Press Releases

April 01, 2019

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $2.4 Million In Federal Head Start Funding For Fulmont Community Action Agency In Montgomery And Fulton Counties

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $2,464,844 in federal funding for Fulmont Community Action Agency, Inc. The funding was provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Head Start Program and will be used to support child care and support services for low-income families throughout Montgomery and Fulton Counties. "Study after study shows that the better we prepare our young children, through programs like Head … Continue Reading


March 29, 2019

Gillibrand Joins Casey And 19 Senate Colleagues To Introduce Legislation Making Child Care More Affordable

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) today announced that she joined U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) and 19 other Senate colleagues to introduce the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit Enhancement Act. This legislation would make it easier and more affordable for working families to obtain child care. In 2018, New Yorkers paid on average over $15,000 to send an infant to a full-time child care center. The Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit Enhancement Act would make child … Continue Reading


March 28, 2019

Gillibrand Grills Federal Officials On Health Risks Of PFAS, Demands Answers On Health Impacts On Communities Across The Country Harmed By PFAS Contamination

***Watch Senator Gillibrand at EPW Hearing HERE*** Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, questioned federal officials on the health risks of per- and polyfluoralkyl substances (PFAS) for communities across the country contaminated by these toxic chemicals. During an EPW Committee hearing today, Gillibrand called on officials from the Centers for Disease Control and the National Institutes of Health to explain the … Continue Reading


March 28, 2019

As Pentagon Seeks To Redirect Funding For Trump Border Wall, Schumer, Gillibrand Call On DOD To Protect Critical Funding For New York Military Construction Projects

Washington, DC - U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Personnel Subcommittee, today announced that they are calling on the Department of Defense (DOD) to protect funding designated for New York military construction projects, which is at risk of being diverted to construct President Trump's border wall. On Monday night, Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick M. Shanahan announced that the DOD will spend up … Continue Reading


March 27, 2019

Gillibrand Joins Menendez And 20 Senate Colleagues To Introduce Equal Rights Amendment

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) today joined U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and 20 other Senate colleagues to reintroduce the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), which would amend the U.S. Constitution to guarantee women equal rights under the law. Currently, the U.S. Constitution does not contain explicit protections for women. This introduction comes as Women's History Month, which commemorates and honors the role of women in society, comes to a close. The ERA states: … Continue Reading


March 27, 2019

Gillibrand, Schumer, Maloney, Velázquez, Nadler, Espaillat Introduce Legislation To Rename Manhattan Va Medical Center After Revolutionary War Hero Margaret Corbin

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Personnel Subcommittee, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), and U.S. Representatives Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY-12), Nydia Velázquez (D-NY-07), Jerrold Nadler (D-NY-10), and Adriano Espaillat (D-NY-13) today introduced legislation to rename the Manhattan Campus of the VA New York Harbor Health Care System after Revolutionary War hero Margaret Corbin. Margaret Corbin … Continue Reading


March 26, 2019

Gillibrand Calls On DOJ To Follow The Law And Keep Census Responses Confidential

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that she and 14 Senate colleagues called on the Department of Justice (DOJ) to follow the law and protect the confidentiality of responses collected through the census. According to recent news reports, DOJ officials had discussed potentially violating the confidentiality of personal data collected during the decennial census. In their letter to Attorney General William Bar, the Senators cited existing law that clearly protects … Continue Reading


March 22, 2019

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $3.2 Million In Neighborworks America Grants For 12 Upstate New York Organizations Working To Provide Affordable Housing

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $3,203,500 in federal funding for Upstate New York community development organizations in the national NeighborWorks America network. NeighborWorks America is a public nonprofit organization that that provides grants and technical assistance to community development organizations that support affordable housing initiatives, neighborhood revitalization projects, small business lending, and more. "Access to … Continue Reading


March 22, 2019

Following Push From Senator Gillibrand And Rep. Chu, Treasury Waves Underpayment Penalty For More Americans

Washington, DC - The Treasury Department today announced that it would waive the under-withholding penalty for taxpayers who paid at least 80% of their taxes, down from the current 85%, after Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Rep. Judy Chu's push. Last month, Gillibrand introduced the Taxpayer Penalty Protection Act to lower the penalty threshold to 80% had Treasury not acted. Rep. Judy Chu introduced the same legislation in the House. Gillibrand and Chu today issued the following joint … Continue Reading


March 22, 2019

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $1.5 Million In Neighborworks America Grants For New York City And Long Island Organizations Working To Provide Affordable Housing

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $1,593,500 in federal funding for New York City and Long Island community development organizations in the national NeighborWorks America network. NeighborWorks America is a public nonprofit organization that provides grants and technical assistance to community development organizations that support affordable housing initiatives, neighborhood revitalization projects, small business lending, and more. "Access to … Continue Reading


