Chris Collins

Chris Collins

NEW YORK's 27th DISTRICT

Governor Cuomo in Complete Meltdown over Plan to Force State to Take Responsibility for Medicaid Spending

2017/03/22

“Governor Cuomo and his sidekick are using doomsday predictions to scare everyday New Yorkers into allowing Albany to continue taxing them to death. It’s absolutely disgusting the Governor would threaten the middle class with a tax increase, while holding a $14 billion taxpayer funded slush fund in his back pocket. As I have said before, if this Governor can’t find 1.5% to save in his budget, I am more than willing to find it for him.”- Congressman Chris Collins.

Facts

Governor Cuomo himself attempted to shift costs of Medicaid. The difference between the Governor’s proposal and the one introduced by Congressman Collins is that instead of saving hardworking taxpayer money, Governor Cuomo’s sole intention in forcing New York City to foot the bill to fund of his out of control Medicaid program was to increase the size of his taxpayer funded slush fund.

The Collins-Faso amendment would save county governments billions of dollars.

Currently, New York State raises $7 billion from counties to fund its $27 billion Medicaid liability. Of that, $2.3 billion comes from outside of New York City, and would be subject to the amendment.  In total, New York spends $60 billion per year on Medicaid.  This amount of spending is second in the nation only to California, which is home to almost twice as many people as New York.

New York spends 44% more per Medicaid beneficiary than the national average ($10,426 v. $7,236), second only to Massachusetts in highest spending per full beneficiary in the nation.  Additionally, while the state is home to only 6.5% of the national population, New York accounts for 11% of total Medicaid spending.  By passing Medicaid costs onto counties, New York State is not realizing the financial impact of its out-of-control Medicaid policy, causing more spending on the program.

The following outlines the FY16 Medicaid liability for NY-27 counties:

·         Erie: $203,699,556 (82.8% of the property tax levy)

·         Niagara: $44,152,519 (59.0% of the property tax levy)

·         Orleans: $8,074,102 (49.8% of the property tax levy)

·         Wyoming: $5,321,747 (25.7% of the property tax levy)

·         Livingston: $9,064,064 (34.1% of the property tax levy)

·         Ontario: $16,033,295 (30.2% of the property tax levy)

·         Monroe: $175,851,749 (48.6% of the property tax levy)

·         Genesee: $9,403,509 (35% of the property tax levy)

·         NYS Total: ~$2.3 billion (44.3% of the county property tax levy)

More stats about how outrageous the county share of New York’s Medicaid program is can be found below:

Medicaid Fact Sheet: https://fasoforms.house.gov/UploadedFiles/MedicaidFactSheet.pdf

NYS Medicaid Costs by County: https://fasoforms.house.gov/UploadedFiles/NYSCountyMedicaidCosts.pdf

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Members of New York’s GOP Delegation Applaud Proposal which will Reduce Tax Burden on New Yorkers

2017/03/21

Members of the New York GOP Congressional delegation, including Representatives Chris Collins (NY-27), Tom Reed (NY-23), Claudia Tenney (NY-22), Elise Stefanik (NY-21), and John Faso (NY-19), joined together to applaud the inclusion of the Medicaid Local Share Limitation proposal in the Manager’s Amendment to the American Health Care Act (AHCA). 

The Medicaid Local Share Limitation, which was proposed by Congressmen Chris Collins and John Faso, would bar federal reimbursements for New York State Medicaid funds raised from local governments. The proposal would only apply to the $2.3 billion being raised from counties outside of New York City. New York State currently raises $7 billion from its local governments to fund its $27 billion Medicaid liability, which is the largest amount in the nation. 

“This is a huge win for our constituents,” said Congressman Chris Collins. “I want to thank President Trump, House leadership, Congressman Faso, and the rest of my fellow New Yorkers for getting this key provision included. Year after year, Albany’s leadership relies on counties to foot the bill for New York State’s out-of-control Medicaid costs. Enough is enough. This amendment will stop Albany from forcing its unfunded mandate down the throats of taxpayers, and help counties lower the property tax burden on hardworking families. We understand the devastating impact New York’s reckless spending is having on everyday New Yorkers, and I’m proud to join with members of our delegation to bring vital tax relief to our constituents.”

