Press Releases

January 21, 2022

Gillibrand Statement On Shooting Of NYPD Officers

Addressing the shooting of two NYPD officers tonight, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand issued the following statement: "I'm horrified that one NYPD officer was killed in the line of duty tonight and another is in critical condition. My heart is with their families, friends and their fellow officers. We must do more to get guns off our streets and prevent these … Continue Reading


January 21, 2022

Following Another Violent Attack On The Jewish Community In Colleyville, Senators Gillibrand, Peters, Rosen, Portman, Lankford Lead Bipartisan Push For Funding To Help Protect Nonprofit Institutions

Following another violent attack on the Jewish community, U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Gary Peters (D-MI), Jacky Rosen (D-NV), Rob Portman (R-OH), and James Lankford (R-OK) sent a letter to the Senate Appropriations Committee today requesting that the Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) be adequately funded to meet the needs of at-risk organizations this fiscal year. The funding allocated by this program will support nonprofit organizations most at risk through the acquisition … Continue Reading


January 20, 2022

As New York Faces Extreme Weather And Dangerous Cold Fronts, Gillibrand Announces Bill That Would Invest $40 Billion Annually To Expand Access To LIHEAP And Help End Energy Poverty

Today, as New York continues facing extreme cold fronts, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is announcing her plan to introduce the Heating and Cooling Relief Act of 2022, which would invest $40 billion in annual funding to expand access to the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and expand eligibility criteria so families never pay more than 3% of their annual income on energy costs. In addition to helping end energy poverty, this bicameral legislation would ensure that every … Continue Reading


January 20, 2022

Gillibrand Leads Colleagues In Push To Expand TRICARE Coverage Of At-Home Covid-19 Tests For Service Members And Their Families

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), chair of the Senate Armed Services Personnel Subcommittee, is announcing her push to expand TRICARE coverage of at-home COVID-19 tests for service members and their families. Currently, TRICARE beneficiaries can only receive coverage for at-home tests if they have an order or referral from a TRICARE-authorized provider. In a letter to Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Dr. David J. Smith, Gillibrand … Continue Reading


January 19, 2022

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $400,000 In Federal Funding For Economic Development In New York State

Today, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced $420,000 in federal funding to develop and implement regional economic development strategies throughout New York State. The funding was allocated through the Economic Development Administration and will promote public-private partnerships to diversify and strengthen regional economies in New York. "As we continue to recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, this EDA investment will help … Continue Reading


January 19, 2022

Gillibrand, Colleagues Call On Biden Administration To Mobilize COVID Assistance To New York

Amidst a surge of COVID hospitalizations and deaths in New York, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand joined 12 of her colleagues in writing a letter to President Biden urging the administration to provide more COVID rapid testing kits for New York State. The letter calls on the administration to provide adequate rapid testing supplies to slow the spread of COVID-19 and emphasizes the need to ensure that tests are free and available to all those who need them. "We are writing to respectfully ask … Continue Reading


January 18, 2022

Gillibrand Announces Open Application Period For FEMA Fire Prevention And Safety Program

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced that the application period for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency's Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) Program will be open from Tuesday, January 18th until Friday, February 18th. The Fire Prevention and Safety Program, a part of FEMA's Assistance to Firefighters Grants Program, awards grants directly to fire departments as well as academic, public health, and occupational health non-profit … Continue Reading


January 17, 2022

Senator Gillibrand, Rep. Torres, & Bronx Fire Safety Task Force Visit And Assist Volunteers At Site Of The Twin Parks North West Fire Tragedy; Senator Gillibrand Working With Rep. Torres To Write Federal Legislation, Supported By Mayor Adams, To Require The Installation Of Heat Sensors In Federally Funded Housing

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Congressman Ritchie Torres (NY-15), Mayor Eric Adams, and elected officials from the Bronx Fire Safety Task Force visited the site of the Twin Parks North West fire tragedy in the Bronx to meet with volunteers and community leaders, and announce their intent to spearhead new federal legislation to hold federally funded or regulated multi-family housing developments accountable for heating violations. In light of the recent fire tragedy caused by a space … Continue Reading


January 16, 2022

Senator Gillibrand, Mayor Adams, Rep. Clarke, Brooklyn Borough President Antonio Reynoso Call For Critical Funding To Address Maternal Mortality Crisis Among Black Women And Eliminate Racial Bias In Maternal Care

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand stood at New York City Health + Hospitals/Kings County with New York City Mayor Eric Adams, Congresswoman Yvette Clarke (D-NY-9), and Brooklyn Borough President Antonio Reynoso to call for funding to address the nation's maternal mortality crisis among Black women and eliminate racial bias in maternal care. They were joined by Chief Women's Health Service Officer for New York City Health + Hospitals Dr. Wendy Wilcox, New York City Councilmember Rita … Continue Reading


January 14, 2022

Senator Gillibrand Visits Albany With Secretary Of Energy Granholm Highlighting New York State’s Historic Climate And Alternative Energy Investments

