Chris Collins

Chris Collins

NEW YORK's 27th DISTRICT

Collins: More needs to be done to get the VA back on track

2017/08/17

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today released the following statement reacting to news that the Buffalo Veterans Affairs Medical Center has notified 526 patients they may be at risk for infection due to an improperly cleaned medical scope:

“Today’s news out of the Buffalo Veterans Affairs Medical Center is very troubling. I encourage any veteran in my district who may be concerned to contact my district office at 716-634-2324 for assistance. It is completely unacceptable that proper protocols were not being followed, but I applaud the actions taken to relieve the employee at fault from their duties.

“Unfortunately, this is not the first time this type of negligence has occurred, yet is an example of how important our reforms have been, especially when it comes to holding VA employees accountable. This is why I fought for legislation, which President Trump signed in to law this June to protect whistleblowers, and give the Secretary of the VA the authority to fire, demote or suspend VA employees who don’t do their jobs. This is significant progress, but clearly more needs to be done in order to get the VA back on track and I am committed to working with my colleagues to make sure our veterans get the care they deserve.”

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Congressman Chris Collins Secures $179,952 in AFG Program Funding for the Richmond Fire Department & Gasport Chemical Hose Co.

2017/08/16

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today announced $128,667 in federal funding for the Gasport Chemical Hose Company and $51,285 for the Richmond Fire Department. Both of these grants, which total $179,952, were allocated through the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program, which is designed to help first responders improve their capability to respond to fires and emergencies of all types.

“Our local first responders need to be suited with the best equipment to ensure they’re able to do their jobs and protect our communities,” said Congressman Chris Collins. “Both of these AFG awards will help create more effective and efficient firefighters and will play an important role in keeping NY-27 safe. I was proud to work with the Gasport Chemical Hose Company and the Richmond Fire Department to secure this $179,952 in AFG funding.”

The Gasport Chemical Hose Company will use this $128,667 federal grant to purchase 21 Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) air packs. This will provide members of the Company with breathable air when responding to an emergency situation. 

“This grant will allow our department to purchase 21 SCBAs,” said Christopher Wesolek, Chief of the Gasport Chemical Hose Company. “Updated SCBA’s are critically important to protecting our firefighters and making sure they are able to keep our community safe. We appreciate Congressman Collins’ aggressive advocacy on behalf of local fire departments and look forward to working with him in the future.”

The Richmond Fire Department will utilize this $51,285 federal grant to purchase a new SCBA filling station. By allowing members to regularly refill their SCBAs with breathable air, the new filling station will enhance the Department’s emergency-response capabilities. 

“This $51,285 grant will help us purchase a compressor so we can fill our own SCBAs and support surrounding departments,” said Rick Frost, Chief of the Richmond Fire Department. “Being able to fill our own SCBAs is critical to firefighter safety and will allow us to better protect the community. We will continue to work with Congressman Collins and his office to support local first responders.”

The AFG Grant Program provides direct funding assistance to fire departments, State Fire Training Academies, and non-affiliated EMS organizations to enhance their response capabilities and to more effectively protect the health and safety of both the public and emergency response personnel with respect to fire and all other hazards.

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Congressman Collins Announces $37,462 SAFER Grant for the Woodlawn Volunteer Fire Company

2017/08/16

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today announced $37,462 in federal funding for the Woodlawn Volunteer Fire Company. The grant was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant Program, which is designed to help fire departments maintain a sufficient number of firefighters.

“For volunteer fire departments, the high costs associated with new marketing and recruitment strategies are significant obstacles to overcome,” said Congressman Chris Collins. “The SAFER grant program helps organizations like the Woodlawn Fire Company access federal funds so they can continue protecting our local communities for years to come. I was happy to work with the Woodlawn Volunteer Fire Company to secure this critical funding and ensure they’re able to implement new and improved recruitment strategies.”

This federal grant will help the Woodlawn Volunteer Fire Company fund a new LED sign to advertise new recruitment opportunities and improve upon their recruitment marketing efforts.

“This important funding will help us recruit new firefighters and retain the ones we have,” said Kevin Jewett, Chief of the Woodlawn Volunteer Fire Company. “Recruitment and retentions are some of the greatest issues facing the local fire service. In order to continue to keep our communities safe we need to promote volunteer recruitment and this grant will help us do that.”

The Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Grants (SAFER) was created to provide funding directly to fire departments and volunteer firefighter interest organizations to help them increase or maintain the number of trained, "front line" firefighters available in their communities.

