Press Releases

October 13, 2021

To Address Bus Driver Shortage, Gillibrand Presses Department Of Education For Guidance On Emergency Relief Funds

As New York State continues to grapple with a school bus driver shortage, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is sending a letter to Department of Education Secretary Miguel Cardona urging him to have his agency issue clear guidance to states and school districts about using Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief funds to hire and retain school bus drivers. Currently, New York school districts are reporting an average bus driver shortage of 15-20 percent this school year, causing … Continue Reading


October 12, 2021

After Months Of Advocacy, Gillibrand Applauds Reopening Of U.S.-Canada Land Border To Fully-Vaccinated Travelers From Canada

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand praised the Biden administration's decision to allow fully vaccinated travelers from Canada and Mexico to travel to the U.S. for non-essential travel through all ports of entry. Gillibrand has repeatedly urged the administration to prioritize the reopening the land border to vaccinated travelers, especially for the northern Canadian border which is an economic engine for New York State. "Finally, the New York-Canadian border will be open again to … Continue Reading


October 06, 2021

Gillibrand Statement On Anniversary Of January 6 Attack On The Capitol

Addressing the anniversary of the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand issued the following statement: "The violent insurrection on January 6th was and is a stain on our American democracy. We were doing our jobs, counting Electoral College results and making sure the election was certified when a violent mob waged an attack our Capitol in an attempt to subvert the will of the American people. I remain incredibly grateful for and inspired by our Capitol Police … Continue Reading


October 06, 2021

Gillibrand Presses EPA To Strengthen Its Draft Plan To Address PFAS Discharges From Industry

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is calling for the passage of her Clean Water Standards for PFAS Act of 2021 and is pushing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to expand and strengthen regulatory efforts to address industrial PFAS discharges. In September, the EPA released the Preliminary Effluent Guidelines Program Plan 15 (Preliminary Plan 15), which outlines a proposed roadmap to regulate some industrial discharges of toxic per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) chemicals. … Continue Reading


October 04, 2021

Gillibrand Announces Over $2 Million In Funding To Accelerate Technology Entrepreneurship, Strengthen Regional Economies

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $2,653,546 in federal funding for programs that promote tech-based regional economic development. The funding was allocated through the Economic Development Association's Build to Scale Program and will support entrepreneurship, accelerate innovation and job creation, and provide access to capital in areas where it is in short supply. "Startups and emergent businesses are vital to the resiliency of our local economies," said Senator Gillibrand. … Continue Reading


October 04, 2021

Gillibrand Announces Legislation To Boost And Reinvigorate The City’s Creative Economy And Create Local Jobs

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand stood in front of the iconic Public Theater to announce the Creative Economy Revitalization Act, recently introduced legislation that would boost and reinvigorate the creative economy by creating a workforce grant program to employ artists and writers to create publicly available art. The senator was joined by U.S. Representative Carolyn Maloney; NYC Council Member Carlina Rivera; Commissioner of the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs Gonzalo Casals; Artistic … Continue Reading


October 04, 2021

Gillibrand Statement On Postal Banking Pilot Program

Today, Senator Gillibrand praised the announcement from the U.S. Postal Service that they had launched pilot programs in several locations, including the Bronx, to offer some financial services to unbanked and underbanked Americans. Gillibrand has long pushed for her legislation, the Postal Banking Act, which would create a postal bank to provide low-cost basic financial services to people who simply do not have access, or have limited access, to America's banking system. This access will help … Continue Reading


October 04, 2021

As Biden Administration Eases Global Travel Restrictions, Gillibrand Presses CDC For Medical Justification On Canadian Northern Border Policy

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand once again called on the Biden administration to allow fully vaccinated Canadians to travel to the U.S. for non-essential travel through all ports of entry. Last Monday, the Biden administration announced that while it was ending the ban on non-essential travel for travelers entering the United States by plane, it would extend the ban for travelers entering by car through October 21st. In a letter to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), … Continue Reading


October 01, 2021

For Build Back Better Agenda, Gillibrand Calls For Historic Investment In Long-Term Care And Caregiver Economy In Binghamton

As Congress crafts the historic Build Back Better Agenda, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand stood at the Southern Tier Independence Center (STIC) in Binghamton to call for historic investments in long-term care and the caregiver economy, building on the $12.7 billion short-term Medicaid home and community-based services (HCBS) funding that passed as part of the American Rescue Plan. Gillibrand championed and helped secure HCBS provisions in the American Rescue Plan and is now pushing to pass the … Continue Reading


October 01, 2021

For Build Back Better Agenda, Gillibrand Calls For Historic Investment In Long-Term Care And Caregiver Economy In Ithaca

As Congress crafts the historic Build Back Better Agenda, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand stood at the Finger Lakes Independence Center (FLIC) building in Ithaca to call for historic investments in long-term care and the caregiver economy, building on the $12.7 billion short-term Medicaid home and community-based services (HCBS) funding that passed as part of the American Rescue Plan. Gillibrand championed and helped secure HCBS provisions in the American Rescue Plan and is now pushing to pass … Continue Reading


