More on Congressional Issues
Clarence, NY – Today Congressman Chris Collins addressed the rising water levels of Lake Ontario at the Oak Orchard Harbor which he has continually pointed to the International Joint Commission (IJC) and its Plan 2014 as the reason for the continued flood concerns. The Congressman was joined by Niagara County Legislator David Godfrey, Orleans County Legislature Chairman Lynn Johnson and other elected officials who share the same concerns of a possible flooding along the Western New York shoreline.
Washington, D.C. – As Ontario Lake levels continue to rise, Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) is warning that a new round of south shore flooding and erosion is likely with harsh Spring weather. Collins has continually pointed to the International Joint Commission (IJC) and its Plan 2014, which was approved at the close of the Obama Administration, as the culprit for continued flood concerns.
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) and Congresswoman Anna G. Eshoo (CA-18) reintroduced legislation that prevents states from diverting fees collected from consumers on their phone bills, which are meant to be used to improve 9-1-1 emergency communications systems. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has found that New York diverts at least 41% of 9-1-1 fees that are collected for non-public safety related purposes. Congresswoman Anna G. Eshoo (CA-18) co-lead on the bill has also seen 9-1-1 fee diversion in California.
Clarence, NY – Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) announced today the beginning of the 2019 Congressional Art Competition. Initiated by Members of the U.S. House of Representatives in 1982, the event is a nationwide annual art competition that allows high school students from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories to showcase their artistic ability.
(WASHINGTON, DC) – Today Congressman Chis Collins (NY-27) formally requested that his paychecks be withheld during the partial government shutdown. Along with withholding his pay, Collins has cosponsored legislation that will ensure that the federal employees who keep our communities and nation safe are paid for their service as shutdown negotiations continue.
WILLIAMSVILLE, NY – Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today announced that the Small Business Administration (SBA) has made low-interest rate disaster loans available for certain Private Nonprofit Organizations (PNPs) in Niagara and Orleans counties as a result of damages caused by Lake Ontario flooding. Eligible PNPs include organizations such as food kitchens, homeless shelters, museums, libraries, community centers, schools and colleges.
Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) condemned claims by International Joint Commission (IJC) Chair Lana Pollack that Plan 2014 and the IJC were not responsible for Lake Ontario’s shoreline flooding this past spring. Collins and other elected officials, including Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich, Governor Andrew Cuomo, and community leaders all along the Lake Shore have been vocal about the lake-level regulation plan that leaves the south shore of Lake Ontario in danger of historic erosion.
Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) met with Boy Scouts over the weekend at the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site for its Citizenship in the Nation Merit Badge Day program. Amongst the requirements for a Citizenship in the Nation merit badge, a Scout must be able to discuss the three branches of government, discuss how each branch functions, and discuss the importance of checks and balances. To help Scouts meet this requirement, Congressman Collins was asked to discuss how he recently secured desperately needed federal funds on behalf of the Site.
Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today announced $785,000 in federal funding for the Town of Bethany. This $785,000 was awarded through the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Water and Waste Disposable Loans and Grants Program. The Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program provides funding for clean and reliable drinking water systems, sanitary sewage disposal, sanitary waste disposal, and storm water drainage to households and businesses in eligible rural areas.
Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) and 18 additional Members of Congress sent a letter to United States Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Chao and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Huerta expressing concern and disappointment with recommendations to modify and repeal pilot training rules. Suggested changes from the Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee (ARAC) would reduce the training and experience requirements specified in the Airline Safety and FAA Extension Act of 2010.