Press Releases

November 24, 2020

Gillibrand Leads Bicameral Call On Congressional Leadership To Include Health Force Proposal In Next COVID Relief Package

In preparation for a COVID-19 vaccine, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand called on congressional leadership to include the Health Force and Resilience Force Proposal in the next coronavirus relief package. The Health Force and Resilience Force proposal, championed by Senators Gillibrand and Michael Bennet (D-CO), and supported by Senators Brian Schatz (D-HI), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Ed Markey (D-MA), and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), would invest billions in local public health infrastructure and … Continue Reading


November 24, 2020

Gillibrand Responds To The Passing Of Former NYC Mayor David Dinkins

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand issued the following statement in response to the passing of former New York City Mayor David Dinkins: "Today, I join millions of New Yorkers in mourning the remarkable life of former New York City Mayor David Dinkins. A steadfast champion for the poor, Mayor Dinkins broke barriers as New York City's first Black mayor and his unwavering belief in human rights and the need for equality will continue to serve as a shining example for us all. Mayor Dinkins will be … Continue Reading


November 24, 2020

Schumer, Gillibrand, Lowey, Engel, Maloney Issue Joint Response To Nrc Staff’s Approval Of Indian Point License Transfer

U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, joined by Representatives Nita Lowey, Eliot Engel, and Sean Patrick Maloney together issued a joint response to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) staff's approval of the application to transfer Indian Point's licenses from Entergy to Holtec International and allow the company to use funds from the plant's nuclear decommissioning trusts for spent fuel storage and site restoration on Monday: "Today's announcement by the NRC is an … Continue Reading


November 23, 2020

Schumer, Gillibrand Urge Appropriations Leadership To Keep Plum Island Sale Off The Table

U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, joined colleagues in calling on the leadership of the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees on Financial Services and General Government, to maintain language included in the House-passed Financial Services and General Government bill to prevent the sale of Plum Island. This language was included in past-years' appropriations legislation. "We must continue to do everything possible to protect and preserve Plum Island," said … Continue Reading


November 20, 2020

Gillibrand, Colleagues Introduce Legislation To Block Trump Order Stripping Federal Employees Of Critical Protections

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand joined 40 of her colleagues in introducing legislation that would block the implementation of an October 21 Executive Order by President Trump, which created a new classification for federal employees, Schedule F. This harmful executive order would make it easier for the Administration to fire non-partisan civil servants with policy expertise. "Throughout this transition, the Trump administration continues to find ways to obstruct a historically peaceful and … Continue Reading


November 20, 2020

Gillibrand Calls On HHS, CDC To Strengthen Ultra-Cold Storage Infrastructure Needed To Ship, Handle, And Distribute COVID-19 Vaccine

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand joined Senate Democrats in calling on the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to strengthen the nation's ultra-cold storage infrastructure needed to ship, handle, and distribute a forthcoming COVID-19 vaccine. In light of recent news that Pfizer/BioNTech is applying for Emergency Use Authorization for their COVID-19 vaccine candidate, providers are beginning to prepare for ultra-cold temperatures … Continue Reading


November 20, 2020

Gillibrand Announces Landmark Legislation To Address Systemic Discrimination In Federal Aid To Black Farmers

U. S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, alongside U.S. Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), introduced legislation to address systemic discrimination within U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) federal agriculture policy. Due to a history of discrimination, Black farmers were stripped of millions of acres of farmland and hundreds of billions of dollars of inter-generational wealth. Today, there are less than 50,000 remaining Black farmers. The Justice for Black Farmers Act will … Continue Reading


November 18, 2020

As Overdoses Spike Across New York State During COVID-19 Pandemic, Gillibrand Pushes For Robust Funding To Support Substance Use Disorder And Mental Health Care Services In Next Relief Package

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand urged Senate leadership to include robust funding for substance use disorder and mental health care services in the next coronavirus relief package. Gillibrand called for robust emergency funds for providers of mental health and addiction treatment services to maintain operations, and ensure stability for the duration of the economic and public health crisis. "For many families the emotional strains and stress of the holidays are compounded when a … Continue Reading


November 18, 2020

Gillibrand: McConnell Must Work With Democrats To Pass COVID Relief For MTA, Public Transit

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, member of the Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, released the following statement in response to the MTA's latest proposal for deep service cuts to subways and buses, which includes nearly 9,000 layoffs: "These drastic cuts could still be avoided if Mitch McConnell and President Trump would work with Democrats to pass a COVID relief package that includes funding for public transit. House Democrats passed a relief bill in May and since this … Continue Reading


November 17, 2020

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $26 Million In Federal Head Start Funding For New York City And Long Island Organizations

