Chris Collins

Chris Collins

NEW YORK's 27th DISTRICT

More Obamacare Failures: New York Premium Rates Set to Skyrocket

2016/05/19

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%.

“These requested premium increases come on the heels of the total failure of the New York-based, Obamacare-created CO-OP Health Republic, which has already cost taxpayers more than $265 million at the end of 2015,” said Congressman Collins. “The failure of Health Republic forced thousands of beneficiaries onto more expensive plans and, based on the insurer requests, these beneficiaries will see substantial rate increases next year.

“Now Obamacare’s runaway premium costs are devastating families, businesses, and individuals in Western New York. President Obama’s health plan needs to be left behind with the rest of his failed presidency.”

The report detailing the insurer requested rate hikes can be read here. Health insurers in New York requested increased rates hikes of 17.3% on average.

 

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Congressman Chris Collins Announces $88,858 Grant for Adams Fire Co.

2016/05/18

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.

“Our local heroes need the proper resources to do their jobs and protect our communities,” said Congressman Chris Collins. “Many fire companies and emergency medical service providers are unable to purchase necessary equipment upgrades due to financial limitations. This funding will help create more efficient and effective first responders, and I am honored to help Adams Fire Co. secure this vital funding.”

“This funding will allow the Adams Fire Company to purchase 36 sets of new protective turnout gear,” said Chris Pino, Fire Chief, Adams Fire Company. “This important equipment will help keep our firefighters safe as they protect our local residents and will allow us to continue providing the best possible service to our community. We appreciate Congressman Collins assistance and look forward to working with him again in the future to support our local fire departments.”

The AFG Program provides direct funding assistance to first-responder organizations to obtain much needed emergency response equipment, personal protective equipment, firefighting and emergency vehicles and training.

 

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House Passes 18 Bills to Combat Opioid Epidemic

2016/05/13

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.

“The opioid epidemic continues to devastate communities here in Western New York,” said Congressman Collins. “There is no silver bullet to fix this issue, but the bipartisan legislative items passed this week will help communities across America educate individuals about the dangers of opioid abuse and work to eradicate this severe epidemic. What is clear is that all levels of government need to be doing everything they can to help tackle this issue before more lives are lost.”

Here is a complete list of the bills that passed the House of Representatives this week. Among the bills are pieces of legislation that establish new grant programs to help local communities, increase opportunities for veterans to become emergency medical technicians, and expand efforts to reduce the overprescribing of opioids.

Eleven of these bills were passed out of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which Congressman Collins is a member.

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Congressman Chris Collins Announces Satellite Office Hours for the Month of May

2016/05/02

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.

Residents of NY-27 are encouraged to attend these satellite office hours to obtain assistance with casework relating to any and all federal matters including Social Security benefits, Medicare, and interactions with federal agencies including the Veterans Administration and Small Business Administration. Staff members will be available at the following times and locations:

 

Oakfield

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

10:00 – 11:30 AM

Oakfield Community & Government Center

3219 Drake Street

Oakfield, NY 14125

 

Somerset

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

2:00 – 3:30 PM

Barker Free Library

8706 Main Street

Barker, NY 14012

 

Caledonia

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

10:00 – 11:30 AM

Caledonia Town Hall

3109 Main Street

Caledonia, NY 14423

 

Lockport

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

10:00 – 11:30 AM

Lockport Town Hall

6560 Dysinger Road

Lockport, NY 14094

 

Richmond

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

9:00 – 10:30 AM

Richmond Town Hall

8690 Main Street

Honeoye, NY 14471

 

Warsaw

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

12:30 – 2:00 PM

Warsaw Town Hall

83 Center Street

Warsaw, NY 14569

 

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Congressman Chris Collins Introduces Legislation to Reduce Medicaid Costs

2016/04/26

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.

“States and the federal government currently spend over $500 billion a year on Medicaid,” said Congressman Collins. “If we are serious about tackling our nation’s budgetary challenges, we must confront this massive and out-of-control expense.

