en Collins votes for Keystone pipeline <p><em>Statement from Rep. Chris Collins:</em></p> <p class="rteindent1">&ldquo;Achieving energy independence is vital for our nation&rsquo;s economic growth and national security,&rdquo; Congressman Collins said. &ldquo;For the past six years, the President&rsquo;s Administration has hidden behind political motives to delay a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline. While the Obama Administration and Senate Democrats have delayed, the American people have missed out on the thousands of jobs and lower energy costs that would be created by approval of the pipeline.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;As November&rsquo;s elections results prove, Americans want economic growth and jobs now, and House Republicans are taking a major step towards those goals. It is time for the President and Senate Democrats to put aside their punitive political agenda and harness our nation&rsquo;s energy potential.&rdquo;</p> chris collins NY-27 Fri, 14 Nov 2014 18:59:52 +0000 Howard B. Owens 45491 at Statement from Chris Collins on winning re-election <p><em>Press release:</em></p> <p class="rteindent1">Congressman Chris Collins tonight released the following statement announcing his successful reelection as New York&rsquo;s 27th District Congressional Representative.</p> <p class="rteindent1">&ldquo;I am honored and humbled to again be elected by the hardworking people of New York&rsquo;s 27th District,&rdquo; Congressman Collins said.</p> <p class="rteindent1">&ldquo;Voters across America made a clear choice today about the direction in which they want our country to move. Here in the 27th District of New York, like many places across our country, people have chosen to be represented by individuals who believe that job creation and economic growth should be spurred by the private sector, that big government is not good government, and that elected leaders should stand behind the principles they campaign on.</p> <p class="rteindent1">&ldquo;I look forward to building on this nationwide momentum. My focus will remain on the issues that my constituents care about such as ensuring our veterans have the resources they deserve, fighting to reduce burdensome government regulations that negatively impact our farmers and small business owners, protecting Medicare benefits for our seniors, and reducing taxes to keep more money in individual&rsquo;s pockets.</p> <p class="rteindent1">&ldquo;I want to thank our hundreds of volunteers, our donors and most of all the voters. I would not be here without their strong support. Additionally, I want to thank my opponent, Jim O&rsquo;Donnell for his service to our community and wish him the best going forward.&rdquo;</p> chris collins election NY-27 Wed, 05 Nov 2014 04:36:12 +0000 Howard B. Owens 45385 at Collins honored by Farm Bureau for effort to ditch new EPA waterway rule <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-4/collinspostfarmsoct212014.jpg" /></p> <p>Rep. Chris Collins was honored today by the American Farm Bureau for his efforts on behalf of the agriculture community, not only in Genesee County and New York, but throughout the United States.</p> <p>Collins spearheaded an effort to get the EPA to back off waterway rule changes that farmers -- and others -- say will drive up the cost of business, if not put them out of business.</p> <p>It&#39;s a top legislative priority of the Farm Bureau, said New York bureau President Dean Norton, to convince the EPA to &quot;ditch the rule,&quot; which he says would change the definition of navigable waterways to include small ditches and puddles, which are common on farms.</p> <p>Norton presented Collins with an award from the Farm Bureau at a gathering at Post Farms in Elba.</p> <p>Jeff Post thanked Collins for taking up the cause.</p> <p>&quot;If you look across the back of our farm, which we&#39;ve been farming for 100 years, we have a lot of ground that would fall into the rule to be permitted,&quot; Post said. &quot;It would have a large impact on a small producer like us.&quot;</p> <p>At the urging of Norton, Collins took up the cause with the goal of getting 100 members of Congress to sign a letter urging the EPA to ditch the rule. Collins had 100 signers in a week. In another week, Norton said, he had 200. Eventually, 240 members of Congress, Republicans and Democrats signed the letter.</p> <p>&quot;This goes to show you just how flawed the rule is,&quot; Norton said. &quot;Then when you have other organizations like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce coming out and saying, &#39;ditch the rule,&#39; and when you have the small business administration telling their partner agency, &#39;you need to rewrite this thing, it&#39;s really flawed,&#39; it tells you it is flawed.&quot;</p> <p>Collins also said the fact the letter would garner such bipartisan support shows how seriously off track the EPA has gotten on the proposed rule change.