On Wednesday, March 8, 2017, after working with members of the New York delegation, Congressman Collins introduced the Medicaid Local Share Limitation proposal in the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Recognizing the tremendous financial relief it would provide taxpayers and county governments; members of New York’s GOP Congressional delegation have expressed their strong support.

“Credit must be given to John Faso for his leadership role.  He brought this to us as a legacy issue from his time in Albany as an elected official. Faso was very proactive and creative in pushing this item for the local property tax payers from the region. We all came together as a delegation to get this done, but credit also goes to Collins as the NY representative of the committee of jurisdiction, Energy and Commerce,” Congressman Tom Reed stated.

“According to an independent estimate, the average 19th District county taxpayer can expect to save $358.72 annually thanks to this reform,” said Congressman John Faso. “I'm proud to have developed and successfully advocated for the plan along with Congressman Collins, Congressman Reed and others in the New York Republican delegation in order to finally bring much-needed tax relief to homeowners and businesses who pay some of the highest property taxes as a percentage of income in the country. It's time for Albany to reform Medicaid spending, and by fulfilling my pledge to end Albany's Medicaid mandate, we are accomplishing just that.”

“As a champion for the taxpayers, I have been fighting for common sense policies like this measure throughout my brief time in politics, including cosponsoring the same bipartisan measure in the New York State Assembly,” said Congresswoman Claudia Tenney.  “I am honored to have worked closely alongside Congressman Collins and the New York Republican Congressional delegation to advance this long overdue initiative to provide historic property tax relief for citizens throughout upstate New York. For too long, local governments have struggled under costly unfunded mandates passed down by out-of-touch politicians in Albany. This measure would hold Albany accountable for its federally required Medicaid share, and finally begin to provide relief for counties and property taxpayers who are burdened with among the highest taxes in the nation. In the 22nd Congressional District, Oneida County has been forced to divert more than 80 percent of its property tax levy to subsidize Albany’s Medicaid mismanagement. These funds could instead be used to first and foremost, reduce property taxes.  County governments will now have some breathing room to assist our local schools and community colleges, improve local roads, support safety and security initiatives desperately needed by first responders, and provide relief to our seniors and hardworking families.”

“Counties across my district and across New York are being unfairly subjected to massive financial liabilities being imposed by the state that can have severe impact on our local property taxes,” said Congresswoman Elise Stefanik. “This amendment would make New York State take responsibility for their own budgeting, freeing up needed funds at the county level for local governments to use in our communities. I thank Congressman Collins for his work on this important issue and will continue to work in Congress to serve the needs of my district.”

By incentivizing New York State to stop passing down exorbitant Medicaid costs to counties, county governments will be provided desperately needed flexibility in how they utilize their property tax revenue.

Currently, New York State ranks second highest in the nation in both Medicaid spending per year ($60 billion) and spending per Medicaid beneficiary (44% more than the national average). In addition, while New York State accounts for only 6% of the national population, New York accounts for 11% of total Medicaid spending. The outsized portion of the Medicaid burden counties are being forced to pay is creating a significant financial hardship. The almost $2.3 billion counties are forced to pay to fund this mandate out of Albany accounts for on average 44.3% of the county property tax levy in New York.

Members of the New York GOP Congressional Delegation were proud to partner with the Trump Administration, House Leadership, the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and the Department of Health and Human Services to ensure this amendment was included in the final text of the American Health Care Act (AHCA).

For further information check out the resources below.

Medicaid Fact Sheet: https://fasoforms.house.gov/UploadedFiles/MedicaidFactSheet.pdf

NYS Medicaid Costs by County: https://fasoforms.house.gov/UploadedFiles/NYSCountyMedicaidCosts.pdf

 

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Congressman Chris Collins’ Medicaid Local Share Limitation Proposal Receives Enthusiastic Support from NY-27 County Officials

2017/03/20

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today joined with Erie and Niagara County officials to express support for a proposed amendment to the American Health Care Act (AHCA). The Medicaid Local Share Limitation proposal, which was introduced by Congressman Collins, would bar federal reimbursements for state Medicaid funds raised from local governments. New York State currently raises $7 billion from its counties, which is the largest amount in the nation, to fund its $27 billion Medicaid liability. This amendment would apply to the $2.3 billion being raised from counties outside of New York City, which is absolutely critical for Western New York.

