Chris Collins

Chris Collins

NEW YORK's 27th DISTRICT

Collins, Rubio Introduce Bill to Prevent China from Exploiting American Small Business Programs

2019/01/17

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Chris Collins (NY-27) re-introduced the Denying Chinese Investors Access to U.S. Small Business Aid, a bill that would prevent citizens of the People’s Republic of China, who own a business, from accessing assistance offered by the Small Business Administration (SBA). U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) re-introduced the Senate companion bill late last week.

 

“SBA programs should be focusing on helping small business owners in communities like Western New York, and not aid companies whose profits go to China,” said Collins. “ I am proud to join Senator Rubio to advance this important legislation once again to encourage job growth and support small businesses here in the United States.”

 

“Amidst rapid technological advances, shifting global economic trends, and rising foreign adversaries, we must fight to protect America’s small businesses,” Rubio said. “Our bill will protect small businesses from Chinese interference and encourage American entrepreneurs to innovate, thrive, and grow so that we can keep our economy competitive on the global stage.”

 

Current law permits SBA to provide assistance towards Chinese-owned business who legally operate in the United States and qualify as a small business. These businesses are allowed to obtain a federally guaranteed loan, surety bonds, research and development grants, or disaster loans.

 

The Denying Chinese Investors Access to U.S. Small Business Aid would prohibit SBA benefits from being given to businesses headquartered in China. Under this bill, China based businesses who operate in the United States or businesses with at least 25 percent of their voting stock owned by Chinese investors will no longer be able to benefit.

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Collins Asks For Paychecks To Be Withheld During Shutdown, Cosponsors Legislation To Provide Pay For Essential Federal Employees

2019/01/09

(WASHINGTON, DC) – Today Congressman Chis Collins (NY-27) formally requested that his paychecks be withheld during the partial government shutdown. Along with withholding his pay, Collins has cosponsored legislation that will ensure that the federal employees who keep our communities and nation safe are paid for their service as shutdown negotiations continue.

“I believe it’s unfair for me to receive pay while the men and women who put their lives on the line to keep our country safe are seeing their paychecks delayed,” said Collins. “I’ve requested that my paychecks be withheld until essential federal employees, like our Border Patrol and TSA agents who work to protect the safety and security of American citizens, are fully compensated for their duties during this partial government shutdown.”

The Providing Pay For Essential Employees Act, introduced by Congressman Bob Gibbs, (OH-07), and cosponsored by Collins, directs the Treasury Department to appropriate funds to cover the salaries and any expenses of any officer or employee of the federal government physically working during the partial government shutdown beginning on or about December 22, 2018.

Collins added: “It’s time for partisan Democrats like Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer to quit using hardworking Americans as pawns as they stonewall efforts to secure the border and reopen our government. Protecting American citizens should be a top priority, and it is my hope that Congress and President Trump can work together to find a bipartisan solution that effectively secures our borders and reopens the federal government in a timely manner.”

To read the full text of the Providing Pay For Essential Employees Act, click here.

 

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Collins Bill Renaming Post Office In Honor Of Staff Sergeant Alexandria Gleason-Morrow Becomes Law

2018/12/28

WASHINGTON, DC – Today legislation sponsored by Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) to rename the U.S. Post Office in Dansville, New York after Staff Sergeant Alexandria Gleason-Morrow officially became law. SSgt Gleason-Morrow was a Dansville native who was killed in the line of duty March 22, 2017 while serving in Jordan. 

“I am honored that President Trump signed this piece of legislation honoring Staff Sergeant Gleason-Morrow,” said Congressman Collins. “Staff Sergeant Gleason-Morrow was a true American hero that represented the very best of the Dansville community. Renaming this post office after her stands as a lasting tribute to her bravery, heroism and sacrifice for our country.” 

SSgt. Gleason-Morrow enlisted into the United States Air Force after graduating from Dansville Senior High School.  She attended the Air Force’s Aircraft Armament Technical School after basic training, and was assigned to the 366th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron at Mountain Home Air Force Base in Idaho.  SSgt. Gleason-Morrow was deployed to Jordan during the Operation Inherent Resolve, and died from non-combat related injuries while performing maintenance duties on a fighter aircraft.

