Press Releases

December 21, 2011

Gillibrand: New FAA Rule to Prevent Pilot Fatigue Important Step Forward to Save Lives

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced the FAA will officially implement new rules aimed at preventing pilot fatigue that were included in the overhauled FAA regulations mandated by the Airline Safety and Federal Aviation Extension Act of 2010, legislation she fought hard to pass. Pilot fatigue contributed to the Flight 3407 tragedy. In a letter sent to Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Jacob Lew earlier this month, Senator Gillibrand repeated her … Continue Reading


December 20, 2011

Gillibrand Announces “Say Yes” to Education Program Will Partner With City of Buffalo

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced today that the City of Buffalo will partner with "Say Yes" to Education, a national non-profit organization aimed at drastically increasing high school graduation and college attendance rates for inner-city youth. Senator Gillibrand wrote to "Say Yes" president, Anne Schmitt-Carey, earlier this month urging her to support the partnership. "All our young people deserve quality education and the chance to go to college regardless of … Continue Reading


December 19, 2011

Gillibrand Announces Congressional Passage of $2 Million in Funding for U.S.-Israel Energy Cooperative Agreement

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) today announced that Congress passed the Omnibus Appropriations Bill over the weekend, which includes $2 million in funding for the U.S.-Israel Energy Cooperative Agreement for FY2012. In November, the Senators Gillibrand, Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Mark Kirk (R-IL) urged the Senate Appropriations Committee Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development to allocate this critical funding. Senator Gillibrand has led the fight over the years … Continue Reading


December 19, 2011

Schumer, Gillibrand, Bishop Announce: Budget Deal Saves Funding for Critical Brookhaven National Laboratory Programs; Proposed Cuts Would Have Halted National Lightsource 2 and Physics Lab Construction Projects

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand, and Congressman Tim Bishop announced today that funding for key programs at the Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) have been restored after significant cuts were identified in the proposed budget weeks ago. The budget bill provides $4.889 billion of funding for the Office of Science, which includes funding lines for major projects at Brookhaven National Lab. In conference, Schumer, Gillibrand, and Bishop were able to increase total … Continue Reading


December 16, 2011

Gillibrand, Lieberman, Blumenthal & Schumer Introduce Legislation to Protect Long Island Sound

Washington, DC - With federal funding to protect Long Island Sound set to expire this month, U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, Joe Lieberman, Richard Blumenthal, and Charles E. Schumer today introduced legislation to continue to support the restoration of Long Island Sound through 2016. The Sound borders New York and Connecticut, with 8 million people living on the coast and 20 million people living within 50 miles. Although … Continue Reading


December 16, 2011

Gillibrand Provision to Preserve Jobs of National Guard Members Passes Full Congress

Washington D.C. -- U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today announced that her bipartisan provision to preserve civilian jobs of National Guard members is included in the FY2012 National Defense Authorization Act that has now passed both chambers of Congress and is headed to the President's desk to be signed into law. "This is critical for members of the National Guard who are being forced to decide between serving our country or keeping their … Continue Reading


December 16, 2011

Gillibrand, Schumer Introduce Bill to Empower Cities’ Ports to Regulate Clean Truck Programs

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Charles Schumer (D-NY) introduced legislation that would allow local ports, including the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, to regulate and enforce fuel-efficient truck programs that go beyond current federal mandates. Under the Clean Ports Act of 2011, port cities such as New York, Los Angeles, Newark, Oakland and Seattle would have the authority to set standards, reduce emissions and improve air quality by … Continue Reading


December 16, 2011

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Congressional Passage of $20 Million for New Schenectady Army Reserve Center

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, announced that the Congress passed the final National Defense Authorization Act yesterday, which includes $20 million for the construction of a new Army Reserve Center in Schenectady. The new facilities would allow for state-of-the-art, high security military and counter-terrorism training. "This state of the art training center in Schenectady is going to be a shot in … Continue Reading


December 16, 2011

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Congressional Passage of Nearly $54 Million For Fort Drum Construction

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, announced that the Congress passed the final National Defense Authorization Act yesterday, which includes $53.7 million for the construction and upgrading of several facilities at Fort Drum. These facilities would help address a variety of shortages that have occurred as the base's population and mission have grown over the past years. "The funding for these projects … Continue Reading


December 15, 2011

Gillibrand-Gibson Provision for Over $50 Million for Nanotechnology Research and Development Passes Full Congress

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Chris Gibson, members of the Armed Services Committee, announced the National Defense Authorization Act has now passed both chambers of Congress, and includes over $50 million for nanotechnology research and a provision to increase focus on nanotechnology research by the Defense Department, including a study to determine the need for a center for nanotechnology. A new center would likely be located at the University at … Continue Reading


December 14, 2011

Bipartisan Stock Act, Based on Gillibrand Bill, Clears Key Senate Committee – One Step Closer to Closing Insider Trading Loopholes

