Press Releases

October 26, 2020

Senator Gillibrand Statement On Rushed Confirmation Of Judge Amy Coney Barrett To The Supreme Court

Addressing the confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand released the following statement: "Judge Amy Coney Barrett's confirmation represents the efforts of the Republican Party to impose an ultra-conservative ideology on the American people, the majority of whom do not share their views. I voted against Judge Barrett's nomination because her views on reproductive rights, health care, LGBTQ rights, immigrant rights, and civil rights are far … Continue Reading


October 26, 2020

ICYMI: On Senate Floor, Gillibrand Denounces Rushed Confirmation Vote Of Judge Amy Coney Barrett To The Supreme Court

**WATCH Senator Gillibrand's Speech on the Senate Floor HERE** U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today spoke on the Senate floor to denounce Republican efforts to rush through the confirmation process of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. In a last chance effort to impose extreme, conservative views on this country, Senate Republicans are moving forward with a rushed confirmation process that will have harmful consequences on health care, immigrant's rights, women's rights, LGBTQ … Continue Reading


October 23, 2020

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Nearly $200,000 Dollars In Funding To Combat Chronic Wasting Disease In New York State

U.S. Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today announced $180,366 in federal funding for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to protect New York's wildlife and deer population from the serious threat of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). CWD is an infectious, degenerative disease of cervids in deer and moose that causes brain cells to die, ultimately leading to the … Continue Reading


October 23, 2020

Gillibrand, Senate Democrats Press Trump Administration To Address And Aid Global Humanitarian Crises Exacerbated By COVID-19 Pandemic

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand led Senate Democrats in pushing the Trump administration to address the global humanitarian crises exacerbated by COVID-19. In a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Acting Administrator John Barsa, Gillibrand and her colleagues slammed the Trump administration's failure to take the threat of COVID-19 seriously and the inadequate response that has contributed to the loss of thousands of lives and weakened … Continue Reading


October 22, 2020

Schumer, Gillibrand, Lowey, Engel, Maloney Renew Call On Nuclear Regulatory Commission To Hold A Public Hearing Before Moving Forward On Indian Point License Transfer

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, and U.S. Representatives Nita Lowey, Eliot Engel, and Sean Patrick Maloney today sent a letter to the Chairman and members of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) renewing their call for the Commission to hold a public hearing and address state and community concerns before NRC staff provisionally approves the transfer of the NRC license for the Indian Point Energy Center in Buchanan, NY, from Entergy … Continue Reading


October 22, 2020

Gillibrand Announces Bicameral Legislation To Create More Equitable Health Care System

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, alongside a group of colleagues led by U.S. Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI), announced comprehensive legislation to create a more equitable health care system and address health disparities for underserved communities. The Health Equity and Accountability Act (HEAA) would address health inequities among racial and ethnic minorities, women, the LGBTQ+ community, rural populations, and socioeconomically disadvantaged communities throughout New York. "The … Continue Reading


October 21, 2020

Gillibrand, Cruz Lead Bipartisan Call To Expand U.S.-Israel Cooperation In National Defense Authorization Act Negotiations

U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), member of the Senate Armed Services Personnel Subcommittee, and Ted Cruz (R-TX), member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, led their colleagues in sending a letter to the chairmen and ranking members of the Senate and House Armed Services Committees, to request continued support of provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act that will maintain the close cooperation between the United States and Israel. In the letter, the senators call … Continue Reading


October 21, 2020

Gillibrand, Blumenthal Press Armed Service Committees To Pause Implementation Of New Army Combat Fitness Test (ACFT); New Test Relies On Flawed Data And Could Undermine Military Readiness

U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) sent a letter to the chairmen and ranking members of the Senate and House Armed Services Committee urging the postponement of implementation of the new Army Combat Fitness Test (ACFT). The senators cited significant concerns about the data used to develop the test, initial test scores and logistical issues, noting that initial results show a dramatic gender gap and a misguided emphasis on physical prowess, even in careers … Continue Reading


October 20, 2020

Senator Gillibrand, Restaurateurs David Chang And Tom Colicchio Call For Bipartisan Legislation To Help Independent Restaurants Survive Economic Crisis

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, David Chang, chef and founder of Momofuku, and Tom Colicchio, owner of Crafted Hospitality and founding member of the Independent Restaurant Coalition, urged the Senate to pass the bipartisan Real Economic Support That Acknowledges Unique Restaurant Assistance Needed to Survive (RESTAURANTS) Act of 2020. The RESTAURANTS Act would create a $120 billion Restaurant Revitalization Fund to address the unique long-term challenges of food service and drinking … Continue Reading


October 20, 2020

Schumer, Gillibrand Press EPA On Implementation Of Illegitimate Trump Order To Withhold Federal Funding From NYC, Several Major Cities

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, along with four other Senate colleagues, sent a letter to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler requesting information about the EPA's implementation of the likely illegal White House memorandum ordering federal agencies to withhold funds from cities that President Trump falsely and absurdly claimed are being run by "anarchists." The cities … Continue Reading


October 19, 2020

Senator Gillibrand Visits The Clemens Center, Calls For Legislation To Create New Loan Program To Help Small Businesses And Live Event Venues Recover From Months Of Limited Operations

