Press Releases

May 29, 2020

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Nearly $1.5 Million For Water Infrastructure Renovations 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 (EPW), today announced $1,400,000 in federal funding for water infrastructure projects in rural New York. This funding was allocated through the US Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Water and Environmental Program (WEP) and will be used to renovate wastewater collection, water storage, and water distribution systems. These vital renovation efforts will … Continue Reading


May 29, 2020

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Nearly $500K In Education Funding For United Way Of Buffalo And Erie County

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $499,871 in Full Service Community Schools (FSCS) Program funding for United Way of Buffalo and Erie County. This funding was provided by the U.S. Department of Education's Fund for the Improvement of Education (FIE) and will be used to improve the quality of elementary and secondary education in Upstate New York. "A high quality elementary and secondary education is the foundation on which our … Continue Reading


May 27, 2020

Gillibrand, Colleagues Introduce Legislation To Protect U.S. Food Supply Amid COVID-19 Crisis

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, joined Senate colleagues in introducing legislation to protect the nation's food supply, which has been threatened by the COVID-19 crisis. The coronavirus pandemic has caused an unprecedented shift in demand, moving it away from restaurants and food service and towards retail and food donations. As farmers struggle to sell their produce and meat, many have had to dispose of their … Continue Reading


May 27, 2020

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Nearly $3.5 Million In Federal Funding For Telehealth Services

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $3,460,645 in federal funding to provide telehealth services for New Yorkers affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The seventh set of telehealth funding was allocated through the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) COVID-19 Telehealth Program as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES). This federal funding will expand New Yorkers' access to affordable healthcare … Continue Reading


May 27, 2020

Senator Gillibrand, Congressman Brown Introduce Bicameral Legislation To Increase Diversity In Military Service Academy Nominations

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Congressman Anthony G. Brown (MD-04) introduced legislation to diversify military service academy nominations by mandating race, gender, ethnicity, and other demographic metrics be collected and published on an annual basis. The "Public Accountability on Nominations Offered that Result in Admissions to Military Academies" (PANORAMA) Act would provide key public data and additional transparency to improve diversity within military leadership. In the … Continue Reading


May 27, 2020

ICYMI: Following Gillibrand Questioning, Experts Confirm National Paid Leave Program Would Protect Workers And Older Americans In Nursing Homes Amid COVID-19 Crisis

*Watch Special Committee on Aging Hearing Video HERE* In case you missed it, last week U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, member of the Special Committee on Aging, questioned experts on the impact of lacking a national paid leave program on the COVID-19 crisis in the nation's nursing homes. Following her questions, expert witness Dr. R. Tamara Konetzka confirmed that the availability of paid leave would help keep sick and contagious workers home and keep older Americans safer as the coronavirus … Continue Reading


May 26, 2020

Gillibrand Joins Push To Fund Gun Violence Prevention And Support Programs Amidst Covid-19 Crisis

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand called on Senate leadership to include funding for gun violence prevention and support services in the next coronavirus relief package. Recent reports show that gun sales have increased and emergency health services have been strained since the coronavirus pandemic began. Stay-at-home orders have led to an increase in truancy among youth due to school closures, unemployment, and housing and food insecurity. These effects have exacerbated community gun … Continue Reading


May 21, 2020

Gillibrand Cosponsors Legislation To Establish Victim Compensation Fund For Essential Workers Affected By COVID-19

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced legislation to establish a new fund to provide compensation for essential workers that were required to leave their home to perform services and became ill or died as a result of COVID-19. The fund would cover their families, as well. The Pandemic Heroes Compensation Act is modeled after the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) and follows similar bipartisan legislation introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. Senator Gillibrand … Continue Reading


May 20, 2020

Video: As Communities Of Color Suffer Disproportionately From COVID-19, Gillibrand Presses EPA Administrator On Rollbacks Of Clean Air Guidelines

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, pressed EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler about the health effects related to air pollution after the EPA rolled back clean air protections amidst the coronavirus pandemic. Research has shown that communities of color in the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Queens have some of the highest death rates from COVID-19 - these same communities also have the highest rates of hospitalizations for cardiovascular and … Continue Reading


May 20, 2020

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Nearly $650K For Broadband Projects Across Rural New York

Today, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced $640,296 in federal funding to connect rural and unserved New York communities to high-speed internet. The funding was awarded to the Mid-Hudson Data Corporation through the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) Connect America Fund program. The program is part of a broader effort by the FCC to close the digital divide in rural America by ensuring all Americans have access to critical voice … Continue Reading


May 19, 2020

Gillibrand Urges Congress To Increase And Expand SNAP Benefits As Millions More Americans Seek Food Assistance Amid The COVID-19 Crisis

