Press Releases

December 20, 2012

Gillibrand Measure to Remove Convicted Sex Offenders from Military Included in Final Agreement Between Senate-House Defense Bills – Will Head to President’s Desk as Part of 2013 Defense Bill to be Signed into Law

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), a Senate Armed Services Committee member, today announced that her legislation requiring that any service member convicted of a sexual assault be processed for discharge from the military is included in the Senate-House conference committee report of the National Defense Authorization Act for 2013. Now that Gillibrand's bill has cleared the bipartisan conference committee, it is expected to pass both houses of Congress this week and will … Continue Reading


December 20, 2012

Gillibrand Announces Measure Requiring a Feasibility Report on DOD Plans to Open More Combat Roles to Women Included in Final Agreement Between Senate-House Defense Bills – Will Head to President’s Desk as Part of 2013 Defense Bill to be Signed into Law

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a Senate Armed Services Committee member, announced that Senate-House conference committee report of the National Defense Authorization Act for 2013 includes a provision that requires the Defense Secretary to issue a feasibility report on opening more combat service and career opportunities for qualified female service members. Now that the measure has cleared the bipartisan conference committee, it is expected to pass both houses of Congress … Continue Reading


December 19, 2012

Gillibrand Announces her Amendment to Cover Care for Military, Other Uniformed Services Kids with Autism Included un Final Agreement Between Senate-House Defense Bills – Will Head to President’s Desk as Part of 2013 Defense Bill to be Signed Into Law

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today announced the Senate-House conference committee report of the National Defense Authorization Act for 2013 includes Gillibrand's amendment that would cover behavioral treatment for uniformed services children with autism spectrum disorders. Based on the USA Heroes Act that Senator Gillibrand authored and introduced in 2009, this bipartisan amendment under the 2013 National Defense … Continue Reading


December 19, 2012

Gillibrand Statement on President Obama’s Announcement of Interagency Task Force to Reduce Gun Violence

Washington, D.C. - As President Obama announces a new comprehensive effort to reduce gun violence, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a vocal advocate for commonsense measures to end senseless gun crime, issued the following statement: "I stand firmly with President Obama's call to action today for a comprehensive approach that refuses to accept gun violence as routine. Congress has ducked action on commonsense gun laws for too long. We have an obligation to prevent tomorrow's senseless deaths … Continue Reading


December 19, 2012

Gillibrand, Inhofe Secure Nearly $270 Million for U.S.-Israel Cooperative Missile Defense Programs in Final Agreement Between Senate-House Defense Bills – Will Head to President’s Desk as Part of 2013 Defense Bill

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and James Inhofe (R-OK) today announced that the Senate-House conference committee included nearly $270 million for the U.S.-Israel cooperative missile defense programs in the final National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2013. Earlier this month, the lawmakers urged the leaders of the House and Senate Armed Services committees to allocate nearly $270 million provided by the appropriators. Now that the measure has … Continue Reading


December 19, 2012

Gillibrand Announces her Bill to Combat Hazing, Promote Diversity Among Senior Military Ranks Included in Final Agreement Between Senate-House Defense Bills – Will Head to President’s Desk as Part of 2013 Defense Bill to be Signed into Law

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a Senate Armed Services Committee member, announced that the Senate-House conference committee report of the National Defense Authorization Act for 2013 includes Senator Gillibrand's legislation calling on the Uniformed Services to report on their policies to improve anti-hazing training, tracking and response to hazing incidents in the military. Currently hazing incidents are not adequately monitored and tracked, making it difficult to … Continue Reading


December 19, 2012

Gillibrand Announces her Bill to Combat Hazing, Promote Diversity Among Senior Military Ranks Included in Final Agreement Between Senate-House Defense Bills – Will Head to President’s Desk as Part of 2013 Defense Bill to be Signed into Law

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a Senate Armed Services Committee member, announced that the Senate-House conference committee report of the National Defense Authorization Act for 2013 includes Senator Gillibrand's legislation calling on the Uniformed Services to report on their policies to improve anti-hazing training, tracking and response to hazing incidents in the military. Currently hazing incidents are not adequately monitored and tracked, making it difficult to … Continue Reading


December 18, 2012

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Greene County Eligible to Receive Public Assistance from FEMA

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has added Greene County to the Major Disaster Declaration (DR-4085) that was declared following Superstorm Sandy. The county is now eligible for assistance for debris removal, emergency protective measures, and the repair or replacement of disaster-damaged facilities like the Freight Master's Building in Catskill. Schumer and Gillibrand said that this was an important … Continue Reading


December 14, 2012

Gillibrand, Hochul Announce Senate Passage of Bipartisan Clothe Homeless Hero’s Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congresswoman Kathy Hochul today announced Senate passage of the Clothe a Homeless Hero Act, legislation that directs the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to work with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and local charities to send clothing that is left unclaimed at airport security checkpoints to homeless veterans and their families. The bipartisan bill cleared final Senate passage this week and is expected to pass the … Continue Reading


December 14, 2012

After Touring Eastman Business Park, Gillibrand Urges DOD to Engage With BNL, SBU & NY-Best

