Press Releases

April 29, 2021

ICYMI: Washington Post Editorial Board Calls For Gillibrand’s Long-Overdue Legislation To Reform Military Justice System

In case you missed it, yesterday, The Washington Post published an editorial urging passage of U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's new bipartisan legislation, the Military Justice Improvement and Increasing Prevention Act, which would move the decision to prosecute serious crimes from the chain of command and put it in the hands of trained, independent military prosecutors. The bill would also implement strong measures to prevent military sexual assault. The editorial calls for urgent action to … Continue Reading

April 29, 2021

Gillibrand Announces Full List Of 46 Original Co-Sponsors For New Bipartisan Military Justice Improvement And Increasing Prevention Act

Following the announcement of the new bipartisan Military Justice Improvement and Increasing Prevention Act, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced the full list of original co-sponsors, which includes 46 senators, including 34 Democrats, 2 Independents and 10 Republicans. Gillibrand unveiled the bill earlier today outside the U.S. Capitol, alongside U.S. Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), and Mark Kelly … Continue Reading

April 28, 2021

Gillibrand Applauds Inclusion Of National Paid Leave And Critical Investment Of Care Infrastructure In American Families Plan

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand released the following statement touting the inclusion of national paid leave and care infrastructure investment in President Biden's American Families Plan. The recently unveiled package would invest nearly $1.8 trillion in care infrastructure to support economic recovery, including $225 billion for a permanent comprehensive national paid family and medical leave program. "Nearly a decade ago, I introduced the FAMILY Act to create America's first … Continue Reading

April 27, 2021

Gillibrand Joins Colleagues To Reintroduce Bicameral Legislation To Establish National Paid Sick Day Policy

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand joined her colleagues, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and U.S. Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), to reintroduce bicameral legislation to establish a long-overdue national paid sick day policy. The Healthy Families Act would guarantee workers at businesses with at least 15 employees can earn up to seven days of paid sick leave each year. Throughout the pandemic, emergency paid sick leave provisions have - despite their limitations - given an estimated 22 … Continue Reading

April 27, 2021

As Indian Point Prepares To Close, Gillibrand Joins Colleagues In Renewed Bipartisan Push To Aid Communities Affected By Nuclear Power Plant Closures

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand joined colleagues to introduce the Sensible, Timely Relief for America's Nuclear Districts' Economic Development (STRANDED) Act, a bill to provide federal assistance to communities around the country that are burdened with storing stranded nuclear waste. The senators' bipartisan legislation would allocate $175 million annually for five years in a federal noncompetitive grant program to compensate communities with decommissioned nuclear power plants where spent … Continue Reading

April 27, 2021

Gillibrand Y Colegas Presentan El Proyecto De Ley “Medicare At 50”

La senadora de los Estados Unidos, Kirsten Gillibrand, miembro del Comité del Senado sobre Asuntos de la Vejez, se unió a otros colegas del Senado para volver a presentar el proyecto de ley "Medicare at 50", una medida que aumentaría la elegibilidad a Medicare de los neoyorquinos entre las edades de 50 y 64. A fecha de julio de 2020, cerca de 3,7 millones de personas de 65 años o más tenían Medicare en Nueva York. Reducir la edad de inscripción … Continue Reading

April 27, 2021

Gillibrand, Colleagues Introduce Medicare At 50 Act

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, member of the Senate Aging Committee, joined Senate colleagues to reintroduce the Medicare at 50 Act, legislation to give New Yorkers between the ages of 50 and 64 years old the option of buying into Medicare. As of July 2020, nearly 3.7 million people aged 65 and older were covered by Medicare in New York. Lowering the Medicare participation age to 50 would help 63 million uninsured and under-insured Americans - including those approaching retirement, or those … Continue Reading

April 27, 2021

ICYMI: New York Times: Gillibrand Makes Major Push To Reform Military Justice System

In case you missed it, the New York Times today published a story detailing U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's major push to enact long-overdue reforms in the military justice system that support justice for survivors of sexual assault. The article highlights a critical shift in support in Congress and the Pentagon for changes in military laws that would remove the charging decision of service members for sexual assault, and other felonies, from the chain of command. Experts agree that giving … Continue Reading

April 23, 2021

Schumer, Gillibrand Deliver Nearly $13 Million In Economic Relief To Local New York Airports For Operational And Cleaning Costs

U.S. Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $12,901,648 in federal funding for seven airports across New York. Secured in the CARES Act championed by the senators, this funding was allocated through the Department of Transportation (DOT) and will serve as a lifeline to local airports struggling to stay afloat after more than a year of limited operations. This funding will help alleviate the cost required to meet increased safety standards and … Continue Reading

April 23, 2021

Gillibrand Reintroduces Bicameral Legislation Requiring The Federal Reserve To Address Economic Inequalities, Close Racial Employment And Wage Gaps

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, alongside U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Representative Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), reintroduced bicameral legislation to address economic inequalities and close racial employment and wage gaps. The Federal Reserve Racial and Economic Equity Act would require the Federal Reserve to use its authority to eliminate racial employment and wage gaps and report on progress to address existing disparities over time. "Not only did the pandemic reveal the … Continue Reading

