Chris Collins

Chris Collins

NEW YORK's 27th DISTRICT

Collins Announces DOT Funding to Improve Four Area Airports

2018/07/17

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has allocated millions of dollars in funding to improve the Greater Rochester International Airport, Canandaigua Airport, Buffalo Niagara International Airport, and Niagara Falls International Airport. The improvements will ensure the longevity of the airports’ infrastructure.

“Our region’s airports play a considerable role in our daily lives, whether it is moving cargo or people we have to make sure they are functional and safe,” said Collins. “Not only do our airports get us from one place to another, they support millions of jobs across the nation and keep America competitive. The airport infrastructure grants will provide these airports with the ability to make improvements that could ultimately increase air-traffic.”

The Greater Rochester International Airport will receive a total of $3,013,887 to rehabilitate a runway, an access road, and a tarmac. An additional $150,000 was granted to conduct an environmental impact study to evaluate any potential impacts related to a proposed taxiway extension project.

The Canandaigua Airport will receive $644,000 to construct a snow removal equipment building to extend the life of the equipment by protecting it from adverse weather conditions.

The Niagara Falls International Airport will receive $1,425,385 to remove tree obstructions and $185,182 to conduct an environmental impact study to evaluate any potential impacts related to a proposed taxiway reconfiguration project.

The Buffalo Niagara International Airport will receive $112,500 to evaluate any potential environmental impacts related to a proposed obstruction removal project.

For more information about the airport infrastructure grants, click here.

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Collins Announces USDA Funding to Improve Rural Water Infrastructure in the Towns of Alexander, Oakfield, Canadice, and Barre

2018/07/16

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing millions in waste and water disposal loans and grants in the Towns of Alexander, Oakfield, Canadice, and Barre. In each of these towns, water quality testing has indicated threats to public health and a lack of safe water. The funding will go toward various solutions to alleviate these concerns and provide reliable water service to residents.

“USDA’s investment in the Towns of Alexander, Oakfield, Canadice, and Barre will improve the quality of life for residents of those communities,” said Collins. “Access to clean water is essential, which is why I voted in support of the 2018 Omnibus spending bill that included these funds to our nation’s rural communities. The Trump administration has prioritized investing in rural communities to build a foundation for rural prosperity, and I am pleased that these efforts are being seen in Western New York.”

Funding awarded is listed below:

  • Town of Alexander will receive a $2.7 million loan and a $2.2 million grant
  • Town of Oakfield will receive a $236,000 loan and a $691,000 grant
  • Town of Canadice will receive a $1 million loan and a $200,000 grant
  • Town of Barre will receive a $708,000 loan and a $493,000 grant

Rural community leaders can apply for these funds electronically by using the interactive RD Apply tool. They can also apply through one of USDA Rural Development’s state or field offices.

For more information on USDA’s projects to upgrade water and wastewater systems in rural communities, click here. Municipalities seeking assistance from the USDA are encouraged to call Collins’ Lancaster District Office at 716-634-2324.

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Collins and Ruiz Introduce Bill to Protect Due Process Rights for Emergency Department Physicians

2018/07/16

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) and Congressman Raul Ruiz (CA-36) introduced legislation to ensure that emergency physicians’ due process rights are protected if they are employed by a third party contractor. More than half of all emergency physicians around the country are denied due process because standard contracts require them to waive away these rights.

“Emergency departments (ED) are at the core of our nation’s health care safety net, staffed with hardworking physicians who provide care 24 hours a day 365 days a year,” said Collins. “Many hospitals have turned to physician staffing companies to meet complex organizational challenges, although that has come at an unfair cost to ED doctors. These hardworking men and women, who spend a decade in school and residency training and dedicate their lives advocating on behalf of their patients, have lost their due process rights. My legislation seeks to fix that.”

“Patients come first. Quality of care and patient safety should be the first concern of any doctor, not whether they could be fired for whistle blowing or reporting dangerous conditions in the hospital,” said Dr. Ruiz. “I am proud to co-author this bill to improve patient safety and cut down on fraud in our health care system by guaranteeing all doctors due process and whistleblower protections.”

