Press Releases

January 10, 2011

Gillibrand Fights To Maintain $2 Million Funding For U.S.-Israel Energy Cooperative Agreement

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today wrote to the Secretary for the U.S. Department of Energy, Steven Chu, urging his agency to preserve $2 million in funding for the U.S.-Israel Energy Cooperative Agreement for FY2011. Because Congress failed to pass a new budget, the federal government is operating on a temporary spending bill, putting many important programs in jeopardy. Senator Gillibrand is urging the U.S. … Continue Reading


January 06, 2011

Gillibrand Statement On President Obama’s Upcoming Visit To Capital Region

Washington, D.C. - As the White House announces President Barack Obama will visit the Capital Region next week, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand issued the following statement: "I'm proud to welcome President Obama back to the Capital Region. I look forward to discussing the next steps to create jobs here and the potential for economic growth right here in the region. "When the President arrives next week, he will meet strong families, workers, businesses and community leaders who all stand … Continue Reading


January 06, 2011

Sworn In For New Term, Gillibrand Announces New Reform Strategy To Bring Transparency And Accountability To Washington

Washington, DC - After earning 63 percent of the vote and being sworn in for a new two year term in the United States Senate this week, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced a new strategy to promote transparency and accountability in the new Congress. With a mandate from New Yorkers for action to create jobs and foster economic growth, Senator Gillibrand is planning an aggressive legislative agenda to change the way business is done in Washington by reforming the filibuster, … Continue Reading


January 04, 2011

Gillibrand On Signing Of Food Safety Bill: Giant Step Forward To Protect Consumers, But More Work Needed To Ensure Safety Of Nation's Meat Supply

Washington, DC - As President Obama today signs the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act into law, marking the first major, comprehensive update to America's food safety laws in over a century, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, who authored a portion of the bill that will provide better notification for consumers of FDA recalls, applauded the bill's signing, but called for additional protections for America's meat supply in the upcoming Farm Bill. Senator Gillibrand's Consumer Recall Notification … Continue Reading


January 02, 2011

Gillibrand On President’s Signing Of James Zadroga 9/11 Health Bill: All Americans Should Be Proud

Washington, DC - As President Barack Obama today signs the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act into law, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, the legislation's chief Senate sponsor, issued the following statement: "All Americans should be proud of this accomplishment. Our nation - Democrats, Republicans, and Independents - all came together to do what was right and provide health care to the brave men and women who served with such heroism in the days and weeks following 9/11. This was … Continue Reading


December 22, 2010

Gillibrand, Schumer Announce Final Senate Passage Of Major Legislation Providing Health Care To Heroic 9/11 First Responders—Bill Should Reach President’s Desk Later Today

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Kirsten E. Gillibrand (D-NY) and Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) announced Wednesday that the Senate has unanimously passed major legislation to finally provide health care for 9/11first responders who fell ill in the years after performing rescue work at Ground Zero. The breakthrough came after marathon negotiations between the New York senators and Senators Mike Enzi (R-WY) and Tom Coburn (R-OK) produced a compromise measure that reduced the bill's cost without … Continue Reading


December 22, 2010

Gillibrand, Schumer Announce Bipartisan Deal On 9/11 Health

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles E. Schumer today announced they have reached a bipartisan agreement to pass the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act today in the U.S. Senate. Senators Gillibrand and Schumer issued the following statement: "The Christmas Miracle we've been looking for has arrived. Over the last 24 hours, our Republican colleagues have negotiated in good-faith to forge a workable final package that will protect the health of the men and … Continue Reading


December 21, 2010

Schumer, Gillibrand, Collins, Owens Announce Passage Of Their Northern Border Counternarcotics Strategy Legislation

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer, Kirsten Gillibrand, Susan M. Collins and Congressman Bill Owens announced that the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives has now passed the Northern Border Counternarcotics Strategy Act of 2010 which will help law enforcement officials along the northern border stem the flow of illegal drugs coming into their communities. The bill requires federal law enforcement to develop a comprehensive and coordinated plan to blunt the illegal drug trade. A … Continue Reading


December 21, 2010

Gillibrand Helps Cut Red Tape For Schenectady Senior, Fixes Medicare Problem

Schenectady, NY - After Medicare failed to update Schenectady senior's health care plan for approximately ten months, leaving the elderly with thousands of dollars in delinquent medical bills, Senator Gillibrand worked to breakdown the bureaucratic obstacles and ensured that all of his doctor payments were processed and paid for. Paul Harris, 69 year-old Schenectady senior, said, "We are so grateful for Senator Gillibrand's help to finally clear up this Medicare problem. Our efforts to set … Continue Reading


December 21, 2010

Gillibrand Helps Reunite Colombian Senior With Long Island Family To Assist With Care Of Ailing Infant

Farmingville, NY - After a Long Island family struggled to balance work, child care and the care of their 4-month-old boy stricken by heart disease, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and the law firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP helped secure a visitor visa for 57-year-old grandmother, Gloria Sanchez De Osorno. The senior's arrival to Farmingville means that the father can continue to financially provide for his family while the mother cares for their sick baby who awaits a … Continue Reading