 

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Collins Applauds Trump’s Commitment to Address Opioid Abuse

2017/08/10

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today reacted to President Trump’s announcement that he will declare a national emergency on opioid abuse:

“I stand with President Trump in recognizing the extreme severity of the opioid crisis in America and applaud the steps being taken to find solutions to this devastating problem. Far too many lives have been lost and we have seen firsthand the tragedy that so many families in Western New York and across America face.”

Congressman Collins is a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee that crafted the 21st Century Cures Act, which provided $1 billion in grants to address the crisis. Of those funds, $25.3 million were awarded to New York state. In May 2016, Collins voted in favor of 18 bills that address addiction among our veterans, to babies infected with this disease, to current pain management best practices.

“I applaud Governor Christie and his team for their diligent work in finding solutions for treatment and prevention. Opioid addiction can impact anyone, and we will continue to combat this crisis as a team because more needs to be done."

As a member of the Health and Oversight and Investigations Subcommittees, Collins has participated in six subcommittee hearings discussing the government and states responses to the crisis, fentanyl, and professional and academic perspectives.

For more information on the work of the Energy and Commerce Committee on opioids, click here.

 

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Congressman Chris Collins Announces $83,334 in AFG Funding for the Cowlesville Fire Company

2017/08/10

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today announced $83,334 in federal funding for the Cowlesville Fire Company. The grant was awarded through the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program, which is designed to help first responders improve their capability to respond to fires and emergencies of all types.

“The AFG program is a prudent use of federal funds that helps our local first responders replace outdated equipment, develop new training initiatives, and enhance their emergency communication systems,” said Congressman Chris Collins. “In this case, the Cowlesville Fire Company will utilize this $83,334 in federal funding to purchase new radio equipment so their members can communicate without disruption during fire emergencies. I’m glad the Cowlesville Fire Company will now be able to purchase this critical equipment and I look forward to working with NY-27 first responders to access AFG program funding in the future.”

The Cowlesville Fire Company will use this $83,334 federal grant to purchase new emergency radios. These newly purchased emergency radios will significantly improve the Company’s operational efficiency when responding to emergencies of all types.

“This important federal funding will allow our department to purchase updated radio and communications equipment,” said John Taylor, Assistant Chief of the Cowlesville Fire Company. “This is critical for keeping our members safe and effectively protecting the community. We will continue to work with Rep. Collins to support federal funding that assist local fire departments and first responders”

The AFG Grant Program provides direct funding assistance to fire departments, State Fire Training Academies, and non-affiliated EMS organizations to enhance their response capabilities and to more effectively protect the health and safety of both the public and emergency response personnel with respect to fire and all other hazards.

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Congressman Chris Collins Secures $160,514 in AFG Funding for the Village of Warsaw Fire Department & South Wales Fire District No. 1

2017/08/09

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today announced $111,958 in federal funding for the Village of Warsaw Fire Department and $48,556 in federal funding for the South Wales Fire District No. 1. Both of these grants, which total $160,514, were allocated through the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program, which is designed to help first responders improve their capability to respond to fires and emergencies of all types. 

“Our courageous firefighters must be able to operate effectively when responding to any type of emergency in our communities,” said Congressman Chris Collins. “The AFG program has helped NY-27 fire departments purchase new equipment, make improvements to their communication systems, and keep their members safe. I was proud to work with the Village of Warsaw Fire Department and the South Wales Fire District No. 1 to secure this $160,514 in federal funding so they can continue protecting their members and fellow neighbors.”

The Village of Warsaw Fire Department will use this $111,958 federal grant to purchase new fire hoses and nozzles. The newly purchased hoses and nozzles will help the Department meet safety standards and mitigate their ongoing maintenance and repair costs. 

“This important federal grant will allow our department to update outdated equipment that will allow us to better serve our community,” said Joseph Cummins, Chief of the Village of Warsaw Fire Department “I appreciate Rep. Collins’ efforts and we will continue to work with him on issues related to the fire service.”

The South Wales Fire District No. 1 will utilize this $48,556 federal grant to purchase a new Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) filling station. By allowing members to regularly refill their SCBAs with breathable air, the new filling station will enhance the District’s emergency-response capabilities.

“This grant will be used for an SCBA filling station, which will greatly help us in getting back in service after calls,” said Michael McClure, Chief of the South Wales Fire District No. 1. “Previously, we had to rely on neighboring fire companies to fill our SCBA's. This will allow us to better protect the local community and we look forward to working with Rep. Collins in the future.”

The AFG Grant Program provides direct funding assistance to fire departments, State Fire Training Academies, and non-affiliated EMS organizations to enhance their response capabilities and to more effectively protect the health and safety of both the public and emergency response personnel with respect to fire and all other hazards.