Due process, a guaranteed right under the US Constitution, is the foundation of one’s employment status across many industries. Physicians receive due process rights from a number of sources including Medicare, as a condition of participation, and the Health Care Quality Improvement Act of 1986. However, these laws only afford due process rights to physicians directly employed by the hospital.

The third party staffing model is most common in emergency departments across the country, leaving emergency doctors without the ability to negotiate basic terms of employment. These physicians are required to waive their right to a fair hearing and appellate review by their peers on the medical staff, in the event of termination or a restriction of their practice rights.

For patients, the link between due process and quality care is clear. Physicians are unable to act as their patient’s best advocate when they fear retribution from their employers.

Among the medical community, there is concern that third party contract structures will deter future generations from pursuing a career in emergency medicine and leave our nation with a shortage of emergency room physicians. This legislation has the support of leading organizations in emergency medicine.

"In the field of emergency medicine, there is no greater policy imperative for patient safety and quality care than enacting this due process legislation," said David Farcy, President of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. "The Academy is proud to stand with Representative Collins and Representative Ruiz, and we applaud them for championing this bill that serves the best interest of the patient and the taxpayer."

“On behalf of more than 38,000 emergency physicians, emergency medicine residents, and medical students, the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) is proud to support Congressman Collins’ and Congressman Ruiz’s legislation to ensure every emergency physician has medical staff due process rights,” said Paul Kivela, MD, MBA, FACEP, President of the American College of Emergency Physicians. “This is an important safeguard that will ensure all emergency physicians have access to a fair due process procedure.”

“The Council of Residency Directors in Emergency Medicine (CORD) represents the over 240 emergency medicine residency training programs in the U.S. CORD strongly supports Due Process Rights for emergency physicians as this is in the best interest of the public, the institutions and the safe practice of medicine. Therefore, CORD supports Representative Collins and Representative Ruiz on this important bill,” said Christopher Doty, MD, President, Council of Residency Directors in Emergency Medicine.

 “Due process legislation will improve patient safety and support our physicians’ focus on providing patient-centered care, which is the hallmark of the osteopathic profession,” said Mark A. Baker, DO, president of the American Osteopathic Association. “With nearly 10 percent of the nation’s 108,000 DO degreed physicians specializing in emergency medicine, the American Osteopathic Association commends Congressman Collins and Congressman Ruiz for their leadership on legislation that would ensure due process is available to physicians working in a complex practice environment.”

 “On behalf of the American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians, I am in full support of Representative Collins and Representative Ruiz in proposing this legislation. Our patients are the core of our work, and this legislation is a major step forward in ensuring their health and safety.” Christine F. Giesa, DO FACOEP-D, President, American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians.

“The guarantee of due process rights is one of the most critical issues facing emergency physicians and is fundamental to our ethical mandate to act in the best interests of our patients, many of whom are among the most vulnerable in society,” said Steven B. Bird, MD, president of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM). “Therefore, SAEM strongly supports the passage of this legislation.”

"Entering a workforce where due process is ensured is the best possible future for residents and students in emergency medicine," said Mohammed Moiz Qureshi, President of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine Resident and Student Association. "AAEM/RSA echoes the commitment of Representative Collins and Representative Ruiz to that future and we appreciate their work on this legislation to help future generations of emergency physicians best serve their patients."

“A physician’s duty to advocate for safe and effective treatments, policies and practices is impaired by lack of due process,” said Charles McKay, MD, President of the American College of Medical Toxicology. “ACMT is proud to stand with Representative Collins and Representative Ruiz in this effort to better protect patients’ health and quality improvements within the health care system.”

For a copy of H.R. 6372, click here.

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Trump Signs Collins and Pascrell’s Firefighter Cancer Registry

2018/07/09

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressmen Chris Collins (NY-27) and Bill Pascrell, Jr. (NJ-09) today celebrated President Trump signing H.R. 931, the Firefighter Cancer Registry Act, into law. The legislation they authored together will require the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to develop and maintain a voluntary registry to collect data regarding the incidence of certain cancers in firefighters.