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) today announced the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee has passed strong bipartisan STOCK Act legislation to close loopholes for any insider trading by lawmakers, their families and staffs. The legislation will make insider trading by members of Congress a clear violation of the law and Congressional rules and require lawmakers to disclose major trades. "This is a major step forward to ensure the American … Continue Reading


December 14, 2011

Key Senate Committee Passes Gillibrand’s National Teen Driving Safety Plan – Continuing Momentum to Save Lives

Washington, D.C. - Continuing the momentum to save more lives on America's roadways, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced the Senate Commerce Committee has passed its version of the Transportation Authorization bill and includes Senator Gillibrand's Safe Teen and Novice Driver Uniform Protection (STAND UP) Act. The legislation would set national standards for states to implement Graduated Drivers License (GDL) programs that prepare teens to be safer, more responsible drivers. The … Continue Reading


December 14, 2011

Gillibrand’s New York Staff to Participate in Day of Service Activities Across the State Helping New Yorkers in Need During Holiday Season

New York -U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) announced her New York State based staff across the state will be participating in day of service activities today to help New Yorkers in need during this holiday season. Dozens of Gillibrand staffers will be volunteering today with local non-profits, food banks, and soup kitchens, giving back to communities throughout the state. Senator Gillibrand said, "As New Yorkers celebrate the holidays, we must remember those who have been hit … Continue Reading


December 13, 2011

Gillibrand, Senate Colleagues Announce U.S. Postal Service Agreement to Delay Postal Facility Closures for Five Months

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and 14 Senators from around the country today announced that, at their request, the U.S. Postal Service has voluntarily agreed to put in place a five-month moratorium on closing postal facilities, which would give Congress more time to enact postal reform legislation. During the moratorium, scheduled to end on May 15, 2012, the Postal Service will continue to study the impact of proposed closures on service and costs and to solicit community … Continue Reading


December 13, 2011

Gillibrand, Over Dozen Senators Call on Sec. Sebelius to Explain the Science Behind Plan B Decision

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and more than a dozen of her Senate colleagues called on Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to provide the scientific basis behind her decision to limit the availability Plan B emergency contraception. Last Wednesday, Secretary Sebelius overruled the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) by refusing to allow emergency contraceptives to be sold over the counter, despite the FDA's recommendation to do so. "We … Continue Reading


December 13, 2011

With Holiday Shopping in Full Swing, Gillibrand Announces Plan to Protect Children from Toxic Toys

Washington, DC - While New York parents shop for gifts this holiday season, only a fraction of the chemicals commonly found in children's toys are tested by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). A new report released today by "Safer Chemicals, Health Families" entitled Poison in Paint, Toxins in Toys reveals that more than 650 household products contain one of two toxic chemicals of high concern, including BPA in 280 plastic toys. U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced her plan to … Continue Reading


December 13, 2011

With Holiday Shopping in Full Swing, Gillibrand Announces Plan to Protect Children from Toxic Toys

Washington, DC - While New York parents shop for gifts this holiday season, only a fraction of the chemicals commonly found in children's toys are tested by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). A new report released today by "Safer Chemicals, Health Families" entitled Poison in Paint, Toxins in Toys reveals that more than 650 household products contain one of two toxic chemicals of high concern, including BPA in 280 plastic toys. U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced her plan to … Continue Reading


December 13, 2011

With Holiday Shopping in Full Swing, Gillibrand Announces Plan to Protect Children from Toxic Toys

Washington, DC - While New York parents shop for gifts this holiday season, only a fraction of the chemicals commonly found in children's toys are tested by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). A new report released today by "Safer Chemicals, Health Families" entitled Poison in Paint, Toxins in Toys reveals that more than 650 household products contain one of two toxic chemicals of high concern, including BPA in 280 plastic toys. U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced her plan to … Continue Reading


December 13, 2011

With Holiday Shopping in Full Swing, Gillibrand Announces Plan to Protect Children from Toxic Toys

Washington, DC - While New York parents shop for gifts this holiday season, only a fraction of the chemicals commonly found in children's toys are tested by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). A new report released today by "Safer Chemicals, Health Families" entitled Poison in Paint, Toxins in Toys reveals that more than 650 household products contain one of two toxic chemicals of high concern, including BPA in 280 plastic toys. U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced her plan to … Continue Reading


December 13, 2011

With Holiday Shopping in Full Swing, Gillibrand Announces Plan to Protect Children from Toxic Toys

Washington, DC - While New York parents shop for gifts this holiday season, only a fraction of the chemicals commonly found in children's toys are tested by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). A new report released today by "Safer Chemicals, Health Families" entitled Poison in Paint, Toxins in Toys reveals that more than 650 household products contain one of two toxic chemicals of high concern, including BPA in 280 plastic toys. U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced her plan to … Continue Reading

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