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Congressman Collins Highlights Support for Student Agriculture Protection Act of 2017

2017/08/03

Legislation is currently being debated in the House Committee on Education and the Workforce that would lower the tax burden for students involved in 4-H programs and provide them with an opportunity to invest their earnings in future projects, college funds, or savings accounts. Congressman Chris Collins released the following statement today, in which he highlighted his support for the bipartisan legislation titled the Student Agriculture Protection Act of 2017.

“4-H programs offer constructive ways for students to expand their knowledge of agriculture and animal sciences,” said Congressman Collins. “With agriculture being the largest industry in New York’s 27th Congressional District, those who participate in local 4-H programs will soon be amongst the primary contributors to Western New York’s economy. For this reason alone, it’s critically important that incentives are set in place that will drive up participation and spread awareness of 4-H programs.”

If signed into law, the Student Agriculture Protection Act of 2017 would create a tax exemption for the first $5,000 of revenue earned by students 18 years or younger from either the sale of livestock or agriculture projects completed through 4-H or Future Farmers of America (FAA) programs. In effect, it will eliminate the tax-filing burden for eligible students and allow them to invest their earnings in future projects or college funds.

Collins added, “Plain and simple, the Student Agriculture Protection Act is an investment in the next generation of American farmers. This bill will have a direct and positive impact on New York’s 27th Congressional District and will ensure the U.S. remains the world leader in agriculture. As a proud cosponsor, I will continue my advocacy in support of this legislation to ensure it is put up for a vote on the House Floor.”

For more information on H.R. 1626, the Student Agriculture Protection Act of 2017, click here.

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Collins Cosponsors Border Security for America Act

2017/08/01

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) cosponsored legislation that enhances  law enforcement at our borders and provides resources to improve security at ports of entry. The Border Security for America Act authorizes $5 billion over four years to carry out staffing increases and infrastructure improvements. Additionally, the bill directs the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to implement biometric exit-entry systems at all points of entry, exempting U.S. and Canadian citizens from screening.

“Our northern border is an economic asset to Western New York and we need to make sure we move people and products across safely and effectively,” said Collins. “I am fully supportive of increased national security measures, like those included in this bill, but worked with my colleagues to make sure we avoid disruptions to both American and Canadian citizens that might result from new protocols.”

In February, Collins corresponded with former DHS Secretary John Kelly and CBP Acting Commissioner Kevin McAleenan expressing a deep concern regarding the department’s proposed expedited implementation of the biometric exit-entry system. Collins cited impacts to Western New York related to trade and tourism and pointed out the differences between the northern and southern borders when it comes to security. As a result, DHS exempted American and Canadian citizens from their initiative.

Now, this new House legislation proposed by House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (TX-10) carries the same exemption while providing expanded resources for border security.

“Our northern and southern borders face different needs when it comes to security,” Collins said. “Chairman McCaul took the needs of Western New York into careful consideration when drafting this language and I thank him for his efforts.”

The Border Security for America Act:

  • Authorizes a Border Wall — Requires the deployment and construction of tactical infrastructure and technology to achieve full operational control and situational awareness. This deployment includes wall, fencing, technology, and other barriers. 
  • Secure and Fast Ports of Entry — Authorizes necessary resource investments to improve and enhance our ports of entry. Targets illegal immigration and drug trafficking at our ports of entry, while increasing lawful trade and travel. 
  • More Boots on the Ground — Adds 5,000 Border Patrol Agents and 5,000 CBP Officers and streamlines the way that veterans and existing local law enforcement officers can be hired.
  • More Air and Marine Flight Hours – Increases the number of annual flight hours of CBP’s Air and Marine Operations and prioritizes requests for support from the Chief of the Border Patrol to secure the border. 
  • Forward Operating Bases – Directs DHS to upgrade existing forward operating bases to a minimum standard.
  • Use of the National Guard – Authorizes use of the National Guard along the Southern Border to help with aviation and intelligence support and allows the reimbursement for states that call out the National Guard to help secure the border. 
  • Targets Visa Overstays — Identify visa overstays through full deployment of the Biometric Entry-Exit System at all ports of entry while exempting American and Canadian citizens 
  • Border Patrol Access to Federal Lands — Prohibits Federal agencies from impeding, prohibiting, or restricting CBP activities on federal land located within 100 miles of the Southern Border to execute search and rescue operations, and to prevent all unlawful entries into the United States.
  • Support Local Law Enforcement — Authorizes the Stonegarden grant program at $110 million for state and local law enforcement to aggressively fight drug trafficking, smuggling, and other crimes on the Southern Border.