“Year after year, Albany’s leadership relies on counties to foot the bill for New York State’s out-of-control Medicaid costs,” said Congressman Chris Collins. “Enough is enough. My common sense proposal will keep New York accountable for their Medicaid spending, and help counties lower their property taxes on hardworking families. We understand the devastating impact New York’s reckless spending is having on Western New Yorkers, and I’m proud to join with our county legislators to fight for this legislation.”

On Wednesday, March 8, 2017, Congressman Collins introduced his Medicaid Local Share Limitation proposal in the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Since its introduction, county officials throughout New York’s 27th Congressional District have come out in support of the Congressman’s amendment.

“As Congressman Collins knows, almost all of our property tax collections in Erie County go toward paying our Medicaid bill,” said Hon. Stefan I. Mychajliw, Erie County Comptroller. “The relief from this albatross of an unfunded mandate should be given to the people that have been unfairly paying the bill, the taxpayers of Erie County.  That being said, I would like to see a portion of this relief directed toward repairing our crumbling infrastructure, improving our parks and fixing our roads and bridges.”

“I commend Congressman Collins for putting forth this amendment that would provide much needed mandate relief for local counties,” said Erie County Legislator Ted Morton (R-Cheektowaga). “Unfunded mandates such as Medicaid make up the largest portion of our county budget placing immense pressure on our ability to provide the services our residents expect and deserve at a reasonable cost. This amendment will allow us to be able to provide much needed tax relief to our constituents and provide more funds to improving our aging infrastructure.”

Niagara County Manager Richard E. Updegrove said, “State-mandated local Medicaid spending accounts for three out of every five county property tax dollars collected from our taxpayers.  In the absence of a residency requirement, Niagara County taxpayers even subsidize Medicaid expense for people who do not reside in Niagara County. If the Collins Amendment is adopted, in the absence of any new unfunded mandates, our county taxpayers will realize a significant decrease in their property tax bill.”

By incentivizing New York State to stop passing down Medicaid costs to counties, county governments will be provided desperately needed flexibility in how they utilize their property tax revenue. The amendment would not apply to large municipalities with populations over 5,000,000 that collet income tax, particularly New York City, or states that use the county funds for administrative costs. 

Currently, New York State ranks second highest in the nation in both Medicaid spending per year ($60 billion) and spending per Medicaid beneficiary (44% more than the national average). In addition, while New York State accounts for only 6% of the national population, New York accounts for 11% of total Medicaid spending. The outsized portion of the Medicaid burden counties are being forced to pay is creating significant financial hardship.

The following outlines the FY16 Medicaid liability for NY-27 counties:

-       Erie: $203,699,556— (82.8% of the property tax levy)

-       Niagara: $44,152,519— (59.0% of the property tax levy)

-       Orleans: $8,074,102— (49.8% of the property tax levy)

-       Wyoming: $5,321,747— (25.7% of the property tax levy)

-       Livingston: $9,064,064— (34.1% of the property tax levy)

-       Ontario: $16,033,295— (30.2% of the property tax levy)

-       Monroe: $175,851,749— (48.6% of the property tax levy)

-       Genesee: $9,403,509— (35% of the property tax levy)

-       NYS Total: ~$2.2 billion— (44.3% of the county property tax levy)

Congressman Collins withdrew his amendment in Committee and is currently working with House Leadership, the House Energy and Commerce Committee, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the New York GOP Congressional Delegation to move this policy forward in the final draft of the American Health Care Act (AHCA).

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Congressman Chris Collins Reacts to President Trump’s FY 18 Budget Request

2017/03/16

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) has released the following statement after President Trump unveiled his FY 18 Budget Request.

“President Trump’s budget delivered a clear vision for the role the federal government should play,” said Congressman Collins. “It demonstrates that President Trump is committed to keeping the promises he made to the American people. He will rebuild our military. The budget’s $54 billion increase in defense spending is much needed, and I fully support the increase in military funding. Additionally, President Trump promised to secure our borders, and this budget lays the groundwork for building a wall and taking the necessary steps to ensure our nation’s border security.

