Read our 2016 Report Card for Higgins.
Our unique analysis of the bills Higgins has sponsored and cosponsored provides insight into his position in the House of Representatives.
Each dot in the chart below is a member of the House of Representatives. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Higgins is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)
Brian Higgins sits on the following committees:
Higgins was the primary sponsor of 4 bills that were enacted:
- H.R. 3556 (112th): To designate the new United States courthouse in Buffalo, New York, as the “Robert H. Jackson United States Courthouse”.
- H.R. 918 (111th): To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 300 East 3rd Street in Jamestown, New York, as the “Stan Lundine Post Office Building”.
- H.R. 6318 (110th): To designate a portion of United States Route 20A, located in Orchard Park, New York, as the “Timothy J. Russert Highway”.
- H.R. 3339 (109th): To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 2061 South Park Avenue in Buffalo, New York, as the “James T. Molloy Post Office ...
We consider a bill enacted if it is enacted or if about one third or more of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted, as determined by an automated text analysis.
Higgins sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Armed Forces and National Security (17%) Health (17%) International Affairs (14%) Government Operations and Politics (14%) Social Welfare (10%) Transportation and Public Works (10%) Law (10%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (7%)
Some of Higgins’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 5066 (114th): United States-Israel Maritime Security Partnership Act of 2016
- H.R. 4304 (114th): Nuclear Worker Residual Contaminations Compensation Act
- H.R. 4159 (114th): Access to Military Service Records Act of 2015
- H.R. 3852 (114th): To direct the Secretary of Energy to conduct a study on the ...
- H.R. 3350 (114th): Know the CBRN Terrorism Threats to Transportation Act
- H.R. 3203 (114th): Vacant Homes Act of 2015
- H.R. 2855 (114th): Veterans Education Flexibility Act
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H.R. 2048: Uniting and Strengthening America by Fulfilling Rights and Ensuring Effective Discipline Over Monitoring Act of 2015
May 13, 2015. Passed 338/88.
The USA Freedom Act (H.R. 2048, Pub.L. 114–23) is a U.S. law enacted on June 2, 2015 that restored in modified form several provisions of the Patriot Act, which had expired the day before. The act imposes some new limits on the bulk collection of ...
H.R. 83 (113th): Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015
Dec 11, 2014. Passed 219/206.
This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 [pdf], which was approved by the House on December 11, 2014 and by the Senate on December 13, 2014. The bill was originally introduced on January 3, 2013 by ...
H.J.Res. 124 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015
Sep 17, 2014. Passed 319/108.
H.R. 4414 (113th): Expatriate Health Coverage Clarification Act of 2014
Apr 9, 2014. Failed 257/159.
H.R. 4628 (112th): Interest Rate Reduction Act
Apr 27, 2012. Passed 215/195.
H.R. 3521 (112th): Expedited Legislative Line-Item Veto and Rescissions Act of 2012
Feb 8, 2012. Passed 254/173.
H.R. 1249 (112th): Leahy-Smith America Invents Act
Jun 23, 2011. Passed 304/117.
The Leahy–Smith America Invents Act (AIA) is a United States federal statute that was passed by Congress and was signed into law by President Barack Obama on September 16, 2011. The law represents the most significant change to the U.S. patent system since 1952, and ...
H.R. 1908 (110th): Patent Reform Act of 2007
Sep 7, 2007. Passed 220/175.
From Jan 2005 to Feb 2017, Higgins missed 390 of 8,974 roll call votes, which is 4.3%. This is much worse than the median of 2.1% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. ProPublica has tracked 130 explanations for these missed votes. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
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