Press Releases

March 16, 2020

Video: On Senate Floor, Gillibrand Urges Congress To Put Families And Workers First In Coronavirus Relief Package; Lays Out Immediate Next Steps

**WATCH Senator Gillibrand's Speech on the Senate Floor HERE** U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today spoke on the Senate floor to urge her colleagues to put workers and families first as the Senate considers legislation to provide relief to Americans and the economy during the growing coronavirus emergency. Gillibrand laid out several immediate next steps, including full paid sick and family leave coverage for every American, increased testing availability, nutritional support for public … Continue Reading


March 12, 2020

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $3.3 Million In Federal Early Head Start And Head Start Funding For Sullivan County

Washington, DC - U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $3,341,560 in federal funding for Sullivan County Head Start, Inc. The funding was provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Early Head Start and Head Start Program and will be used to support child care, early childhood education and support services for low-income families in the area. "Study after study shows that the better we prepare our young children, … Continue Reading


March 11, 2020

Schumer, Gillibrand Lead Bipartisan Letter Demanding Answers from the FCC and Denounce the Commission’s Attempt to Penalize States Already Taking Action to Provide Broadband Programs for Unserved Communities

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today denounced the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) decision to move forward with the recently adopted Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) Order that would exclude states that have been awarded funding through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) ReConnect program or other state-run broadband development or subsidy programs from being eligible for the RDOF. In a letter to FCC Chairman Pai, … Continue Reading


March 10, 2020

Gillibrand Urges Congress to Expand Mandatory Paid Leave during Public Health Emergencies as Nation Battles Public Health Crisis Caused by Covid-19

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Confronting the nation's growing public health crisis caused by the outbreak of COVID-19, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is urging Congress to pass new legislation to require employers to provide additional paid sick leave during a public health emergency. Currently, many employees have limited or no access to paid sick leave, raising concerns over the ability to make doctor's visits, quarantine, or stay home if infected by the COVID-19 outbreak. The proposed Paid Sick Days … Continue Reading


March 06, 2020

As New Yorkers Struggle to Maintain Jobs Moved Overseas, Gillibrand Visits Buffalo to Announce New, Bicameral Legislation Prohibiting Federal Incentives for Outsourced Jobs

BUFFALO, NY - Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand visited the UAW Region 9 hall to announce her bicameral legislation, the End Outsourcing Act. The bill would protect jobs in the United States by denying tax benefits to companies that try to deduct the cost of sending jobs overseas. It would prevent outsourcing companies from bidding on federal contracts or grants, without disclosing their outsourcing practices. Additionally, the legislation would create a new tax benefit to help companies … Continue Reading


March 06, 2020

Gillibrand, Pocan Announce Bill To End Rampant Outsourcing And Protect American Jobs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and U.S. Representative Mark Pocan (D-WI) announced bicameral legislation, the End Outsourcing Act, which would utilize the tax code and federal grants, loans and contracts to end the outsourcing of jobs overseas. The bill would prevent employers from deducting expenses related to outsourcing, deny certain tax breaks to outsourcing employers, and require federal agencies awarding contracts, loans, loan guarantees, and grants to … Continue Reading


March 06, 2020

As New Yorkers Struggle To Maintain Jobs Moved Overseas, Gillibrand Visits Utica To Announce New, Bicameral Legislation Prohibiting Federal Incentives For Outsourced Jobs

UTICA, NY- Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand visited the CNY Labor Council 9 to announce her bicameral legislation, the End Outsourcing Act. The bill would protect jobs in the United States by denying tax benefits to companies that try to deduct the cost of sending jobs overseas. It would prevent outsourcing companies from bidding on federal contracts or grants, without disclosing their outsourcing practices. Additionally, the legislation would create a new tax benefit to help companies … Continue Reading


March 05, 2020

Gillibrand Launches New Push To Dedicate Funding For Community Health Centers As Nation Confronts Growing Public Health Crisis Caused By COVID-19

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Confronting the nation's growing public health crisis caused by the outbreak of COVID-19, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is urging Congress to dedicate funding for Community Health Centers (CHCs) for use in emergencies. The emergency fund would help CHCs prepare for and respond to public health crises like the coronavirus outbreak. CHCs are a direct link between federal resources like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and local communities delivering care … Continue Reading


March 04, 2020

Video: Following Gillibrand Questioning, NRC Will Redo Risk Analysis for Gas Pipeline near Indian Point

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Kristine Svinicki announced that the NRC would redo faulty risk analysis for a gas pipeline near the Indian Point nuclear plant following questioning by U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, member of the Environment and Public Works Committee. Gillibrand pressed Chairman Svinicki on the risk analysis after a recently released IG report found that the agency failed to properly study safety risks. *Watch EPW Committee Hearing Video … Continue Reading


March 04, 2020

Gillibrand Denounces Republican Efforts To Restrict Abortion Access In June Medical Services V. Russo

