Chris Collins

Chris Collins


Congressman Collins Leads Effort for National Lighthouse Day


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. “Since America’s inception, lighthouses have served a vital role in our country’s expansion,” said Congressman Collins. “They have been instrumental in trade and commerce, and now serve as a reminder of the rich history and shipping industry of New York’s 27th District. My colleagues and I are optimistic President Obama will honor our request and establish August 7th as National Light House Day.”  Full text of the letter can be read here. Read More

Congressman Chris Collins Helps Secure $688,950 Grant for Wyoming County First Responders


Congressman Chris Collins announced $688,950 in federal funding for Silver Springs Fire Department on behalf of Wyoming County. The grant was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG), which is designed to help fire responders, like those in Wyoming County, improve their capability to respond to fires and emergencies of all types. The grant award is to be used for equipment aiding Wyoming County’s 19 local fire and EMS departments. “Providing the necessary funding for our first responders is the least we can do,” said Congressman Chris Collins. “Our local heroes need the proper resources to do their jobs and protect our communities. This funding will help create more efficient and effective Wyoming County first responders, and I am proud I was able to help them secure this money.” *** This funding will equip 764 first responders with pagers that meet new federal communications requirements and are fully compatible with the county's new communications system. These pagers are essential to Wyoming County's transition to a high-band communication system that will eventually allow for full interoperability with the agencies responsible for emergency response on a regional and state-wide level. Without federal funding assistance, the county's small volunteer fire department would not be able to complete this upgrade within the foreseeable future.***   Read More

Congressman Chris Collins Announces $630,000 Grant for Genesee County Airport


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. “Supporting local governments with the cost of maintaining, repairing and building critical infrastructure is an appropriate use of federal tax dollars,” said Congressman Collins.  “Local taxpayers send a lot of their hard-earned money to Washington and it is only proper that we get a share of it back to assist with projects that are important to our local communities.” "The grant not only supports local construction jobs, but it allows for the construction of the aprons that are needed to erect additional facilities necessary to address Genesee County's long-standing waiting list for hangars,” said Mr. Timothy J. Hens, Superintendent for the Genesee County Highway Department. “More hangars means more activity at the airport, which is good for the county, and good for the businesses based at and around the airport.”   The Congressman’s office remains available to assist any local government pursuing a federal grant. Read More

Seniors Negatively Impacted by Obamacare: Medicare Advantage Cut by More than 16 Percent


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. “Obamacare continues to negatively impact individuals and their families in Western New York,” said Congressman Collins. “This study shows the President’s health care law is having a disastrous effect on our nation’s seniors. Medicare Advantage provides seniors with the level of health care they desire at a price they can afford. The drastic cuts to the Medicare Advantage program put the health and budgets of seniors across the country at risk. It is disturbing that the President and Democrats would stand idle, while Medicare Advantage is reduced in order to pay for a health care law that is inefficient and ineffective. “I have made it a priority to protect the Medicare Advantage program from future cuts. Earlier this year, I successfully inserted language into the House passed budget that protected the Medicare Advantage program for our seniors. Unfortunately, the Democrat controlled Senate has refused to take up this legislation, which would have provided necessary stability for this essential program.” The study detailing the cuts was released by American Action Network and can be seen here: Read More

More Obamacare Fallout: 53 Thousand Have Current Medicaid Coverage Cancelled


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. “The tangible negative effects of Obamacare are now directly impacting individuals and their families,” said Congressman Collins. “Last week we learned of the upcoming rate hikes for individual’s premiums and now it is clear that fifty three thousand Western New Yorkers will be removed from BlueCross BlueShield’s Medicaid coverage.” “BCBS has lost money by providing Medicaid coverage for the last three years, but was able to absorb those costs with other aspects of its business model. With Obamacare’s massive expansion of Medicaid, the financial impact for companies like BCBS has become unsustainable. I fear  BCBS is the first of a number of insurers who, due to Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion, will no longer be able to financially support their Medicaid programs.” BlueCross BlueShield will be withdrawing from their Medicaid programs in six Western New York counties (Erie, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Orleans, Wyoming and Allegany) effective October 31, 2014. The decision will impact 53,000 members. The company cited losses in excess of $40 million over the past three years as the reason for their decision to end their Medicaid coverage. ### Read More

Congressman Chris Collins Discusses Ride Sharing Services


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.” “As smart phones and the innovations that come from their usage increase, the federal government must carefully balance regulation with growth opportunities,” said Congressman Collins. “Innovations such as ride sharing services present a tremendous opportunity to provide consumers with cheaper and more efficient transit options. But in order for these innovations to continue to expand, the government must not stifle their growth with burdensome and excessive regulations.” Congressman Collins’ remarks and questioning at today’s hearing can be see here: Read More

