Kirsten Gillibrand United States Senator for New York

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The Gillibrand Agenda

  • The American Opportunity Agenda

    The American Opportunity Agenda

    The American family and the face of the American workforce has changed significantly.We need to come up with common sense solutions to address these challenges. The American Opportunity Agenda offers five simple solutions to Empower Working Families, Reward Work and Help Businesses Compete
  • Made In America Advanced Manufacturing

    Made In America Advanced Manufacturing

    Once America’s economic powerhouse, New York’s manufacturers have struggled through one economic downturn after another. Senator Gillibrand is fighting to renew the Empire State’s proud manufacturing tradition and create new jobs specializing in high-tech and advanced manufacturing for the 21st century.
  • Emergency Radio System for First Responders

    Emergency Radio System for First Responders

    A key outstanding finding of the 9/11 Commission Report was insufficient interoperability among first responder communications systems during the attacks and rescue. Senator Gillibrand is urging Congress to pass legislation that would create a nationwide, interoperable, wireless broadband network for public safety before the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
  • Cutting Middle Class Taxes

    Cutting Middle Class Taxes

    New Yorkers pay some of the highest taxes in the nation. Senator Gillibrand helped enact sweeping tax cuts to help hardworking middle class families keep more of what they earn, and make life more affordable. In fact, Senator Gillibrand helped cut taxes for 93 percent of New Yorkers.
  • Priorities for a Strong Farm Bill

    Priorities for a Strong Farm Bill

    As Congress begins debate over the next Farm Bill, Senator Gillibrand will ensure that the voices of New York’s farmers are heard. As New York is home to over 35,000 farms that stretch across 7.1 million acres and generate over $4 billion for the state’s economy; Senator Gillibrand plans to focus on key areas of the Farm Bill that will have major influence on New York.
  • Making Washington More Accountable

    Making Washington More Accountable

    Senator Gillibrand has not been in Washington long, but it doesn’t take long to know that Washington is broken. Everyday people are not being heard because too much business is happening behind closed doors. Too often the system only benefits the special interests that have way too much power. Senator Gillibrand’s reform agenda cleans up Washington, and makes Congress more transparent and accountable.
  • Cutting Taxes to Create New Jobs

    Cutting Taxes to Create New Jobs

    2 years into the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, over 850,000 New Yorkers are jobless. Senator Gillibrand is calling for a tax credit for businesses that create new jobs - action that could create more than one million new jobs in the next year
  • Ensuring America's Competitiveness, Creating High-Tech Jobs

    Ensuring America's Competitiveness, Creating High-Tech Jobs

    8 out of the 9 fastest-growing occupations require expertise in math and science - subjects American students are behind. Senator Gillibrand's Innovation Agenda would harness New York's potential to lead in the high-tech economy, spark new industries, attract new businesses, create new jobs and restore America's competitiveness.
  • Creating Jobs for Returning Veterans

    Creating Jobs for Returning Veterans

    Unemployment among returning veterans is 14.6 percent. Senator Gillibrand is making a personal pitch to businesses: Hire a veteran and receive a tax credit. Senator Gillibrand is also working to jumpstart more veteran-owned businesses and provide relief for homeless veterans.
  • Investing in New York’s Infrastructure

    Investing in New York’s Infrastructure

    Approximately 12 percent of New York’s highway bridges are structurally deficient. 25 percent are functionally obsolete. Senator Gillibrand’s plan would make immediate upgrades to New York’s transportation infrastructure, provide long-term funding for roads and bridges, and expand broadband access and health information technology.
  • Marriage Equality

    Marriage Equality

    Marriage under the law is the foundation for strong families. Every loving, committed couple deserves the same basic human right to get married and start a family as straight couples. Senator Gillibrand believes no politician should stand in the way of a loving couple’s pursuit of happiness, and is fighting to ensure all married couples are treated equally under federal law.
  • Repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”

    Repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”

    America’s Armed Services have lost over 13,500 brave men and women, including in mission critical areas, because of the discriminatory “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy. Senator Gillibrand led the charge to repeal this policy that threatens our national security and wastes hundreds of millions in our Defense budget.
  • Fixing New York’s Dairy Crisis

    Fixing New York’s Dairy Crisis

    With more of New York’s dairy farmers forced into bankruptcy because of outdated pricing structures, Senator Gillibrand has a plan to provide immediate relief and long-term solutions to help get our dairy farmers back on track, and growing for the long term.
  • Protecting Communities by Keeping Illegal Guns Out of New York

