Press Releases

November 14, 2018

Senators Gillibrand And Paul Introduce Bipartisan Legislation To Protect Pregnant Women In Federal Prisons

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) today introduced the Pregnant Women in Custody Act of 2018, bipartisan legislation that would create a national standard of care for pregnant and postpartum women in federal prisons, prohibit the use of restraints and restrictive housing on pregnant and postpartum women, and require the Department of Justice (DOJ) to collect data on the mental and physical health of pregnant women in custody. According to … Continue Reading


November 12, 2018

Gillibrand Statement On Rocket Attack Against Israel

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today released the following statement after more than 200 rockets were fired into Israel from the Gaza Strip: "The escalation in violence on the Israel-Gaza border is deeply disturbing, and I am relieved that Israel's missile defense programs were able to avert civilian fatalities from this disgraceful terror attack. I urge calm so the situation does not further escalate, and I still remain hopeful for a long-term, peaceful solution to this … Continue Reading


November 05, 2018

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $79K In Federal Funding For Cayuga Economic Development Agency

Washington, DC - U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $79,035 in federal funding for the Cayuga Economic Development Agency. This funding was provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Business Development Grant Program. Cayuga Economic Development Agency will use the funding to purchase grain drying and cleaning equipment and lease it to Preferred Quality Grain in the town of Cato. There is a rapidly expanding … Continue Reading


November 02, 2018

Schumer, Gillibrand Push Amtrak & MTA To Do The Deal ASAP To Create New & Needed Metro North Line For East Bronx & Westchester Commuter; Penn Access Plan Would Reduce Travel Times, Create One-Seat Ride To Penn Station & West Side Of Manhattan, Boost Economy & Create Vital System Resiliency & Help Support Job Growth

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand released a public letter to Amtrak and the MTA today pushing the two agencies to quickly advance efforts to create a new Metro North service to connect East, South Bronx and Westchester directly to Penn Station. The new Penn Access plan would establish four new stations and a new route featuring one-seat rides to Manhattan's West Side. The senators said the new line would also reduce travel time, boost economic growth, help … Continue Reading


November 01, 2018

As Trump Administration Continues To Sabotage Access To Health Insurance For People With Preexisting Conditions, Gillibrand Announces Bill To Expand Access To High-Quality, Low-Cost Basic Health Program For Hundreds Of Thousands Of New Yorkers.

White Plains, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today visited Greenburgh Health Center in White Plains to announce the Basic Health Program Expansion Act of 2018. This legislation would allow New York State to expand access to the high-quality, low-cost Basic Health Program (BHP) to low- and middle-income New Yorkers and people across the United States who don't qualify for Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) but might not be able to pay for health insurance on their … Continue Reading


November 01, 2018

As Trump Administration Continues To Sabotage Access To Health Insurance For People With Preexisting Conditions, Gillibrand Announces Bill To Expand Access To High-Quality, Low-Cost Basic Health Program For Hundreds Of Thousands Of New Yorkers.

Amityville, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today visited HRHCare Maxine S. Postal Tri-Community Health Center in Amityville to announce the Basic Health Program Expansion Act of 2018. This legislation would allow New York State to expand access to the high-quality, low-cost Basic Health Program (BHP) to low- and middle-income New Yorkers and people across the United States who don't qualify for Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) but might not be able to pay for … Continue Reading


November 01, 2018

As Trump Administration Continues To Sabotage Access To Health Insurance For People With Preexisting Conditions, Gillibrand Announces Bill To Expand Access To High-Quality, Low-Cost Basic Health Program For Hundreds Of Thousands Of New Yorkers.

Albany, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today visited the Whitney M. Young Jr. Health Center in Albany to announce the Basic Health Program Expansion Act of 2018. This legislation would allow New York State to expand access to the high-quality, low-cost Basic Health Program (BHP) to low- and middle-income New Yorkers and people across the United States who don't qualify for Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) but might not be able to pay for health insurance on … Continue Reading


October 30, 2018

Gillibrand Calls On Congress To Fund Nonprofit Security Grant Program At Highest Possible Level, Ensure Houses Of Worship And Nonprofit Organization Have The Funds They Need To Protect Themselves Against Terrorist Attacks

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today called on leaders of the Senate and House Appropriations Committees to provide $60 million for the Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) in the upcoming fiscal year. Currently, the Senate has only allocated $35 million for this national security initiative, which is critical to providing at-risk religious and nonprofit organizations with the funding they need to protect their facilities and keep people safe from terrorist attacks. The … Continue Reading


October 30, 2018

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More Than $3.5 Million In Federal Head Start Funds For Astor Services For Children And Families Head Start Program In Dutchess County

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $3,500,025 for the Head Start Program at Astor Services for Children and Families. The federal funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and will be used to support child care services for low-income families in Dutchess County. "Study after study shows that the better we prepare our young children, through programs like Head Start, the better they … Continue Reading


October 29, 2018

Gillibrand Statement On Mass Shooting At Tree Of Life Synagogue In Pittsburgh

New York, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand released the following statement regarding this weekend's devastating hate crime and mass shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, PA. Gillibrand spent Sunday afternoon with leaders and members of the Jewish community in Brooklyn, NY: "It is hard to find the words to express how heartbroken and devastated I am. The United States is supposed to be a safe haven for the Jewish people, where you can worship freely and honor the Sabbath … Continue Reading