This registry will allow researchers to have a greater understanding of the impacts that smoke inhalation and other occupational hazards have on a firefighter’s health, and lead to better treatment options.

“The brave men and women who selflessly keep our communities safe while fighting fires deserve for us to do everything in our power to also keep them out of harm’s way while they are on duty,” said Collins. “We currently have a lack of information about how being exposed to certain fires will impact a firefighter’s health, and this is a common sense way to collect that data to improve protocols and equipment. I express my deepest gratitude for our nation’s firefighters and first responders, and take pride in knowing that this registry could lead to reforms that will save lives.”

“I’m proud that this legislation has been signed into law. The Firefighter Cancer Registry will bring together information on firefighters’ history to help doctors and researchers find any connections between firefighters’ work and increased risk for cancer,” said Rep. Pascrell, co-chair of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus. “This will improve the safety of the brave men and women who put their lives on the line every single day. This legislation has long enjoyed bipartisan support because all of us want to protect those who protect the rest of us. Thank you Representatives Chris Collins and Frank Pallone, and Senators Bob Menendez and Lisa Murkowski for your efforts getting this bill through Congress and into law. I look forward to working closely with the CDC and members of the firefighting community to see that the new registry is implemented to its fullest use.”

“Day after day, firefighters all across the country are quick to answer the call of duty. Whether they do so in volunteer service or as a career, they put their communities first on a daily basis without question,” said Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) and Health Subcommittee Chairman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX). “This commonsense bill will create a national registry to better document the physical toll these everyday heroes undertake and help lead to better treatment options. We look forward to seeing this registry come to fruition and applaud Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY) for his leadership on this issue.”

The Firefighter Cancer Registry Act authorizes $2 million in federal funds to the CDC from FY2018 to FY2022. Data gathered would include a number of potential risk factors, including but not limited to the status of the firefighter (volunteer, paid-on-call, or career), number of years on the job, the number of incidents attended, and the type of incidence. The collection of this data would allow for improved equipment, enhanced safety protocols and preventative techniques for our firefighters.

The House of Representatives passed H.R. 931, the Firefighter Cancer Registry Act of 2017, by unanimous consent on June 22, 2018. H.R. 931 first passed the House in September 2017, by voice vote. The Senate passed the bill, with an amendment, in May by unanimous consent. H.R. 931 was signed into law today by President Donald Trump.

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Collins Statement on Janus vs. AFSCME

2018/06/27

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today released the following statement after the Supreme Court released its opinion on Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees.

“Today’s Supreme Court decision is a big win for government workers who, for far too long, have been forced to pay union fees in support of causes they are fundamentally against. Forcing an individual to join a political organization or government union goes against one of the greatest freedoms we are granted as Americans, the right to free speech. Any violation of the First Amendment is counter to the values our nation was founded upon and I applaud today’s monumental decision.”

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Collins, Pascrell Laud House Passage of Firefighter Cancer Registry

2018/06/22

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Representatives Chris Collins (R-NY-27) and Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09), the co-chair of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus, celebrated the passage of H.R. 931, the Firefighter Cancer Registry Act. The legislation they sponsored together would require the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to develop and maintain a registry to collect data regarding the incidence of certain cancers in firefighters. The registry will improve collection capabilities and activities to address an enormous gap in research on the heath impacts of cancer incidence among all firefighters – career and volunteer. Firefighters may experience detrimental health effects due to smoke inhalation and other harmful, toxic substances. The legislation takes a first step toward gathering this information to develop new protocols, safeguards, and equipment to protect these men and women. Senate legislation is sponsored by Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK).

“I am extremely humbled and proud of the work we have done to get this bill on President Trump’s desk,” said Collins. “We have to prioritize the health and safety of the brave men and women who selflessly protect our communities. It has been an honor to work with Congressman Pascrell, and we have seen an outpouring of support for this legislation from the House Energy and Commerce Committee, the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, various firefighter organizations, health care groups, our colleagues in Congress, and of course the firefighters in our districts and across America that this is intended to serve. I look forward to President Trump signing this bill into law and to see all of the positive impacts this will have on the firefighting community.”

