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.
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.”
"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.”
"We will answer the charges filed against Congressman Collins in Court and will mount a vigorous defense to clear his good name. It is notable that even the government does not allege that Congressman Collins traded a single share of Innate Therapeutics stock. We are confident he will be completely vindicated and exonerated.
Congressman Collins will have more to say on this issue later today."Read More
WILLIAMSVILLE, NY – Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) announced rural development loans and grants to the Town of Springwater totaling $523,000. The funding was approved by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and will be used to upgrade the local sewer system to meet health and sanitary standards for the residents of the town.
“This is an essential project for the residents of Springwater,” said Collins. “These necessary upgrades to aging infrastructure will ensure safe, clean, and accessible water for the residents of Springwater. I am pleased to see the Trump Administration has kept its promise to support rural communities.”
The town of Springwater will receive a $356,000 loan and a $167,000 grant.
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.
WILLIAMSVILLE, NY – Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has allocated $344,475 in funding to improve the Canandaigua Airport and Perry-Warsaw Airport. The improvements will ensure the longevity of the airports’ infrastructure.
“This is welcome news for Canandaigua and Perry to improve the safety and service of their airports,” said Collins. “Both of these projects will make important improvements to keep these airports functional and able to provide essential service to the community.”
The Canandaigua airport will receive $112,500 to conduct an environmental study to evaluate any potential environmental impacts related to the proposed obstruction removal project.
The Perry-Warsaw Airport will receive $ 231,975 in funding for construction to install an automated weather observing system. The system will enhance the safety and efficiency of aircraft operations at the airport by providing accurate, current and site-specific weather information.
The Congressman’s office remains available to assist any local government pursuing a federal grant.
WILLIAMSVILLE, NY – Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today announced $84,202 in federal funding for the Olcott Fire Company. The grant was awarded through the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program, which is designed to help first responders improve their capability to respond to fires and emergencies of all types.
“Our communities are fortunate to have brave men and women who risk their lives in order to help save others,” said Collins. “The Olcott Fire Company is very deserving of this grant to purchase new gear to make sure their firefighters are protected while on the job. This is an excellent use of funding and I thank the Olcott Fire Company for the selfless service they provide to their community.”
The Olcott Fire Company will use this $84,202 federal grant to improve operations and safety by purchasing new turnout gear. This gear plays a key role in protecting firefighters while in the line of duty.
“Olcott Fire Company would like to extend our deepest gratitude to Congressman Collins for the AFG Grant and his continued support to the volunteer fire companies,” said Olcott Fire Chief Stephen Miller. “The fire company will be utilizing the AFG award to obtain new turnout gear for all of our members.”
The AFG Grant Program provides direct funding assistance to fire departments, State Fire Training Academies, and non-affiliated EMS organizations to enhance their response capabilities and to more effectively protect the health and safety of both the public and emergency response personnel with respect to fire and all other hazards.
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) applauded the Trump Administration for providing $12 billion in aid to farmers impacted by recently imposed tariffs, with a focus on providing aid to the dairy sector in particular. Collins represents one of the nation’s largest dairy producing districts and has been an outspoken advocate for policies that strengthen the industry.
“By imposing tariffs on nations like China, President Trump is working to level the playing field between the United States and other countries that have taken advantage of us for far too long,” said Collins. “From the start, we were assured that the administration would take appropriate action to protect industries, like our nation’s agriculture industry, that may be impacted by the tariffs. Today’s announcement is a win for the dairy industry as President Trump continues to put American interests first and fight for fair trade deals.”
Unjustified retaliatory tariffs have disproportionately targeted American farmers, impacting prices and raising costs. The emergency aid will come from already authorized money from three separate programs that are administered by the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency. The USDA has broad authority to stabilize the agriculture economy during financially difficult times by purchasing excess supply.
Collins added: “As we work toward better deals that reduce our trade deficit, I support implementing policies that provide hardworking farmers with temporary assistance during this adjustment period. President Trump is a strong negotiator, and I have complete confidence in his abilities to grow our nation’s agriculture exports through competitive, long-term deals.”
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today introduced legislation that prevents states from diverting fees collected from consumers on their phone bills, which are meant to be used to improve 9-1-1 emergency communications systems. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has found that New York diverts at least 41% of 9-1-1 fees that are collected for other non-public safety related purposes. Congresswoman Anna Eshoo (CA-18) and Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07), Vice Chair of the Communications and Technology Subcommittee, co-authored the bill and have also seen 9-1-1 fee diversion in their home states.
“It is completely unacceptable that we have seen states diverting fees meant to make important and necessary improvements to emergency response systems,” said Collins. “Diverting these fees puts lives in danger, especially in rural areas. I thank Congresswoman Eshoo and Congressman Lance for their support of this legislation and their commitment to making sure all communities across the nation can achieve the highest level of safety.”
“Our 9-1-1 call centers are the first point of contact for Americans in emergency situations, but many of these call centers rely on technology that’s been in place since the time of the first 9-1-1 call 50 years ago,” said Eshoo. “9-1-1 fees collected by states should only be used to upgrade our 9-1-1 infrastructure, not diverted to the general coffers of state governments.”
“My constituents need to know that in an emergency the 9-1-1 call is going to go through,” said Lance. “Lawmakers in Trenton raided the fund set aside to improve the 9-1-1 system and left the account penniless – leaving public safety threatened and taxpayers on the hook. Members of the Communications and Technology Subcommittee are seeking to end this practice. The 911 Fee Integrity Act will empower the Federal Communications Commission to crack down on state governments that divert these funds and shortchange much needed upgrades to bring the critical 9-1-1 system into the 21st Century. And instead of further taxing New Jerseyans, Trenton should first stop diverting the existing fees from their intended use.”
Collins’ bill directs the FCC, in consultation with public safety organizations, and state, local and tribal governments, to determine the appropriate use of funds collected from consumers. Currently, states are able to set their own definition of what is a covered cost for 9-1-1 fees, which has allowed them to divert fees.
In April, Collins toured the Niagara County 9-1-1 call center with FCC Commissioner Mike O’Rielly where they called on the state of New York to stop diverting fees. Governor Cuomo has not stopped diverting fees, leading Collins to introduce the 911 Fee Integrity Act.
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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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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