</p> <p>&quot;I was able to get majority of Congress,&nbsp;which is very hard to do today, Republicans and Democrats alike, over 240 members, to send a letter to the administrator to the EPA asking, demanding, that they withdraw the rule and start over,&quot; Collins said. &quot;There was too much ambiguity, too much worry in a rule that was out for comment.&quot;</p> <p>In a hearing, Collins said, a deputy at the EPA &quot;effectively admitted&quot; that the proposed rule is flawed. The official said the comment period, which has been extended again, to Nov. 15, is designed to give the EPA information to fix any flaws in the rule.</p> <p><span>&quot;They said, we can fix it after the comments are done,&quot; Collins said. &quot;My comment to them was, &#39;we don&#39;t trust you. No one trusts you. The public doesn&#39;t trust you. Farmers don&#39;t trust you. Congress doesn&#39;t trust you not to overreach yet again.&#39; &quot;</span></p> <p><span><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-4/collinspostfarmsoct212014-2.jpg" /></span></p> <p><em>Collins, left, Post and Norton.</em></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-4/collinspostfarmsoct212014-3.jpg" /></p> agriculture chris collins EPA NY-27 Tue, 21 Oct 2014 21:00:19 +0000 Howard B. Owens 45184 at Collins earns NRA endorsement, A rating for defense of Second Amendment <p><em>Press release:</em></p> <p>Today, Congressman Chris Collins (R-NY) announced he earned the endorsement of the National Rifle Association and received an A Rating from the organization.</p> <p>&quot;Western New Yorkers&#39; Second Amendment Rights have been under constant assault by President Obama and Governor Cuomo. I have fought every day to stand up to their unconstitutional assault on our freedoms, and I am humbled to receive the endorsement of the NRA,&quot; Congressman Collins said.</p> <p>In addition to receiving the NRA&rsquo;s official endorsement, Congressman Collins earned an A grade from the group. He has also been a staunch supporter of Second Amendment Rights and has sponsored legislation to protect gun owners, including H.R. 3933, the Protecting Gun Owners in Bankruptcy Act of 2014.</p> <p>&ldquo;My father taught me the lessons of responsible gun ownership and I know that is a story shared by many NY-27 residents and gun owners all across America. I want that opportunity to be available to future generations, which is why I will continue to support New Yorkers&rsquo; fundamental right to bear arms.&rdquo;</p> chris collins Fri, 03 Oct 2014 16:26:42 +0000 Billie Owens 44952 at Collins secures grants for three airports, including Le Roy <p><em>Press release:</em></p> <p class="rteindent1">Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today announced $675,699 in federal funding from the Federal Aviation Administration for three local airports. Akron Airport received $222,402 for runway repairs. Buffalo-Lancaster Regional Airport received $150,726 for removal of existing on-airport obstructions to a runway. And Le Roy Airport received $302,571 to upgrade its lighting and beacon systems.</p> <p class="rteindent1">&ldquo;Supporting local governments by maintaining, repairing and building critical infrastructure is a beneficial use of federal tax dollars,&rdquo; Congressman Collins said. &ldquo;Providing these local airports the necessary funding for a variety of improvements will allow for more efficient and safer airport operations. Continued investment in local infrastructure is necessary to ensure that valuable economic assets like local airports can continue to grow and successfully operate.&rdquo;</p> <p class="rteindent1">&ldquo;Le Roy Airport is a &lsquo;state-of-the-art&rsquo; &lsquo;reliever airport&rsquo; for the Greater Rochester International Airport,&rdquo; said Raymond Detor Jr., president of Le Roy Aviation Services, Inc. &ldquo;Le Roy Airport will be accepting a grant from the Federal Aviation Administration and New York State Department of Transportation to upgrade taxiway lighting, wind direction indicators, Precision Approach Path Indicator (PAPIP), and various other lighting upgrades.&rdquo;</p> <p class="rteindent1">The Congressman&rsquo;s office remains available to assist any local government pursuing a federal grant.</p> chris collins Le Roy NY-27 Fri, 19 Sep 2014 17:19:07 +0000 Howard B. Owens 44732 at Collins supports Obama on ISIS plans <p><em>Press release:</em></p> <p class="rteindent1">Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) released the following statement after the President&rsquo;s address laying out his strategy to eliminate the ISIS threat.</p> <p class="rteindent1"><span>&ldquo;It is clear, we cannot allow for the same mistakes that have gotten us into this situation,&rdquo; Congressman Collins said. &ldquo;The current events in Iraq and Syria prove the absence of American leadership enables and emboldens our enemies, and puts our country and citizens at risk. I fully support actions to eliminate the threat posed by ISIS and protect our citizens at home and abroad.