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Slaughter Pleased with Tax Cut, Says it was a 'Shameful Way of Doing Business'

Slaughter Pleased with Tax Cut, Says it was a 'Shameful Way of Doing Business'

A Press Release from the Office of Congresswoman Louise Slaughter 

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-28), Ranking Member of the House Rules Committee, today released the following statement after House Republicans agreed to pass a two-month extension of the payroll-tax cut and unemployment insurance. The agreement will provide tax relief for 160 million Americans, and extend unemployment insurance for 2.2 million Americans.

“We should have given Americans a tax cut on Monday, when we were all in town and prepared to send this bill to the President. Instead we got dangerous theatrics. It’s a shameful way of doing business. But I am pleased to see that we are moving ahead with this tax cut for middle class families, reimbursement for doctors, and vital unemployment insurance to Americans during this holiday season.”

Pray for Peace Day: Dec. 18: Aman ki Asha

Pray for Peace Day: Dec. 18: Aman ki Asha

On December 18, wherever you are in the world, take out just thirty seconds to Pray for Peace Between India and Pakistan.

"Peace between India and Pakistan has been stubbornly elusive and yet tantalizingly inevitable. This vast subcontinent senses the bounties a peace dividend can deliver to its people yet it recoils from claiming a share.

The natural impulse would be to break out of the straitjacket of stated positions and embrace an ideal that promises sustained prosperity to the region, yet there is hesitation. 

2011 Election Results: City of Buffalo

2011 Election Results: City of Buffalo

CITY COURT JUDGE (10 Year Term)

Robert Russell, Jr.                26%                    34,398

Susan Eagan                         23%                    31,747

Joseph Fiorella                      23%                    31,731

Higgins Visits Applied Sciences Group

Higgins Visits Applied Sciences Group

Cheektowaga Small Business Growing Rapidly through Innovation

This week Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) continued his tour of local businesses with a stop at Applied Sciences Group (ASG) in Cheektowaga.  During his visit, the Congressman met with ASG President Paul Buckley and the talented team of ASG engineers, managers and scientists.

“The innovative work happening right here at Applied Sciences Group is supporting efficient production at dozens of other companies across Western New York and benefiting returning veterans across the country,” said Higgins.  “This cutting-edge work has allowed them to expand in the past and provides great opportunities for growth moving forward.”

New Data on Unsheltered Homeless in Erie County

New Data on Unsheltered Homeless in Erie County

The Homeless Alliance of WNY in partnership with the WNY Coalition for the Homeless conducted a survey of the unsheltered homeless in Erie County on October 14th and 15th.  Over 25 trained outreach workers and Homeless Alliance staff conducted the surveys in known homeless camps throughout the city, soup kitchens, and Harbor House.

135 people were found to be living in conditions not meant for human habitation.  Because of weather conditions during the survey time period, it is estimated that there is a minimum of another 100 people who were not counted.  Our estimate is that there are at least 250 people living in conditions not meant for human habitation.

Higgins, Kennedy Take Action to Stop Prescription Drug Abuse

Higgins, Kennedy Take Action to Stop Prescription Drug Abuse

Congressman, Senator join Avi and Julie Israel, other local advocates to encourage Western New Yorkers to fight the epidemic

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) and N.Y. State Senator Timothy M. Kennedy (58th District) announced actions they are taking to address the growing epidemic of prescription drug abuse. This announcement comes just days after U.S. Attorney William Hochul and N.Y. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman hosted a summit calling for action to fight the prescription painkiller problem and as the nation kicks off Red Ribbon week (October 23-31) an annual anti-drug awareness campaign.

Nearly 100 Members Join Higgins, Slaughter, Hochul, Reed in Fight for Action on Aviation Safety

Directive on Pilot Fatigue Now Two Months Overdue

Congressmembers Brian Higgins (NY-27), Jean Schmidt (OH-2), Louise Slaughter (NY-28), Kathy Hochul (NY-26), and Tom Reed (NY-29) are continuing to keep up the pressure on completion of a federal aviation safety rule, now over two months delayed, and nearly 100 members of the House of Representatives are joining them in pushing for the rule to directly address issues related to pilot fatigue.    

“We are now 963 days past the horrific crash of Flight 3407 and with each tick of the clock without new pilot fatigue rules in place thousands of lives are put at risk,” said Congressman Higgins.   “Together we are sending a strong message that we can’t afford to put flight safety on standby.”