“Through common-sense measures, we can easily save taxpayer dollars, while improving transparency and accountability within the Administration. This legislation will protect states and the federal governments from unknowingly footing the bill for overly expensive Medicaid policy clarifications. Requiring the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to provide notice and comment rulemaking on sub-regulatory guidance that will cost states over $50 million or the federal government over $100 million in one year is simply smart policy.”

Lately, CMS has issued expensive Medicaid policy clarifications and interpretations through informal guidance such as letters to State Medicaid Directors, Informational Bulletins, and Frequently Asked Questions. Sub-regulatory guidance makes sense for certain updates and changes, given the Federal-State nature of the Medicaid program. However, some of these “clarifications” can actually present states and the federal government with high and unexpected costs.

This legislation requires CMS to go through notice and comment rulemaking if the Secretary of HHS determines that Medicaid sub-regulatory guidance will cost states over $50 million or the federal government over $100 million in one year, increasing transparency and accountability within the entitlement program.

Full text of the legislation can be read here.

Congressman Collins is a member of the Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee which has jurisdiction over this legislation.

 

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Congressman Peter King, Former Chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, Holds Joint Press Conference with Congressman Chris Collins

2016/04/26

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. The two Congressmen discussed a letter they signed and sent to the House of Representatives Appropriations Committee requesting additional funding for the Assistance to Firefighters (FIRE) Grant Program and for the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant Program.

“Our communities’ first responders bravely put their lives on the line on a daily basis to keep us out of harm’s way,” said Congressman Collins. “The SAFER and FIRE grant programs need to be expanded to provide the equipment and staff levels needed to allow our first responders to do their jobs and to keep our communities safe. I want to thank Congressman King for making the time to join me in this effort.”

“As Co-Chair of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus, I am proud to be a leading advocate for funding the needs of our fire service,” said Congressman King. “The FIRE and SAFER grant programs are key to improving the readiness of our nation’s firefighters and emergency service workers. We must ensure that firefighters and first responders have the funding they need to continue protecting and serving our communities, and  I am glad to partner with Congressman Collins in advocating for increased funding for these vital grant programs.”

“The funds available through this program are crucial for our department and others across our community. We take our responsibilities as first responders seriously, and having the right equipment to do the job makes all the difference. As everyone knows, funding is a challenge. I want to thank Congressman Collins and Congressman King for recognizing how important our job is and fighting to expand this program,” said Chief Elect Scott Wegst, Depew Fire Department.

Erie County Legislator Ted Morton and Depew Mayor Jesse Nikonowicz were also present at the event.

The FIRE Grant Program provides direct funding assistance to fire departments, nonaffiliated EMS, and State Fire Training Academies for equipment and training. It also supports projects to enhance the safety of firefighters and the public.  The SAFER Grant Program provides direct funding to fire departments and volunteer firefighter organizations to increase the number of trained firefighters available. New York first responders and local fire stations have received nearly $400 million in direct funding since the inception of both grant programs.

The letter advocating for additional funding and signed by Congressmen Collins and King can be read here.

 

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Congressman Chris Collins Recognizes Batavia Man as ‘Veteran of the Month’

2016/04/26

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.

“I was honored to have the opportunity to meet with Ken and his family and hear him share memories of his time in the service,” said Congressman Chris Collins.  “To have so many of Ken’s family members and friends in attendance to see Ken receive this honor was truly special. We are all very grateful for his service. My office will continue to recognize a local ‘Veteran of the Month’ as a small thank you to the thousands of Western New York veterans who have selflessly served our country.”

Kenneth Dehm served in the United States Navy from 1942-1946. During his years of service, Kenneth served aboard the U.S.S. Barnegat. Congressman Collins joined Ken’s children, grandchildren and other family and friends at a ceremony where he presented Kenneth with a Congressional Certificate of Commendation and a flag flown over the United States Capitol Building. Mr. Dehm was presented this recognition at a ceremony at the Glenn S. Loomis VFW Post 332 on Saturday, April 23rd. A certificate from Assemblyman Steve Hawley was also presented at the ceremony.

Each month, Congressman Chris Collins will recognize a local ‘Veteran of the Month’ with an American Flag that was flown over the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. and a Congressional Commendation Certificate.

