Press Releases

August 06, 2018

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $1M Funding Increase For Critical Maple Program In Just-Passed Senate Spending Bill; Funding Will Be Used To Invest In Research, Boost Global Competitiveness; Senators Vow To Shepherd Funding Through Appropriations Process

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that they secured a $1 million increase in funding for the Acer Access and Development Program, for a total of $4 million in funding, in the just-passed Senate minibus Fiscal Year 2019 spending bill. Schumer and Gillibrand explained that the Acer Access and Development Program provides opportunities for investment and research for maple syrup, helping producers across Upstate New York increase … Continue Reading


August 06, 2018

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce: As Part Of Just-Passed Senate Minibus Appropriations Bill, High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas Program Will Remain Under Office Of National Drug Control Policy, Receive Full Funding For FY2019; Senators Say Program Plays Essential Role In Combatting Opioid Epidemic

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that following their push, as part of the just-passed Senate minibus appropriations bill, the High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) program will be fully funded in FY2019 and remain under the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). The Senators said that over the years, the HIDTA program has provided both millions of dollars and priceless direct federal support for Upstate New … Continue Reading


August 06, 2018

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce That Newly-Passed Senate Defense Bill Includes $50 Million For Impact Aid Program To Provide Critical Funding For Schools On Federal Land, Including Several Districts In The North Country

Washington, DC - U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Personnel Subcommittee, today announced that the national defense bill includes $40 million dollars of funding for the Department of Defense Impact Aid Program, and an additional $10 million for the Department of Defense Impact Aid for Children with Disabilities Program. The funding was included as a part of the Fiscal Year 2019 National Defense … Continue Reading


August 03, 2018

Gillibrand Visits Syracuse To Announce Critical Federal Funding For Historic Preservation; Gillibrand's Successful Bipartisan Push To Senate Appropriators Prevented Devastating Cut To Program

Syracuse, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand visited the historic Hotel Syracuse to announce her successful push to include $88.91 million in the Fiscal Year 2019 Senate Interior Appropriations bill for the Department of Interior's Historic Preservation Fund. This funding amount is $56.2 million more than President Trump's budget request for the program. This funding supports historic preservation and economic development projects around the state, including the historic Hotel Syracuse, … Continue Reading


August 03, 2018

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $24K In Federal Funds For Greene Fire Department In Chenango County

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $24,762 in federal funding for the Greene Volunteer Fire Department in Chenango County. The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. The funding will be used to modernize the Fire Department's turnout gear for overall better protection from hazards, carcinogens, and other harmful materials, crucial to the health and safety … Continue Reading


August 02, 2018

Gillibrand Announces Senate Passage Of Her Provisions To Protect Military Families From Intimate Partner And Child Abuse

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced her provisions to help protect military families from intimate partner violence and child abuse and neglect passed the Senate with bipartisan support as part of the FY 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). This legislation now heads to the President's desk to be signed into law. "Our military families have sacrificed so much to protect us, but Congress and the Defense Department haven't done enough to help protect them … Continue Reading


August 01, 2018

After House Version Of Gillibrand’s Bipartisan Blue Water Navy Veterans Bill Passed The House 382-0, Gillibrand Testifies Before Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, Urges Senate To Pass Legislation To Protect Sick Vietnam Vets Who Were Exposed To Agent Orange During The Vietnam War

**WATCH Senator Gillibrand's Testimony HERE** Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today testified before the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs and urged her colleagues to pass the bipartisan Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act, legislation to ensure that thousands of Navy veterans, known as "Blue Water" veterans, are able to receive the disability and health care benefits they earned after exposure to Agent Orange while fighting in the Vietnam War. Companion legislation in … Continue Reading


August 01, 2018

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $27K In Federal Funds For Winchester Fire Company In Erie County

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $27,104 in federal funding for the Winchester Fire Company in West Seneca Fire District 1 (WSFD) in Erie County, N.Y. The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. The funding will be used to purchase three new thermal imaging cameras that will protect WSFD firefighters from unseen dangers by detecting hot spots in structure … Continue Reading


July 31, 2018

Following Her Push, Gillibrand Announces That Bipartisan Legislation To Train New York Students For High-Skilled, Good-Paying Jobs Has Been Signed Into Law

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced that following her push, the bipartisan Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act was signed into law today. The legislation includes provisions based on two of Gillibrand's bipartisan bills that would promote technical skills training and prepare students for high-demand, good-paying jobs in the 21st century economy. The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act reauthorizes funding for career … Continue Reading


July 31, 2018

Schumer, Gillibrand Annouce More Than $6 Million In Department Of Transportation Funding For Vital Airport Improvements Across Upstate New York

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $6,199,493 in federal funding for airports and transportation authorities throughout New York. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). "Keeping our airports in top-notch shape is crucial for passenger safety and for attracting business to Upstate New York," said Senator Schumer. "With this funding, airports across New … Continue Reading


July 30, 2018

With National Comedy Center Ready To Open, Gillibrand Visits Jamestown To Announce Critical Federal Funding For Historic Preservation; Gillibrand’s Successful Bipartisan Push To Senate Appropriators Prevented Devastating Cut To Program

