Chris Collins

Chris Collins

NEW YORK's 27th DISTRICT

Republicans bemoan lack of O-Care SHOP data

2014/09/19

Republicans are slamming the Obama administration for failing to release enrollment data for ObamaCare's small-business health insurance exchanges despite repeated inquiries. An official from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) said again Thursday that she could not provide the numbers during a House Small Business subcommittee hearing  The comment drew a rebuke from GOP members of the panel, including Chairman Chris Collins (R-N.Y.). "It's shocking that, after the billions of taxpayer money that has been spent on ObamaCare, there was no process created for recording and measuring the Small Business Health Options Program [SHOP] enrollment data on a regular basis," he said in a statement. Though it has published figures for ObamaCare's individual exchanges, the administration has not disclosed sign-up numbers for SHOP, which are likely quite low around the country. "We are not the source of information" on SHOP participation, Mayra Alvarez, director of the state exchange group at the CMS's Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight, said Thursday. Alvarez told lawmakers that the government does not have the data because small businesses signed up for the program offline in its first year, working directly with insurers or brokers. The situation varies by state, she said. "We are working with [plan] issuers to get that information, and as soon as we get it, we will share it with you and with the American public," Alvarez said. The hearing was held by the Small Business subcommittee on health Read More

Congressman Collins and Comptroller Mychajliw Welcome the President of Ukraine

2014/09/18

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. “It was an honor to hear President Poroshenko’s historic address this morning,” said Congressman Collins. “The United States will continue to be a strong supporter of Ukraine and the democratic ideals espoused by President Poroshenko.” As part of this morning’s address, Congressman Collins invited Mr. Stefan Mychajliw, Erie County Comptroller and proud local leader of the Ukrainian community. “I would like to thank Congressman Collins for the opportunity to attend this historic event,” said Mr. Mychajliw. “As the son of Ukrainian immigrants, being able to witness the President of the Ukraine address the United States Congress is an unforgettable opportunity, and a testament to the promise the American Dream holds for millions across the globe.”   Read More

Collins, Esty Introduce Bipartisan Manufacturing Bill

2014/09/18

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. “Before becoming an elected official, I worked in the manufacturing industry for over 35 years,” said Congressman Collins. “As a small business owner with a degree in mechanical engineering, I understand first-hand the difficulty in training and finding qualified manufacturing workers. To expand manufacturing in Western New York, we need to have a workforce capable of filling these skilled jobs. This bipartisan legislation will provide partnering colleges and universities the resources necessary to equip students with the skills they need to succeed in the manufacturing industry.” “I have heard directly from manufacturers across the district who are struggling to find the highly-skilled workers they need,” said Congresswoman Esty. “As the manufacturing sector continues to grow in Connecticut, it is critical that our students are ready for these jobs. This bipartisan, bicameral bill will give engineering programs the resources necessary to prepare students for the jobs waiting for them. In Connecticut, where we have exceptional engineering schools, we must make sure our students have the tools they need thrive in these 21st century jobs.” “We cannot overstate the importance of manufacturing to our national economic well-being as well as the economic vitality of Upstate New York,” says Dr. Nabil Z. Nasr, Associate Provost and Director of the Golisano Institute for Sustainability at the Rochester Institute of Technology.  “This legislation recognizes the role of universities in helping to strengthen and support U.S. manufacturing.   The bill will help to foster greater strategic collaboration between manufacturers and universities that will support applied research, facilitate technology transfer, and expand workforce development programs to meet the current and future needs of the manufacturing sector.” “I want to thank Congressman Collins for his leadership in introducing the Manufacturing Universities Act,” said Robert L. Clark, Senior Vice President for Research at the University of Rochester and Dean of the Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. “As a fellow engineer, Rep. Collins uniquely appreciates the vital role engineers have on our nation’s competitiveness. The Manufacturing Universities Act will invest in our nation’s research institutions to bolster research and education programs to develop the innovations and the skilled, entrepreneurial workforce needed to revitalize U.S.’s manufacturing sector.” “The Manufacturing Universities initiative is an exciting program that will transform high-tech manufacturing technologies and workforce development in the United States,” said Mun Choi, Provost, University of Connecticut. “University of Connecticut is uniquely positioned to support this program through new investments in additive manufacturing, composite fabrication and materials development and industry with aerospace, biomedical and energy industries.” The Manufacturing Universities Act of 2014 addresses the training needs of workers and manufacturers by supporting the next generation of engineers.  The bill establishes a program within the Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). NIST would be tasked with administering a Manufacturing Universities program at colleges and universities to prepare engineering students for manufacturing jobs. Colleges and universities with existing engineering programs would be eligible to apply for the Manufacturing University designation, which would include up to $5 million annually for four years to improve engineering programs to emphasize manufacturing, increase the number of joint projects with manufacturing firms, and support students who participate in cooperative education with these firms. The Manufacturing Universities Act of 2014 is bipartisan and bicameral. The companion bill in the Senate is S. 2719. Read More