To nominate a NY-27 ‘Veteran of the Month’ please submit an inquiry to NY27Veteran@mail.house.gov, or contact our district office at (716) 634-2324.

Photos from the event are available here.

 

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Congressman Collins Announces the Winner, Runner Up, Honorable Mentions of the 2016 Congressional Art Competition

2016/04/11

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. 

 

“The Congressional Art Competition is the perfect opportunity to see firsthand the qualities of creativity and originality that our local high school artists demonstrate in their artwork,” said Collins.  “While all of our 85 contestants submitted outstanding pieces of art, Angelina Miconi, from Batavia High School, was selected as the winner of the 2016 Congressional Art Competition. I look forward to welcoming Angelina and her family to Washington D.C. to see her artwork displayed proudly in the halls of the U.S. Capitol Building.”

 

This year’s Congressional Art Competition displayed the artwork of 85 NY-27 high school students in the Roz Steiner Art Gallery at Genesee Community College. The 2016 winner, Angelina Miconi, will receive a round trip flight to Washington, D.C. and will join hundreds of high school artists nationwide to see their artwork displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year. Pictures from the 2016 Congressional Art Competition, the presentation of awards, and reception can be viewed on Congressman Collins’ office Flickr page: https://flic.kr/s/aHskxYpMBh.

 

2016 Congressional Art Competition Award Winners

First Place

Angelina Miconi, Batavia High School

 

Runner Up

Grace Flores, Medina High School

 

Honorable Mentions

Alexis Mele, Clarence High School

Brittany Bearss, Medina High School

 

Congressman Chris Collins would like to extend special thanks to Genesee Community College and President James Sunser, the art competition judges, Roz Steiner Art Gallery Director Mary Jo Whitman and Photography & Art Instructor Joe Ziolkowski, and all of the teachers, parents, and students who participated in this year’s Congressional Art Competition for making this event a success.

 

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Congressman Chris Collins Announces Satellite Office Hours for the Month of April

2016/04/04

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.

Residents of NY-27 are encouraged to attend these satellite office hours to obtain assistance with casework relating to any and all federal matters including Social Security benefits, Medicare, and interactions with federal agencies including the Veterans Administration and Small Business Administration. Staff members will be available at the following times and locations:

Elma

Thursday, April 14, 2016

2:30 – 4:00 PM

Elma Town Hall

1600 Bowen Road

Elma, NY 14059

 

Darien

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

12:00 – 1:30 PM

Darien Town Hall

10569 Allegany Road

Darien Center, NY 14040

 

Naples

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

10:00 – 11:30 AM

Naples Town Hall

106 South Main Street

Naples, NY 14512

 

Bergen

Monday, April 25, 2016

2:30 – 4:00 PM

Bergen Town Hall

10 Hunter Street

Bergen, NY 14416

 

Mt. Morris

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

10:00 – 11:30 AM

Mt. Morris Town Hall

103 Main Street

Mt. Morris, NY 14510

 

Holland

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

10:00 – 11:30 AM

Holland Town Hall

47 Pearl Street

Holland, NY 14080

 

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New York Congressional Representatives Send Bipartisan Letter to President Obama Opposing the Trans-Pacific Partnership

2016/03/23

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). Representatives Collins and Slaughter were joined on the letter by Representatives Clarke (NY-09), Donovan (NY-11), Engel (NY-16), Gibson (NY-19), Higgins (NY-26), Jeffries (NY-08), Katko (NY-24), Lowey (NY-17), Carolyn Maloney (NY-12), Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18), Meng (NY-06), Nadler (NY-10), Reed (NY-23), Serrano (NY-15), Tonko (NY-20), Velázquez (NY-07), and Zeldin (NY-01).

“Western New York bears the scars of poorly negotiated past free trade agreements; scars like lost jobs, shuttered factories, and a generation lost to economic opportunities that were outsourced to foreign competitors,” said Congressman Chris Collins. “I cannot support a trade agreement that once again threatens America’s working middle class, and fails to address several of the biggest challenges facing American manufacturers including currency manipulation and intellectual property protection.  I want to thank Congresswoman Slaughter for her leadership on this issue and the rest of the New York delegation who joined us in signing this letter.”