U.S. Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $26,589,681 in Head Start funding for early childhood education providers in New York City and on Long Island. The funding was allocated through the Administration for Children and Families, a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and will be used to narrow the achievement gap, fund family support services, and enhance early, comprehensive child development programs for … Continue Reading


November 16, 2020

Gillibrand Joins Bipartisan Call To Protect Integral C-130 Aircraft Fleet Operated By Nyang In Final National Defense Bill

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, joined Senate colleagues in a bipartisan call on House and Senate Armed Services Committee leadership to ensure the final Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)includes language to maintain the nation's inventory of C-130 aircraft. Both Francis S. Gabreski and Stratton Air National Guard bases have C-130 wings, which provide experienced tactical airlift capability. Last month it was reported … Continue Reading


November 12, 2020

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Nearly $43 Million In Federal Funding For New York City COVID-19 Emergency Management

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $42,997,137.20 in funding for New York City's Office of Management and Budget. New York City was at the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak, and this critical funding will help the city cover previous COVID-19 expenses that helped protect New York's communities and mitigated the risk of COVID-19. Specifically, this funding covers the cost of enhanced protective measures that have been deployed … Continue Reading


November 11, 2020

On Veterans Day, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand Pushes For Expanded Health Care For Vets Suffering From Agent Orange-Linked Illnesses In Final National Defense Bill

On Veterans Day, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, urged House and Senate Armed Services Committee leadership to include expanded health care and benefits for veterans suffering from Agent Orange-linked illnesses in the final Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). With the NDAA headed for consideration by the Senate and House in coming weeks, Gillibrand is pushing committee leadership to maintain the bipartisan amendment - … Continue Reading


November 10, 2020

Gillibrand Statement On Supreme Court Hearing Republican Arguments On Striking Down The ACA

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand issued the statement below in response to today's U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) arguments challenging the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Gillibrand opposed the rushed confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett, and recently urged Attorney General Barr to rescind support of the SCOTUS lawsuit to strike down the ACA. "Today's arguments before the Supreme Court are yet another attempt by Republicans to advance their never-ending crusade to destroy … Continue Reading


November 09, 2020

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $6 Million In Federal Funding For Northwell Health Inc.’s COVID-19 Response And Emergency Management

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $6,284,101.33 in federal funding for Northwell Health Inc. The coronavirus pandemic at first overwhelmed New York's hospitals - requiring increased clinical staffing services to meet patient demand and increased disinfection protocols. This funding will be used to cover the cost of 223,000 previous overtime hours for sanitization of facilities and medical care for COVID-19 patients. "I'm proud … Continue Reading


November 06, 2020

Gillibrand, Senate Democrats Urge Attorney General Barr To Rescind Support Of Supreme Court Lawsuit To Strike Down Affordable Care Act

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand joined Senate Democrats to urge U.S. Attorney General William Barr to rescind the Department of Justice's (DOJ) support of the Supreme Court lawsuit that seeks to strike down the Affordable Care Act (ACA). President Trump and Senate Republicans have made repeated efforts to invalidate the ACA and gut protections for Americans with pre-existing conditions, including rushing the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett ahead of the November 10th … Continue Reading


November 05, 2020

Gillibrand, Brown, Van Hollen Announce Legislation To Expand Community School Funding

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand introduced legislation with U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) to expand community school funding and ensure students, families, and communities have the resources needed for students to thrive. The Full-Service Community School Expansion Act of 2020 would help public k-12 schools serve students, families, and communities by investing more than $3 billion in public schools to be community hubs and provide integrated student supports, … Continue Reading


November 05, 2020

Gillibrand, Brown, Van Hollen Announce Legislation To Expand Community School Funding

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand introduced legislation with U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) to expand community school funding and ensure students, families, and communities have the resources needed for students to thrive. The Full-Service Community School Expansion Act of 2020 would help public k-12 schools serve students, families, and communities by investing more than $3 billion in public schools to be community hubs and provide integrated student supports, … Continue Reading


November 02, 2020

Gillibrand Leads Colleagues In Calling On USDA To Fairly Implement P-EBT Program In Puerto Rico In Order To Provide Food Security

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, led her colleagues in a letter urging Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, to "provide expeditious and fair implementation of the Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) Program in Puerto Rico and the U.S. territories." Since the signing of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) in March 2020, all 50 states plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands have had the choice to … Continue Reading


October 30, 2020

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $300K In Energy Funding For Farmers, Ranchers, And Small Business Owners In Rural New York

U.S. Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, today announced $302,376 in funding to help rural small businesses and agricultural producers invest in energy efficient and renewable energy systems. The funding was administered through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). "To meet New York's net zero by 2050 carbon target, we must invest in clean, … Continue Reading

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