Press Releases

February 22, 2021

During Visit To Farmingdale Fire Dept, Gillibrand Announces Legislation To Protect Firefighters From Toxic PFAS Chemical Exposure

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand visited the Farmingdale Fire Department on Long Island to announce the PFAS Firefighter Protection Act: a critical piece of legislation to better protect firefighters in New York and across the country from toxic exposure to PFAS chemicals. PFAS are used as an ingredient in special foam used to fight fires, called aqueous film forming foam (AFFF). The use of this foam, particularly at training facilities, exposes firefighters to PFAS. Additionally, … Continue Reading


February 19, 2021

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $245 Million In Continuum Of Care Funding To Combat Homelessness Across New York

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $245,971,792 in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for organizations working to end homelessness across New York State. The funding was allocated through HUD's Continuum of Care Program (CoC), designed to provide funding to nonprofits, as well as local and state governments, to quickly rehouse homeless individuals and families and promote access to … Continue Reading


February 19, 2021

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Legislation To Protect Workers’ Right To Organize

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand introduced the bicameral Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act to strengthen workers' rights to organize and bargain for fairer wages, better benefits, and safer workplaces. The comprehensive labor legislation would bolster workers' rights and address income inequality crisis that has been exacerbated by the pandemic. Intensifying long-running trends, the coronavirus pandemic has benefitted the wealthiest … Continue Reading


February 19, 2021

Gillibrand Calls For Robust LIHEAP Funding As Albany Families Struggle To Keep Heat On Amidst Economic Crisis

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand stood at Lincoln Park in Albany and urged Congress to deliver robust Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funding in the next coronavirus relief package in order to provide critical assistance for low-income households and seniors. Within the last year, the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic has put an unprecedented financial burden on New Yorkers. Millions of New Yorkers are finding it more difficult to afford the cost of … Continue Reading


February 18, 2021

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Nearly $30 Million In Federal Funding For Mental Health And Addiction Treatment Centers Across New York State

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced $29,949,721 in funding for mental health and addiction treatment centers throughout New York State under the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) expansion grant program through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The funding was allocated through last year's Consolidated Appropriations Act and will provide necessary resources for CCBHCs to transform … Continue Reading


February 18, 2021

Gillibrand, Colleagues Push Postmaster General To Address Harmful Operational Changes To U.S. Postal Service That Have Resulted In Delayed Mail Delivery For New Yorkers

As New Yorkers continue to experience significant mail delays, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, alongside Senate colleagues, pressed Postmaster General Louis DeJoy about harmful operational changes to the U.S. Postal Service that have slowed down mail and compromised service for veterans, seniors, and other New Yorkers who depend on the mail for prescription medications, package deliveries for small businesses, and other critical needs. "Months after Postmaster General DeJoy implemented … Continue Reading


February 17, 2021

Gillibrand Announces Assignment As Chair Of Senate Armed Services Personnel Subcommittee

Today, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced her assignment as chair of the Senate Armed Services Personnel Subcommittee. The subcommittee has jurisdiction over matters relating to active and reserve military personnel, including compensation, benefits, health care, education, child care, military justice, and more. In this role, Senator Gillibrand will advocate for the well-being of military families, and will also be able to address deficiencies in the military justice system. "I am … Continue Reading


February 13, 2021

Gillibrand Statement On Vote To Convict President Trump

Addressing her vote to convict President Trump under the article of impeachment charging him with "incitement of insurrection," U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand released the following statement: "The evidence is irrefutable. For months, President Trump laid the groundwork for the insurrection, actively promoting conspiracy theories about election fraud to his supporters. On January 6th, he incited violence against Congress and his own vice president. Finally, even as his violent supporters … Continue Reading


February 12, 2021

As COVID-19 Pandemic Continues To Exacerbate Health Inequalities For Black Mothers, Gillibrand, Colleagues Unveil Immediate And Long-Term Plans To Address Maternal Health Crisis

As Black women across New York struggle with access to maternal health care and negative health outcomes due to racial and systemic discrimination, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand joined colleagues earlier this week in announcing historic legislation to save moms' lives and fight for maternal health and reproductive justice for Black women and pregnant people of color. Introduced by Senator Corey Booker (D-NJ), Representatives Alma Adams (D-NC) and Lauren Underwood (D-IL), The Black Maternal … Continue Reading


February 12, 2021

On Anniversary Of Flight 3407, Senator Gillibrand, Representatives Higgins And Jacobs Call For Finalization Of Pilot Records Database Rule

On the 12th anniversary of the Colgan Air Flight 3407 crash, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Representatives Brian Higgins and Chris Jacobs are calling for the immediate finalization of pilot records database rule. The pilot records database rule - which was developed alongside the families of those killed in Flight 3407 and is required under the Airline Safety and Federal Aviation Administration Extension Act of 2010 (P.L. 111-216) - would create a centralized electronic database for … Continue Reading


