Press Releases

September 15, 2021

As Delta Variant Rates Surge And Health Care Workforce Faces Shortages, Senator Gillibrand Pushes For Implementation Of The Health Force, Her Multibillion-Dollar Public Health Legislation Passed In American Rescue Plan

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is pushing for the implementation of Health Force, her multibillion-dollar public health legislation passed in the American Rescue Plan (ARP) earlier this year. Gillibrand successfully secured nearly $8 billion for her Health Force legislation - the Health Force, Resilience Force, And Jobs To Fight COVID-19 Act - to create a robust public health workforce to aid vaccine distribution and mobilize community leaders to improve health outcomes in their … Continue Reading

September 14, 2021

ICYMI: Senator Gillibrand In Newsweek: Our Veterans Are Still Suffering

In case you missed it, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, chair of the Senate Armed Services Personnel Subcommittee, and U.S. Senator Marco Rubio penned a bipartisan op-ed in Newsweek today calling for the passage of the Presumptive Benefits for War Fighters Exposed to Burn Pits and Other Toxins Act. The bill would establish presumption of service connection for veterans exposed to burn pits and other toxins and streamline the process for obtaining VA benefits. Approximately 3.5 million veterans … Continue Reading

September 10, 2021

Gillibrand, Colleagues, Send Letter Calling For Investigation Into Amazon Treatment Of Pregnant Workers

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Senate colleagues sent a letter to U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Chair Charlotte Burrows requesting an investigation into allegations that Amazon denies reasonable accommodations for pregnant employees at its fulfillment centers. The senators requested that the EEOC investigate Amazon's alleged failure to provide adequate modification of job duties for pregnant workers, as well as their alleged failure to allow pregnant workers … Continue Reading

September 10, 2021

Gillibrand Presses EPA For Increased Oversight On Bitcoin Mining Operations In Dresden, NY

This week, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Michael Regan calling on the agency to closely evaluate the renewal of the Title V Clean Air Act permit currently under consideration the Greenidge Generation plant located in Dresden, New York, which operates as a Bitcoin mining facility. The Greenidge Generation plant has recently begun ramping up its electricity production to power cryptocurrency operations, increasing the plant's … Continue Reading

September 10, 2021

Gillibrand, Schumer And House Colleagues Call On Congress To Pass The 9/11 Responder And Survivor Health Funding Correction Act Ahead Of 20th Anniversary Of 9/11 Attacks

Today, U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer and Representatives Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), and Andrew Garbarino (R-NY) called on Congress to pass the 9/11 Responder and Survivor Health Funding Correction Act. The legislation would address the impending World Trade Center Health Program funding shortfall and ensure that the program can continue to provide medical treatment to over 100,000 9/11 first responders and survivors. The WTCHP was established with … Continue Reading

September 08, 2021

La Senadora Gillibrand Exhorta A Las Entidades Y Personas De Nueva York A Que Soliciten Asistencia De Fema Luego Del Huracán Ida

Después de un récord de condiciones de tormentas y de inundaciones significativas causadas por los remanentes del huracán Ida, la senadora Gillibrand está exhortando a todos los neoyorquinos elegibles a que soliciten a los Programas de Asistencia Pública e Individual de la Agencia Federal para el Manejo de Emergencias (FEMA, por sus siglas en inglés). Esta semana, Gillibrand tuvo éxito al lograr que el presidente Biden otorgara una … Continue Reading

September 07, 2021

Senator Gillibrand Encourages New York Entities And Individuals To Apply For FEMA Assistance In Wake Of Hurricane Ida

Following record storming and severe flooding caused by the remnants of Hurricane Ida, Senator Gillibrand is urging all eligible New Yorkers to apply for the Federal Emergency Management's (FEMA) Public and Individual Assistance Programs. This week, Gillibrand successfully urged President Biden to grant a Major Disaster Declaration for Bronx, Kings, Queens, Richmond, and Westchester Counties, unlocking FEMA's largest grant program to assist local municipalities and communities responding to … Continue Reading

September 06, 2021

Gillibrand Applauds President Biden Granting A Major Disaster Declaration To Help New York Recover From Ida

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand released the following statement praising President Biden granting a Major Disaster Declaration for New York State: "I am deeply grateful that President Biden has granted a Major Disaster Declaration for New York State in the wake of Hurricane Ida. I, along with members of the New York congressional delegation and Governor Hochul, requested this crucial measure, which will deliver federal funds that will help New York families and communities recover … Continue Reading

September 03, 2021

Gillibrand Statement On Biden Executive Order Increasing Transparency Around 9/11 Investigations

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand issued the following statement addressing President Biden's executive order increasing transparency around federal 9/11 investigations: "I am grateful for President Biden's executive order, which will help give Americans the transparency they deserve about September 11th. For years, I've worked with my Senate colleagues to improve transparency surrounding federal investigations of 9/11. Now, twenty years after this horrific attack, this executive action … Continue Reading

