Press Releases

January 31, 2019

As Reports Indicate EPA On Verge Of Not Setting Drinking Water Standard For Highly Toxic PFOA/PFOS, Schumer & Gillibrand Demand EPA Issue Standard For Maximum Exposure To Protect Public Health; Carcinogenic Chemical Has Contaminated Drinking Water & Endangered Public Health In Newburgh, Suffolk & Rensselaer Counties; Senators Call On EPA To Immediately Reverse Course

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today called on Acting Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Andrew Wheeler to reverse course and commit to setting a maximum contaminant level (MCL) for PFOA and PFOS as soon as possible. The senators explained that perfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, are a class of toxic chemicals, including PFOS and PFOA, that have contaminated drinking water and impacted thousands of lives in communities … Continue Reading


January 31, 2019

Gillibrand Statement On Court Ruling Ordering VA To Provide Long Overdue Benefits To Blue Water Navy Veterans

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today released the following statement regarding this week's ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit overturning a sixteen year old VA policy that denied benefits to thousands of Navy veterans exposed to Agent Orange during the Vietnam War: "It is long overdue for the federal government to recognize the sacrifices of our Blue Water Navy veterans and meet its sacred obligation to these veterans. The VA must honor this … Continue Reading


January 30, 2019

After Government Shutdown Stalls Enactment Of Critical Farm Bill Provisions, Gillibrand Calls On USDA To Fast-Track Farm Bill Implementation And Provide Much-Needed Relief To Dairy Farmers And Other Producers Across New York State As Soon As Possible

Washington, DC - After the government shutdown stalled the enactment of critical Farm Bill provisions, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today called on the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to fast-track Farm Bill implementation and provide much-needed relief to dairy farmers and other producers across New York State as soon as possible. "Our dairy farmers in New York have been hurting for years. They work extremely hard but have been … Continue Reading


January 29, 2019

Citing I-81 In Syracuse As Example Of A Highway That Segregated Marginalized Communities, Gillibrand Highlights Need To Address Systemic Racism In Federal Highway Projects While Questioning Nominee For Federal Highway Administrator

***Watch EPW Committee Hearing Video Here ** Washington, DC - Today, at an Environment and Public Works Committee Hearing, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand cited I-81 in Syracuse in her questioning of Nicole R. Nason, the nominee to become the Federal Highway Administrator, and highlighted the need to address systemic racism in federal highway projects. Citing I-81 in Syracuse as an example of an interstate highway that segregated marginalized communities and limited their economic … Continue Reading


January 24, 2019

As Senate Environment And Public Works Committee Prepares To Set Its Agenda For The New Congress, Gillibrand Calls For Action On Solving The Climate Change Crisis, Eliminate Carbon Emissions, Modernize Our Economy And Create Good, New Jobs For American Workers Throughout New York And All Across The Country

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, today wrote a letter to Environment and Public Works Committee Chairman John Barrasso (R-WY) urging him to make climate change, green jobs, and a sustainable economy a central part of the Committee's agenda this Congress. Gillibrand's call to action comes amid overwhelming evidence that the climate change crisis is growing worse and can only be stopped with large-scale effort that … Continue Reading


January 24, 2019

Following The Tragic Deaths Of Two Children Held In Cbp Custody, Gillibrand, Senate Colleagues Call For Investigation Into Conditions Of Detained Migrant Children

Washington, DC - Following the tragic deaths of two children held in custody by Customs and Border Protection (CBP), U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) joined U.S. Senators Bob Casey (D-PA), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), and 20 Senate colleagues to call on the federal Government Accountability Office (GAO) to examine the conditions of all children detained by CBP. The Senators are calling for this investigation in order to help prevent future tragedies like the deaths of Jakelin Caal and Felipe … Continue Reading


January 23, 2019

Gillibrand, Senate Colleagues Reintroduce Legislation To Expand Access To Affordable Child Care For Working Families

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced the reintroduction of the Right Start Child Care and Education Act, legislation that would make child care more affordable and accessible for families across New York State and the nation. This legislation would reform the nation's federal tax code to increase the outdated dollar limits on child care expenses for families, make the child care tax credit fully refundable, create a tax credit for educated child care professionals, … Continue Reading


January 22, 2019

Senator Gillibrand Statement On Supreme Court Decision Allowing President Trump’s Ban On Transgender Military Service To Go Into Effect

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today released the following statement in response to the Supreme Court's decision to lift the injunction that had blocked President Trump's ban on transgender service members: "Transgender service members have been serving in our military with honor and distinction. They are willing to die for this country, they make extraordinary sacrifices for our freedom, and they are unafraid to fight for … Continue Reading


January 16, 2019

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $2.3 Million In Department Of Transportation Funding For Installation Of Life-Saving Positive Train Control Technology For LIRR In Suffolk County, NY

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $2,300,000 in federal funding for Long Island Railroad's Positive Train Control (PTC) system in Bohemia, New York. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) FY 2018 Positive Train Control Grants under the Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements Grant Program. Specifically, the Long Island Railroad Project will use the funding to monitor train … Continue Reading