“However, I have several concerns about significant cuts to local programs, which I believe go too far. I worked for more than two years to help write and pass the 21st Century Cures Initiative, and I fully believe that the funding guidelines established in that legislation must be followed. The $5.8 billion cut to NIH is drastic. I will do whatever I can to ensure that the Appropriations Committee recognizes how crucial medical research is to Western New York and the millions of Americans whose lives could be saved with better medical research.

“The Great Lakes are a crucial part of Western New York’s economy. I have always fought to protect them and have voted to increase funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative at every opportunity. I will do the same this time around. Western New Yorkers can rest assured I will be fighting tooth and nail to restore the program’s funding.”

“Agriculture plays a significant role in Western New York’s economy. This budget eliminates the Water and Wastewater loan and grant program, which helps rural areas alleviate the financial burden of maintaining wastewater programs. I have always fought hard to support this program and this year will be no different.

“Over the next few months, I will continue to evaluate this budget. Ultimately, it is up to the Appropriations Committee to fund these programs and I will be strongly advocating for Western New York’s best interests.”

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President Trump Delivers Clear Vision for American Success

2017/03/01

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) has released the following statement after President Trump’s address to Congress.

“Americans across the country tonight witnessed a leader committed to restoring American greatness,” said Congressman Chris Collins. “This past November, voters elected a change agent. In his first 40 days in office, President Trump is already delivering the results Americans, especially those in my district of Western New York, have demanded. Whether it’s fighting to return American jobs stolen by countries like Mexico and China, or securing our porous borders, President Trump has shown the world he is a president of action.

“If we are going to restore the hope of the American Dream for our children and grandchildren, tough choices need to be made. Unlike our last president, President Trump acknowledged that reality, and outlined a clear vision for us to overcome the challenges we will face. We are going to fight for the American worker, respect the rule of law, and harness the endless potential all Americans possess.

“I look forward to President Trump implementing the change Western New Yorkers voted for, and will continue to fight here in Congress for policies that improve the lives of my constituents.”

 

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Congressman Collins Applauds President Trump’s Executive Order on WOTUS

2017/02/28

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) has released the following statement on President Trump’s executive action regarding the Obama administration’s Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule.

“President Trump is delivering on his promises to end the crippling regulations that have devastated Western New York’s farming communities,” said Congressman Collins. “The Waters of the United States rule is a prime example of harmful federal government overreach. I applaud the Trump Administration’s decision to review this harmful rule and fully expect them to free our nation’s farmers from this onerous regulation once and for all.” 

 

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Congressman Chris Collins Announces 2017 Congressional Art Competition

2017/02/28

Congressman Chris Collins today released the following statement announcing this year’s Congressional Art Competition and encouraging local high school students in New York’s 27th district to participate.

“The Congressional Art Competition is a great opportunity for hardworking high school students to showcase their work to the hundreds of thousands of people who visit the Capitol each year,” said Congressman Collins. “There are incredibly talented artists throughout NY-27. I look forward to seeing this year’s submissions and the opportunity to welcome the winning artist to our nation’s capital.”

Now in its 35th year, the Congressional Art Competition is open to all high school students who reside in New York’s 27th Congressional District. Last year there were over 90 submissions. The winning artist will receive a round trip flight to Washington, D.C. to see their artwork in the U.S. Capitol, where it will be on display for one year.

Submissions are due to either of Congressman Collins’ two district offices no later than 5:00PM on Tuesday, April 4, 2017. A reception and award ceremony will be held on Saturday, April 8th, 2017 at the Roz Steiner Art Gallery, located on the Genesee Community College campus in Batavia, NY. Local high schools have been notified regarding contest rules and submission guidelines.    

Interested students should see their art teacher for details or contact Chris Catt from Congressman Collins’ office at (585) 519-4002. 

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Congressman Chris Collins, NYS Senator Chris Jacobs Discuss Federal & State Legislation Aimed at Preserving the Health of Firefighters

2017/02/11

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) released the following statement today after discussing his sponsored legislation, the Firefighter Cancer Registry Act, with members of the Scranton Volunteer and Town of Batavia Fire Companies.