December 19, 2010

Gillibrand, Schumer: New Momentum For 9/11 Health Bill

WASHINGTON, DC-Today, U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) announced they have made alterations to an important health bill for 9/11 first responders-including trimming the bill's price tag by $1.2 billion-in a move that is expected to clear the way for final passage of the measure before the end of this year. The senators said that they have received a commitment from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to hold a vote on the bill this week once debate on the … Continue Reading


December 18, 2010

Gillibrand: Repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Will Increase America's Strength Both Militarily And Morally

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that the U.S. Senate voted to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," ending 17 years of injustice in America's armed services. Senator Gillibrand, who helped lead the fight in the Senate to end the corrosive policy, issued the following statement: "The "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy is wrong for our national security and wrong for the moral foundation upon which our country was founded. For nearly two decades this corrosive policy … Continue Reading


December 18, 2010

Gillibrand Statement On Senate Republicans Blocking Dream Act

Washington, D.C. - After Senate Republicans today voted to block the DREAM Act, legislation to give 50,000 to 65,000 young people who were brought to America by their parents access to an affordable college education, U.S. citizenship, and eligibility to serve in America's armed forces, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, an original co-sponsor of the legislation, issued the following statement: "Across this country, tens of thousands of innocent young people today had a chance at better … Continue Reading


December 17, 2010

Gillibrand Leads Bipartisan Effort Urging U.S. To Pull Out Of U.N. Durban III Summit Gillibrand Leads Bipartisan Effort Urging U.S. To Pull Out Of U.N. Durban III Summit

Washington, DC - A bipartisan coalition of 18 U.S. Senators, led by U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, today urged United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations Susan Rice to refrain from participating in the United Nation's Durban III World Conference Against Racism, citing concerns that the conference will once again serve as a forum for anti-Semitic and anti-American demonstrations. The Senators also expressed disappointment with the United Nation's decision to hold the … Continue Reading


December 17, 2010

As Momentum For 9/11 Health Bill Grows, Gillibrand Aiming For A Christmas Miracle

Washington, DC -Momentum for the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act continues to grow, as Majority Leader Reid announced his intentions to bring the bill to another vote and Republican leaders, Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Governor Mike Huckabee, announced their support for the bill. U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand issued the following statement: "I'm aiming for a Christmas miracle that would fulfill our moral obligation to these heroes before the end of the year. "Due to the tireless … Continue Reading


December 15, 2010

After More Than 30 Infant Deaths Since 2001, CPSC, Gillibrand, Crowley, Schakowsky Announce Approval Of New Federal Rules To End Dangerous Drop-Side Cribs

Washington, DC - U.S. Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Chairman Inez Tenenbaum, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Representatives Joseph Crowley (D-NY) and Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), and a parent whose child died from a faulty crib announced today that the CPSC has approved new federal rules to end dangerous, traditional drop-side cribs. The new federal crib standards, set to take effect in June, would stop the sale, re-sale, manufacture, and distribution of drop-side cribs and would also … Continue Reading


December 13, 2010

Gillibrand On Extending Bush Tax Cuts To Wealthy: Wrong For Economy, Wrong For Future Generations

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand issued the following statement today after voting against cloture on legislation to extend the Bush tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires: "I'm opposing this deal in its current form because right now we need to focus on the middle class, who are always left behind, not the people at the very top, who are doing just fine in this economy. "Although this deal includes important measures I have fiercely advocated for, extending Bush tax … Continue Reading


December 13, 2010

Gillibrand Praises Signing Of Child Nutrition Bill

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today praised the signing of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act - the reauthorization of the Child Nutrition Act - calling the legislation, "a step in the right direction." The overhaul of the child nutrition programs includes a number of measures that Senator Gillibrand pushed for, including an increase in the reimbursement rate for schools, new regulation to eliminate junk food, major expansion of access to include all foster children, and new … Continue Reading


December 13, 2010

Reps. Lee and Higgins and Senators Schumer and Gillibrand Join With Flight 3407 Families to Call On Department of Transportation to Fully Enforce Aviation Safety Reforms

BUFFALO - Western New York Congressmen Chris Lee (NY-26) and Brian Higgins (NY-27), and Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand joined with the Flight 3407 family members today to publicly call upon the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to implement ticketing requirements included in the comprehensive aviation safety reforms signed into law earlier this year. The reforms passed in August as a result of the February 12, 2009 crash of Flight 3407 in Clarence Center included a … Continue Reading


December 12, 2010

As Cyberattacks Over Wikileaks Grows, Gillibrand, Clarke Call On U.S. To Launch Global Effort To Crack Down On Cyber Criminals

New York, NY - After a week in which WikiLeaks supporters launched cyber attacks targeting American companies MasterCard, Visa, and PayPal, Senator Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Representative Yvette D. Clarke, Chairwoman of the House Subcommittee on Emerging Threats, Cybersecurity, and Science and Technology, called on President Obama to launch a global effort to crackdown on cyber criminals. Standing at Symantec's New York City office, lawmakers urged … Continue Reading

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