Chris Collins

Chris Collins

NEW YORK's 27th DISTRICT

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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Statement from Jonathan Barr and Jonathan New, Baker Hostetler

2018/08/08

"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."

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Collins Announces $523,000 in USDA Funding for Town of Springwater

2018/07/31

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.

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 Announces Funding to Improve Two Area Airports

2018/07/27

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.

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Congressman Chris Collins Announces $84,202 in AFG Grant Funding for the Olcott Fire Company

2018/07/27

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.

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Collins Applauds USDA Emergency Aid for Farmers Impacted by Unjustified Retaliation

2018/07/24

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.”

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Collins Introduces Legislation to Address 9-1-1 Fee Diversion

2018/07/19

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.

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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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Contact Information

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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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