Congressman Collins and Congressman Bill Pascrell, Jr. (NJ-09) recently introduced this bipartisan legislation that would authorize $2,500,000 in federal funds from FY2018 through FY2022 to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC would utilize these funds to create a national cancer registry to collect data on cancer incidence among firefighters.

“Public servants like our firefighters and first responders put their lives on the line every day for us,” said Congressman Chris Collins. “Unfortunately, studies show that firefighters see a higher rate of cancer than the rest of the general public. This vital legislation will provide the CDC with the tools they need to improve their data collection capabilities on volunteer, paid-on-call, and career firefighters. We hope that by creating a voluntary ‘Firefighter Registry’ the CDC will be able to better study this disturbing trend and prevent deadly health consequences for our first responders.”

This legislation would allow the CDC to establish and improve collection infrastructure and activities related to the nationwide monitoring of cancer among firefighters. These improved data records would include the status of the firefighter (volunteer, paid-on-call, or career), number of years on the job, the number of fire incidents attended, the type of fire incidence, and a number of other risk factors.

A 2015 study by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) determined that firefighters had a greater number of cancer diagnoses and cancer-related deaths when compared to the general U.S. population. The study confirms that firefighters are more at risk of contracting digestive, oral, respiratory and urinary cancers, and malignant mesothelioma.

To ensure maximum participation in this voluntary registry, Congress will instruct the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to cultivate an outreach and awareness strategy within 30 days of development. HHS would then make all data available without a fee for research and other purposes, in compliance with privacy security standards in HIPPA regulations. The culmination of this data will be used to develop better protective equipment and prevention techniques for our firefighters.

In 2013, Brian McQueen, former chief of the Whitesboro Fire Department and Deputy Fire Coordinator 271 for Oneida County, was diagnosed with B-cell non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. After his doctors linked this diagnosis to his service as a firefighter, former Congressman Richard Hanna (NY-24) and Congressman Pascrell introduced the Firefighter Cancer Registry Act to implement a nationwide study of this deadly trend. Brian McQueen has since developed an educational program in New York to alert other firefighters of potential health risks associated with their profession.

Congresswoman Claudia Tenney (NY-22) made the following statement in support of this legislation.

“I am grateful that Congressman Collins has taken up this important bill and I look forward to working with him to ensure it is passed in the 115th Congress. This legislation will utilize existing resources at the federal level to improve the coordination of vital research on cancer incidences among firefighters. As research advances, we will be able to protect our first responders better. I am proud that a constituent of mine, Brian McQueen, inspired this legislation. Mr. McQueen, a cancer survivor and local volunteer firefighter, has been a tireless advocate for our local firefighters and it is a true honor to be able to advocate for this legislation on his behalf.”

After speaking with the Town of Batavia Fire Department, Congressman Collins joined New York State Senator Chris Jacobs (SD-60) at the Scranton Volunteer Fire Company in Hamburg to highlight Senator Jacob’s support of legislation at the state level that will expand the Volunteer Firefighter’s Benefits Law. This NYS legislation will expand coverage to volunteer firefighters with at least five years of service who developed lymphoma or leukemia after their service, and coverage for volunteer firefighters with at least ten years of service who develop stomach, skin, breast, prostate and other reproductive cancers after their service.

“Volunteer firefighters provide life-saving services with great exposure to harmful substances and great risk to their own long-term health,” said New York State Senator Chris Jacobs. “At the same time we are collecting data at the federal level that will be used to develop better safeguards and protocols, we can also ensure that we provide them opportunities for, and access to, the very best in healthcare services for illnesses related to their service. That’s exactly what our legislation expanding the Firefighters’ Benefits law will do.”

“Cancer is an epidemic in the fire service,” said Ken Pienkowski, President of the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York. “The Firemen’s Association of the State of New York, along with our partners in the New York State and Assembly, are pushing for presumptive cancer coverage for the State’s approximately 110,000 volunteer firefighters. We are grateful to Congressman Collins for sponsoring this important legislation. The more information we gather about cancer in the fire service, the clearer it becomes how necessary it is to have presumptive coverage for all of our firefighters, paid and volunteer alike. ”

Major fire organizations from throughout the United States have authored letters in support of this legislation, including: the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, the Congressional Fire Services Institute, the National Volunteer Fire Council, the International Association of Firefighters, the International Fire Service Training Association, and the International Association of Fire Chiefs. Please click here to view these organizations’ letters.

