Press Releases

June 28, 2022

Gillibrand Statement On Bipartisan Gun Safety Package Becoming Law

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand issued the following statement on President Biden signing Bipartisan Safer Communities Act into law: "I am grateful that President Biden today signed into law the first major gun safety legislation in nearly 30 years. And I am proud that in addition to strengthening background checks, incentivizing red flag laws, closing the boyfriend loophole, funding mental health services, and more, the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act also included major provisions … Continue Reading


June 28, 2022

After Her Push, Gillibrand Announces $650,000 in Federal Funding for the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority

Following her advocacy on behalf of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA), today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced that NFTA has received $650,000 in federal funding to advance a Bus Rapid Transit project along Bailey Avenue in the City of Buffalo. The funding was allocated through the Federal Transit Administration's (FTA) Areas of Persistent Poverty Program and will be used for planning activities to reduce travel times, increase bus frequency, and enhance transit … Continue Reading


June 24, 2022

Gillibrand Statement On Supreme Court Ruling Overturning Roe V. Wade

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand released the following statement regarding the Supreme Court's ruling overturning Roe v. Wade: "Today is a devastating day for all Americans. Today, more than half of the American population became second-class citizens, stripped of their constitutional right to privacy and bodily autonomy, regardless of where they live. People in as many as 28 states will no longer have the right to control when, under what circumstances and with whom they want to have … Continue Reading


June 23, 2022

Gillibrand Statement On Passage Of Bipartisan Gun Safety Package

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand issued the following statement on the Senate's passage of the bipartisan gun safety bill: "This is a historic moment. For the first time in nearly 30 years, Congress has taken meaningful action to address the scourge of gun violence. This is an important step forward that will make our communities and our families safer now and in the future. By strengthening background checks for purchasers under the age of 21, incentivizing states to pass red flag … Continue Reading


June 23, 2022

Gillibrand Statement On Supreme Court Easing State Concealed Carry Restrictions

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand issued the following statement on the Supreme Court's ruling on state concealed carry permitting laws: "Today's Supreme Court ruling, which guts state concealed carry permitting laws, is not just irresponsible, it is downright dangerous. Our nation is in the middle of a gun violence epidemic and instead of working to protect our communities, this court has made it even easier for potentially dangerous people to carry concealed handguns in public … Continue Reading


June 17, 2022

Gillibrand Announces Major Provisions Secured In Senate Armed Services Committee Markup Of NDAA

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, chair of the Senate Armed Services Personnel Subcommittee, announced that she has secured major provisions in the Senate Armed Services Committee's markup of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2023. Among the provisions are additional reforms to the military justice system, the establishment of a landmark Cyber Academy, a pay raise for service members, assessments on toxic exposures and suicide prevention, inclusion of women in … Continue Reading


June 17, 2022

As Benefits Cliff Rapidly Approaches, Gillibrand Leads 32 Colleagues In Push To Fight Food Insecurity

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is leading 32 of her Senate colleagues in a push to extend child nutrition waivers ahead of their expiration and enact a robust set of child nutrition priorities in any upcoming legislative vehicles. As school summer break is already underway in many states, it is vital that Congress extends and expands these programs as low-income families are facing a steep benefits cliff when the waivers expire on June 30, 2022. Specifically, in the letter, Gillibrand … Continue Reading


June 16, 2022

ICYMI: Buffalo News Editorial Board Praises Senator Gillibrand’s Proposal To Fight Gun Trafficking

In case you missed it, The Buffalo News published an editorial praising Senator Gillibrand's proposal to make gun trafficking a federal crime, the core of which is included in the bipartisan gun reform package unveiled in the Senate early this week. In addition to criminalizing gun trafficking, Gillibrand's proposal would establish penalties for those who knowingly transfer firearms across state lines to individuals not legally allowed to possess a gun and go after those who sell or deal … Continue Reading


June 16, 2022

ICYMI: The Buffalo News: Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand's Crackdown On Gun Trafficking Included In Compromise

In case you missed it, The Buffalo News published a story highlighting the inclusion of the core of Senator Gillibrand's Hadiya Pendleton and Nyasia Pryear-Yard Gun Trafficking and Crime Prevention Act in the recently announced bipartisan gun reform package. Senator Gillibrand's proposal would make trafficking in firearms a federal crime, establish penalties for those who knowingly transfer firearms across state lines to individuals not legally allowed to possess a gun, and go after those who … Continue Reading


June 16, 2022

Gillibrand Statement On Senate Passage Of Landmark Burn Pits Legislation

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand issued the following statement on Senate passage of the PACT Act: "Our service members and their families give everything for our country. And as a nation we promise to care for them when they come home. At last, we are honoring that promise and paying the price we owe them for our freedoms, our values, and our safety. Today's Senate passage of the Sergeant First Class Heath Robinson Honoring Our PACT Act is an enormous victory for the service members, … Continue Reading


June 14, 2022

Gillibrand And Sanders Urge Amazon To Recognize Employees’ Historic Union Victory