February 11, 2021

Gillibrand Leads Senate Colleagues In Call To Deliver More Than $1 Billion In Funding To Help Older Adults During The COVID-19 Crisis, Including Millions To Bolster Nutrition Services And Support Vaccination Efforts In Next Coronavirus Relief Package

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, member of the Special Committee on Aging, is leading Senate colleagues in a call for the inclusion of $1.4 billion in funding for Older Americans Act (OAA) programs, including $750 million in funding for the OAA Nutrition Services and $480 million to support providers' efforts to vaccinate older adults in the next coronavirus relief package. Older, low-income Americans are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19 and many more have become newly homebound without … Continue Reading


February 11, 2021

Gillibrand, Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Bills To Help Struggling Families Secure Diapers

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand joined Senate colleagues to introduce the bipartisan End Diaper Need Act of 2021, which would provide resources to assist low- and middle-income families access diapers and help ensure the health and well-being of those who rely on diapers, including infants, toddlers, medically complex children, and adults with disabilities. Gillibrand is also a co-sponsor of the COVID-19 Diaper Assistance Act, which would provide $200 million in emergency funds through the … Continue Reading


February 11, 2021

Gillibrand, Colleagues Call On Treasury Dept To Ensure Stimulus Checks Reach Americans Experiencing Homelessness

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand joined 28 Senate Democrats in calling on the Department of Treasury to ensure Americans experiencing homelessness are able to receive stimulus payments. "As Americans across the country struggle to stay safe and secure stable housing, our government must do everything possible to meet people where they are, and provide relief," said Senator Gillibrand. "All across the country, social service organizations have built innovative solutions to conduct outreach and … Continue Reading


February 11, 2021

Gillibrand, Speier Urge Biden To Establish Military Sexual Assault Commission In Executive Office Of The President Instead Of DoD

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Representative Jackie Speier (D-CA), chairs of the Senate and House Armed Services Personnel Subcommittees, are urging President Biden to ensure a proposed military sexual assault commission is independent, balanced, and credible by establishing it within the Executive Office of the President instead of the Department of Defense (DoD). In a letter to the president, Gillibrand and Speier applauded the president's promise to establish a 90-day commission … Continue Reading


February 10, 2021

Gillibrand Calls On FCC To Provide Immediate Emergency Funding For E-Rate Program

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand joined more than 40 Senate Democrats to call on the new Federal Communications Commission (FCC) leadership to immediately provide emergency funds for the E-Rate program as schools and students continue to rely on remote learning during the pandemic. The E-Rate program allows students to learn safely from home while guaranteeing online access to course materials. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, 4.4 million households with children … Continue Reading


February 09, 2021

Gillibrand And Colleagues Introduce Justice For Black Farmers Act; Legislation Would Address Systemic Discrimination In Federal Aid To Black Farmers

U. S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, alongside U.S. Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Tina Smith (D-MN), and Reverend Raphael Warnock (D-GA), introduced legislation to address systemic discrimination within U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) federal agriculture policy. Due to a history of discrimination, Black farmers have been systemically stripped of millions of acres of farmland and hundreds of billions of dollars of inter-generational wealth. The Justice for Black … Continue Reading


February 09, 2021

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $1 Million In Federal Funding For Road And Infrastructure Repairs In The Town Of Owego

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $1,002,634.50 in federal funding to repair roads and culverts damaged from severe flooding events in the Town of Owego. In August 2018, storms eroded the supporting soil under and near the Dutchtown Road culvert, posing an urgent threat to the health and safety of surrounding communities. This funding will fix structural concerns, repair infrastructure to its pre-disaster design, and implement … Continue Reading


February 09, 2021

Gillibrand, Trone Lead Bicameral Call To Bolster Funding For Substance Use Disorder And Mental Health Care Services As Pandemic Exacerbates Addiction And Mental Health Crises

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and U.S. Representative David Trone (D-MD) urged Congress to include robust funding for substance use disorder and mental health care services in the next coronavirus relief package. In their letters to Senate and House leadership, the lawmakers called for $10 billion in funding for Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), dedicated to the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant and Community Mental Health Services … Continue Reading


February 08, 2021

Gillibrand Co-Sponsors Landmark “Baby Bonds” Legislation: A Fair Shot At Economic Opportunity From Birth

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand joined colleagues in the reintroduction of the American Opportunity Accounts Act, legislation she has co-sponsored seeking to create a national program commonly referred to as "Baby Bonds." The program will create a federally-funded savings account for every American child at birth. The funds will sit in an interest-bearing account, which can be accessed by account holders at age 18 for allowable uses like buying a home, paying for educational expenses or … Continue Reading


February 08, 2021

Gillibrand Calls For Robust LIHEAP Funding As Buffalo Families Struggle To Keep Heat On Amidst Economic Crisis

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand stood at St. John's Baptist Church in Buffalo and urged Congress to deliver robust Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funding in the next coronavirus relief package in order to provide critical assistance for low-income households and seniors. Within the last year, the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic has put an unprecedented financial burden on New Yorkers. Millions of New Yorkers are finding it more difficult to afford … Continue Reading

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