Press Releases

September 22, 2021

Gillibrand, Colleagues Announce Constitutional Amendment To Overturn Citizens United

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand joined colleagues to announce the reintroduction of the Democracy for All Amendment next week. The constitutional amendment would overturn the Supreme Court's Citizens United v. FEC decision and other decisions around campaign finance that have led to an influx of dark money in politics. These decisions have wrongfully equated money with free speech, and unfairly determined that big, wealthy corporations have the same First Amendment rights as people. The … Continue Reading

September 22, 2021

Gillibrand Announces Nearly $300,000 In Federal Funding To Fight Sexual Assault And Domestic Violence

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced $270,782 in federal funding for programming to help end domestic violence and sexual assault. The funding was authorized through the Office on Violence Against Women's State and Territory Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Coalitions Program and will support organizations that work to end domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. The New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault and the New York State Coalition … Continue Reading

September 21, 2021

Gillibrand Calls On Biden Administration To Prioritize Opening Of U.S.-Canada Land Border To Vaccinated Canadians

Late last week, Senator Gillibrand called on the Biden administration to allow vaccinated Canadians to travel to the U.S. for non-essential travel through all ports of entry. The land border closure has placed severe economic strains on the supply chains of New York businesses, hospitals, and medical equipment providers that rely on travel across the northern border to stay afloat and produce essential goods and services. Cross-border families, including those of service members at Fort Drum, … Continue Reading

September 17, 2021

Senator Gillibrand And Suffolk County DA Announce Federal Gun Trafficking Legislation

In the wake of rising gun violence on Long Island, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was joined by Suffolk County District Attorney Tim Sini at the Sachem Public Library to announce her plans to reintroduce the Hadiya Pendleton and Nyasia Pryear-Yard Gun Trafficking & Crime Prevention Act. Nearly 75% of guns on Long Island that are connected to a crime and recovered by law enforcement are trafficked from out of state, many along the Iron Pipeline up I-95. The bill is named for two teenage … Continue Reading

September 17, 2021

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $27 Million In Funding For Fort Drum

U.S. Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $27,330,750 in federal funding for the construction of a new railhead loading facility at Fort Drum. The expansion of the railhead loading facility will allow the base to rapidly deploy personnel and heavy equipment on short or no notice. The contract was awarded to a New York company, Structural Associates Inc. "In personal meetings and calls with previous military leadership, I made it clear the Army … Continue Reading

September 15, 2021

Video: Senator Gillibrand Opening Statement And Full Subcommittee Hearing On Milk Pricing

WASHINGTON, DC - To watch the full Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy, Poultry, Local Food Systems, and Food Safety and Security hearing on Milk Pricing: Areas for Improvement and Reform, please click … Continue Reading

September 15, 2021

Gillibrand Opening Statement In Hearing On Volatile Milk Pricing And Federal Milk Marketing Order System Modernization

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, chair of the Senate Agriculture Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy, Poultry, Local Food Systems, and Food Safety and Security, will hold a hearing to address volatile milk pricing and explore the need for federal milk marketing order system reforms. Below is Senator Gillibrand's opening statement, as prepared for delivery. Opening Statement of U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy, Poultry, Local Food Systems, and Food Safety and … Continue Reading

September 15, 2021

As Delta Variant Rates Surge And Health Care Workforce Faces Shortages, Senator Gillibrand Pushes For Implementation Of The Health Force, Her Multibillion-Dollar Public Health Legislation Passed In American Rescue Plan

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is pushing for the implementation of Health Force, her multibillion-dollar public health legislation passed in the American Rescue Plan (ARP) earlier this year. Gillibrand successfully secured nearly $8 billion for her Health Force legislation - the Health Force, Resilience Force, And Jobs To Fight COVID-19 Act - to create a robust public health workforce to aid vaccine distribution and mobilize community leaders to improve health outcomes in their … Continue Reading

September 14, 2021

ICYMI: Senator Gillibrand In Newsweek: Our Veterans Are Still Suffering

In case you missed it, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, chair of the Senate Armed Services Personnel Subcommittee, and U.S. Senator Marco Rubio penned a bipartisan op-ed in Newsweek today calling for the passage of the Presumptive Benefits for War Fighters Exposed to Burn Pits and Other Toxins Act. The bill would establish presumption of service connection for veterans exposed to burn pits and other toxins and streamline the process for obtaining VA benefits. Approximately 3.5 million veterans … Continue Reading

September 10, 2021

Gillibrand, Colleagues, Send Letter Calling For Investigation Into Amazon Treatment Of Pregnant Workers

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Senate colleagues sent a letter to U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Chair Charlotte Burrows requesting an investigation into allegations that Amazon denies reasonable accommodations for pregnant employees at its fulfillment centers. The senators requested that the EEOC investigate Amazon's alleged failure to provide adequate modification of job duties for pregnant workers, as well as their alleged failure to allow pregnant workers … Continue Reading