October 01, 2021

For Build Back Better Agenda, Gillibrand Calls For Historic Investment In Long-Term Care And Caregiver Economy In Buffalo

As Congress crafts the historic Build Back Better Agenda, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand stood at the 1199SEIU office in Buffalo to call for historic investments in long-term care and the caregiver economy, building on the $12.7 billion short-term Medicaid home and community-based services (HCBS) funding that passed as part of the American Rescue Plan. Gillibrand championed and helped secure HCBS provisions in the American Rescue Plan and is now pushing to pass the bicameral Better Care … Continue Reading


September 30, 2021

With The Rate Of Military Suicide Outpacing Military Operation Deaths Four To One, Senator Gillibrand Presses For Improved Access To Mental Health Care For Active-Duty Military And Veterans

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, chair of the Senate Armed Services Personnel Subcommittee, held a video press conference to address the rising rate of suicide in the military-a crisis in New York State and across the country. A recent study conducted by the Cost of War Project shows that since 9/11, more than four times as many active-duty personnel and veterans have died by suicide when compared to the number of service members who have died in combat. Today, the Department of Defense … Continue Reading


September 29, 2021

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $26 Million In Federal Funding For Head Start Across New York State

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and U.S .Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $26,325,641 in Head Start funding to support early childhood education and care services for low-income children. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Head Start Program and will be used to provide comprehensive early childhood education, health, and parent involvement services to low-income children and families. "Study after study has shown that the … Continue Reading


September 24, 2021

Senator Gillibrand Announces Federal Gun Trafficking Legislation In Elmira

In the wake of rising gun violence in Elmira, today U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand visited City of Light Church to announce her plans to reintroduce the Hadiya Pendleton and Nyasia Pryear-Yard Gun Trafficking & Crime Prevention Act. Nearly 75% of guns in New York State connected to a crime and recovered by law enforcement are trafficked from out of state, many along the Iron Pipeline up I-95. The bill is named for two teenage girls who were victims of gun violence in Brooklyn and Chicago, … Continue Reading


September 24, 2021

Today In Seneca Falls, Birthplace Of Women’s Suffrage, Senator Gillibrand Delivers Keynote Speech For Dedication Of “Ripples Of Change” Statues Honoring Brave Women Who Fought To Secure The Right To Vote

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand delivered the keynote speech for the dedication of the Ripples of Change statues honoring the legacy of the suffrage movement in Seneca Falls, where the Seneca Falls Convention was held in 1848, and the brave women who risked their lives so that all women, regardless of race or status, could have the right to vote.Senator Gillibrand was an original cosponsor of the Women's Suffrage Centennial Commission Act, which established the Women's Suffrage … Continue Reading


September 24, 2021

Senator Gillibrand Announces Federal Gun Trafficking Legislation In Syracuse

In the wake of persistent gun violence in Syracuse, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was joined by Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh to announce her plans to reintroduce the Hadiya Pendleton and Nyasia Pryear-Yard Gun Trafficking & Crime Prevention Act. Fully 60% of guns in Syracuse that are connected to a crime and recovered by law enforcement are trafficked from out of state, many along the Iron Pipeline up I-95. The bill is named for two teenage girls who were victims of gun violence in Brooklyn … Continue Reading


September 23, 2021

In The Midst Of Organic Dairy Market Upheaval, Gillibrand Urges USDA Secretary Vilsack To Support Small- And Mid-Sized Organic Dairy Farmers

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is announcing her push to support small- and mid-sized organic dairy farmers facing market loss following news that Horizon Organic, a subsidiary of multinational food conglomerate Danone, plans to terminate milk contracts with 89 farmers in New York, Vermont, Maine, and New Hampshire by August 2022, leaving these small farmers without buyers. The decision to abandon smaller and more dispersed family farms underscores the long overdue need to close existing … Continue Reading


September 22, 2021

Gillibrand, Colleagues Announce Constitutional Amendment To Overturn Citizens United

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand joined colleagues to announce the reintroduction of the Democracy for All Amendment next week. The constitutional amendment would overturn the Supreme Court's Citizens United v. FEC decision and other decisions around campaign finance that have led to an influx of dark money in politics. These decisions have wrongfully equated money with free speech, and unfairly determined that big, wealthy corporations have the same First Amendment rights as people. The … Continue Reading


September 22, 2021

Gillibrand Announces Nearly $300,000 In Federal Funding To Fight Sexual Assault And Domestic Violence

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced $270,782 in federal funding for programming to help end domestic violence and sexual assault. The funding was authorized through the Office on Violence Against Women's State and Territory Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Coalitions Program and will support organizations that work to end domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. The New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault and the New York State Coalition … Continue Reading


September 21, 2021

Gillibrand Calls On Biden Administration To Prioritize Opening Of U.S.-Canada Land Border To Vaccinated Canadians

Late last week, Senator Gillibrand called on the Biden administration to allow vaccinated Canadians to travel to the U.S. for non-essential travel through all ports of entry. The land border closure has placed severe economic strains on the supply chains of New York businesses, hospitals, and medical equipment providers that rely on travel across the northern border to stay afloat and produce essential goods and services. Cross-border families, including those of service members at Fort Drum, … Continue Reading

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