 “Today is a big day. I can’t think of many priorities more important than protecting the health of America’s firefighters. The Firefighter Cancer Registry will bring together information on firefighters’ history to help doctors and researchers find any connections between firefighters’ work and increased risk for cancer,” said Rep. Pascrell. “This will strengthen the safety of the brave men and women who put their lives on the line every single day. This legislation has long enjoyed bipartisan support because having the backs of those protecting our families is a cause we all support. I want to thank Representatives Chris Collins and Frank Pallone, and Senators Robert Menendez and Lisa Murkowski for all their efforts to get this bill through Congress. After the legislation is signed, I look forward to working with the CDC and members of the firefighting community to see that the new registry is implemented to its fullest use.”

“Our firefighters are brave men and women, who put themselves in harm’s way day after day. This registry has the potential to improve the quality of life for these real-life heroes,” said Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR-02) and Health Subcommittee Chairman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX-26). “From a house fire to the wildfires that ravage the west, these men and women don’t think twice before heading into dangerous situations of fire and smoke to protect others. This national registry is one way we can help protect them.”

A 2015 study by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) found that firefighters had a greater number of cancer diagnoses and cancer-related deaths for certain types of cancer when compared to the general U.S. population, specifically digestive, oral, respiratory and urinary cancers, and malignant mesothelioma. The study confirmed that firefighters have an increased risk of cancer because of occupational exposure. To bolster the efforts led by researchers at NIOSH, the firefighter cancer registry will improve collection capabilities and activities related to the nationwide monitoring of cancer incidence among all firefighters – career and volunteer.

Specifically, the Firefighter Cancer Registry Act will authorize $2 million in federal funds to the CDC from FY2018 to FY2022. Additionally, the legislation will:

  • Develop a firefighter registry of available cancer incidence data collected by existing State Cancer Registries and a strategy to maximize participation;
  • Create a registry that will contain relevant history, such as other occupational information, years of service, number of fire incidents responded to, and additional risk factors;
  • Make de-identified data available to public health researchers to provide them with robust and comprehensive datasets to expand groundbreaking research; and
  • Improve our understanding of cancer incidences by requiring administrators to consult regularly with public health experts, clinicians, and firefighters.

The legislation has support from several major fire organizations, including the National Volunteer Fire Council, the International Association of Fire Chiefs, the International Association of Fire Fighters, the Congressional Fire Services Institute, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, New Jersey Firefighters’ Mutual Benevolent Association and the International Fire Services Training Association.

The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Fire Fighter Steering Committee said “The AFGE, AFL-CIO supports the Fire Fighter Cancer Registry bill because it will help improve the health and safety of our federal fire fighters and municipal and volunteer fire fighters who protect and serve the American public at the Department of Defense, the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. We look forward to collecting this important data in the federal registry and sharing it with our civilian counterparts.”

“I would like to thank Congress for passing this critical legislation, as well as Representative Collins for his leadership in introducing and championing it,” said National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) Chair Kevin D. Quinn. “Too many firefighters are contracting and dying from cancer caused by duty-related exposures. This registry will improve our understanding of why firefighter cancer is occurring at such a high rate, and will make it easier to prevent, detect, and treat.”

“Fire fighters are routinely exposed to numerous carcinogens over the course of their careers and deserve the best protection and prevention tools available, “said International Association of Fire Fighters, AFL-CIO General President Harold Schaitberger. “The Firefighter Cancer Registry Act will provide yet another means to study the deadly relationship between cancer and firefighting. I thank Representative Collins for his leadership on this important issue and applaud the Congress for sending the bill to the President to be signed into law.”

“Firefighters willingly put themselves in harm’s way every day, which means we have to do everything we can to limit the risks they will encounter on the job. Firefighters experience cancer at greater rates than the rest of us, but we don’t know nearly enough about why that is. Roswell Park has proudly supported this legislation, which gives researchers the tools and resources to recognize, address and potentially mitigate the risk factors of our first responders,” said Candace Johnson, PhD, President and CEO of Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center.

