Press Releases

November 30, 2022

Gillibrand Pushes To Close $3.6 Billion Funding Gap In 9/11 World Trade Center Health Program In End-Of-Year Spending Bill

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand sent a letter to leadership pushing Congress to pass the 9/11 Responder and Survivor Health Funding Correction Act in order to deliver $3.624 billion in supplemental funding to close the impending funding gap in the World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP). The funding shortfall will begin affecting the program and its ability to provide services starting in FY2025. Senator Gillibrand is pushing to include the bill in any upcoming legislative vehicle, … Continue Reading


November 30, 2022

Gillibrand, Sanders, Baldwin, Booker, Brown, Markey, Merkley, Padilla, Reed, Smith, Warren, and Whitehouse Joint Statement on Senate Taking Up Sick Leave For Rail Workers

Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Alex Padilla (D-Calif.), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) on Wednesday issued the following joint statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation averting a rail strike and guaranteeing paid sick leave for rail workers: "We thank … Continue Reading


November 29, 2022

Gillibrand Statement On Senate Passage Of The Respect for Marriage Act

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand released the following statement regarding Senate passage of the Respect for Marriage Act, a bipartisan bill that would enshrine marriage equality into federal law: "Today's Senate passage of the Respect for Marriage Act is an important step forward in our fight to enshrine marriage equality into federal law. As the Supreme Court's recent reversal of Roe v. Wade has shown, no modern right or freedom is safe from constitutional attack. By passing the … Continue Reading


November 28, 2022

Gillibrand Calls For Nearly $2 Billion In Funding For Older Americans Act Nutrition Programs For FY23

Ahead of the holiday season, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, member of the Special Committee on Aging, held a press conference in New York City to call for $1.93 billion in FY23 funding for the Older Americans Act (OAA) nutritional programs. Senator Gillibrand was joined by Greg Olsen, director of the New York State Office for the Aging, Lorraine Cortés-Vázquez, commissioner of the New York City Department for the Aging and Beth Shapiro, executive director of Citymeals on … Continue Reading


November 17, 2022

Ahead Of The Thanksgiving Holiday, Gillibrand Calls For Nearly $2 Billion In Funding For The Older Americans Act Nutritional Programs For FY23

Ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, member of the Special Committee on Aging, is holding a video press conference to call for $1.93 billion in FY23 funding for the Older Americans Act (OAA) nutritional programs. This year is the 50th anniversary of the OAA Nutrition Program, which has supported nutrition services for older adults across the country in a variety of ways since 1972, including within senior centers, home deliveries, and with funding for local … Continue Reading


November 16, 2022

Gillibrand Calls For Funding For Rooftop Solar Panels As Part Of Puerto Rico Hurricane Recovery

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) joined Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) in a letter calling on Congress to provide the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) with emergency supplemental funds for rooftop solar and storage solutions for low-income households and households with people with disabilities in Puerto Rico. The $5 billion request would go toward assisting with rooftop solar and storage projects for Puerto Ricans in most need, as the island continues to recover from the devastation caused … Continue Reading


November 16, 2022

Gillibrand, Blackburn, Hirono, Graham Statement On House Passage Of The Speak Out Act

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) applauded the passage of the Speak Out Act in the House of Representatives. The Speak Out Act is a bipartisan, bicameral bill that would prohibit predispute non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) in instances of sexual harassment or sexual assault. Senator Gillibrand leads this bill in the Senate, which passed by unanimous consent on September 29, 2022. The House companion bill is led by … Continue Reading


November 15, 2022

Gillibrand Recommends Local Advocate Lanessa Owens-Chaplin To Serve On The Dot Advisory Committee On Transportation Equity

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced her recommendation for local I-81 advocate, Lanessa Owens-Chaplin, to join the Advisory Committee on Transportation Equity within the U.S. Department of Transportation. "I am proud to recommend Lanessa Owens-Chaplin to the DOT's Advisory Committee on Transportation Equity," said Senator Gillibrand. "Lanessa is a dedicated public servant committed to helping her community and fighting for environmental and racial justice." As an attorney and … Continue Reading


November 14, 2022

SENATOR GILLIBRAND MEETS WITH PUERTO RICAN REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS ADVOCATES TO DISCUSS MORE ACCESS THROUGHOUT THE ISLAND

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand; New York State Assemblymembers Catalina Cruz, Jessica González-Rojas, Jonathan Rivera, and Kenny Burgos; New York City Council Deputy Speaker Diana Ayala; and New York City Councilmember Crystal Hudson met with advocates at the 2022 SOMOS Puerto Rico Conference to discuss ways to help Puerto Rican women access critical reproductive health care services, including contraceptives, contraceptive and pregnancy counseling, and cancer screenings. Sen. … Continue Reading


November 14, 2022

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $3 Million In Federal Funding To Fight Air Pollution In New York

Today, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced $3,346,030 in federal funding to monitor and combat air pollution in New York. The funding was allocated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) using funds from the American Rescue Plan Act and the Inflation Reduction Act and will allow historically marginalized communities across the state to identify sources of air pollution and collect data on indoor and outdoor air quality in order to improve … Continue Reading


November 10, 2022

Gillibrand Recommends Captain Le Roy Torres, Rosie Torres, Jon Stewart, And John Feal For The Presidential Medal Of Freedom For Their Incredible Contributions To Bettering Veteran Health Care