House Passes Legislation to Improve Student Innovation


Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today released the following statement on House passage of H.R. 5031, the STEM Education Act of 2014. “As a small business owner with a degree in mechanical engineering, I understand the importance a STEM background plays in technological innovation and business development,” said Congressman Chris Collins. “During my time in the private sector, a recurring problem was finding new graduates with degrees in science, technology, engineering, math, and specifically, computer science. Computer science is the primary driver for job growth among the four STEM fields of study, but at the rate students are currently graduating from American universities and colleges, these jobs will be vastly under-filled. “This no-cost legislation, which I cosponsored, will direct federal agencies to include computer science as one of the disciplines in their definition of STEM. This specification will allow the federal government to help address the future gap in computer science graduates and provide employers with an innovative and skilled American workforce.” Full text of H.R. 5031 can be found here. Read More

Congressman Chris Collins and County Legislators Meet with State Department Officials On Lake Ontario Water Regulations


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. “Once again, I voiced my concern and opposition to the plan announced by the IJC, which would devastate residents along the Lake’s southern shore,” said Congressman Chris Collins. “On the heels of what I heard from local legislators and residents at last week’s press conference, it is clear this plan is not in the best interest of homeowners and other stakeholders along the Lake Ontario shoreline. I am glad we had the opportunity to voice our concerns to the State Department, which is currently undergoing an interagency review of the IJC’s proposal. I remain committed to working with my colleagues in state and local government against its implementation.” Read More

Congressman Chris Collins Hammers EPA Over Waters of the U.S. Ruling


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.” “The problem is the public doesn't trust the EPA, farmers don't trust the EPA not to overreach, Congress doesn't trust the EPA,” said Congressman Collins during today’s hearing. Here is the full video of Congressman Collins’ line of questioning. “Deputy Administrator Perciasepe and the EPA fail to recognize that their agency’s overreach is causing real harm for farmers and stalling business development across our country,” said Congressman Collins. “When I visit with farmers in my district, the heavy burdens under the Clean Water Act come up each and every time. When the bureaucrats at the EPA decide to call a divot in the ground that fills with rain a ‘navigable waterway’ under the CWA, we know our federal government has run amuck. The fact that the EPA and U.S. Army Corp of Engineers are now looking to formally broaden the definition of ‘navigable waters’ is an insult to hard working farmers all across this country.” Read More

Congressman Chris Collins Announces $152,000 Grant for District Fire Company


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. “Providing the necessary funding for our first responders is the least we can do,” said Congressman Chris Collins. “Our local heroes need the proper resources to do their jobs and protect our communities. This funding will help create a more efficient and effective Newstead Fire Company, and I am proud I was able to help them secure this money.” The fire company will utilize the grant money to revamp outdated breathing equipment eliminating a tremendous burden on the company’s firefighters. “Our breathing equipment hasn’t been updated since 1983, and is outdated according to the National Fire Protection Association,” said Garret Cleversley, 2nd Assistant Chief of the Newstead Fire Company. “The new equipment is safer, better, and more than eleven pounds lighter allowing our volunteer firefighters to perform their jobs faster and more efficiently. I would like to thank Newstead Fire Company’s grant committee led by Mike Young, the town of Newstead’s grant writers, and Congressman Chris Collins for helping our fire company secure this vital funding.” Earlier this year, Congressman Collins submitted a letter on behalf of Newstead in support of their funding request. That letter can be read here. Read More

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Congressman Chris Collins represents New York’s 27th Congressional District in the House of Representatives.  The 27th District of New York includes 105 towns spread out over eight counties in Western New York and the Finger Lakes.  The residents of NY-27 elected Mr. Collins to Congress in November of 2012.

Congressman Collins serves as a member of the House Small Business, Agriculture and Science, Space and Technology committees. He is also the Chair of the Small Business Subcommittee on Health and Technology, which is charged with examining how the cost of healthcare is impacting American small businesses.

Congressman Collins comes to Capitol Hill with both private and public sector experience. Before being elected to Congress, Chris served as Erie County Executive and built a career as a business owner and entrepreneur, creating and saving hundreds of American jobs in Western New York.

A mechanical engineer, the Congressman began his professional career with Westinghouse Electric in 1972.  Chris lives in Clarence, NY with his wife Mary. He has three children and three grandchildren and remains active with the Greater Niagara Frontier Council Boy Scouts of America.

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