Jamestown, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today visited the National Comedy Center in Jamestown to announce her successful push to include $88.91 million in the Fiscal Year 2019 Senate Interior Appropriations bill for the Department of Interior's Historic Preservation Fund. This funding amount is $56.2 million more than President Trump's budget request for the program. This funding supports historic preservation and economic development projects around the state, including the National … Continue Reading


July 30, 2018

With Farmers Market Season In Full Swing, Gillibrand Visits Poughkeepsie, Demands Investigation Into USDA's Decision That Would End SNAP Card Payments At Farmers Markets, Hurting Low Income Families Who Rely On Farmers Markets For Healthy And Nutritious Food And Farmers Who Rely On Markets To Sell Their Produce

Poughkeepsie, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today visited the Poughkeepsie Waterfront Market and stood with community leaders and advocates to demand an investigation into the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) decision that ended SNAP card payments at farmers markets, which would prevent 25 percent of all farmers markets from accepting SNAP payments. Many low-income New Yorkers, who often have limited sources of fresh food, and local farmers, who rely on the millions of dollars … Continue Reading


July 30, 2018

As Seniors Across New York Continue To Face Soaring Prescription Drug Prices, Gillibrand Visits Canandaigua To Announce Legislation To Drive Down Costs And Increase Access To Safe, Affordable Medications

Canandaigua, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today visited Ferris Hills at West Lake senior living community to announce the Stop Price Gouging Act, which would drive down prescription drug prices, ensure access to affordable medications for New York seniors, and penalize drug companies that raise prices of medication without justification. Under current law, pharmaceutical companies can raise the price of their medication at any time with no justification. There is no mechanism to … Continue Reading


July 27, 2018

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $249K In Federal Funds For Three Fire Departments In Jefferson County

Washington, DC - U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $249,048 in federal funding for the Town of Brownville Joint Fire District, which encompasses the Town of Brownville Fire Department, the Glen Park Village Fire Department, and the Chaumont Volunteer Fire Department in Jefferson County, N.Y. The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program, and will be used to … Continue Reading


July 27, 2018

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $22K In Federal Funds For Marcellus Fire Department In Central New York

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $22,381 in federal funding for the Marcellus Volunteer Fire Department in Central New York. The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. The funding will be used to purchase a new Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) compliant washer, extractor, and dryer … Continue Reading


July 27, 2018

Gillibrand And Five Senate Colleagues Announce New Legislation To Provide Debt Relief For Puerto Rico And U.S. Territories

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced new legislation to provide an avenue to comprehensive debt relief for Puerto Rico and other disaster-ravaged U.S. territories to help them recover and rebuild from last year's hurricanes. Gillibrand is an original cosponsor of the U.S. Territorial Relief Act of 2018, which would give territories the option to terminate their debt obligations if they meet certain stringent eligibility criteria. The legislation was introduced by … Continue Reading


July 27, 2018

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $2.8 Million In Federal Funding To Encourage Job Growth And Economic Development In Communities Throughout The North Country And Central New York

Washington, DC - U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $2,861,690 in federal funding to be used to encourage job growth and economic development projects throughout the North Country and Central New York. The federal funding was provided by the Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC). "This federal investment is great news for communities throughout the North Country and Central New York," said Senators Schumer and Gillibrand. … Continue Reading


July 24, 2018

Following Her Push, Gillibrand Announces That Her Bipartisan Provisions To Promote Computer Science And Advanced Manufacturing Training In Schools, Train New York Students For High-Skilled, Good-Paying Jobs Passed The Senate

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that following her push, the Senate passed the bipartisan Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, which includes provisions from two of her bipartisan bills to promote technical skills training and prepare students for high-demand, good-paying jobs in the 21st century economy. The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act reauthorizes funding for career and technical … Continue Reading


July 24, 2018

Schumer, Gillibrand Urge Department Of Agriculture To Prevent Any Lapse In Access To Farmers Markets For Vital Food Assistance Program; Senators Warn That Any Disruption Could Have Devastating Impact On Families, Senior Citizens, And Farmers Who Supply Farmers Markets

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today urged Acting Deputy Undersecretary of Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Brandon Lipps, to do everything possible to prevent any disruptions to the Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) service at farmers markets nationwide. Schumer and Gillibrand explained that Novo Dia Group, one of the primary vendors that services farmers markets, announced that … Continue Reading


July 23, 2018

Following Alarming USA Today Story That Pentagon Continues To Block Release Of New Report On The Risk Of Sexual Assault At Each U.S. Military Base, Gillibrand, Ernst, Demand Transparency, Urge Secretary Mattis To Immediately Publish This Crucial Information And Take Military’s Sexual Assault Problem More Seriously

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Personnel Subcommittee, and U.S. Senator Joni K. Ernst (R-IA), Chair of the Senate Armed Services Emerging Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee, wrote a bipartisan letter to Defense Secretary James Mattis demanding the immediate publication of a new nonpartisan report by the RAND Corporation that assesses the risk of sexual assault at each U.S. military base. The Senators' bipartisan letter follows … Continue Reading

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