Press Releases

April 22, 2020

Gillibrand, Bennet Announce ‘Health Force’ To Recruit, Train And Employ Americans As United States Battles Coronavirus Pandemic

Today, U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) announced legislation to build the Health Force, which would recruit, train and employ hundreds of thousands of Americans in order to provide public health capacity for the surge in COVID-19 patients, prepare for future public health care needs, and build skills for new workers to enter the public health and health care workforce. As the United States battles the coronavirus pandemic and lays plans to reopen the economy, … Continue Reading


April 22, 2020

Gillibrand Denounces Mcconnell Statement That States And Localities Should Declare Bankruptcy

Addressing Senator McConnell's comments endorsing states declaring bankruptcy, Senator Gillibrand issued the following statement: "Senator McConnell's comments today on hitting the "pause button" on further federal emergency legislation, and that cities and states should declare bankruptcy, are utterly reprehensible. "Mitch McConnell eagerly passed billions in tax breaks for wealthy companies and made sure to take care of big companies and the airlines last month, but now he is telling … Continue Reading


April 22, 2020

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $2 Million In Federal Funding To Promote Connected Care For New Yorkers

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $2,049,639 in federal funding to provide telehealth services for New Yorkers affected by the coronavirus pandemic. 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). The first round of Telehealth Program funding awarded $312,500 to Mount Sinai Health System in New … Continue Reading


April 21, 2020

Gillibrand Urges Trump Administration To Modify IRS Guidelines To Ensure Veterans, SSDI Beneficiaries Can Access Full Recovery Rebates From CARES Act

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand urged the Trump administration to modify guidelines that impede access to direct cash payments for millions of low income Americans. On Monday, the IRS announced that people that receive federal benefits and don't need to file taxes to receive direct cash payments under the CARES Act - like Social Security retirement, disabled, and survivors insurance beneficiaries, railroad retirement beneficiaries, and veterans - have only until 12 PM Wednesday - … Continue Reading


April 21, 2020

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $4.5 Million In Emergency Federal Funding For New York City Housing Assistance

U.S. Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $4,500,000 in federal funding allocated by the Department of Housing and Urban Development for the Community Compass Technical Assistance and Capacity Building Program (Community Compass). This funding was secured under the CARES Act and will support technical assistance to help HUD grantees navigate a wide variety of complex housing issues. The Corporation for Supportive Housing will receive $4,000,000 … Continue Reading


April 21, 2020

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $60 Million In Emergency Federal Funding For Western New York Public Transit

U.S. Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $61,307,439 in federal funding allocated in the CARES Act by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). The funding was awarded to the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA) and will be used to offset the costs incurred during the COVID-19 pandemic for the Western New York region's Metro Bus and Metro Rail services. The funding will also be used to cover costs for the rest of 2020. "As Western … Continue Reading


April 20, 2020

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $4.3 Million In Federal Funding For New York City And Long Island Hospitals And Health Centers To Provide HIV And AIDS Care During COVID-19 Pandemic

U.S. Senate Democratic Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $4,333,157 in federal funding for Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program recipients. This funding was allocated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The funding, secured through the CARES Act, will help provide people with HIV or AIDS with the care necessary to combat COVID-19. "I fought tooth and nail to include … Continue Reading


April 20, 2020

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $2.2 Million In Federal Funding For Upstate New York To Provide HIV And AIDS Care During COVID-19 Pandemic

U.S. Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $2,275,046 in federal funding allocated for Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program recipients, allocated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The funding, secured through the CARES Act, will help provide people with HIV or AIDS with the care necessary to combat COVID-19. "During CARES Act negotiations, I fought tooth and nail … Continue Reading


April 20, 2020

As Unemployment Soars Due To The Coronavirus Pandemic, Gillibrand Urges Congress To Expand Health Care Coverage In Next COVID-19 Relief Package

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand urged Congress to expand health care coverage for all Americans in the next phase of coronavirus relief legislation. Millions of Americans have lost their jobs - and their employer-based benefits - as the coronavirus pandemic has forced workplaces to close or limit services. Senator Gillibrand and her colleagues are urging congressional leadership to ensure that those who have lost employer-based benefits, as well as uninsured and underinsured Americans, … Continue Reading


April 20, 2020

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $300,000 In Federal Funding To Promote Connected Care For The Seneca Nation Of Indians

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $326,475 in federal funding for the Seneca Nation of Indians based in Western New York. 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). This funding will be used to connect health care providers to patients sheltering in place by providing the telecommunications … Continue Reading


April 17, 2020

ICYMI – Video: Vice News Featuring Senator Gillibrand: ‘How Congress Gets Away With Insider Trading Even Though It's Against The Law’