“Due to the nature of their work, firefighters are exposed to numerous hazards that can increase their risk of contracting cancer,” said Bill Webb, Executive Director of the Congressional Fire Services Institute. “While progress is being made to understand the link between firefighting and cancer, we need to learn more. The Firefighter Cancer Registry Act will provide researchers and epidemiologists the tools and resources needed to improve research collection activities to monitor cancer incidence among firefighters.  We thank Congressman Chris Collins and Congressman Bill Pascrell, Jr. for sponsoring this important legislation."

“Modern medicine does not fully understand why firefighters experience cancer at rates much higher rate than the general public,” said Chief Thomas Jenkins, IAFC President & Chairman of the Board. “The IAFC thanks our leaders in Congress for passing this important legislation to create a national firefighter cancer registry. The registry will help with critical research so we can better understand the causes and outcomes of cancer in the fire service and help us identify ways to mitigate and prevent it.”

“We applaud Rep. Collins for championing this important legislation," said Jonathan W. Friedberg, MD, MMSc, Director, Wilmot Cancer Center. "The Firefighter Cancer Registry Act will create an important new tool to help our researchers in efforts to get to the root of the high prevalence of some cancers among our nation’s first responders and ultimately prevent them.”

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Collins Supports 2018 Farm Bill

2018/06/21

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today voted for the 2018 Farm Bill that will strengthen and grow the Western New York dairy economy. In recent years, the dairy industry has faced significant challenges, including an overall decline in milk consumption due to unfair trade practices with nations like Canada. Provisions in the Farm Bill make commonsense reforms to safety net programs put in place to help farmers during a downturn.

Collins has been a staunch advocate for expanding the current H-2A visa program that has not met the need of dairy farmers to find a legal, experienced workforce. Provisions to address issues with visas were not included, although Collins was assured by House Leadership that a separate bill to solve these problems will be considered in July.

“Our nation’s dairy farmers are struggling and we have to do everything we can to keep this industry alive in Western New York,” said Collins. “I’ve met with local farmers who have told me on numerous occasions that the Margin Protection Program was simply not working and was based on flawed logic. The reforms passed in today’s bill are going to help these farmers better utilize this program as we continue to make reforms that will boost this industry.”

This legislation would provide greater coverage to dairy farmers through the Margin Protection Program (MPP) and will allow a farmer to participate in both the livestock and dairy protection programs. Additionally, the program will be relabeled the Dairy Risk Management Program (DRMP).

The newly created DRMP eliminates the current 25% minimum coverage level and allows producers to elect levels in 5% increments. It will also add higher coverage levels of $8.50 and $9.00 per CWT, a provision Collins advocated for in a 2017 letter to House Agriculture Committee Chairman Michael Conaway (TX-11).

The legislation will also require the United States Department of Agriculture to study the accuracy of milk and feed costs used to determine the margin. This was implemented in response to the large amount of farmers that were unable to utilize the program because of ineffective calculations.

Collins added: “Since I have gotten elected to Congress, our region’s agriculture industry has been a main priority and I’m committed to continuing to do what is best for our farmers. While we still have work to do to turn this industry around, I’m pleased with the reforms we passed today.”

Due to a lack of action on immigration reform, this bill did not pass when it was brought up last month, although did pass the House today following consideration of Border Security and Immigration Reform Act. For more information on H.R. 2, Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, click here.

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Collins Tours Stein Farms and Promotes Initiatives to Increase Milk Consumption

2018/06/16

WILLIAMSVILLE, NY – Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today toured Stein Farms to discuss dairy issues he has been leading in Congress that deal with the decline in milk consumption and economic challenges facing dairy farmers. Collins announced a letter he sent with 11 of his colleagues to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue encouraging the agency to continue advertising campaigns like “Got Milk?”.

“Years ago, messages that resonated with all Americans included ‘Got Milk?’ and ‘drink milk, love life,’ and we saw some of our favorite celebrities with milk mustaches,” said Collins. “The fact is, this type of marketing works. In recent years, we’ve seen an overall decline in milk consumption, which has created tough economic times for our dairy farmers and we are hoping Secretary Perdue can provide some additional help.”