“Alexandria Mae Gleason-Morrow was a great American that loved her country and put her life on the line to defend us all,” said Stephanie Gleason, mother of SSgt Gleason-Morrow. “She was a top notch airwoman that gave her all, and never accepted anything but perfection. She taught those around her to become the best person they could possibly be. Alex was the best daughter, granddaughter, sister, mother, wife and friend to us all.” 

Gleason added: “To say I feel a little overwhelmed is an understatement. To know that so many people still remember Alex and care about our family is heartwarming. All I can say is thank you – this honor has truly made our Christmas and New Year brighter.”

SSgt Gleason was posthumously honored by her comrades when she was named the first Senior Airman team chief for the 389th “Thunderbolts” Aircraft Unit, a subdivision of the 366th Squadron.

SSgt Gleason-Morrow is survived by her mother, Stephanie Gleason, four siblings, two beautiful daughters, and her husband.

The Collins legislation renames the U.S. postal facility located at 116 Main Street in Dansville, the “Staff Sergeant Alexandria Gleason-Morrow Post Office.”

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Congressman Chris Collins Announces $777,943 in Federal Transit Administration Grant Funding For Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority

2018/12/19

WILLIAMSVILLE, NY – Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today announced $777,943 in federal funding for the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA). The grant was awarded through the Federal Transit Administration's (FTA) Transit-Oriented Development Pilot Planning Program, which is designed to support the comprehensive planning associated with new fixed guideway and core capacity improvement projects.

The NFTA will use this $777,943 federal grant to zone for mix-used development along the Amherst-Buffalo Corridor Light Rail Extension project, which is a proposed extension of the area's light rail system. The planning effort also includes steps to establish a Transit-Oriented Development Fund, and implement value capture mechanisms. 

"This grant will help make efficient transportation more accessible to members of the Western New York community," said Congressman Chris Collins. "The NFTA's proposed Light Rail Extension project will jumpstart economic development in Amherst, Buffalo and Tonawanda, increase daily ridership, and may potentially increase property values by $310 million. The project will make a direct and positive impact on our region, and I'm glad I could help the NFTA secure this critical FTA funding."

The NFTA's Light Rail Extension Project is currently in its planning stages. Construction on the project is not expected to begin until late 2024 or early 2025.

 

 

 

 

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Collins Lauds House Passage of 2018 Farm Bill

2018/12/12

WASHINGTON, DC - Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) celebrated the passage of H.R 2, the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018. H.R. 2 includes critically important dairy policy reforms that will strengthen and grow the Western New York dairy economy that in recent years has faced significant challenges. 

H.R. 2 provides greater coverage to dairy farmers through the Margin Protection Program (MPP), and will allow farmers to participate in both the livestock and dairy protection programs. Additionally, the program will be rebranded as the Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) Program . 

"I am extremely proud to see the 2018 Farm Bill make it to President Trump's desk," said Collins. “For too long, dairy farmers in Western New York have struggled to keep the agricultural industry alive because of inefficiencies past programs and the overall decline in the dairy market. The reforms passed in H.R. 2 will provide a significant boost to farmers right here in Western New York by allowing them to better utilize this program.”

This legislation will also help strengthen trade enforcement, promote the research and development of specialty crops, ensure funding to help farmers locate new global markets, significantly increase investment in organic research, and offers cost-sharing assistance to help farmers transition into organics. 

Collins added: “The agriculture industry is the backbone of New York’s 27th district. Protecting Western New York farmers will always be a priority of mine, and I’m committed to doing what is best to help them succeed. While we still have a lot of work to do to turn this industry around, H.R. 2 is a huge step in the right direction, and I’m pleased to see it pass today.”

 

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Congressman Collins Applauds Trump Administration Over Newly Signed Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico

2018/11/30

WASHINGTON, DC - Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) praised President Trump and his administration for officially signing a new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).