To read the text of H.R. 3548, Border Security for America Act, click here.                                                                                        

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Collins Introduces Second Amendment Guarantee Act

2017/07/31

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) has proposed new measures for protecting Second Amendment rights by introducing legislation to limit states authority when it comes to regulating rifles and shotguns, commonly used by sportsmen and sportswomen. The Second Amendment Guarantee Act (SAGA) would prevent states from implementing any regulations on these weapons that are more restrictive than what is required by federal law. Upon passage of this bill, most of the language included in New York State’s Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement (SAFE) Act of 2013 signed into law by Governor Cuomo would be void. 

“This legislation would protect the Second Amendment rights of New Yorkers that were unjustly taken away by Andrew Cuomo,” said Collins. “I am a staunch supporter of the Second Amendment and have fought against all efforts to condemn these rights. I stand with the law-abiding citizens of this state that have been outraged by the SAFE Act and voice my commitment to roll back these regulations.”

Governor Cuomo’s SAFE Act violates federal regulation and the following provisions would be void under the proposed legislation:

-          Cuomo’s SAFE Act expanded rifle and shotgun bans to include semi-automatic guns with detachable magazines that possess certain features.

-          The Cuomo SAFE Act banned the capacity of magazines that hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition.  It further limited magazines to 7 rounds at any time.

In the Collins’ bill, States or local governments would not be able to regulate, prohibit, or require registration and licensing (that are any more restrictive under Federal law) for the sale, manufacturing, importation, transfer, possession, or marketing of a rifle or shotgun. Additionally, “rifle or shotgun” includes any part of the weapon including any detachable magazine or ammunition feeding devise and any type of pistol grip or stock design. 

Under this legislation, any current or future laws enacted by a state or political subdivision that exceeds federal law for rifles and shotguns would be void. Should a state violate this law, and a plaintiff goes to court, the court will award the prevailing plaintiff a reasonable attorney’s fee in addition to any other damages.

Congressman Collins was joined today by local, county, and state elected officials and citizen supporters of the Second Amendment during events to unveil his bill in Erie and Monroe county.

Hamburg Rod and Gun Club:

Assemblyman David DiPietro

Erie County Sheriff Tim Howard

Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw

Erie County Legislator Ted Morton

Representatives from SCOPE

 

Rochester Brooks Gun Club:

Senator Rich Funke

Senator Rob Ortt

Assemblyman Peter Lawrence

Monroe County Legislator Karla Boyce

Representatives from SCOPE

To read the text of H.R. 3576, the Second Amendment Guarantee Act, click here

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Collins and Pascrell’s Firefighter Cancer Registry Bill Passes Full Committee

2017/07/27

Congressmen Chris Collins (NY-27) and Bill Pascrell (NJ-09) authored a bill that would require the CDC to develop and maintain a registry to collect data regarding the incidence of cancer in firefighters, which today advanced through the Energy and Commerce Committee. This piece of legislation addresses an enormous gap in research conducted on the heath impacts of a career of firefighting. Firefighters may experience detrimental health effects due to smoke inhalation and other harmful substances, and this legislation takes a first step toward developing new protocols and safeguards for these men and women.

“Firefighters are some of the bravest among us and more needs to be done to keep them safe,” said Collins. “This legislation has the potential to lead to methods that save the lives of the courageous men and women that keep our communities safe. I’m humbled by the strong bipartisan support we have received and look forward to getting this bill on the House floor.”

“When the brave men and women in the fire services enter dangerous situations they do not stop to ask whether they are subjecting themselves to long-term health risks. They do whatever is necessary to keep our communities safe. That is why we must have their backs," Pascrell said. “According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, on average firefighters are at higher risk for certain kinds of cancer when compared with the general population. Further public health research on this topic is needed so we can start working to find ways to alleviate this risk. That is why I am thankful Representative Collins and Pallone brought up the Firefighter Cancer Registry Act in the Energy and Commerce Committee today and look forward to passing it on the House floor.”

A 2015 study by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health found that in the U.S. firefighters had a greater number of cancer diagnoses and cancer-related deaths. Unfortunately this study was limited in scope by a small sample size, yet the proposed legislation would establish and improve collection infrastructure and activities to collect a greater abundance of data.

The next step for the bill to become law is passage on the House floor. For more information on the Energy and Commerce Committee hearing, click here. To read the text of H.R. 931, Firefighter Cancer Registry Act, click here.

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Contact Information

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chriscollins.house.gov

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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