Rochester, New York - After touring the Eastman Business Park, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today discussed federal investment opportunities for the NY-BEST Commercialization Center. The New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology (NY-BEST) Consortium is an industry-led organization with over 100 companies, including leading suppliers of military batteries, who are committed to catalyzing and growing the energy storage industry. NY-BEST is currently involved in the development of an … Continue Reading


December 13, 2012

Gillibrand Announces Over $500,000 for Elmira Fire Department

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $543,880 in federal funding for the Elmira Fire Department to hire four additional firefighters to a currently understaffed department. The funding was allocated through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant Program. "This is an important investment for the Elmira Fire Department," Senator Gillibrand said. "When we keep more firefighters on the job, we … Continue Reading


December 12, 2012

Gillibrand Leads Bipartisan Effort to Keep Dairy Pricing Reforms in Final Farm Bill Agreement

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, along with Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME), led a bipartisan coalition of Senators today in urging Agriculture Committee Leaders to keep a key dairy pricing reform amendment in any final Farm Bill agreement. The Snowe-Gillibrand amendment that was included in the Senate Farm Bill would jumpstart the process to bring certainty for the nation's dairy farmers by stabilizing milk pricing, has passed the full Senate as part of the 2012 Farm Bill. … Continue Reading


December 12, 2012

Gillibrand, Inhofe Push for $260 Million for U.S.-Israel Cooperative Missile Defense Programs

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and James Inhofe (R-OK) today urged the leaders of the House and Senate Armed Services committees to allocate approximately $260 million for the U.S.-Israel cooperative missile defense programs under the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2013. As the House and Senate conferees work out differences on the NDAA, Senators Gillibrand and Inhofe urged adoption of language that allocates the full $260 million provided … Continue Reading


December 12, 2012

At Gillibrand’s Urging, SBA to Hold Workshop in Buffalo on Friday with Local Businesses Hurt by NHL Lockout

Washington, D.C. - At the urging of U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, the Small Business Administration (SBA) will host a workshop in Buffalo on Friday afternoon with local businesses that are hurt by the ongoing National Hockey League (NHL) lockout. With 13 weeks of lockout without resolution, local Buffalo businesses are being hit hard by the lack of hockey-related business revenue that usually increases this time of year. The SBA will begin engaging with small business owners in the Buffalo … Continue Reading


December 10, 2012

At Gillibrand’s Urging, $488,000 Federal Investment Coming to Women’s Enterprise Development Center to Open Satellite Office in Poughkeepsie

Washington, D.C. - At the urging of U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, the U.S. Economic Development Agency (EDA) is investing $488,000 into the Women's Enterprise Development Center (WEDC) to open a satellite office at Marist College in Poughkeepsie. The federal investment comes after Senator Gillibrand joined with local officials and business owners calling for greater support for minority and women-owned businesses by promoting economic self-sufficiency through entrepreneurial training … Continue Reading


December 07, 2012

Gillibrand Announces Over $85,000 for Tyrone Volunteer Fire Company

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $86,459 in federal funding for the Tyrone Volunteer Fire Company to purchase new breathing apparatuses for their first responders. This new equipment will allow them to respond to emergencies safely and more effectively. The funding was allocated through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. "This is an important investment for the Tyrone Volunteer Fire Company," said … Continue Reading


December 07, 2012

Gillibrand Statement on Supreme Court Decision to Hear Two Cases on Same-Sex Marriage

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), an original co-sponsor of the Respect for Marriage Act in the Senate and a leading champion of "Don't Ask Don't Tell" repeal, released the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear a pair of cases challenging both California's Proposition 8 and the federal Defense of Marriage Act: "Today's decision to hear these two cases on same-sex marriage in the nation's highest court is truly historic. Already, first and … Continue Reading


December 06, 2012

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $26 Million in Federal Funding for Sanitation Cleanup after Superstorm Sandy in New York City

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand today announced $26,335,600.27 of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) (Category A) Public Assistance funding for the New York City Department of Sanitation which will reimburse the cost of cleanup in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. "The storm left New York City's roads debris ridden and our amazing sanitation workers worked around the clock in this massive cleanup effort. They are the best and they deserve our heartfelt … Continue Reading


December 05, 2012

Gillibrand, Schumer Announce U.S. Senate Passes Provision to Preserve New York’s Two National Guard Terror Response Teams as One Team Faces Defense Budget Axe

Washington, D.C. - With a New York terrorism emergency response team at-risk of being eliminated in the Pentagon's upcoming budget, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Senator Charles Schumer, a long-time supporter of operations at Fort Hamilton, announced today that the U.S. Senate passed the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013, which included Gillibrand's provision permanently authorizing New York's two National Guard … Continue Reading


December 05, 2012

Gillibrand Secures Senate Approval for $50 Million for Nanotechnology R&D

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, member of the Armed Services Committee, secured approval for an increased focus on nanotechnology being done in conjunction with the University at Albany's College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering. Senator Gillibrand fought to continue nanotechnology research she helped initiate in the Fiscal Year 2012 Defense bill with an additional $50 million of federal funds in Fiscal Year 2103. Albany's NanoCollege would need to compete with other … Continue Reading

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