September 02, 2021

Gillibrand Statement On Supreme Court Allowing Texas Abortion Ban

Addressing the Supreme Court's decision to allow the Texas abortion ban to go into effect, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand issued the following statement: "The law in Texas - and the Supreme Court's decision to uphold it - is dangerous, disturbing and unprecedented. It bans abortions after six weeks - when most won't even know they are pregnant, includes no exceptions for rape or incest, and deputizes citizens to harass and sue those who help facilitate access to abortions. The Supreme Court … Continue Reading

September 02, 2021

Schumer, Gillibrand Urge FEMA To Stand Ready To Quickly Approve Disaster Declaration For New York City, Long Island & Hudson Valley Communities Ravaged By Tropical Storm Ida

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today urged the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to approve any request from New York City and State for a major disaster declaration following the severe flooding caused by the remnants of Tropical Storm Ida that rampaged through the New York City, Long Island and the Hudson Valley regions on September 1st. The senators specifically referenced New York City as being particularly battered by the storm, … Continue Reading

September 01, 2021

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $11 Million In FEMA Funding For Fire Departments In New York State

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $11,499,044 in federal funding for fire departments across New York State. The funding will be used to provide protective gear, training, and supplies to emergency personnel across more than ninety fire departments. This federal funding was administered through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)'s Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG). "From … Continue Reading

August 31, 2021

Gillibrand Announces Over $6 Million In Federal Funding For TRIO Educational Opportunity Centers (EOC) And Talent Search Awards

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $6,169,701 in federal funding for higher education opportunity programs throughout New York State. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Education's TRIO Talent Search Program and Educational Opportunity Centers Program and will be used to provide individualized support to both high schoolers and adults throughout the college application progress. Funding for the Talent Search Program will provide academic, career, and … Continue Reading

August 26, 2021

Gillibrand Statement On Terror Attacks In Kabul

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, chairwoman of the Personnel Subcommittee on the Senate Armed Services Committee, issued the following statement on the terror attacks in Kabul: "I continue to closely monitor the situation in Kabul and will stay in contact with our intelligence and defense officials about the details surrounding today's horrific attack. My thoughts are with the brave service members and innocent Afghans killed and wounded in this terror attack. The safety of brave U.S. … Continue Reading

August 25, 2021

Gillibrand Applauds Signing Of Harlem Hellfighters Congressional Gold Medal Act Into Law By President Biden

Today, President Joseph Biden signed Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's Harlem Hellfighters Congressional Gold Medal Act to award the Congressional Gold Medal to the 369th Infantry Regiment, commonly known as the Harlem Hellfighters, a Black infantry regiment of the New York National Guard that fought in WWI. The bill passed the Senate in August and the House companion bill, led by Congressmen Tom Suozzi and Adriano Espaillat, passed in June. During World War I, the Harlem Hellfighters spent more … Continue Reading

August 23, 2021

Gillibrand Stands At The Rochester Institute Of Technology National Technical Institute For The Deaf (NTID) To Call For Nearly $90 Million In Funding For FY22

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand visited the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) to call for $89.7 million in funding in FY22, an $8.2 million increase from FY21. Every year, Senator Gillibrand leads the fight for RIT NTID appropriations to ensure the one-of-a-kind institution has the resources needed to provide deaf and hard-of-hearing students from around the country with a college education that gives them the skills needed to excel … Continue Reading

August 23, 2021

Senator Gillibrand Stands In Front Of Route 33 To Announce New Hiring Rules That Will Invest In Local Economies, Jobs, And Infrastructure

Following two years of tireless advocacy, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand stood in front of Route 33 to announce the inclusion of her Build Local, Hire Local program in the recently-passed $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package. These landmark provisions will make bold reforms to American infrastructure investment to improve wage protections and labor standards, train a new generation of workers, put low-income communities first, and help end decades of failed federal policies that … Continue Reading

August 19, 2021

Gillibrand, Colleagues Call For The Immediate Evacuation Of SIV Applicants From Afghanistan

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, chair of the Senate Armed Services Personnel Subcommittee, today joined her colleagues in a bipartisan effort urging the Biden administration to expedite the full implementation of the recently-passed emergency supplemental funding legislation that included key provisions of the Afghan Allies Protection Act (AAPA). In light of the situation in Afghanistan quickly deteriorating and the Taliban taking control of Kabul, Gillibrand and colleagues are pushing for … Continue Reading

August 19, 2021

Gillibrand Urges State Department To Aid Bard College Against Threat Of The Russian Federation

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is urging Secretary of State Antony Blinken to support efforts in reversing the Russian government's recent designation of Bard College as an "undesirable" organization. The institution has a longstanding affiliation and degree partnership with St. Petersburg State University - started 25 years ago by Bard President Leon Botstein. The exchange and education programs have been critical to building ties between young Americans and Russians, and played a … Continue Reading

August 18, 2021

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand And Representative Gwen Moore Announce Legislation To Encourage States To End Statute Of Limitations For Child Sexual Abuse

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Representative Gwen Moore (D-WI-4) announced the No Time Limit for Justice Act, a bill that incentivizes states to eliminate their statute of limitations for criminal prosecution and civil suits involving child sexual abuse. According to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN), every nine minutes a child is sexually abused in the United States, but only twelve percent of these cases are reported to authorities each year. Studies … Continue Reading

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