Press Releases

March 11, 2021

Gillibrand Urges New Yorkers To File Taxes Electronically To Quickly Access American Rescue Plan’s Child Tax Credit And EITC

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is urging New Yorkers to file their taxes electronically to quickly access major anti-poverty provisions in the American Rescue Plan like the now fully refundable Child Tax Credit, which will provide annual payments of $3,600 for children under 6 years old and $3,000 for those between the ages of 6 and 17, and an expanded Earn Income Tax Credit (EITC) available to more low-income earning families. Across New York state, 87% of children under the age of 18 would … Continue Reading


March 11, 2021

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $7 Million In Funding For Public Housing Assistance In Long Island

U.S. Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $7,499,890 in FY 2021 allocations for the Capital Fund Program in Long Island, which provides annual grants to Public Housing Authorities. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and will help communities across New York address housing insecurity, increase health and safety measures for public housing residents, and develop and modernize Public … Continue Reading


March 11, 2021

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $600 Million In Funding For Public Housing Assistance In New York City

U.S. Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $601,270,521 in FY 2021 allocations for the Capital Fund Program in New York City, which provides annual grants to Public Housing Authorities. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and will help communities across New York address housing insecurity, increase health and safety measures for public housing residents, and develop and modernize Public … Continue Reading


March 10, 2021

As Unemployment Remains High, Gillibrand Announces Expanded Aca Benefits And Premium Savings For Cobra Assistance To Newly Unemployed Americans; Urges New Yorkers To Enroll On NYS Exchange

As millions of Americans have lost their jobs and employer-based benefits during the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is announcing expanded health care benefits for New Yorkers in the recently passed American Rescue Plan (ARP) and urging New Yorkers to sign up for health care through the New York State of Health Marketplace exchange. The bill includes new premium savings in Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) Assistance to newly unemployed Americans, … Continue Reading


March 09, 2021

Gillibrand Highlights Key Wins For New Yorkers In $1.9 Trillion American Rescue Plan

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand highlighted key legislative victories for New Yorkers in the Senate-passed American Rescue Plan. The $1.9 trillion COVID relief package will deliver critical resources to American families and small businesses and will bolster funding for public health, health care, economic recovery, and essential services. Senator Gillibrand successfully negotiated the inclusion of several provisions in the relief package that will bring direct aid and essential … Continue Reading


March 08, 2021

Gillibrand Urges New Yorkers Who Lost A Job Or Added A Dependent In Past Year To File 2020 Taxes In Order To Qualify For $1400 Stimulus Checks

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is urging New Yorkers who added a dependent or whose income dipped under $80,000 in the past year to file their 2020 taxes as soon as possible, in order to qualify for the $1400 stimulus checks allocated under the Senate-passed American Rescue Plan. Under the American Rescue Plan, individuals that make under $80,000 and couples that make under $160,000 qualify for stimulus checks and will receive additional $1400 checks per child and adult dependent. In … Continue Reading


March 08, 2021

Gillibrand Announces Key Legislative Victories For New Yorkers In American Rescue Plan

Aided by aggressive action by U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, the Senate today passed the American Rescue Plan to support American families and small businesses, and deliver critical resources for public health, health care, economic recovery and essential services. Gillibrand successfully negotiated the inclusion of several provisions in the relief package-she authored legislation to create a Health Force to aide vaccine distribution and deliver funding for cash-strapped state and local … Continue Reading


March 06, 2021

Gillibrand Anuncia Victorias Legislativas Clave Para Los Neoyorquinos En El Plan De Rescate Estadounidense

Luego de acciones asertivas por la senadora de los Estados Unidos, Kirsten Gillibrand, para darle un alivio a los trabajadores y a las familias neoyorquinas, el Senado aprobó hoy el Plan de Rescate Estadounidense (en inglés, American Rescue Plan) para apoyar a los personas en los Estados Unidos y a las pequeñas empresas, y brindar recursos cruciales para la salud pública, el cuidado de la salud, la recuperación económica y los servicios esenciales. … Continue Reading


March 05, 2021

Gillibrand Announces Bills To Strengthen And Expand Background Check Requirements To Reduce Gun Violence

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand joined Senate Democrats to introduce two bills to strengthen and expand background check requirements as communities across New York State experience increased gun violence during the pandemic. Today, Senator Gillibrand cosponsored the Background Check Completion Act, legislation that would require a completed background check for every gun buyer who purchases a gun from a federally-licensed gun dealer. Senator Gillibrand also reintroduced the bicameral … Continue Reading


March 04, 2021

Senators Gillibrand And Rubio, Representatives Cohen And Desaulnier Introduce Bipartisan Legislation To Strengthen Safety Measures To Prevent Deadly ‘Underride’ Accidents Involving Tractor-Trailers

Today, U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) and U.S. Representatives Steve Cohen (D-TN-9) and Mark DeSaulnier (D-CA) reintroduced bipartisan legislation to strengthen safety measures to prevent deadly underride accidents involving tractor-trailers and straight trucks. The bipartisan Stop Underrides Act would require underride guards on the sides and front of all new trucks and update outdated standards for underride guards on the rear of trucks. An underride crash … Continue Reading


March 03, 2021

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $2 Million In Federal Head Start Funding For Delaware Opportunities, Inc.