***WATCH THE PIECE HERE*** WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In case you missed it, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand appeared on Vice News this week and called for members of Congress to stop profiteering on the COVID-19 health crisis by buying and selling stocks while privy to non-public information. Senator Gillibrand has been one of the most vocal advocates for transparency and accountability in the Senate. In 2012, Gillibrand authored and passed the STOCK Act to effectively close loopholes allowing … Continue Reading


April 16, 2020

Gillibrand Pushes For Emergency Voter Protections In Next Phase Of Coronavirus Relief Legislation

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand called on Senate leadership to provide emergency funding and provisions in the next phase of coronavirus relief legislation in order to protect Americans' constitutional right to vote. The unprecedented national crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic has raised concerns over election security and the need for immediate action to reinforce voting rights in November 2020 and beyond. As guidelines for social distancing continue to be extended, Gillibrand is … Continue Reading


April 16, 2020

ICYMI – Senator Gillibrand Time Magazine Op-Ed: ‘Now Is The Time For A National Paid Leave Policy’

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, the foremost champion of paid medical and family leave in the U.S. Senate, today wrote an op-ed for Time Magazine on her landmark legislation, the FAMILY Act. In the piece, Gillibrand highlights how the current COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated the urgent need for a universal paid medical and family leave policy in the United States. The full text of Gillibrand's op-ed may be found here and below: ### Whenever our nation has faced a national crisis, … Continue Reading


April 16, 2020

Gillibrand, Delgado Urge Congress To Provide Direct Relief To New York’s Rural Communities Struggling To Respond To COVID-19 Pandemic

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Congressman Antonio Delgado (D-NY-19) urged Congress to include robust funding for rural communities in the next coronavirus relief package. Rural communities often operate on very thin margins and the coronavirus pandemic has caused these already struggling communities to lose valuable resources as they continue to operate with diminished sales tax returns, an abandoned tourism industry, and closures across nearly all retail sectors. … Continue Reading


April 15, 2020

Senator Gillibrand Urges HHS To Protect Older Adults And People With Disabilities From COVID-19 Treatment Discrimination

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, member of the Senate Aging Committee, called on U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma, and HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) Director Roger Severino to ensure the equitable distribution of health care during the COVID-19 pandemic. As the coronavirus outbreak strains New York's health care system, Senator Gillibrand expressed concern that health care providers … Continue Reading


April 14, 2020

As New Yorkers Remain At Home Amidst Coronavirus Pandemic, Gillibrand Joins Bipartisan Call To Support Domestic Violence And Sexual Assault Survivors

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a champion in the Senate for survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse, joined a bipartisan group of senators calling on Congress to include support for victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in the next phase of COVID-19 relief legislation. Historically, instances of domestic violence have increased in times of national crisis and, according to the United Nations, there has been "horrifying global surge in domestic violence" as … Continue Reading


April 14, 2020

Gillibrand Urges Amazon, Walmart To Waive Delivery Fees And Minimum Order Requirements For Snap Recipients

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is calling on Amazon and Walmart to eliminate delivery fees and minimum order requirements for customers using SNAP benefits. As more New Yorkers have turned to grocery delivery services amidst the coronavirus pandemic, additional costs - such as fees and minimum order requirements - have placed additional financial strain on food insecure families. The inability to afford these delivery services forces people to shop in person and potentially expose themselves … Continue Reading


April 13, 2020

Schumer, Gillibrand Urge Administration To Protect Frontline Transit Workers, Update Safety Guidelines

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand joined Senate colleagues urging the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to update safety guidelines and ensure all frontline transit workers have access to personal protective equipment (PPE). Ensuring that we have safe and reliable public transit is indispensable for healthcare workers, first responders, grocery and food industry workers and other essential personnel during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, … Continue Reading


April 13, 2020

As Family Farms Face Economic Crisis Due To COVID-19 Outbreak, Gillibrand Announces Landmark Legislation To Provide Direct Relief

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, announced landmark legislation, The Relief for America's Small Farmers Act, to provide economic relief for small farmers suffering from massive financial losses due to reduced demand and supply chain disruptions during the coronavirus pandemic. Currently, farm bankruptcies are at an eight year high and net farm income has dropped by nearly half since 2013. The financial struggles of more than 30,000 New York … Continue Reading


April 09, 2020

Gillibrand Urges Treasury Secretary Mnuchin To Ensure Americans Experiencing Homelessness Receive Coronavirus Stimulus Payments

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand joined with her Senate colleagues call to push Treasury Secretary Mnuchin to ensure Americans without a permanent address receive their coronavirus stimulus payments. New York City has the largest homeless population in America and reports have shown that people experiencing homelessness are at much greater risk of contracting and perishing from COVID-19. In the letter, Sen. Gillibrand and her colleagues ask the Trump administration to grant all qualifying … Continue Reading

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