To honor their advocacy that secured lifesaving care and benefits for our nation's first responders and veterans, Senator Gillibrand is recommending Captain Le Roy Torres and Rosie Torres, cofounders of Burn Pits 360, and advocates Jon Stewart and John Feal for the Presidential Medal of Freedom. This August, the Sergeant First Class Heath Robinson Honoring Our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act of 2022, which establishes a presumptive service connection for veterans exposed to … Continue Reading


November 04, 2022

Gillibrand Announces $412.5 Million Federal Investment In Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program For New York State

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is announcing that New York State was awarded $412.5 million in funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) to help New Yorkers with rising home heating costs this winter. This funding includes over $63 million Gillibrand fought to secure in the recently passed continuing resolution. LIHEAP is a federal program that helps millions of Americans, including over 1 million New York households, heat their homes and will be especially … Continue Reading


October 28, 2022

ICYMI: Newsy: Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand Rallies To Raise Awareness For Military Hunger

In case you missed it, Newsy published a story detailing Senator Gillibrand's new push to fight food insecurity in the military. According to a recent Department of Defense survey, nearly a quarter of military families are food insecure; this is more than twice the rate of civilian families. Last year, Senator Gillibrand, Chair of the Senate Armed Services Personnel Subcommittee and a member of the Agriculture Committee, cosponsored the Military Hunger Prevention Act to pay a basic needs … Continue Reading


October 27, 2022

Gillibrand Visits Poughkeepsie Highlighting Historic Inflation Reduction Act Provisions That Will Lower Prescription Drug Prices And Health Care Costs For Millions Of Americans

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand held a press conference at the MidHudson Regional Hospital in Poughkeepsie highlighting how provisions in the recently passed Inflation Reduction Act will lower the cost of prescription drugs, keep down health insurance premiums, and make health care more accessible and affordable for millions of Americans. Senator Gillibrand successfully co-led the effort to extend the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) expanded premium tax credits (PTCs) that were set to … Continue Reading


October 27, 2022

Gillibrand Visits Oswego Highlighting Historic Inflation Reduction Act Provisions That Will Lower Prescription Drug Prices And Health Care Costs For Millions Of Americans

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand held a press conference at the Fulton City Municipal Building in Oswego highlighting how provisions in the recently passed Inflation Reduction Act will lower the cost of prescription drugs, keep down health insurance premiums, and make health care more accessible and affordable for millions of Americans. Senator Gillibrand successfully co-led the effort to extend the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) expanded premium tax credits (PTCs) that were set to expire … Continue Reading


October 26, 2022

Gillibrand Announces Resilient Transit Act To Protect Subways And Public Transit Systems From Extreme Weather Events

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand held a press conference outside the subway station at the corner of 28th St and 7th Ave to announce the release of her new bill, the Resilient Transit Act of 2022. As extreme weather events become more common and pose a growing threat to our transit infrastructure, the Resilient Transit Act would provide millions in federal funding to help public transit agencies take proactive steps to protect subways and other transit systems from flooding, storm … Continue Reading


October 25, 2022

SENATOR GILLIBRAND, ARMED FORCES ADVOCATES AND FAMILIES URGE CONGRESS TO ADDRESS FOOD INSECURITY IN THE MILITARY

STATEN ISLAND, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand met with national anti-hunger advocates and military families to discuss the issue of pervasive hunger in the military. Senator Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee and Chair of the Personnel Subcommittee of the Senate Armed Services Committee, met with military families, advocates from MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger, Blue Star Families, and veterans' rights activist John Feal at the Staten Island Food Closet to … Continue Reading


October 25, 2022

Gillibrand Advises Families On Guidance On Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) For Infants And Older Adults

As cases of Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) are on the rise in New York State and across the country, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is issuing guidance for parents and families with infants or older loved ones experiencing symptoms. RSV causes mild, cold-like symptoms like runny nose, decrease in appetite, coughing, sneezing, fever, and wheezing, and although in most cases RSV infections will clear up within a week or two, it can lead to severe disease like pneumonia for those without … Continue Reading


October 21, 2022

SENATOR GILLIBRAND INTRODUCES GROUNDBREAKING ONE HEALTH BILL TO PREVENT, DETECT, AND RESPOND TO BIOLOGICAL THREATS

NEW YORK, NY - Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced her groundbreaking One Health Security Act to prevent, detect, and respond to biological threats. The One Health bill would create a federal council charged with preventing, detecting and responding to biological threats that significantly impact our national health, economy, and national security. Support for the One Health Security Act legislation includes New York City Health + Hospitals, the Wildlife Conservation Society, the … Continue Reading


October 20, 2022

ICYMI: SENATOR GILLIBRAND OP-ED IN EL DIARIO: NO PODEMOS DARLE LA ESPALDA A PUERTO RICO…OTRA VEZ

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In case you missed it, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand published an op-ed in El Diario calling on Congress and the Biden administration to provide funding for long-term investments in the resiliency of Puerto Rico's electrical grid and other key infrastructure, as well as robust humanitarian assistance for the Dominican Republic, Turks and Caicos, Guadeloupe, and other Caribbean nations impacted by Hurricane Fiona. Senator Gillbrand also wrote about her legislative efforts … Continue Reading

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