January 13, 2019

As Maternal Mortality Rates Continue To Cause A Public Health Crisis In New York, Gillibrand Stands With Christy Turlington Burns, Nyc Mothers, Advocates, And Medical Professionals To Announce Her Push On Legislation To Reduce Maternal Deaths, Give Hospitals Funding To Implement Best Practices To Prevent Women From Dying Before, During, And After Childbirth

New York, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today stood with Christy Turlington Burns, New York City mothers, advocates, and medical professionals to announce her push on the Modernizing Obstetric Medicine Standards (MOMS) Act, legislation that would help prevent women from suffering from medical complications or dying before, during, and after childbirth. The United States has more pregnancy-related deaths than any other developed country in the world, particularly among black women. Each … Continue Reading


January 09, 2019

Gillibrand Announces 2019 Service Academy Nominations From The Rochester-Finger Lakes Region

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today announced her nominations for candidates from the Rochester-Finger Lakes Region to two of the nation's leading service institutions: the United States Naval and Air Force Academies. "I am honored to nominate such dedicated and talented students to our nation's service academies. They have demonstrated exemplary leadership abilities and an outstanding academic record, as well as a passion … Continue Reading


January 09, 2019

Gillibrand Announces 2019 Service Academy Nomination From The North Country

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today announced her nomination for a candidate from the North Country to the United States Military Academy, one of the nation's leading service institutions. "I am honored to nominate Hannah Bajakian to the United States Military Academy. She is a dedicated and talented student who has demonstrated exemplary leadership abilities, an outstanding academic record, and a passion to serve our … Continue Reading


January 09, 2019

Gillibrand Announces 2019 Service Academy Nominations From Long Island

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today announced her nominations for candidates from Long Island to the United States Merchant Marine, Air Force, Military, and Naval Academies. "I am honored to nominate such dedicated and talented students from Long Island to our nation's service academies. They have demonstrated exemplary leadership abilities and an outstanding academic record, as well as a passion to serve our nation," said … Continue Reading


January 09, 2019

Gillibrand Announces 2019 Service Academy Nominations From The Hudson Valley

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today announced her nominations for candidates from the Hudson Valley to three of the nation's leading service institutions: the United States Air Force, Military, and Naval Academies. "I am honored to nominate such dedicated and talented students from the Hudson Valley to our nation's service academies. They have demonstrated exemplary leadership abilities and an outstanding academic record, as … Continue Reading


January 09, 2019

Gillibrand Announces 2019 Service Academy Nominations From New York City

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today announced her nominations for candidates from New York City to three of the nation's leading service institutions: the United States Military, Air Force, and Naval Academies. "I am honored to nominate such dedicated and talented students to our nation's service academies. They have demonstrated exemplary leadership abilities and an outstanding academic record, as well as a passion to serve … Continue Reading


January 09, 2019

Gillibrand Announces 2019 Service Academy Nominations From Western New York

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today announced her nominations for candidates from Western New York to two of the nation's leading service institutions: the United States Naval and Air Force Academies. "I am honored to nominate such dedicated and talented students from Western New York to our nation's service academies. They have demonstrated exemplary leadership abilities and an outstanding academic record, as well as a … Continue Reading


January 09, 2019

Gillibrand Announces 2019 Service Academy Nominations From The Capital Region

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today announced her nominations for candidates from the Capital Region to two of the nation's leading service institutions: the United States Military and Merchant Marine Academies. "I am honored to nominate such dedicated and talented students from the Capital Region to our nation's service academies. They have demonstrated exemplary leadership abilities and an outstanding academic record, as … Continue Reading


January 09, 2019

Gillibrand Announces 2019 Service Academy Nominations From Central New York And The Mohawk Valley

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today announced her nominations for candidates from Central New York and the Mohawk Valley to three of the nation's leading service institutions: the United States Naval, Merchant Marine, and Military Academies. "I am honored to nominate such dedicated and talented students to our nation's service academies. They have demonstrated exemplary leadership abilities and an outstanding academic … Continue Reading


January 08, 2019

Gillibrand Joins 40 Senate Colleagues To Reintroduce Legislation To Expand Background Checks, Reduce Gun Violence

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand joined 40 of her Senate colleagues today to reintroduce the Background Check Expansion Act, legislation to expand federal background checks to all gun sales. Under current law, not all gun sellers are required to conduct a background check prior to transferring a firearm and as many as a quarter of all gun sales in the United States may occur without a background check. This legislation would require unlicensed and private sellers to conduct … Continue Reading


January 08, 2019

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More Than $2.7 Million In Federal Funds For Hardening Of Sandy-Damaged Infrastructure For The City Of Long Beach, On Long Island

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that the City of Long Beach in Nassau County, NY, has been awarded $2,777,740.42 in federal funds for the implementation of its Hazard Mitigation Proposal. The federal funds are administered through U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The funding will be used to install back flow preventers, remove and relocate existing electrical panels, and install a flood wall, flood plank … Continue Reading

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