Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today announced the endorsement of the Federation of Republican Women represented in New York’s 27th Congressional District. New York’s 27th Congressional District includes 105 towns spread across Erie, Niagara, Orleans, Genesee, Wyoming, Livingston, Ontario and Monroe counties.
“I am proud to be a strong advocate for women throughout Western New York and the country," Collins said. "The Federation of Republican Women is a model organization working to ensure our conservative principles are represented in government. I am honored to have their support and will continue to fight for the best interest of all women."
The NY-27 Chapters of the Federation of Republican Women lauded Congressman Collins for his continued support of legislation that upholds Conservative values and his strong advocacy on the issues impacting women throughout the country.
“Western New York needs dedicated leaders who work to make our community a better place to live, work and raise a family,” said Kim Bowers, president of the Erie County Federation of Republican Women and Director of the 8th Judicial District.
“The five counties that represent a large portion of the 8th judicial district (Erie, Niagara, Wyoming, Genesee and Orleans counties) are proud to endorse Congressman Collins who is committed to putting forth smart policies that continue to help Western New York grow and prosper for years to come.”
"We need strong leaders that are willing to take a stand on issues that impact the Upstate New York region," said Trisha Turner, president of the Ontario County Women's Republican Club and Ontario County Chairwoman. “Congressman Collins is a tremendous advocate for the Finger Lakes region, and represents our values well in Washington."
The National Federation of Republican Women works to empower women of all backgrounds in the political process and seeks to promote the principles, objectives, and policies of the Republican Party. Since 1983, the National Federation of Republican Women has been one of the largest grassroots political organizations in the country.
In Congress, Congressman Collins has voted in support of a number of legislative items impacting women throughout the United States, including:
- Voted to Support S.47, the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) in the 113th Congress (Signed into law on March 7, 2013)
Reauthorizes federal funds to be used in the investigation and prosecution of violent crimes against women.
- Cosponsored and voted to support H.R. 2722, the Breast Cancer Awareness Commemorative Coin Act (Signed into law on April 29, 2016)
Directs the Department of the Treasury to mint special breast cancer coins, with proceeds going to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
- Voted to support H.R. 5578, the Survivors’ Bill of Rights Act of 2016 (Signed into law on October 7, 2016).
Ensures sexual assault and rape victims have the following rights: (1) to have their rape kits and other evidence preserved for the length of the statute of limitations of the crime, (2) the right to request the rape kit be kept on file for a longer period of time, and (3) the right to be notified of any and all test results that may come from a rape kit.
- Cosponsor of H.R. 1197, the Accelerating the End of Breast Cancer Act of 2015
Directs the President to establish a commission to accelerate the end of breast cancer. This legislation would allow for the following: (1) the ability to identify opportunities and ideas within both the public and private sector that are key components in achieving the end of breast cancer, (2) recommends projects to leverage these opportunities, and (3) ensures that the federal governments’ various activities are coordinated and non-duplicative.
Both the Congressman and members of his staff have worked closely with patient-advocates from the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester to ensure this legislation is given the attention it deserves.
- Cosponsor of H.R. 2540, the Breast Cancer Education Act of 2015
Directs the Department of Health and Human Services to provide for both the planning and implementation of an education campaign to inform breast cancer patients anticipating surgery about the availability and coverage of breast reconstruction, prostheses, and other available options. This legislation primarily focuses on informing patients who are members of racial and ethnic minority groups of the resources listed above.
- Cosponsor of H.R. 3339, the Protecting Access to Lifesaving Screenings Act
Preserves Medicare coverage for mammography screening for women over the age of 40.
(In 2009, the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force had changed its recommendation that women between the ages of 40-49 years old should not receive an annual mammogram.
- Cosponsor of H.R. 1340, the International Violence Against Women Act of 2015
Directs the Secretary of State to establish an Office of Global Women’s Issues to fight gender-based violence throughout the world.
- Voted to fund $1.1Billion to combat the Zika virus
Allocated priority funding for mothers due to the potential microcephaly risk.
- Requested that the Appropriations Committee requests funding for Breast and Ovarian Cancer research through the Department of Defense.
- Supported the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority’s application to receive grant funding that would fund programs to encourage access to prenatal care for low-income families.
Congressman Collins was elected in 2012 and reelected in 2014 to represent the 27th District of New York.