Milk prices have dropped over 9 percent since 2014, and are expected to continue to decrease given the decline in milk consumption and Canada’s unfair trade practices. The bipartisan letter voices support of USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), which is responsible for programs dedicated to educating consumers and increasing the consumption of fluid milk. Past AMS campaigns successfully helped push the consumption of milk as it competes with other beverage products on the market.

Collins’ letter requests that the USDA not only continue these programs but also look for other ways to boost our nation’s dairy industry and has the support of members from across the country.

“I care about the struggling dairy farmers across our district, and I am proud to stand with them through difficult times,” said Congressman Tom Reed (NY-23). “Low milk prices and unfair Canadian dairy tariffs are causing tremendous harm. I am happy to urge our Agriculture Secretary to pull out all the stops so that we can provide relief for dairy farmers.”  

"After traveling across the district and meeting with numerous people in the dairy industry, I understand the problems they face each day,” said Congresswoman Claudia Tenney (NY-22). “Farm milk prices are dropping at an alarming rate and in order to stop this trend, we are asking Secretary Perdue to look into ways to boost our nation’s dairy industry and promote dairy consumption. The dairy industry is the backbone of our rural communities and I encourage the USDA to work to support all of our vital dairy farmers.”

“Dairy farmers play a vital role in Ohio’s agriculture economy,” said Congressman Jim Renacci (OH-16). “It is important that we continue to look for ways to promote the dairy industry and protect the dairy farmers who are so important to our local economy.”

“Dairy products are nutrient-rich and have many positive health benefits for consumers. It’s essential that American families are informed about the positive health benefits of dairy products so they can make the most-informed consumer decisions,” said Congressman Sean Duffy (WI-07). “That’s why it’s imperative that the USDA continue to their efforts to raise awareness through the Dairy Research and Promotion Program. Secretary Perdue has been an incredible ally for dairy, and I am hopeful that he will continue to work with us to make sure families know of the dairy options available to them.”

“Dairy farmers across the country are struggling to stay afloat in the face of low milk prices and new trade threats. While there are no easy solutions to these challenges, USDA has played an important role in spurring demand for dairy through advertising and marketing campaigns made possible by dairy checkoffs,” said Congressman Peter Welch (VT-at large). “I encourage USDA to continue supporting these efforts, and will do all I can to keep supporting the industry.”  

Representing one of the nation’s leading dairy producing districts, Collins has been a strong advocate for issues related to nutrition, labeling, trade, and immigration as they impact our nation’s farmers. 

“I want to thank Congressman Collins for helping raise the awareness of the situation dairy farmers are going through right now, and his help in showing New York consumers the benefit of having dairy as part of a healthy nutritious diet,” said Dale Stein, owner of Stein Farms. “So have that extra glass of milk, that serving of cheese and yogurt. Enjoy that ice cream on a hot summer afternoon and know in doing so you are also helping your local dairy farmer.”

Collins added: “I thank Dale Stein for hosting today’s event and look forward to working with my colleagues and Secretary Perdue on promoting one simple message, drink more milk.”

To read a copy of the letter, click here.

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Collins Supports Bill Funding Numerous Initiatives Across WNY and Fingers Lakes Region

2018/06/08

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today voted for the Fiscal Year 2019 Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act that includes funding for the Canandaigua VA Medical Center and Veterans Crisis Line, a fitness Facility at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station (ARS), and robust funding for various water infrastructure and energy independence projects.

Earlier this week, Collins announced that an amendment he authored increased funding for the Army Corps Investigations Account was passed and included in the bill, which would provide enough funding for the first phase of the Great Lakes Costal Resiliency Study (GLCRS).

This legislation also rolls back the Obama era “Waters of the United States” rule which has been damaging to the agriculture industry by placing burdensome regulations targeted towards small bodies of water.  Since the rule was implemented, Collins has been a vocal advocate against this overreach by the Environmental Protection Agency.