&rdquo;</span></p> chris collins NY-27 Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:22:40 +0000 Howard B. Owens 44604 at Collins releases statement on passage of bill limiting EPA on water regulation changes <p><em>Press release:</em></p> <p class="rteindent1">Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) released the following statement today on the passage of H.R. 5078, the Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act, which would&nbsp;prevent the EPA and the Army Corp of Engineers from implementing the proposed rule that would redefine &ldquo;waters of the United States&rdquo; under the Clean Water Act.</p> <p class="rteindent1">&ldquo;Redefining the scope of &lsquo;waters of the United States&rsquo; is a dangerous expansion of government authority,&rdquo; Congressman Collins said. &ldquo;I have heard from many farmers and small business owners in my district who believe the EPA and Army Corp of Engineers rule will have a devastating effect on their productivity and ability to stay in business. In May, I led a bipartisan letter with Rep. Schrader of Oregon, signed by a majority of the House, asking the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers to withdraw this overreaching rule. The passage of today&rsquo;s legislation will ensure that this rule is withdrawn and our farmers and small business owners will be protected.&rdquo;</p> agriculture chris collins NY-27 Tue, 09 Sep 2014 21:49:38 +0000 Howard B. Owens 44577 at Collins tours Graham Corp. in Batavia <p><em>Press release:</em></p> <p class="rteindent1">Congressman Chris Collins (R-NY-27) visited Graham Corporation in Batavia to see firsthand the skilled jobs and business that the production of Navy aircraft carriers brings to the region. Graham Corporation builds and supplies main condensers and air ejectors for Navy aircraft carriers.</p> <p class="rteindent1">Graham Corporation is part of a vital defense industrial base consisting of more than 2,000 small, mid-sized, and large businesses from 43 states that provides parts and services for Navy aircraft carriers.</p> <p class="rteindent1">During his tour, Congressman Collins met with the employees at Graham Corporation to discuss the unique skills they contribute to the industrial base that supplies parts to the Navy aircraft carrier program.</p> <p class="rteindent1">&ldquo;It was an honor meeting the employees at Graham and learning about their vital work constructing components for our Navy&rsquo;s aircraft carriers,&rdquo; Congressman Collins said. &ldquo;Local businesses like Graham are essential to maintaining economic growth and good-paying job opportunities here in Western New York, while ensuring our nation&rsquo;s national security. It was great to see firsthand how the skilled work happening here in Batavia contributes to our Navy&rsquo;s strength around the world.&rdquo;</p> <p class="rteindent1">&ldquo;Building new carriers every five years and undertaking maintenance on a regular schedule preserves the fleet at its required operational level of 11 carriers and keeps the industrial base sustainable and strong. Today we got the opportunity to talk with Congressman Collins about why it is so critical to our local jobs and businesses and our national security,&rdquo; said Ken Salphine, manager of Marine &amp; Nuclear Products at Graham Corporation.</p> batavia business chris collins graham corp. NY-27 Thu, 28 Aug 2014 18:26:51 +0000 Howard B. Owens 44394 at Collins secures $135K in funding for Genesee County Airport <p><em>Press release:</em></p> <p class="rteindent1">Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today announced $135,000 in federal funding from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for Genesee County Airport. Specifically, the grant will fund the design phase to remove obstructions in a portion of the airport&rsquo;s runway.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Supporting local governments with the cost of maintaining, repairing and building critical infrastructure is an appropriate use of federal tax dollars,&rdquo; Congressman Collins said. &ldquo;Local taxpayers send too much of their hard-earned money to Washington, and it is only proper that we get a share of it back to assist with projects that are important to our local communities.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> The Congressman&rsquo;s office remains available to assist any local governments pursuing a federal grant.