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand urged Congress to expand the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and increase benefits in the next coronavirus relief package. Before the coronavirus crisis began, SNAP was providing food assistance to 38 million Americans. The program is widely used in both rural and urban localities - in New York, 13% of rural families depend on SNAP while 15% of those in metro areas rely on the program. Now, with millions more Americans dealing with … Continue Reading


May 19, 2020

Gillibrand, Murkowski Urge Congress To Prioritize Impact Aid Funding In Next Coronavirus Relief Package

U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) led a bipartisan group of senators urging Congress to prioritize Impact Aid funding for federally impacted schools in the next coronavirus relief package. Federally impacted school districts educate some of the most vulnerable student populations - including Native American and military connected children and children living in federal low-rent housing - and rely on Impact Aid for resources. As these school districts struggle to … Continue Reading


May 18, 2020

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Nearly $11 Million In Federal Funding For Health Care Centers In New York State During COVID-19

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $10,777,076 in federal funding to provide health services for New Yorkers affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The growing coronavirus pandemic has overwhelmed New York's hospital system -- decimating supplies and creating a crisis for health care workers on the frontlines of combatting the virus. This funding, awarded to six New York health centers through the Department of Health & Human … Continue Reading


May 18, 2020

Following Push, Gillibrand Announces Inclusion Of Bipartisan Legislation To Address PFAS In Drinking Water And Other Key Provisions In Senate Water Resource Development Act And Drinking Water Infrastructure Act Passed By EPW Committee

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, today announced that, following her push, essential legislation for safe drinking water and key provisions for New York's water resources are included in two pieces of water infrastructure legislation recently approved by the EPW Committee: the 2020 Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) and the Drinking Water Infrastructure Act of 2020. The Drinking Water Infrastructure Act of 2020 includes … Continue Reading


May 15, 2020

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $16 Million EPA Water Infrastructure Loan For The City Of Cortland

U.S. Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW), today announced a $16 million Water Infrastructure Loan allocated through the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA). This funding will support sewer rehabilitation and water main replacement projects to provide safe drinking water and dependable wastewater services for Cortland, New York. … Continue Reading


May 15, 2020

Gillibrand Calls For Legislation To Ban “Ghost” Guns

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand joined a group of 15 senators to introduce legislation to ban "ghost" guns. As reports emerge that the health and economic crises caused by the coronavirus pandemic have increased demand and sales of untraceable weapons, the Untraceable Firearms Act would require distributors and manufacturers to comply with federal firearm safety guidelines. "The notion that anyone - including convicted felons, domestic abusers, and other dangerous individuals - can download … Continue Reading


May 15, 2020

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Nearly $1.6 Million In Federal Funding For Telehealth Services

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $1,589,591 in federal funding to provide telehealth services for New Yorkers affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The funding was allocated through the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) COVID-19 Telehealth Program as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES). Telehealth Program funding will help connect providers with patients during the COVID-19 pandemic, … Continue Reading


May 15, 2020

Senators Gillibrand, Markey, Rubio, And Gardner Introduce Bipartisan Legislation To Strengthen America’s Bioeconomy

Today, U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Ed Markey (D-MA), Marco Rubio (R-FL), and Cory Gardner (R-CO) introduced bipartisan legislation to strengthen America's bioeconomy. As scientists and researchers rush to develop a vaccine for COVID-19, the Bioeconomy Research and Development Act of 2020 would strengthen and broaden engineering biology by establishing an initiative to advance research and development, advance biomanufacturing, develop the future bioeconomy workforce, and support … Continue Reading


May 15, 2020

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Senate Passage Of Bipartisan Bill To Help Families Of First Responders Lost To COVID-19

*** WATCH HERE*** U.S. Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced the unanimous Senate passage of a bipartisan bill to ensure families of public safety officers lost to COVID-19 can quickly access survivor benefits. The Safeguarding America's First Responders Act (SAFR) clarifies certification requirements for survivor benefits under the Public Safety Officers Benefits Program to account for the unique challenges presented by the current coronavirus pandemic. "Our brave first … Continue Reading


May 14, 2020

Gillibrand Joins Bicameral Push For Federal Civil Rights Investigation Into Murder Of Ahmaud Arbery

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand joined a bicameral call on the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to launch a criminal civil rights investigation into the murder of Ahmaud Arbery and an independent investigation into local authorities' handling of the case. Last week, Arbery's killers were arrested, yet Gillibrand and her colleagues expressed serious concern about the prosecutorial misconduct that allowed the killers to walk free for more than two months. Senator Gillibrand pushed the DOJ to … Continue Reading

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