U.S. Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $2,361,543 in Head Start funding for Delaware Opportunities, Inc. in Hamden. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and will be used to enhance early child development programs and foster productive learning for children in low-income families, with a focus on early learning and development, health, and family well-being. "Study after study shows that … Continue Reading


March 03, 2021

Gillibrand, Colleagues Introduce Pandemic Heroes Compensation Act To Compensate Essential Workers Affected By COVID-19

U.S Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced the introduction of the Pandemic Heroes Compensation Act, which will create a new program for all essential workers and personnel who have been injured or impacted by COVID-19. Modelled after the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF), the new fund would provide compensation to any individuals, or their families, who were deemed essential workers that were required to leave their home to perform services, and became ill or died as a result of … Continue Reading


March 02, 2021

Gillibrand, Colleagues Urge Biden Administration To Prioritize ATF Leadership And Gun Violence Prevention

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand joined a dozen Senate colleagues in a letter to President Joe Biden urging him to quickly nominate a permanent Director for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) who is committed to increasing public safety and addressing the gun violence epidemic across the country. In the letter, the Senators highlighted public transparency, information-sharing practices, oversight of the gun industry, the proliferation of ghost guns, and dealer … Continue Reading


March 02, 2021

Gillibrand Calls On Biden Administration To Establish Office Of Sexual And Reproductive Health And Wellbeing

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand led a letter alongside U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) urging the Biden administration to establish an Office of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Wellbeing (OSRHW) within the Domestic Policy Council. Following years of Republican-led policies on the federal level and in states across the country that have weakened reproductive rights and health care, Gillibrand and her colleagues are pushing President Joe Biden and Vice President … Continue Reading


March 02, 2021

As Senate Negotiates Coronavirus Relief Package, Gillibrand Fights For Robust LIHEAP Funding To Help Families Struggling To Keep Heat On

As the Senate negotiates the House passed coronavirus relief package, Gillibrand is urging Senate leadership to maintain House negotiated funding levels for Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) at $4.5 billion. Within the last year, the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic has put an unprecedented financial burden on New Yorkers. Millions of New Yorkers are finding it more difficult to afford the cost of keeping the heat turned on in their homes during the cold … Continue Reading


March 02, 2021

Gillibrand Announces Disclose Act To Combat Special Interests And Dark Money Influence In Federal Elections

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced bicameral legislation to help reduce corruption in politics by cracking down on special interests and dark money influence in federal elections. The DISCLOSE Act would increase transparency of political spending by requiring organizations and corporations to disclose donors who have given $10,000 or more during an election cycle. "We have to get dark money out of politics and combat special interest spending in federal elections," said Senator … Continue Reading


March 01, 2021

Gillibrand Announces Ultra-Millionaire Tax Act To Build Fairer Economy

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced legislation to create an ultra-millionaire tax on fortunes over $50 million. The bicameral Ultra-Millionaire Tax Act - led by U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and U.S. Representatives Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) and Representative Brendan Boyle (D-PA) - would build a fairer economy and help narrow the racial wealth gap by asking the wealthiest 100,000 households in America, or the top 0.05%, to pay their fair share. The legislation creates a 2% … Continue Reading


March 01, 2021

Senators Gillibrand And Cotton, Representatives Nadler And Herrera Beutler Introduce Bipartisan, Bicameral Legislation To Protect Organ Donors

At the start of National Kidney Month, U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Tom Cotton (R-AR) and U.S. Representatives Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) and Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA) introduced legislation to protect the rights of living organ donors. The Living Donor Protection Act would protect living donors from high insurance premiums, codify Department of Labor (DOL) guidance that covers living donors under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) in the private and civil service, remove … Continue Reading


February 28, 2021

Gillibrand Calls for NY Attorney General Investigation

Addressing the sexual harassment allegations against New York Governor Cuomo, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand released the following statement: "These allegations are serious and deeply concerning. As requested by Attorney General James, the matter should be referred to her office so that she can conduct a transparent, independent and thorough investigation with subpoena … Continue Reading


February 26, 2021

Gillibrand Announces Over $40K Investment In New York University Transportation Research Fellowship

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $41,500 in federal funding for the Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship Program (DDETFP). This federal funding was allocated through the Federal Highway Administration's Technology Partnership Program and will be used to provide financial support for students pursuing masters and doctoral degrees in transportation-related disciplines at New York University. "The transportation industry is critical in New York. In order to retain … Continue Reading

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