Press Releases

January 27, 2022

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $9 Million In Federal Funding To Reduce Burnout Among Health Care Professionals

Today, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced $9,655,841 in federal funding to address a staffing crisis in our nation's hospitals by reducing burnout and promoting wellness among health care workers. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and will be used to develop and implement programming to address mental health challenges faced by health … Continue Reading


January 27, 2022

After Securing $3 Billion In Funding To Establish A National Public Health Workforce, Gillibrand Meets With Inaugural Public Health Corps Workers At Nyc Health + Hospitals/Bellevue In Nyc; Gillibrand Announces Push For $55 Billion In Biden’s Budget To Establish A Health Force In Every Community

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was joined by President and CEO of New York City Health + Hospitals Dr. Mitchell Katz and Commissioner of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Dr. Dave Chokshi at NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue to meet with new members of the inaugural New York City Public Health Corps. The NYC Public Health Corps received $35 million to help establish their inaugural workforce based in part on Gillibrand's efforts during passage of the American … Continue Reading


January 26, 2022

Gillibrand Statement On Justice Breyer’s Retirement

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) released the following statement on reports of Supreme Court Justice Breyer's plans to retire. "When Justice Breyer was nominated to the Supreme Court in 1994, President Clinton said that he would bring to the bench 'an abiding sense of decency and an unswerving dedication to ensuring liberty and justice for all' - for the past 28 years, he has done just that. I am deeply grateful for Justice Breyer's service to our country, his brilliant legal mind, … Continue Reading


January 26, 2022

With Small Businesses In Dire Need Of Assistance, Gillibrand Calls On IRS To Expedite Unprocessed Employee Retention Credit Refunds

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is calling on Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner Charles P. Rettig to expedite and clear the backlog of unprocessed Employee Retention Credit (ERC) payments that were passed and guaranteed in the CARES Act in March of 2020. The ERC credit was created to help struggling businesses in urgent need of assistance due to economic disruptions during the COVID-19 pandemic. Specifically, disbursement of the ERC credit would ensure businesses receive … Continue Reading


January 25, 2022

Gillibrand, Colleagues Urge Biden Administration To Quickly Distribute Additional Rent Relief To Low-Income Renters

Following the end of New York's eviction moratorium, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand joined 7 of her colleagues in urging the Biden administration to reallocate funding from the Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) Program to assist low-income renters. The letter requests that unspent ERA funds be distributed as quickly as possible to communities facing the greatest need, including those where a large portion of renters pay over 50% of their income in rent or have lost their jobs since the … Continue Reading


January 25, 2022

Gillibrand, Colleagues Urge Biden Administration To Require Medicare To Pay For Rapid Covid Tests

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand joined 18 of her Senate colleagues in urging the Biden administration to require Medicare to pay for rapid COVID tests. The letter follows the administration's recent guidance requiring private insurance companies to cover the cost of up to 8 rapid over-the-counter COVID tests per month. Extending this requirement to Medicare would ensure that an additional 61 million Americans enrolled in Medicare and Medicare Advantage, including those at highest risk … Continue Reading


January 24, 2022

Senator Gillibrand Calls For Major Increase In Funding To Address Maternal Mortality Crisis Among Black Women And Eliminate Racial Bias In Maternal Care

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand stood at the Roosevelt Family Health Center with Dr. Martine Hackett of Birth Justice Warriors and Chief Medical Officer of LIFQHC Dr. Tarika James to call for funding to address the nation's maternal mortality crisis among Black women and eliminate racial bias in maternal care. Ahead of final negotiations for the FY22 appropriations package, Senator Gillibrand is calling on House and Senate Appropriations Committee leaders to include $7 million to fund … Continue Reading


January 24, 2022

Senator Gillibrand, Deputy Mayor Owens, And Health Leader Sequoia Kemp Call For Major Increase In Funding To Address Maternal Mortality Crisis Among Black Women And Eliminate Racial Bias In Maternal Care

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand stood at South Side Communication Center with Deputy Mayor of Syracuse Sharon Owens and Co-Founder of Sankofa Reproductive Health and Healing Center SeQuoia Kemp to call for funding to address the nation's maternal mortality crisis among Black women and eliminate racial bias in maternal care. Ahead of final negotiations for the FY22 appropriations package, Senator Gillibrand is calling on House and Senate Appropriations Committee leaders to include $7 … Continue Reading


January 24, 2022

Senator Gillibrand, Mayor Evans, And Members Of Rochester’s New York State Delegation Call For Major Increase In Funding To Address Maternal Mortality Crisis Among Black Women And Eliminate Racial Bias In Maternal Care

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand stood at the His Branches Community Health Center with Rochester Mayor Malik Evans, State Senator Samra Brouk, Executive Director of His Branches Community Health Center Mike Weston, and Assembly Members Demond Meeks and Sarah Clark to call for funding to address the nation's maternal mortality crisis among Black women and eliminate racial bias in maternal care. Ahead of final negotiations for the FY22 appropriations package, Senator Gillibrand is calling … Continue Reading


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

Gillibrand, Colleagues Urge President Biden, Federal Officials To Purchase And Distribute Made-In-America Masks

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand joined her colleagues in writing letters to President Biden and other top federal officials urging them to prioritize the purchase of American-made masks in order to support domestic manufacturing and reduce dependence on foreign-made PPE. As the Biden administration begins to distribute millions of masks at no cost to Americans, the letter calls on the administration to ensure that future purchases prioritize masks made in the U.S. with U.S. materials. The … 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 19, 2022

Gillibrand Announces Her Recommendations for the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York Have Been Nominated by President Biden

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand applauded President Biden for nominating two of her recommendations for U.S. District Court seats: Natasha Merle to serve as a judge for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York and Jennifer Rearden to serve as a judge for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Gillibrand recommended Ms. Merle and Ms. Rearden to President Biden last year. "I am proud and honored that President Biden has nominated Ms. Merle to … 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

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