 

USMCA will make significant changes to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) that will put the United States on more equal footing with the other nations. Specifically with regard to the dairy industry, Canada’s pricing program has created an unfair playing field and has essentially eliminated U.S. exports of certain dairy products, harming Western New York’s dairy industry.

 

“President Trump promised better trade deals and he has delivered replacing NAFTA which has caused our region to hemorrhage good paying manufacturing jobs for some time now,” said Collins. “Not only will this new treaty help with manufacturing, but it protects American farmers from burdensome tariffs and regulations.”

 

Collins has led the fight to end Canada’s unfair Class 7 pricing program, which has severely impacted New York dairy farmers. Under USMCA, Canada has agreed to eliminate this program in order to level the playing field between the U.S. and Canada while allowing our dairy producers the ability to expand sales overseas.

 

“With this barrier being struck down, Western New York dairy farmers are now able to compete fairly in Canada, and I thank the president for working to ensure NY-27 farmers are treated fairly,” added Collins.

 

Outside of the dairy industry, the new trade agreement will increase the production of American goods and services. The agreement requires that 75 percent of auto content be produced in North America and makes critical reforms that will boost autoworkers’ wages. Additionally, the USMCA includes strong labor provisions that prioritize and protect American manufacturing jobs.

 

Furthermore, the agreement provides strong protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights. This includes 10 years of data protection for biologic drugs and a large scope of products eligible for protection. These reforms are critical to driving innovation, creating economic growth, and supporting American jobs.

 

Collins added: “By signing the USMCA, President Trump has fulfilled yet another campaign promise for the American people. Our country has been rightfully restored to a leader on the world stage, and I will continue to work with the White House and Republicans in Congress to uphold and advance the Make America Great Again agenda.”

 

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Collins Bill Renaming Post Office Honoring Staff Sergeant Alexandria Gleason-Morrow Passes in the House

2018/11/29

Washington, DC- Today the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation sponsored by Congressman Chris Collins to rename the U.S Post Office in Dansville, New York after Staff Sergeant Alexandria Gleason-Morrow.  SSgt Gleason-Morrow was a Dansville native, who was killed in the line of duty in March 22nd, 2017 while serving in Jordan.

“I am honored to have sponsored legislation for someone who had the courage to serve our country,” said Congressman Collins. “Staff Sergeant Gleason-Morrow represented the best of Dansville and naming this post office after her stands as a tribute to her legacy in the community.”

SSgt. Gleason-Morrow enlisted into the United States Air Force after graduating from Dansville Senior High School.  She attended the Air Force’s Aircraft Armament Technical School after basic training, and was assigned to the 366th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron at Mountain Home Air Force Base in Idaho.  SSgt. Gleason-Morrow was deployed to Jordan during the Operation Inherent Resolve and died from non-combat related injuries while performing her maintenance duties on fighter aircraft.

“The memory of Staff Sergeant Alexandria Gleason-Morrow’s will never fade and her heroism will never be forgotten,” said Congressman Collins.  “She truly was the embodiment of our community and we will forever be proud of her commitment to duty.”

SSgt Gleason was posthumously honored by her comrades when she was named the first Senior Airman team chief for the 389th “Thunderbolts” Aircraft Unit, a subdivision of the 366th Squadron. 

SSgt Gleason-Morrow is survived by two beautiful daughters and her husband.

The Collins legislation renames the U.S postal facility located at 116 Main Street in Dansville, the “Staff Sergeant Alexandria Gleason-Morrow Post Office.”

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Press Release: Congressman Collins Announces Annual “Holiday Mail for Troops” Project

2018/11/05

WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y.--- Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today released the following statement urging local schools to participate in this year’s “Holiday Mail for the Troops” Program.

“I am proud to once again invite all elementary age students in New York’s 27th District to create holiday cards for our troops,” said Congressman Chris Collins. “The holiday season is fast approaching and many of our brave service men and women will not be able enjoy it at home with their families. Nothing can replace being with loved ones and friends during the holidays, but together we can brighten this holiday season for our troops.”