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Sen. Bernie Sanders sent a letter to Amazon CEO Andy Jassy urging him to drop the company's objections to the historic union election on Staten Island and finally recognize the Amazon Labor Union. "If Amazon can afford to spend $10 billion in stock buybacks to enrich its wealthy shareholders and executives-including the second richest person in the world, Jeff Bezos-it can afford a unionized workforce," the senators wrote. "If Amazon can spend over $4 million in a … Continue Reading


June 14, 2022

Senator Gillibrand Highlights Provisions Of Her Federal Gun Trafficking Bill Included In The Bipartisan Gun Safety Deal

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand held a video press conference to highlight that the centerpiece of the Hadiya Pendleton and Nyasia Pryear-Yard Gun Trafficking and Crime Prevention Act was included in the bipartisan gun reform package announced over the weekend. Reintroduced earlier this Congress, Gillibrand's Hadiya Pendleton and Nyasia Pryear-Yard Gun Trafficking and Crime Prevention Act would make trafficking in firearms a federal crime and establish penalties for those who knowingly … Continue Reading


June 12, 2022

Gillibrand Statement On Announcement Of Bipartisan Gun Safety Deal

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today issued the following statement on the announcement of a bipartisan gun safety deal: "The bipartisan gun safety announcement is an important step toward tackling the gun violence that plagues our communities, schools, hospitals and places of worship. Throughout my career, I have fought for legislation to strengthen background checks, combat gun trafficking up the Iron Pipeline, close the boyfriend loophole and fund mental health services- I'm grateful that … Continue Reading


June 09, 2022

Gillibrand Leads March Act In The Senate To Protect The Right To Abortion For Service Members

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) is introducing the MARCH for Servicemembers Act in the Senate to protect the right to abortion for service members. This bicameral legislation would allow military medical treatment facilities (MTF) to provide abortion services and for the military to cover associated costs. Senators Shaheen (D-NH), Blumenthal (D-CT), and Hirono (D-HI) are original cosponsors of this legislation. "Our service members defend our freedom, but women in our armed … Continue Reading


June 09, 2022

Senator Gillibrand Commends NOAA For Launching Process To Designate Hudson Canyon As A National Marine Sanctuary

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand commends the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)'s decision to launch the designation process of Hudson Canyon as a National Marine Sanctuary (NMS). An NMS designation would permanently close Hudson Canyon to oil, gas and mineral exploration and extraction, while also allowing for responsible fishing within the boundaries of the sanctuary. An NMS designation would also provide increased research and STEM education opportunities. "I am so … Continue Reading


June 09, 2022

Gillibrand Doubles Down On Push For Congress To Pass Burn Pits Legislation

Following a postponement of a Senate vote initially scheduled for this week, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand held a video press conference to call on the Senate to swiftly vote on and pass the Sergeant First Class Heath Robinson Honoring Our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act of 2022 and to rebut arguments against the important package. A key cornerstone of the PACT Act is Senator Gillibrand's bipartisan Presumptive Benefits for War Fighters Exposed to Burn Pits and Other … Continue Reading


June 09, 2022

Schumer, Gillibrand Deliver Funding To Buffalo’s African Heritage Food Cooperative To Increase Food Accessibility & Bring Desperately Needed Fresh, Affordable Healthy Food Options To Buffalo’s East Side And Underserved Communities In Western New York

Following his direct advocacy to increase food options for Buffalo's East Side, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that Buffalo's African Heritage Food Co-op will receive $200,000 from the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI). Last week, Schumer wrote directly to USDA Secretary Vilsack requesting the feds work with local community leaders in Buffalo and increase support for … Continue Reading


June 08, 2022

Gillibrand Requests More Funding To Combat Antisemitism, Strengthen U.S.-Israel Relationship

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and a strong coalition of bipartisan colleagues called on the Senate to increase funding for the U.S. State Department's Office of the Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Antisemitism, the U.S.-Israel Homeland Security Program, and the U.S.-Israel cybersecurity cooperation grant program. The funds requested by Sen. Gillibrand for the Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Antisemitism, $1.5 million, would go toward improving the safety and security of at-risk … Continue Reading


June 07, 2022

[WATCH] Senator Gillibrand Delivers Floor Speech Calling For The Passage Of The Honoring Our Pact Act

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand spoke on the Senate floor to urge her colleagues to pass the bipartisan Sergeant First Class Heath Robinson Honoring Our PACT Act. The bill includes provisions from Senator Gillibrand's bipartisan Presumptive Benefits for War Fighters Exposed to Burn Pits and Other Toxins Act, which would help millions of service members and veterans who have been exposed to the toxic fumes from burn pits. ** WATCH GILLIBRAND'S SPEECH ON THE SENATE FLOOR HERE … Continue Reading


June 07, 2022

Lummis, Gillibrand Introduce Landmark Legislation To Create Regulatory Framework For Digital Assets

Today, U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, and Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), member of the Senate Banking Committee, introduced the Responsible Financial Innovation Act, landmark bipartisan legislation that will create a complete regulatory framework for digital assets that encourages responsible financial innovation, flexibility, transparency and robust consumer protections while integrating digital assets into existing law. To date, the … Continue Reading

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