September 10, 2021

Gillibrand Presses EPA For Increased Oversight On Bitcoin Mining Operations In Dresden, NY

This week, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Michael Regan calling on the agency to closely evaluate the renewal of the Title V Clean Air Act permit currently under consideration the Greenidge Generation plant located in Dresden, New York, which operates as a Bitcoin mining facility. The Greenidge Generation plant has recently begun ramping up its electricity production to power cryptocurrency operations, increasing the plant's … Continue Reading

September 10, 2021

Gillibrand, Schumer And House Colleagues Call On Congress To Pass The 9/11 Responder And Survivor Health Funding Correction Act Ahead Of 20th Anniversary Of 9/11 Attacks

Today, U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer and Representatives Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), and Andrew Garbarino (R-NY) called on Congress to pass the 9/11 Responder and Survivor Health Funding Correction Act. The legislation would address the impending World Trade Center Health Program funding shortfall and ensure that the program can continue to provide medical treatment to over 100,000 9/11 first responders and survivors. The WTCHP was established with … Continue Reading

September 08, 2021

La Senadora Gillibrand Exhorta A Las Entidades Y Personas De Nueva York A Que Soliciten Asistencia De Fema Luego Del Huracán Ida

Después de un récord de condiciones de tormentas y de inundaciones significativas causadas por los remanentes del huracán Ida, la senadora Gillibrand está exhortando a todos los neoyorquinos elegibles a que soliciten a los Programas de Asistencia Pública e Individual de la Agencia Federal para el Manejo de Emergencias (FEMA, por sus siglas en inglés). Esta semana, Gillibrand tuvo éxito al lograr que el presidente Biden otorgara una … Continue Reading

September 07, 2021

Senator Gillibrand Encourages New York Entities And Individuals To Apply For FEMA Assistance In Wake Of Hurricane Ida

Following record storming and severe flooding caused by the remnants of Hurricane Ida, Senator Gillibrand is urging all eligible New Yorkers to apply for the Federal Emergency Management's (FEMA) Public and Individual Assistance Programs. This week, Gillibrand successfully urged President Biden to grant a Major Disaster Declaration for Bronx, Kings, Queens, Richmond, and Westchester Counties, unlocking FEMA's largest grant program to assist local municipalities and communities responding to … Continue Reading

September 06, 2021

Gillibrand Applauds President Biden Granting A Major Disaster Declaration To Help New York Recover From Ida

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand released the following statement praising President Biden granting a Major Disaster Declaration for New York State: "I am deeply grateful that President Biden has granted a Major Disaster Declaration for New York State in the wake of Hurricane Ida. I, along with members of the New York congressional delegation and Governor Hochul, requested this crucial measure, which will deliver federal funds that will help New York families and communities recover … Continue Reading

September 03, 2021

Gillibrand Statement On Biden Executive Order Increasing Transparency Around 9/11 Investigations

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand issued the following statement addressing President Biden's executive order increasing transparency around federal 9/11 investigations: "I am grateful for President Biden's executive order, which will help give Americans the transparency they deserve about September 11th. For years, I've worked with my Senate colleagues to improve transparency surrounding federal investigations of 9/11. Now, twenty years after this horrific attack, this executive action … Continue Reading

September 02, 2021

Gillibrand Statement On Supreme Court Allowing Texas Abortion Ban

Addressing the Supreme Court's decision to allow the Texas abortion ban to go into effect, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand issued the following statement: "The law in Texas - and the Supreme Court's decision to uphold it - is dangerous, disturbing and unprecedented. It bans abortions after six weeks - when most won't even know they are pregnant, includes no exceptions for rape or incest, and deputizes citizens to harass and sue those who help facilitate access to abortions. The Supreme Court … Continue Reading

September 02, 2021

Schumer, Gillibrand Urge FEMA To Stand Ready To Quickly Approve Disaster Declaration For New York City, Long Island & Hudson Valley Communities Ravaged By Tropical Storm Ida

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today urged the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to approve any request from New York City and State for a major disaster declaration following the severe flooding caused by the remnants of Tropical Storm Ida that rampaged through the New York City, Long Island and the Hudson Valley regions on September 1st. The senators specifically referenced New York City as being particularly battered by the storm, … Continue Reading

September 01, 2021

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $11 Million In FEMA Funding For Fire Departments In New York State

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $11,499,044 in federal funding for fire departments across New York State. The funding will be used to provide protective gear, training, and supplies to emergency personnel across more than ninety fire departments. This federal funding was administered through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)'s Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG). "From … Continue Reading

August 31, 2021

Gillibrand Announces Over $6 Million In Federal Funding For TRIO Educational Opportunity Centers (EOC) And Talent Search Awards

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $6,169,701 in federal funding for higher education opportunity programs throughout New York State. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Education's TRIO Talent Search Program and Educational Opportunity Centers Program and will be used to provide individualized support to both high schoolers and adults throughout the college application progress. Funding for the Talent Search Program will provide academic, career, and … Continue Reading

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