With your help, we will distribute holiday cards to the brave men and women at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station to show our appreciation for their service.

Participants are asked to drop off the holiday cards to either of Congressman Collins’ district offices no later than December 14, 2018 to ensure delivery by Christmas.

 

Lancaster District Office                              Geneseo District Office

2813 Wehrle Drive, Suite 13                          128 Main Street

Williamsville, NY 14221                                Geneseo, NY 14454

Phone: (716) 634-2324                                   Phone: (585) 519-4002

 

Please contact Shannon Dougherty at Shannon.Dougherty@mail.house.gov if you have any questions about how your school can participate. You can also reach Shannon by phone at 585-815-5286.

 

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Collins Hails President Trump’s Success to Revise NAFTA

2018/10/01

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) praised President Trump and his administration for reaching a new trade agreement with Mexico and Canada to be called the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).

USMCA will make significant changes to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) that will put the United States on more equal footing with the other nations. Specifically with regard to the dairy industry, Canada’s pricing program has created an unfair playing field and has essentially eliminated U.S. exports of certain dairy products, harming Western New York’s dairy industry.

“Today’s announcement is proof that House Republicans under President Trump’s leadership are getting our nation back on track and standing up for American interests,” said Collins. “President Trump has stood with Western New York’s dairy farmers to protect this industry and make sure American farmers are being treated fairly. The USMCA is a big win for Western New York and I applaud the President’s hard work.”

Collins has fought to end Canada’s unfair Class 7 pricing program, which has severely impacted New York dairy farmers. Under USMCA, Canada has agreed to eliminate this program in order to level the playing field between the U.S. and Canada while allowing our dairy producers the ability to expand sales overseas.

Outside of the dairy industry, this trade agreement will increase the production of American goods and services. The agreement requires that 75 percent of auto content be produced in North America and makes critical reforms that will boost autoworkers’ wages. Additionally, the USMCA includes strong labor provisions that prioritize and protect American manufacturing jobs.

Furthermore, the agreement provides strong protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights. This includes 10 years of data protection for biologic drugs and a large scope of products eligible for protection. These reforms are critical to driving innovation, creating economic growth, and supporting American jobs. 

Collins added: “President Trump is fulfilling his campaign promises and Republicans in Congress are eager to keep working with the White House to Make America Great Again.” 

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Statement from Congressman Chris Collins

2018/08/11

"Democrats are laser focused on taking back the House, electing Nancy Pelosi Speaker and then launching impeachment proceedings against President Trump. They would like nothing more than to elect an 'Impeach Trump' Democrat in this District, which is something that neither our country or my party can afford.  

After extensive discussions with my family and my friends over the last few days, I have decided that it is in the best interests of the constituents of NY-27, the Republican Party and President Trump’s agenda for me to suspend my campaign for re-election to Congress.  

I will fill out the remaining few months of my term to assure that our community maintains its vote in Congress to support President Trump’s agenda to create jobs, eliminate regulations, reduce the size of government, address immigration and lower taxes.

I will also continue to fight the meritless charges brought against me and I look forward to having my good name cleared of any wrongdoing.”

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Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) Speaks on H.R. 4372, June 21, 2016

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Congressman Collins Questions HSS Secretary Burwell

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Congressman Chris Collins Energy and Commerce Committee

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Congressman Chris Collins Speaks on H.R. 5078, September 9, 2014

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Congressman Chris Collins Speech on the 122nd anniversary of The Pledge of Allegiance

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Congressman Chris Collins Questions EPA Deputy Administrator

2014-07-30 21:09:40


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Congressman Chris Collins Speaks on H.R. 5031, the STEM Education Act

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Congressman Collins Expresses Concerns on WGRZ Over Housing Undocumented Immigrants in New York

2014-06-26 17:18:47


Congressman Chris Collins Addresses the House on Need for Newborn Screening Legislation

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Congressman Chris Collins Accountability for Veterans Speech

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Congressman Chris Collins WROC Interview June 6, 2014

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Contact Information

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Washington, DC 20515
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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