Congressman Collins Supports Legislation to Fund Government

2014/09/17

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. “Although far from perfect, this legislation takes steps towards achieving a number of necessary initiatives,” said Congressman Collins. “Ensuring the government has the funding necessary to operate provides stability for the country. Additionally, extending the Export-Import Bank’s authorization is a big win for small businesses across the country. I have been leading the fight on this topic from the onset, and will continue to push for a long-term reauthorization of the program. This extension allows the Export-Import Bank to continue its operations while Congress considers reforms to the program. “In our current economic atmosphere, we need to be doing all we can to promote business growth and create job opportunities. Extending the Bank’s charter affords businesses access to services that are vital for their operations. “In regards to authorizing the President to combat ISIS, we are taking immediate action to destroy a grave threat to our country’s security. The current events in Iraq and Syria prove that the absence of American leadership enables and emboldens our enemies, and puts our country and citizens at risk. It is an unfortunate situation, but America must stand tall and provide the leadership warranted to secure a positive outcome.” Read More

Lawmakers Divided on Obama's ISIS Plan

2014/09/17

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. "We have not great choices here. But the worst choice is to do nothing," said Rep. Eliot Engel.On Tuesday, members of the House began debating a proposal that would allow the U.S. to arm and train Syrian rebels who would then take up the fight to destroy the terrorist group. In a rare consensus, congressional leaders on both sides of the aisle support the plan. But that agreement has not yet trickled down to every rank and file member, including many Democrats who fear the United States could be dragged back into a brutal war. Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez says she's leaning toward voting "no." "This is a non-ending situation here. And it's a very serious one. What will happen if an American plane is shot down.  Republicans will be the first ones to ask for troops on the ground," said Rep. Velazquez. In fact, a top military adviser to the President is leaving the door open to putting American combat forces on the ground if the strategy doesn't pan out as planned. One Republican said the bill has safeguards to prevent against that and questions why every Democrat isn't backing it. "I find it hard to imagine why Democrats wouldn't support security for the United States of America where the President and Commander in Chief, who is obviously a Democrat, is calling for it," said Chris Collins. For Democrats, that dynamic is making this vote an especially difficult one. The House is expected to vote on the plan this week. Read More

More Obamacare Fallout: 17,000 in Rochester to Face Insurance Increases and Possible Plan Cancellations

2014/09/16

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. As a result, subscribers will face, on average, a 44.8 percent increase in premiums. The changes will impact approximately 17,000 Rochester-area subscribers and 19,800 people across the state. “The negative effects of Obamacare are once again impacting individuals and their families,” said Congressman Collins. “The dramatic premium increases and cancelled coverages are going to continue because, simply put, the President’s law does not work. It is burdensome on consumers and businesses, harmful to seniors, and unfortunately, we are just beginning to see the full extent of its negative consequences. It is time to repeal and replace this flawed legislation with a flexible and patient-centered solution.” Read More

Congressman Chris Collins Helps Secure $254,935 Grant for Akron Airport

2014/09/15

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. It will also fund the acquisition of approximately 2.53 acres of land that is needed for future airport development. “Supporting local governments by maintaining, repairing, and building critical infrastructure is a beneficial use of federal tax dollars,” said Congressman Collins.  “Providing Akron Airport the additional equipment for snow removal will allow for more efficient and safer airport operations. Continued investment in local infrastructure is necessary to ensure that valuable economic assets like Akron Airport can continue to grow and successfully operate.” The Congressman’s office remains available to assist any local government pursuing a federal grant. Read More

Ontario County Airport Receives $847,161 Grant with Help from Congressman Chris Collins

2014/09/15

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. “Supporting local governments by maintaining, repairing, and building critical infrastructure is a beneficial use of federal tax dollars,” said Congressman Collins.  “Improving Ontario County Airport’s taxiway will allow for more efficient and safer airport operations. Continued improvements and maintenance for local infrastructure are necessary expenditures to ensure valuable economic assets like Ontario County Airport can continue to grow and successfully operate.” “Ontario County would like to thank Congressman Collins for his continued efforts of support to the economic growth within his district,” said Jack Marren, Chairman of the Ontario County Board of Supervisors. “The rehabilitation of the taxiways at the Ontario County IDA Airport in Canandaigua will provide additional opportunities for its growth and contribute to our county’s economy.” “On behalf of the Ontario County Industrial Development Agency, I would like to thank Congressman Collins for his help on this important project,” said Michael Manikowski, Executive Director for the Ontario County Industrial Agency. “The taxiway rehabilitation grant for D38, the Ontario County IDA Airport in Canandaigua, will provide for additional capacity and safety as we continue to develop this important economic development and transportation asset for Ontario County.” The Congressman’s office remains available to assist any local government pursuing a federal grant. Read More

Thirteen Years After 9/11, We Must Remain Vigilant

2014/09/11

Congressman Chris Collins today released the following statement on the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks. “The horrific actions that changed our world thirteen years ago still weigh heavily on our minds today,” said Congressman Collins. “We will never forget the nearly three thousand innocent individuals who lost their lives in attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and in Pennsylvania. But from the pain and suffering that day, arose displays of perseverance and determination which embody our great nation.” “I want to commend the men and women across the globe who risk their lives on a daily basis to defeat terrorism, and ensure American citizens are free and safe. Now more than ever, we must remain vigilant in our efforts to combat terrorism both here and abroad.” Read More

Congressman Chris Collins Responds to President Obama’s ISIS Address

2014/09/11

Congressman Chris Collins released the following statement after the President’s address laying out his strategy to eliminate the ISIS threat. “It is clear, we cannot allow for the same mistakes that have gotten us into this situation,” said Congressman Collins. “The current events in Iraq and Syria prove the absence of American leadership enables and emboldens our enemies, and puts our country and citizens at risk. I fully support actions to eliminate the threat posed by ISIS and protect our citizens at home and abroad.” 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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