“I have never seen a trade agreement that benefited the American manufacturer or American worker, and the TPP will just be more of the same. Rochester lost tens of thousands of manufacturing jobs under NAFTA, culminating in one of the highest poverty rates in America. We’re beginning to make progress when it comes to reigniting our manufacturing base in upstate New York. This bipartisan opposition to the TPP is making clear to the administration that another NAFTA-style agreement would be bad for New York and the country,” said Slaughter.

In the bipartisan letter signed by 19 Members of New York’s Congressional delegation, the lawmakers write: “We are united in our opposition to the agreement and in our belief that the TPP will harm many working and middle-class families in New York and across the country.”

The lawmakers also point out that “since the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) agreements took effect in 1994, our state has lost more than 370,000 manufacturing jobs.”

Additionally, “this TPP agreement has no effective measures to address currency manipulation. Currency manipulation is one of the greatest issues facing American manufacturers today and is estimated to have suppressed millions of U.S. jobs.”

Full text of the letter can be read below:

March 23, 2016

 

President Barack Obama

The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

Washington, D.C.  20500

 

Dear President Obama:

New York State is home to the best workers and some of the most innovative companies in the world. As bipartisan Congressional Representatives of the people and businesses of New York, we write to express our firm opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) as negotiated.

Like many Americans, New Yorkers have grown increasingly disillusioned with our nation’s international trading relationships and are rightly skeptical that the TPP will fare better than previous trade agreements. In the months since the TPP’s text was released to the public, we have made a careful review of its wide-ranging provisions. Our concerns with the TPP are as varied as the people and districts we represent, but there are a number of core issues with the agreement that we all share.

Since the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) agreements took effect in 1994, our state has lost more than 370,000 manufacturing jobs. This is just a portion of the five million manufacturing jobs that have been lost nationwide over that period. While we recognize the difficulty in proving a causal connection between trade agreements and job losses, the federal government itself has certified more than 115,000 New York jobs under the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program as having been lost to imports or off-shoring since NAFTA. TAA only covers a subset of jobs displaced due to trade, so this figure represents only a fraction of New York job losses directly attributable to trade agreements. 

Glaringly, this TPP agreement has no effective measures to address currency manipulation. Currency manipulation is one of the greatest issues facing American manufacturers today and is estimated to have suppressed millions of U.S. jobs. Japan, Malaysia, and Singapore each have histories of artificially controlling their currencies, yet the TPP provides no enforceable protections against their doing so. The side declaration on currency practices is insignificant, unenforceable, and does little to assuage our concerns. The TPP is the United States’ best chance to address currency manipulation in a systematic way, and the lack of meaningful currency provisions makes the TPP incomplete at best and destructive to domestic manufacturers at worst.

Given a level playing field, New York workers and businesses can compete and win in the global marketplace. While we each have our own concerns with the Trans-Pacific Partnership, we are united in our opposition to the agreement and in our belief that the TPP will harm many working and middle-class families in New York and across the country.

Sincerely,

 

Chris Collins, Member of Congress

Louise M. Slaughter, Member of Congress

Yvette D. Clarke, Member of Congress

Daniel M. Donovan, Jr., Member of Congress

Eliot L. Engel, Member of Congress

Christopher Gibson, Member of Congress

Brian Higgins, Member of Congress

Hakeem Jeffries, Member of Congress

John Katko, Member of Congress

Nita M. Lowey, Member of Congress

Carolyn Maloney, Member of Congress

Sean Patrick Maloney, Member of Congress

Grace Meng, Member of Congress

Jerrold Nadler, Member of Congress

Tom Reed, Member of Congress

José E. Serrano, Member of Congress

Paul Tonko, Member of Congress

Nydia Velázquez, Member of Congress

Lee Zeldin, Member of Congress

 

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Contact Information

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Phone 202-225-5265
Fax 202-225-5910
chriscollins.house.gov

Committee Assignments

Energy and Commerce

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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Lee Zeldin

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NEW YORK's 2nd DISTRICT

Daniel Donovan

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Richard Hanna

NEW YORK's 22nd DISTRICT

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