</p> chris collins genesee county airport NY-27 Fri, 15 Aug 2014 20:38:53 +0000 Howard B. Owens 44203 at Collins announces funding for volunteer fire departments, including Bergen <p><em>Press release:</em></p> <p class="rteindent1">Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today announced $118,137 in federal funding for three local fire companies. The local fire companies are the Depew Fire Department, the Bergen Fire Department, and the Upper Mountain Fire Company. The grants were allocated through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG), which is designed to help first responders improve their capability to respond to fires and emergencies of all types.</p> <p class="rteindent1">&ldquo;Providing the necessary funding for our first responders is an excellent use of federal resources,&rdquo; Congressman Chris Collins said. &ldquo;Our local heroes need the proper resources to do their jobs and protect our communities. Many small fire companies are unable to purchase necessary equipment upgrades due to financial limitations. This funding will provide new breathing apparatus, nozzles and hoses, equipment to prepare for chemical fires and hydraulic rescue tools creating more efficient and effective first responders. I am proud I was able to help secure this money.&rdquo;</p> <p class="rteindent1">Specifically, the funding will be used to purchase a new Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) filling station for Bergen Fire Department. Depew Fire Company will use the funds to replace aging hoses and nozzles, some of which have not been upgraded since the 1960s, and purchase foam educators to better prepare for chemical fires. Upper Mountain Fire Company will purchase hydraulic rescue tools.</p> bergen chris collins NY-27 Fri, 08 Aug 2014 17:06:44 +0000 Howard B. Owens 44070 at Congressman Collins announces $630,000 grant for construction at county airport <p><em>Press release:</em></p> <p>Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) announced $630,000 in federal funding from the Federal Aviation Administration for the Genesee County Airport. The grant will fund the construction for approximately 700 linear feet of taxi lane necessary to provide access to the new T-hangar areas at the airport.</p> <p>&ldquo;Supporting local governments with the cost of maintaining, repairing and building critical infrastructure is an appropriate use of federal tax dollars,&rdquo; Congressman Collins said. &ldquo;Local taxpayers send a lot of their hard-earned money to Washington and it is only proper that we get a share of it back to assist with projects that are important to our local communities.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;The grant not only supports local construction jobs, but it allows for the construction of the aprons that are needed to erect additional facilities necessary to address Genesee County&#39;s long-standing waiting list for hangars,&rdquo; said Timothy J. Hens, Superintendent for the Genesee County Highway Department. &ldquo;More hangars means more activity at the airport, which is good for the county, and good for the businesses based at and around the airport.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Congressman&rsquo;s office remains available to assist any local government pursuing a federal grant.</p> chris collins Genesee County Airport Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:43:58 +0000 Billie Owens 43832 at Rep. Collins calls proposed EPA rules on waterways 'overreach,' a burden on agriculture <p><em>Press release:</em></p> <p class="rteindent1">Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today questioned Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Deputy Administrator, Honorable Robert W. Perciasepe, at a Science, Space, and Technology Committee hearing on the EPA&rsquo;s overreaching rule proposal entitled &ldquo;Definition of the &lsquo;Waters of the United States&rsquo; Under the Clean Water Act.&rdquo;</p> <p class="rteindent1">&ldquo;The problem is the public doesn&#39;t trust the EPA, farmers don&#39;t trust the EPA not to overreach, Congress doesn&#39;t trust the EPA,&rdquo; said Congressman Collins during today&rsquo;s hearing.</p> <p class="rteindent1">&ldquo;Deputy Administrator Perciasepe and the EPA fail to recognize that their agency&rsquo;s overreach is causing real harm for farmers and stalling business development across our country,&rdquo; Congressman Collins said. &ldquo;When I visit with farmers in my district, the heavy burdens under the Clean Water Act come up each and every time. When the bureaucrats at the EPA decide to call a divot in the ground that fills with rain a &lsquo;navigable waterway&rsquo; under the CWA, we know our federal government has run amuck. The fact that the EPA and U.S. Army Corp of Engineers are now looking to formally broaden the definition of &lsquo;navigable waters&rsquo; is an insult to hard working farmers all across this country.