    Protecting Communities by Keeping Illegal Guns Out of New York

    Nearly 90 percent of guns used in gun crimes in New York City come from out of state. Approximately 90 percent of these guns are illegal. Senator Gillibrand's plan cracks down on gun traffickers and their entire criminal networks, while protecting responsible, law-abiding gun owners.
  • Working to Eliminate Gang Activity in New York

    Working to Eliminate Gang Activity in New York

    As many as 50,000 gang members are threatening communities across New York. Senator Gillibrand has a broad legislative agenda to crack down on gangs, help communities fight the lure of gangs, and keep children and families safe.
  • Improving Treatment for Recent Veterans Suffering from PTSD & TBI

    Improving Treatment for Recent Veterans Suffering from PTSD & TBI

    Thousands of New York veterans are returning from Iraq and Afghanistan suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injuries, with often minimal resources for treatment. Senator Gillibrand’s agenda improves monitoring and treatment for recent veterans, and men and women serving today.
  • Making Health Care Available for All New York Veterans

    Making Health Care Available for All New York Veterans

    Nearly 800,000 New York veterans are not getting the health care benefits they were promised. Senator Gillibrand’s plan would require the VA to reach out to all New York veterans, inform them of the benefits they qualify for, and provide every resource to deliver the care they need.
  • Bolstering the Fight Against Breast  Cancer

    Bolstering the Fight Against Breast Cancer

    On average, over 14,000 New York women are diagnosed with breast cancer and nearly 3,000 New York women lose their lives to breast cancer each year. Senator Gillibrand’s agenda to combat breast cancer raises awareness and emphasizes prevention, requires all insurers to cover minimum hospital stays, and guarantees equal access to quality treatment.
  • Making Child Care Affordable and Available

    Making Child Care Affordable and Available

    Child care costs increase $730 each year. To make child care affordable and available for New York working families, Senator Gillibrand’s plan would help bring costs down, expand access and reduce the burden of finding and paying for child care.
  • Keeping Seniors Independent, Saving Taxpayer Money

    Keeping Seniors Independent, Saving Taxpayer Money

    Thousands of New York seniors residing in nursing homes could be living at home if they had access to the right care. Senator Gillibrand’s plan would expand in-home care services for seniors – keeping them in their own homes and out of nursing homes, and saving taxpayers millions.
  • Protecting Seniors from Fraud

    Protecting Seniors from Fraud

    1 in 5 seniors fall victim to consumer fraud. To protect seniors, Senator Gillibrand’s plan would increase penalties for criminals, crack down on scams and stop abusive marketing schemes. Senator Gillibrand’s staff has been holding Financial Security Workshops in every region of New York.
  • Making Quality Autism Treatment Affordable for Families

    Making Quality Autism Treatment Affordable for Families

    A new case of autism is diagnosed every 20 minutes, making it the fastest-growing serious developmental condition in America. But many insurance companies still deny families coverage for necessary treatments, forcing them to pay thousands each month out of pocket. Senator Gillibrand has a plan to provide quality, affordable treatment to families in need.
  • Helping Children Suffering from Asthma

    Helping Children Suffering from Asthma

    Over 370,000 New York children suffer from asthma. Senator Gillibrand’s own son suffers from asthma. To give more New York children access to relief for their asthma, Senator Gillibrand’s plan would arm schools and families with the preventative and emergency resources they need.
  • Improving Childhood Nutrition

    Improving Childhood Nutrition

    Childhood obesity is soaring – putting children at risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, depression and lower test scores. Senator Gillibrand’s plan to improve childhood nutrition would ban trans-fat from school lunches, remove sugary snacks and sodas, and give schools more resources to provide healthy, nutritious meals.
  • Improving Food Safety

    Improving Food Safety

    America’s food safety laws have not been overhauled in a century. Each year, 87 million Americans get sick from contaminated food. 371,000 are hospitalized. 5,700 die. Senator Gillibrand’s plan to improve food safety would upgrade inspection, mandate ground beef testing, improve recall response and increase public education.
  • Lowering Student Loan Debt

    Lowering Student Loan Debt

    Since 2004, student loan debt has nearly tripled, with Federal Student Loan debt surpassing $1 trillion nationwide for the first time ever. Senator Gillibrand feels strongly that higher education is the pathway to the American Dream and is committed to working to ease the burden on the millions of Americans struggling with crushing student loan debt.