April 22, 2021

Gillibrand: La Extensión Por El USDA De Los Alimentos Escolares Universales Gratuitos Sienta Las Bases Para Que Los Políticos Hagan Permanente Esta Flexibilización Crucial

La senadora de los Estados Unidos, Kirsten Gillibrand, quien forma parte del Comité de Agricultura del Senado, le dio la bienvenida al anuncio del Departamento de Agricultura de los Estados Unidos (USDA, por sus siglas en inglés) de que extenderá los alimentos escolares universales gratuitos durante el año escolar 2021-2022. Anteriormente, el USDA extendió los vales del programa extendido de nutrición para la niñez que proveen alimentos … Continue Reading

April 22, 2021

Senator Gillibrand, Representatives Dean And Kildee, Mark Ruffalo, Environmental Attorney Rob Bilott, And Clean Water Advocates Introduce Landmark Bicameral Legislation To Create Access To Medical Monitoring For Victims Of Significant PFAS Exposure

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, U.S. Representatives Madeleine Dean (D-PA-04) and Dan Kildee (D-MI-05); Mark Ruffalo, environmental advocate, actor and producer of Dark Waters; Rob Bilott, the environmental attorney who inspired Dark Waters and author of "Exposure"; and clean water advocates announced the introduction of legislation to create a federal cause of action that would help courts award medical monitoring for victims of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) exposure and … Continue Reading

April 22, 2021

Gillibrand Applauds Senate Passage Of COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, an original cosponsor of the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act, released the statement below following Senate passage: "I'm proud to stand with Senator Mazie Hirono and Representative Grace Meng to help pass the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act. We have a shared responsibility to keep Asian community members safe, particularly seniors and women most impacted by the scourge of anti-Asian hatred. It's on all of us to stand up and speak out against all forms of hatred and … Continue Reading

April 21, 2021

Gillibrand Introduces End Outsourcing Act To Bring Good Paying Jobs Back To America And Re-Employ Workers To Help Economy Recover

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) introduced the bicameral End Outsourcing Act, legislation that would utilize the tax code and federal grants, loans and contracts to end the outsourcing of jobs overseas. The End Outsourcing Act was introduced in the House by U.S. Representative Mark Pocan (D-WI-02). As the economy recovers from the COVID-19 crisis, the End Outsourcing Act would enact a new tax benefit to help companies bring good-paying manufacturing jobs back to America and … Continue Reading

April 21, 2021

Gillibrand, Colleagues Urge Biden To Swiftly Nominate Ambassador To Monitor And Combat Anti-Semitism

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand joined a bipartisan group of 22 Senators in a letter to President Joe Biden urging him to expeditiously nominate a qualified Ambassador to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism in order to confront the rising level of anti-Semitism worldwide. "It's time to swiftly nominate a qualified Ambassador to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism because a threat anywhere to the safety of the Jewish people is a threat everywhere, and we must remain vigilant and informed. The … Continue Reading

April 21, 2021

Gillibrand: USDA's Extension Of Universal Free School Meals Sets The Stage For Lawmakers To Make Critical Flexibility Permanent

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, welcomed the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)'s announcement that it would extend universal free school meals through the 2021-2022 school year. Previously, the USDA extended child nutrition program waivers that provided universal free school meals through September 30. Senators Gillibrand and Murkowski (R-AK) recently announced a bipartisan bill to expand the USDA Summer Food Service Program, which … Continue Reading

April 20, 2021

Gillibrand Statement On Derek Chauvin Guilty Verdict

Addressing the three guilty verdicts in the trial of Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand released the following statement: "Today's verdict delivers a small measure of justice to the family of George Floyd, but nothing can ever erase the pain of losing a loved one. Our nation remains in a moment of moral reckoning and we must take bold and decisive action. Congress must pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act to address the systemic and … Continue Reading

April 20, 2021

Gillibrand, Suozzi Introduce Legislation To Ensure Long Islanders Are Not Taxed On Grants Received To Upgrade Their Septic Systems

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Representative Tom Suozzi announced the introduction of a bill that would reverse a 2020 Internal Revenue Service (IRS) ruling that Suffolk County residents must pay taxes on county grants used to upgrade their septic tanks. The lawmakers are pushing to include this legislation in the next infrastructure package. "Taxing Long Island families for using grants to upgrade their septic tanks is nonsensical and wrong," said Senator Gillibrand. "Given that … Continue Reading

April 20, 2021

Senators Schumer And Gillibrand, Representatives Tonko And Katko, Call On Biden Administration To Invest In U.S. Semiconductor Production

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and U.S. Representatives Paul Tonko (D-NY-20) and John Katko (R-NY-24) called on the Biden administration to invest in U.S. semiconductor production by funding federal semiconductor manufacturing and R&D incentive provisions that were signed into law as part of the FY21 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The lawmakers are urging the administration to fund and implement these important provisions to increase … Continue Reading

April 19, 2021

Gillibrand Asks Biden Administration To “Explore All Options,” Help Hospitals Recover From Covid-Related Financial Stress

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand sent a letter to Acting Administrator of Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Liz Richter, requesting that the Biden administration explore all options to alleviate the financial burdens incurred through the emergency measures of the Medicare Accelerated/Advanced Payments Program. The letter requests that the administration evaluate options for total loan forgiveness, adjustments to repayment interest rates to reduce interest burdens, and … Continue Reading

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