), and Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-25) are urging the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to continue to make implementation of airline safety reforms a top priority.

Feb 12, 2013 In The News

When President Obama makes his State of the Union address tonight, Congressman Chris Collins, R-Clarence, wants to hear him talk about jobs, the economy and “the need to live within our means as a country.”

“I want to hear him talk about true bipartisan solutions, not his way or the highway,” Collins said Saturday during an interview at The Livingston County News.

Feb 11, 2013 Press Release

Congressman and small businessman Chris Collins (NY-27) believes the stream of regulations coming out of Washington is hurting small businesses and preventing economic growth.  Collins visited Apparel Printers Plus in Victor today to talk about the regulatory burden small businesses face.  Collins says Washington is doing nothing to give small business owners the confidence they need to invest

Feb 6, 2013 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) is co-sponsoring legislation introduced today to repeal the excise tax on medical devices that was imposed as part of the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare).  Collins says this tax, which took effect the first of the year, will hurt our economy and cost American jobs unless it is repealed.

Feb 5, 2013 Press Release

Congressman and small businessman Chris Collins (NY-27) has joined the newly formed bipartisan Small Business Caucus.  The group of 21 members of the House of Representatives is committed to making Washington work for small business. 

Feb 1, 2013 Press Release

“The President may think this country’s economy is recovering, but the numbers tell a different story.  January’s jobs report, released just this morning, shows unemployment on the rise.  Americans have now endured 50 straight months of unemployment above 7%.  Worse yet, earlier this week, it was reported that our economy actually shrank for the first time in years and consumer confidence took

Feb 1, 2013 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) is pleased to announce that his office was able to help Old Fort Niagara in Youngstown receive long-stalled federal grant money it was awarded several years ago.  After waiting months for the money, Old Fort Niagara reached out to the new Congressman for help.   Collins’ office was able to navigate the federal bureaucracy and free up the money in a matter of da

Jan 31, 2013 Press Release

Congressman and small businessman Chris Collins is encouraging local small business owners to weigh in on proposed federal regulations through a new interactive website developed by the House Small Business Committee.  Small Biz Reg Watch is an online resource for small business owners located on the House Small Busines

Jan 30, 2013 Columns & Op-eds

The first weeks of any new year are always a busy time and the start of 2013 has certainly been an exciting time for me.  I had the great honor of taking the oath of office as your new Congressman in early January and the weeks that have followed have been filled with meaningful experiences in both Washington and here at home. 

Jan 24, 2013 In The News

As the House Agriculture Committee held its first meeting of the 113th Congress, the Committee's chairman appointed 27th District Congressman Chris Collins,. R-Clarence, to the following subcommittees:

General Farm Commodities and Risk Management

Jan 24, 2013 Press Release

As the House Agriculture Committee held its first meeting of the 113th Congress, the Committee’s Chairman appointed Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) to the following Subcommittees:

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Jan 23, 2013 Press Release

"Today the House of Representatives took an important step toward bringing fiscal sanity to Washington.  If the men and women elected to come here and do the people’s work cannot pass a budget – their most fundamental obligation – they should not get a paycheck.  The 'No Budget, No Pay Act' obligates the Senate to finally join the House in passing a budget – something it has failed to do for ne

Jan 16, 2013 Press Release

"As a staunch supporter of the Second Amendment, I am very concerned about the President’s proposals.  My father taught me the lessons of responsible gun ownership and I know that is a story shared by many NY-27 residents and gun owners all across America.  It is not the job of the federal government to tell responsible gun owners how to live their lives nor is it the job of the federal governm

Jan 8, 2013 Press Release

House Small Business Committee Chairman Sam Graves tapped Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) to chair the subcommittee on Healthcare and Technology. 

Jan 7, 2013 In The News

BATAVIA — Family, financial responsbility and the future were foremost on the mind of newly-elected Congressman Chris Collins this weekend.

During his second ceremonial swearing-in for the day Saturday, he promised to do what he could to taper federal spending habits, represent all constituents and especially farmers and small business and have a long-term vision.

Jan 7, 2013 In The News

WASHINGTON – Rep. Chris Collins on Monday won a rare honor for a first-term lawmaker: chairmanship of a House subcommittee.

The Clarence Republican will serve as chairman of the Small Business Committee’s Subcommittee on Healthcare and Technology, which will oversee the implementation of President Obama’s health care law and how it is affecting small businesses.

Jan 7, 2013 Press Release

On his first full week on the job, Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) met with approximately 40 local farmers this afternoon to talk about what they want to see as part of a new Farm Bill.  Congress is set to debate a new five-year Farm Bill over the coming months.  As a member of the Agriculture Committee, Collins has made it a top priority to work with his colleagues to pass a new Farm Bill as

Jan 5, 2013 Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) took the ceremonial oath of office at three separate events today throughout New York’s 27th Congressional District.

Jan 4, 2013 Press Release

“Today, the House of Representatives took action on the first of two aid packages to help people devastated by Superstorm Sandy in October.  I am pleased that one of my first acts as a member of Congress was to co-sponsor and vote in favor of this bill, which will provide nearly $10 billion to FEMA so it can cover flood insurance claims.

Jan 3, 2013 Speech

When a Member of Congress is given time to formally express an opinion or make a statement on an issue before the House, they are said to have the 'floor' of the House, and their views are referred to as a 'Floor Speech'.

Jan 3, 2013 Editorial

Editorials historically came about as a means to let the average person know the opinions of the editors and publishers of newspapers and magazines.

Jan 3, 2013 Press Release

“Today, as I took the official oath of office, I thought of the faith and trust the hardworking residents of New York's 27th Congressional District have placed in me.  I am humbled by the opportunity to be their representative and their voice in the United States House of Representatives.

Jan 3, 2013 In The News

The One Hundred Thirteenth United States Congress is the next meeting of the legislative branch of the United States federal government, composed of the United States Senate and the United States House of Representatives. It is scheduled to meet in Washington, D.C. from January 3, 2013 to January 3, 2015.

Jan 3, 2013 In The News

The 113th United States Congress will begin on January 3, 2013. There are at least 12 new senators (3R, 8D, 1I) and 67 new representatives (29R, 38D).

Jan 3, 2013 Event

The First Session of the 113th Congress commences January 3rd, 2013.

Jan 3, 2013 Event
New Members to be sworn in
Jan 2, 2013 Press Release

Congressman-elect Chris Collins (NY-27) will serve on both the Agriculture and Small Business committees in the 113th Congress beginning in January.  Collins was appointed to the posts by House leadership.  The committee assignments are a natural fit for both Collins’ background as a small business owner and the incredibly important role agriculture plays in New York’s 27th Congressional Distri

Dec 26, 2012 Event

The United States House of Representatives is scheduled to hold votes beginning at 6:30pm Eastern Standard Time.

Dec 26, 2012 Event

The United States House of Representatives is scheduled to hold votes beginning as early as 1:00pm Eastern Standard Time.

Dec 26, 2012 Event

The Fifty-Seventh Presidential Inauguration public ceremony will be held Monday, January 21, 2013 at the U.S. Capitol. Find more information on the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies website.

Dec 10, 2012 Event

The United States House of Representatives is scheduled to hold votes beginning at 6:30pm Eastern Standard Time.

Dec 10, 2012 Event

The United States House of Representatives is scheduled to hold votes beginning at 6:30pm Eastern Standard Time.

Dec 10, 2012 Event

The United States House of Representatives is scheduled to hold votes beginning at 6:30pm Eastern Standard Time.