October 26, 2018

As Trump Administration Continues To Sabotage Access To Health Insurance For People With Preexisting Conditions, Gillibrand Announces Bill To Expand Access To High-Quality, Low-Cost Basic Health Program For Hundreds Of Thousands Of New Yorkers

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today visited Cornerstone Family Healthcare in Binghamton to announce the Basic Health Program Expansion Act of 2018. This legislation would allow New York State to expand access to the high-quality, low-cost Basic Health Program (BHP) to low- and middle-income New Yorkers and people across the United States who don't qualify for Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) but might not be able to pay for health insurance on their own. Under … Continue Reading


October 23, 2018

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $550,000 To Help Veterans Suffering From Opioid Addiction In Monroe County

Washington, DC - U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $550,000 in federal funding for Monroe County. The funding was provided by the U.S. Department of Justice's (DOJ) Adult Drug Court Discretionary Grant Program and will be used specifically to expand the Monroe County Veterans Treatment Court. Monroe County has experienced an increase in the number of veterans entering into the justice system because of addiction. The Monroe … Continue Reading


October 22, 2018

Schumer, Gillibrand Call On Army Corps To Direct Critical Funding To Protect Great Lakes From Invasive Asian Carp; Senators Say Funds Can Help Thwart Carp’s Access To Lakes Erie And Ontario

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today called on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to allocate funding towards protecting the Great Lakes from the pervasive threat of Asian carp in their Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 work plan and FY2020 budget. Specifically, Schumer and Gillibrand called on the USACE to direct $23.51 million towards the problem in their FY2019 work plan, and $24.2 million towards the problem in their FY2020 budget. Schumer and … Continue Reading


October 19, 2018

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce That Provision To Quickly Complete The Rockaway Reformulation Project And Protect The Rockaway Peninsula From Storm And Erosion Damage Is Included In Recently Passed America’s Water Infrastructure Act

Washington, DC - U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, today announced that the recently passed America's Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 includes a provision that directs the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to quickly complete the Rockaway Reformulation Project. This project will evaluate solutions to protect the Rockaway Peninsula from long-term erosion and evaluate coastal … Continue Reading


October 17, 2018

Following Tragic Limousine Crash In Schoharie County That Claimed The Lives Of Twenty New Yorkers, Senators Schumer, Gillibrand, Blumenthal Call On National Highway Traffic Safety Administration To Immediately Implement New Federal Safety Rules For Stretch Limos

Washington, DC - Following the tragic limousine accident that claimed the lives of twenty New Yorkers earlier this month, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) and U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) today called on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to implement new federal safety regulations for stretch limousines. The October 6th crash in Schoharie County was the nation's deadliest transportation accident in almost a … Continue Reading


October 16, 2018

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Legislation To Protect Chautauqua Lake Water Quality In Recently-Passed Bipartisan, Bicameral 2018 Water Resource Development Act; Chautauqua Lake, An Important WNY Recreational Destination, Is Plagued By Harmful, Recurring Algal Blooms

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, today announced that, following their push, an authorization for the Chautauqua Lake Feasibility Study was included in the 2018 Water Resource Development Act (WRDA), which has passed both the Senate and the House and heads to the President's desk for final signature. Chautauqua Lake currently suffers from continued environmental and economic … Continue Reading


October 15, 2018

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $133,000 In Federal Funding For The County Of Sullivan Industrial Development Agency

Washington, DC - U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $133,000 in federal funding for the County of Sullivan Industrial Development Agency. This funding was provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Business Development Grant Program. The County of Sullivan Industrial Development Agency will specifically use the funding to purchase brewing equipment and lease it to the Catskill Brewery. The new equipment will … Continue Reading


October 12, 2018

Gillibrand, Schumer, Meng, Crowley Announce That Just-Passed FAA Bill Directs FAA To Designate Regional Ombudsmen And Help Address Excessive Aircraft Noise Concerns

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, and U.S. Representatives Joe Crowley and Grace Meng today announced that following their push, key provisions to address excessive aircraft noise concerns were included in the recently passed FAA Reauthorization Bill. The legislation includes Gillibrand's provision to require the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to designate a regional ombudsmen in each FAA region to serve as a point of … Continue Reading


October 12, 2018

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Passage Of Legislation To Rename The “STOCK Act Of 2012” In Honor Of The Late Congresswoman Louise Slaughter, Who Authored It; Legislation Passed The House In Late September

Washington, DC - U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that the Senate has passed legislation to rename the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge (STOCK) Act of 2012 after the late Representative Louise Slaughter. Schumer and Gillibrand said that since this bill, introduced by Rep. Paul Tonko (D-Amsterdam, Montgomery County), passed the House last month and has now been passed by the Senate it is expected to be signed into law … Continue Reading


October 12, 2018

With 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Set To Expire In 2020 And 9/11 First Responder Cancer Rates Continuing To Rise, Senators Gillibrand, Gardner, Schumer & Representatives Maloney, Nadler, King Introduce Bipartisan Bill To Permanently Reauthorize And Fund VCF For 9/11 Heroes And Their Families

Washington, DC - Following the recent announcement that the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) could run out of funding before its expiration date in 2020, and with cancer rates among 9/11 first responders starting to increase 17 years after the 9/11 attacks, U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Cory Gardner (R-CO), U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), and U.S. Representatives Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY-12), Jerrold Nadler (D-NY-10), and Peter T. King (R-NY-2) … Continue Reading

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