“I was proud to support this important legislation that provides funding for many significant programs across my district,” said Collins. “From making sure our veterans and members of our military have the resources they need, to investing in our region’s water and energy infrastructure, many priorities of Western New Yorkers are taken care of in this bill.”

Collins’ priorities that are in the FY19 Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act include:

  • $190 million for phase II of the reconstruction at the Canandaigua VA;
  • Full funding of $196 million for the Veterans Crisis Line, headquartered at the Canandaigua VA;
  • $150 million for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Formerly Utilized Sites Remedial Action Program (FUSRAP) that includes the Niagara Falls Storage Site, and increase from $112 million in previous years;
  • $75 million in funding for the West Valley Demonstration Project, an increase from $5 million in previous years;
  • $1.6 billion for the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund, an increase from $1.36 billion in previous years;
  • An additional $1.2 million for the Army Corps Investigations Account, which is enough funding for the first phase of the GLCRS;
  • $14 million for the physical fitness facility at the Niagara Falls ARS, expedited to FY19 from FY21; and,
  • Increased funding for the Continuing Authorities Program under the Army Corps of Engineers to complete projects such as erosion protection along NYS Route 5 in Athol Springs

Additionally, this legislation also encourages the Army Corps of Engineers to support research that will identify and develop improved strategies for early detection, prevention, and management techniques and procedures to reduce the occurrence and impacts of harmful algal blooms in our nation’s water resources.

Collins added: “This important legislation is proof that Congress is working hard to deliver for the American people. We are prioritizing national security, investing in infrastructure, and targeting funds for economic growth. I’m proud of the work we are doing to support critical program in Western New York and the Finger Lakes.”

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Collins Secures Funding for Army Corps Account to Fund Great Lakes Coastal Resiliency Study

2018/06/07

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) secured passage of an amendment on the House floor today to increase funding for Army Corps Investigations Account, which funds studies like the Great Lakes Coastal Resiliency Study (GLCRS). The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has proposed this study to coordinate a strategy across the Great Lakes states to efficiently and effectively manage and protect the Great Lakes coastline. 

Working in a bipartisan effort with Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Collins’ amendment was added to the FY19 Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act. Along the shores sit 60 commercial harbors that move over 123 million tons of cargo each year and boasts a $14 billion recreation and tourism economy, which all could be devastated by severe weather and high water levels. The GLCRS would provide shoreline communities with more information, allowing them to become better equipped to protect their shoreline during such occurrences.

“Being from Western New York, we are fortunate to have the Great Lakes not only as an essential part of our region’s economy, but to enjoy with our children and families,” said Collins. “Last spring, Lake Ontario experienced the worst flooding we have seen in decades, devastating businesses and municipalities and destroying homes. In order to preserve our lakes for generations to come, and to prevent future destruction to businesses and homes, we need more information on the best ways to protect our shorelines.” 

“This study will take a holistic view of how to make our Great Lakes coastline more resilient with an eye towards using more sustainable green or natural infrastructure to reduce runoff, mitigate erosion and flooding, and protect property,” said Kaptur.  “Ultimately, this approach will save money as the Corps looks to fulfill its mission in the face of changing climate.”

The GLCRS was authorized in 1986, and although it is a priority of the Army Corps, has not been funded. Collins’ amendment would increase the Army Corps account by $1.2 million, which is the amount needed to cover the first phase of the study.

The Collins amendment, which passed the House unanimously, comes on the heels of the United States Senate clearing the Water Resource Development Act, which included a new authorization for the GLCRS. House passage of H.R. 5895, Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act, 2019, is expected tomorrow.

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2014-06-09 16:50:26


Congressman Chris Collins Small Business Committee Hearing 5/29

2014-05-29 21:24:03


Contact Information

1117 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-5265
Fax 202-225-5910
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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Lee Zeldin

NEW YORK's 1st DISTRICT

Peter King

NEW YORK's 2nd DISTRICT

Daniel Donovan

NEW YORK's 11th DISTRICT

John Faso

NEW YORK's 19th DISTRICT

Elise Stefanik

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Claudia Tenney

NEW YORK's 22nd DISTRICT

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