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Congressman Chris Collins Sends Letter Expressing Concern Regarding the Expedited Implementation of the Biometric Exit-Entry Program

2017/02/02

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) has sent correspondence to Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly expressing a deep concern regarding the expedited implementation of the biometric exit-entry system.

“Western New Yorkers and our economy rely heavily on the timely movement between Canada and the United States via the Peace Bridge,” said Congressman Chris Collins. “While keeping our communities safe is my number one priority, I want to ensure that before any agency implements the biometric exit-entry system fully, we examine all possible transportation impacts and take steps to alleviate any disruptions that may be created. Our southern and northern borders have different security issues and I hope those differences are taken into account.”

The biometric exit-entry program was requested by the 9/11 Commission to better track individuals traveling in and out of the country. However, its implementation has been delayed because of the significant logistical issues it could create. The issue has recently been raised because President Trump in his executive order on immigration states: “The Secretary of Homeland Security shall expedite the completion and implementation of a biometric entry-exit tracking system for all travelers to the United States, as recommended by the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States.”

In the letter, Congressman Collins writes, “I strongly support increased national security measures across our nation and commend President Trump for his swift action.  However, I am concerned that an expedited implementation of this system will not take into consideration the differences in security interests at our northern and southern borders.” 

Furthermore, he urges Secretary Kelly “to carefully consider the wide-spread impacts implementation of a biometric entry-exit system would have on our northern border.” 

Congressman Collins previously introduced an amendment in 2015 requiring a pilot program be implemented before a full scale implementation of the biometric exit-entry program to avoid any major commerce and travel disruptions.

Full text of the letter can be seen here or read below.

February 2, 2017

The Honorable John Kelly

Secretary of Homeland Security

245 Murray Lane SW

Washington, D.C. 20528

Dear Secretary Kelly:

I am writing to express my concern regarding expedited implementation of the national Biometric Entry-Exit Tracking System outlined in Section 7 of the President’s Executive Order entitled “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorists Entry into the United States.”  This order calls for “implementation of a biometric entry-exit tracking system for all travelers to the United States,” which would impact travelers at both our southern and northern borders equally. 

I strongly support increased national security measures across our nation and commend President Trump for his swift action.  However, I am concerned that an expedited implementation of this system will not take into consideration the differences in security interests at our northern and southern borders.   As demonstrated by the President’s Executive Order entitled “Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements,” which mandates the construction of a physical wall on the southern border, the U.S. border with Mexico is significantly more vulnerable to illegal immigration than the border with Canada.

Additionally, the facilitation of ease of access between the U.S. and Canada is vital to many local economies, especially those in Western New York.  It is undeniable that the economies of New York State and Canada are linked.  The border crossings in New York facilitate over $30 billion in bilateral trade between the state and Canada annually, and Canadian tourists spend over $1.6 billion in New York each year.

Biometric entry-exit scanning at our northern border would significantly delay the daily commutes of hard-working Americans and Canadians and cause undue burdens on trade.  Additional screening at the northern border would also surpass the current capabilities of many of our border facilities.  This system would particularly hinder progress across the Peace, Queenston-Lewiston, and Rainbow Bridges in Western New York, which facilitate international travel for millions annually.

Thank you for your time and consideration.  I urge you to carefully consider the wide-spread impacts implementation of a biometric entry-exit system would have on our northern border. 

Sincerely,

 

CHRIS COLLINS    

Member of Congress

 

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Congressman Chris Collins Applauds President Trump’s Nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court

2017/02/01

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) released the following statement regarding President Trump’s nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.

“President Trump showed America his commitment to conservative principles with tonight’s Supreme Court nomination,” said Congressman Chris Collins. “Judge Neil Gorsuch will be a strong voice on the Court for years to come. I fully anticipate that he will continue interpreting laws as they are written and defend the constitutionally protected rights all Americans hold dear. I urge my Democrat colleagues in the Senate to recognize the clear message American voters sent on Election Day and quickly confirm Judge Gorsuch.”

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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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Peter King

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Daniel Donovan

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Claudia Tenney

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