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the Supreme Court of the United States will hear oral arguments on June Medical Services v. Russo. The case challenges a 2014 Louisiana state law - nearly identical to the Texas law that the Supreme Court struck down as unconstitutional three years ago in Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt - that restricts women's access to reproductive health care by requiring abortion providers to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. In response, U.S. Senator Kirsten … Continue Reading


March 03, 2020

Gillibrand Statement On Second Confirmed Case Of Coronavirus In New York State

Washington, DC - Addressing the announcement of the second confirmed case of coronavirus in New York State, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand released the following statement: "As multiple cases of coronavirus have now been confirmed in New York, I want to reassure New Yorkers that my office is working to develop and implement a robust and strategic response that keeps them safe. I am working to increase funding for our response and to ensure that our government has the resources it needs to combat … Continue Reading


March 03, 2020

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce over $37,000 in Federal Funding For Housing Choice Vouchers For Buffalo

Washington, DC - U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $37,213 in federal discretionary funding for the City of Buffalo. The funding was provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and will be used to offset the cost of providing housing choice vouchers to low-income families. "Clean, decent, and affordable housing is a necessity for all New Yorkers," said Senator Schumer. "I'm proud to have secured this funding … Continue Reading


March 03, 2020

Schumer, Gillibrand, Lowey Announce over $3.9 Million in FEMA Funding For Northern Westchester Hospital Emergency Augmentation System Project Disaster Declaration

Washington, DC - U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and House Appropriations Chairwoman Nita Lowey today announced $3,997,086 in federal funding for the installation of a permanent and reliable emergency electrical system. The federal funds are administered through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and will be used to offset the cost of rebuilding the emergency power system that made it more … Continue Reading


March 02, 2020

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Nearly $1.4 Million In Federal Head Start Funding For Lewis County

Washington, DC - U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $1,363,310 in federal funding for Head Start Programs in Lewis County, New York. The funding was provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Head Start Program and will be used to support child care and support services for low-income families in the area. "Study after study shows that the better we prepare our young children, through programs like Head Start, … Continue Reading


March 02, 2020

Gillibrand Releases Guide To Help Agriculture And Rural Communities Access Federal And State Grants

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today unveiled a new guidebook to help agriculture and rural development organizations access federal and state grant money. Through Senator Gillibrand's guidebook, agriculture and rural development organizations can access critical information to help them navigate the grant application process, including what the programs are, who is eligible, the terms, and how the funds may be used. By utilizing federal and state grants, organizations … Continue Reading


February 28, 2020

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $2.1M In Federal Funding For Residents In Public Housing

Washington, DC - U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $2,111,518 in federal funding for six Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) across New York State. This funding was allocated by the Department of Housing and Urban Development Resident Opportunity and Self Sufficiency (ROSS) program. This funding will be used to hire a service coordinator in each community, who will be responsible for assessing residential needs. The service … Continue Reading


February 27, 2020

Gillibrand Statement On HHS Secretary Alex Azar Refusing To Guarantee Coronavirus Vaccine Will Be Affordable For Every American

Washington, DC - Addressing Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar's suggestion that a coronavirus vaccine may not be affordable for every American, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand released the following statement: "Secretary Azar's refusal to guarantee that the coronavirus vaccine will be affordable for every American is outrageous. I voted against Secretary Azar because I was concerned about his coziness with the pharmaceutical industry and his comments have proven my concerns right. … Continue Reading


February 27, 2020

Following Schumer, Gillibrand, Lowey Push, FEMA And NYS DHSES Lead Security Grant Workshop To Aid Nonprofit Applicants

Washington, DC - U.S. Senate Democratic Leader Charles E. Schumer, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, and House of Representatives Appropriations Chairwoman Nita Lowey announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the NYS Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES) led a workshop to aid faith-based, community, and nonprofit organizations in applying for funding through the Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) in Rockland County. This workshop followed … Continue Reading


February 25, 2020

Gillibrand Denounces Anti-Choice Bills Put Forward By Senator McConnell

Washington, DC - Addressing today's Senate vote on two anti-choice bills, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand released the following statement: "The anti-choice policies put forward by Senator McConnell are designed to punish women, interfere in family decisions, and spread dangerous disinformation about abortion. The decisions that women make about their pregnancies and reproductive health should be between themselves, their families, and their doctors-not politicians like McConnell. It's disgraceful … Continue Reading


February 20, 2020

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Nearly $11 Million In Federal Head Start Funding For Two Organizations In The Hudson Valley

Washington, DC - U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $10,913,630 in federal funding for Head Start Programs in the Hudson Valley. The funding was provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Head Start Programs and will be used to support child care and support services for low-income families in the area. The Regional Economic Community Action Program (RECAP) will receive $2,236,571 and will use the funding to … Continue Reading

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