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand travelled across Albany with U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm to highlight how the historic climate investments of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and Build Back Better Agenda will help lower energy costs, generate good-paying, union jobs and drive down air pollution across the Empire State. This visit follows Gillibrand's invitation to Secretary Granholm to join her in New York State, a leader in alternative energy technology and hydrogen … Continue Reading


January 13, 2022

ICYMI: Senator Gillibrand Fox News Op-Ed: Republicans Abuse Filibuster As Democrats Fight For The Right To Vote


January 12, 2022

Gillibrand Joins Senate Dems Calling For TPS Designations For El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand joined 32 of her Senate Democratic colleagues, led by Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Menendez (D-NJ), in formally requesting that the Biden administration grant Temporary Protected Status (TPS) redesignations for El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua, in addition to a new TPS designation for Guatemala. In a letter to Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas and Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Gillibrand expressed grave concern with … Continue Reading


January 12, 2022

Gillibrand Leads 20 Colleagues In Calling On Biden Administration To Continue And Make Permanent OSHA’s Emergency Covid-19 Protections For Health Care Workers; Protections Have Been Allowed To Lapse

As the rise of the Omicron variant continues to threaten the safety of our nation's health care workforce, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is leading her colleagues in a letter calling on the Biden administration to continue and make permanent the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) emergency COVID-19 protections for health care workers. The letter addresses OSHA's announcement at the end of 2021 that it would allow the Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) to lapse, despite … Continue Reading


January 11, 2022

Gillibrand Urges Powell To Answer Questions About Stock Trading By Federal Reserve Officials

Ahead of the Senate Banking Committee's confirmation hearing for Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is urging Powell to address the Federal Reserve's trading rules for Federal Reserve officials, policymakers and senior staff. While the Federal Reserve announced it would issue a new set of rules that purports to "prohibit the purchase of individual securities, restrict active trading, and increase the timeliness of reporting and public disclosure by Federal … Continue Reading


January 11, 2022

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $6 Million In Federal Funding To Help Law Enforcement Fight Crime, Invest In Court System In New York State

Today, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced $6,109,353 in federal funding to combat criminal activity and fund family and drug courts in New York State. The funding was awarded through the Department of Justice and will be used to combat and respond to online child sexual abuse, conduct forensic DNA analysis and reduce the backlog of forensic and database DNA samples in crime laboratories, fight human trafficking, and help establish and … Continue Reading


January 10, 2022

With Heating Prices Expected To Increase This Winter, Gillibrand Joins Colleagues In Urging Federal Energy Regulatory Commission To Protect Consumers From Unfairly High Energy Costs

U.S Senator Kirsten Gillibrand joined colleagues in a bicameral letter urging the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to use its statutory authority to ensure that Americans' household energy bills are not driven up by energy market manipulation in wholesale natural gas and electricity markets. Almost two years into the coronavirus pandemic, families are experiencing levels of utility debt that are approximately 67 percent higher than in the average year, and last month, the U.S. … Continue Reading


January 09, 2022

Gillibrand Statement On Bronx Fire

Today U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand released the following statement regarding the Bronx fire: "I'm devastated by the horrifying and deadly fire in the Bronx and my heart is with everyone who has been injured, lost their home or lost a loved one today. I'm deeply thankful to our brave first responders and firefighters who responded to the fire. As we learn more about how this fire occurred, I stand ready to fight for whatever federal action is … Continue Reading


January 07, 2022

As Cases Rise By The Thousands In Erie County, Senator Gillibrand Visits University At Buffalo To Call For Creation Of A Coordinated Network Of Covid-19 And Pandemic Response Centers; University At Buffalo Prime Example Of Academic Center That Could Help Prepare For Future Variants And Defend Against Public Health Emergencies

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand held a press conference at the University at Buffalo to push for the passage of the bipartisan COVID-19 and Pandemic Response Centers of Excellence Act, which would deliver funding to establish COVID-19 and Pandemic Response Centers of Excellence programs at academic medical centers like the University at Buffalo's across the country. Gillibrand was joined by Congressman Brian Higgins (D-NY-26) and University at Buffalo Vice President for Health Sciences … Continue Reading


January 07, 2022

As Covid Spreads In Tompkins County, Senator Gillibrand Visits Cornell University To Call For Creation Of A Coordinated Network Of Covid-19 And Pandemic Response Centers; Cornell A Prime Example Of Academic Center That Could Help Prepare For Future Variants And Defend Against Public Health Emergencies


January 06, 2022

Senator Gillibrand, Congressmen Higgins And Jacobs Urge DHS To Keep U.S.-Canada Land Border Open To Vaccinated Individuals

As the Omicron variant of COVID-19 raises new challenges and continues to spread, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Congressman Brian Higgins (D-NY-26), and Congressman Chris Jacobs (R-NY-27) are urging the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to maintain the open U.S.-Canada land border for vaccinated individuals safely and efficiently. After nearly 20 months of closure, the Biden administration announced the decision to allow fully vaccinated travelers from Canada and Mexico to travel to the … Continue Reading

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