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand visited The Clemens Center to call for legislation to support live event venues and small- and mid-sized businesses that are struggling to recover after months of limited operations due to the coronavirus crisis. The bipartisan Reviving the Economy Sustainably Towards a Recovery in Twenty-Twenty (RESTART) Act would create a new loan program to fund six months of employer and operating expenses for businesses that have lost substantial revenue and need … Continue Reading


October 19, 2020

Senator Gillibrand, Representative Delgado Visit Hudson To Call For Legislation To Create New Loan Program To Help Small Businesses Recover From Months Of Limited Operations

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Representative Antonio Delgado stood at Hudson's Public Square/7th Street Park to call for legislation to support small- and mid-sized businesses that are struggling to recover after months of limited operations due to the coronavirus crisis. The bipartisan Reviving the Economy Sustainably Towards a Recovery in Twenty-Twenty (RESTART) Act would create a new loan program to fund six months of employer and operating expenses for businesses that … Continue Reading


October 16, 2020

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Nearly $4.5 Million To Reduce Air Pollution From Diesel Emissions In New York City And Long Island

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, today announced $4,358,000 in federal funding for diesel emissions reduction programs in New York City and Long Island. The funding was allocated through the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) National Grants Program and will be used to replace commuter ferries, school buses, trucks and tractors with less … Continue Reading


October 15, 2020

Gillibrand Presses Leadership To Maintain Critical PFAS Provisions In Final NDAA Negotiations

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, alongside U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), pressed Senate and House Armed Services Committee leadership to maintain critical per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) provisions in the final FY21 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Because of the use of aqueous firefighting foam (AFFF) by the military, PFAS chemicals, like perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS), have … Continue Reading


October 14, 2020

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $1 Million For Research And Development For Fire Prevention And Safety In New York City

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $1,068,883.81 in federal funding for the National Development Research Institute (NDRI-USA) in New York City to further their research and development on fire prevention and safety. This funding was allocated through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) in cooperation with the U.S. Fire Administration. "New York City's firefighters have been … Continue Reading


October 13, 2020

Amid Rushed Confirmation Hearings, Gillibrand Addresses The Threat Of Repealing Health Care For Millions Of Americans And The Future Of The Affordable Care Act

As the Senate Judiciary Committee proceeds with confirmation hearings on Judge Amy Coney Barrett, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand addressed the threat of repealing health care for millions of Americans and the future of the Affordable Care Act.Senator Gillibrand spoke with New York constituents with pre-existing conditions and sharply criticized Republicans' continuous efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act and strip health care from millions of Americans during a global pandemic and … Continue Reading


October 09, 2020

Alongside Veterans And Veterans Advocates In Albany, Senator Gillibrand Calls For New Legislation To Help Veterans With Diseases Linked To Burn Pits And Other Toxic Exposures Obtain Benefits From VA

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Personnel Subcommittee, stood at the Joseph E. Zaloga American Legion Post #1520 alongside Albany County Executive and member of the New York National Guard Dan McCoy and Director of the Albany County Veterans Service Bureau Ken Secor to call for new landmark legislation, the Presumptive Benefits for War Fighters Exposed to Burn Pits and Other Toxins Act of 2020. Senator Gillibrand'srecently introduced … Continue Reading


October 09, 2020

In Syracuse, Senator Gillibrand Stands With Veterans And Veterans Advocates To Call For New Legislation To Help Veterans With Diseases Linked To Burn Pits And Other Toxic Exposures Obtain Benefits From VA

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Personnel Committee, stood with Assemblywoman Pam Hunter, veterans advocate Alex Behm, Executive Director of Clear Path for Veterans, and local veteran Colin Santacroce to call for new landmark legislation, the Presumptive Benefits for War Fighters Exposed to Burn Pits and Other Toxins Act of 2020. Senator Gillibrand's recently introduced legislation would streamline the process for obtaining VA benefits for … Continue Reading


October 09, 2020

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand Visits Valley Stream American Legion, Calls For New Legislation Which Would Help Veterans With Diseases Linked To Burn Pits And Other Toxic Exposures Obtain Benefits From VA

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand delivered remarks at the American Legion in Valley Stream to push for her new landmark legislation, the Presumptive Benefits for War Fighters Exposed to Burn Pits and Other Toxins Act of 2020. The recently introduced legislation would streamline the process for obtaining VA benefits for burn pit and other toxic exposures. Senator Gillibrand was joined by New York State Assemblywoman Michaelle Solages, 9/11 Responder & Activist John Feal, and Army … Continue Reading


October 09, 2020

In NYC, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand Calls For New Legislation Which Would Help Veterans With Diseases Linked To Burn Pits And Other Toxic Exposures Obtain Benefits From VA

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand held a press conference in New York City to push for her new landmark legislation, the Presumptive Benefits for War Fighters Exposed to Burn Pits and Other Toxins Act of 2020. Gillibrand's recently introduced legislation would streamline the process for obtaining VA benefits for burn pit and other toxic exposures. Approximately3.5 million veterans have been exposed to burn pits that spewed toxic fumes and carcinogens into the air. Yet, despite the known … Continue Reading

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