&rdquo;</p> <p><object type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="479" height="400" data=""> <param name="movie" value="" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /> </object> </p> agriculture chris collins environment NY-27 Wed, 09 Jul 2014 20:31:09 +0000 Howard B. Owens 43590 at Collins hails Hobby Lobby ruling <p><em>Press release:</em></p> <p class="rteindent1">Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today released the following statement on the Supreme Court&rsquo;s decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. (formerly Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.).</p> <p class="rteindent1">&ldquo;The Supreme Court&rsquo;s ruling today is a victory for our First Amendment rights and the free exercise of religious beliefs,&rdquo; Congressman Collins said. &ldquo;Obamacare&rsquo;s contraceptive mandate is an intrusion on the religious freedoms of private employers, and was decided to be what many of us expected: unconstitutional. The Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., case is another example of this Administration&rsquo;s hubris and extreme overreach into every corner of our lives.&rdquo;</p> chris collins NY-27 Obamacare Mon, 30 Jun 2014 15:14:59 +0000 Howard B. Owens 43455 at Collins says FDA's proposed new cheese rules stink <p><em>Press release:</em></p> <p class="rteindent1">Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today is blasting a proposal by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that will significantly hurt the local cheese industry. The FDA is contemplating banning cheese makers from the centuries-old practice of aging cheese on wooden boards. This process is commonplace among artisan cheese makers operating across New York&rsquo;s 27th&nbsp;Congressional District.</p> <p class="rteindent1">&ldquo;This is just the latest example of a federal government hell-bent on regulating everything it can get its hands on,&rdquo; Congressman Collins said. &ldquo;The process of aging cheese on wood boards is older than the federal government itself. Once again, the bureaucrats in Washington who are totally out of touch with the real world are arbitrarily introducing new rules and regulations that will hurt local economies, cost people their jobs, and stall business growth.&rdquo;</p> <p class="rteindent1">Approximately 15 to 20 percent of the cheese made by Yancey&#39;s Fancy in Pembroke, NY, (Genesee County) is aged on wooden boards. The company recently announced a major expansion aimed at increasing production of the very cheeses aged through the process targeted by the FDA. The company currently employs 120 people.</p> <p class="rteindent1">&ldquo;The proposal that FDA has made to ban the use of wood for curing cheese will negatively impact our plans to grow the natural side of our specialty cheese business,&rdquo; said&nbsp;Brian Bailey, VP of Operations for Yancey&#39;s Fancy. &ldquo;My understanding is that the rule was going forward without any discussion with the cheese industry, and apparently without any consideration to the impact that such a ruling would have.</p> <p class="rteindent1">&quot;There is a far greater tonnage of cheese imported into the United States that is cured on wood than what is made in the United States, yet I haven&rsquo;t heard of any ruling to address that issue either. There is plenty of science that supports wood as a safe material for curing cheese but I&rsquo;ve seen no evidence to date that science has been considered...Producing safe, quality food is as much our mission and goal as it is FDA&rsquo;s. Our existence depends on it.&rdquo;</p> <p class="rteindent1">Congressman Collins is sending a letter to the FDA encouraging them to abandon this proposal immediately. A significant amount of cheese imported from abroad is aged on wood boards and currently not subject to FDA&rsquo;s scrutiny of this particular aging process. In reacting to the proposal, American cheese makers said the FDA was not acting on sound science or law.</p> business chris collins NY-27 Thu, 12 Jun 2014 21:52:09 +0000 Howard B. Owens 43210 at Collins lauds selection of Pembroke for location of new veterans cemetery <p><em>Press release:</em></p> <p class="rteindent1">&quot;For too long, Western New York&#39;s veterans have been denied the honor of being laid to rest among their fellow heroes right here in our community,&quot; Congressman Chris Collins said. &quot;Today&#39;s announcement of a veterans&rsquo; cemetery in Pembroke finally rights that wrong. This location will allow veterans from all around our region to be properly and locally honored for their service to this country.&quot;</p> <p class="rteindent1">Background: The VA has selected a 132-acre parcel on Indian Falls Road in the Town of Pembroke (Genesee County) as home for the long-anticipated Western New York Veterans&rsquo; Cemetery. Currently, the closest veterans&rsquo; cemetery is located in Bath, approximately 100 miles away. &nbsp;</p> <p><em>Press release from Sen. Charles Schumer&#39;s office after the jump:</em></p><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> chris collins NY-27 pembroke veterans Thu, 29 May 2014 20:45:23 +0000 Howard B. Owens 42976 at