March 20, 2019

Schumer, Gillibrand Demand Answers On Acting Secretary Of Interior’s Plan For Offshore Drilling

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, joined 15 other Senators in demanding answers from the current Acting Secretary of the Department of the Interior, David Bernhardt, on his plans for offshore drilling. Acting Secretary Bernhardt will soon face a confirmation hearing to permanently replace former Secretary Ryan Zinke to lead the Department of the Interior. Prior to … Continue Reading


March 20, 2019

Gillibrand, Senate Colleagues Call On King Of Saudi Arabia To Immediately Release Political Prisoners

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), along with eight Senate colleagues, today announced their call for the King of Saudi Arabia to immediately and unconditionally release prisoners held by the Saudi government. Reputable international organizations have detailed the arbitrary detention of political activists and peaceful dissidents, some sentenced through political trials and others held without trial for long periods of time. This includes Walid Fitaihi, an American … Continue Reading


March 20, 2019

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $2.5 Million In Federal Funds For The Village Of Saltaire In Suffolk County

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $2,504,629.58 in federal funding for the Village of Saltaire in Suffolk County. These federal funds are administered through U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and will be used to repair Lighthouse Promenade Walkway from damage caused by Superstorm Sandy. Lighthouse Promenade Walkway serves as an essential part of the Fire Island Emergency Access Route. It would be used by the … Continue Reading


March 15, 2019

Gillibrand, Toomey Introduce New Bipartisan Legislation To Expand Federal-Work Study Program To Let Students Get A Full-Time Job Experience In Their Field Of Study While In School

Washington, D.C. -U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) today announced the Classroom to Careers Act, new bipartisan legislation that would expand the Federal Work-Study program to allow students in the program to get a full-time job in their field of study. The Federal Work-Study Program provides part-time jobs for undergraduate and graduate students who have financial need. Currently, students enrolled in the Work-Study Program often work in part-time, … Continue Reading


March 15, 2019

Senators Gillibrand And Gardner Announce Bipartisan Legislation To Combat Opioid Crisis By Limiting Prescriptions To Seven Days

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today announced bipartisan legislation to combat the opioid crisis. The John S. McCain Opioid Addiction and Prevention Act would limit the supply of initial opioid prescriptions for acute pain to seven days. This bill is named after late-Senator John McCain, who was the Republican lead of this legislation last Congress. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are … Continue Reading


March 14, 2019

Gillibrand Announces That Her Legislation To Expand The FDR National Historic Site Has Been Signed Into Law

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that her legislation to expand the Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR) National Historic Site was signed into law on Tuesday. Gillibrand's FDR Historic Preservation Act authorizes the National Park Service to acquire 89 acres of land that are directly adjacent to the Home of FDR National Historic Site in Hyde Park and are currently owned by Scenic Hudson. Gillibrand's legislation was signed into law as a provision in the Natural … Continue Reading


March 14, 2019

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce That Legislation To Permanently Reauthorize Land And Water Conservation Fund Has Been Signed Into Law

Washington, DC - U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that, following their push, the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) has been permanently reauthorized. The LWCF has been instrumental in preserving some of the nation's most important and iconic public spaces, and has invested more than $336 million in funding to protect public lands, water resources, and historic sites across New York State. Additionally, according to the … Continue Reading


March 14, 2019

Gillibrand Announces That Her Legislation To Begin Process Of Designating The Finger Lakes Region As A National Heritage Area Has Been Signed Into Law

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that her legislation to take the first step towards designating the Finger Lakes Region as a National Heritage Area was signed into law on Tuesday as a provision in the Natural Resources Management Act. Gillibrand's legislation, the Finger Lakes National Heritage Area Study Act, authorizes the National Park Service to conduct a feasibility study in Cayuga, Chemung, Cortland, Livingston, Monroe, Onondaga, Ontario, Schuyler, … Continue Reading


March 12, 2019

Schumer, Gillibrand, Reed Announce Jamestown Comedy Center Is Officially The National Comedy Center Of The United States; The 2019 Lands Package Has Been Signed Into Law

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Representative Tom Reed today announced that their legislation designating Jamestown's National Comedy Center as the official "National Comedy Center" of the United States has passed Congress and been signed into law as part of the 2019 Lands Package. The Comedy Center, located in downtown Jamestown and partially built to honor the vision of Jamestown native Lucille Ball, serves as a landmark that … Continue Reading


March 12, 2019

Gillibrand Statement On New Republican Paid Leave Bill

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, who is the lead sponsor of the FAMILY Act, today released the following statement after Senators Joni Ernst (R-IA) and Mike Lee (R-UT) introduced new paid leave legislation: "The vast majority of Americans don't have any access to paid leave, and both parties now recognize that this is hurting our economy and holding our country back. Unfortunately, this bill is not a realistic plan. It only covers new parents and it creates a false choice … Continue Reading

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