Press Releases

September 03, 2020

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $5 Million In FEMA Funding For New York Firefighters And Emergency Response Preparedness

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $5,046,694.73 in federal funding to bolster New York's firefighter force and to provide essential PPE for firefighters responding to the COVID-19 outbreak. "From the peak of the pandemic to normal times, our brave firefighters are always on the front lines, risking their lives to protect their communities," said Senator Schumer. "These courageous first responders deserve all the federal support … Continue Reading


September 02, 2020

Senator Gillibrand Calls For Strengthened Public Service Loan Forgiveness In Next COVID-19 Relief Package During Visit To NY Public Employees Federation

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand visited New York State Public Employees Federation (PEF) in Albany to call for reform of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program to support frontline public service workers as the economy recovers from the coronavirus pandemic. Since its inception, less than 1% of all public servants who have applied for the PSLF program have received loan forgiveness due to flawed implementation. Gillibrand's What Can You Do For Your Country Act would close … Continue Reading


September 02, 2020

Gillibrand Advocates For Expanded Pandemic EBT Program And Snap Benefits During Visit To Rome

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, visited the George R. Staley Elementary School food pantry in Rome to advocate for her proposal to expand the Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) program as millions of New Yorkers struggle with food insecurity due to the pandemic. With food banks across New York facing unprecedented and growing demand, and school reopenings uncertain, the legislation would provide nutritional resources to families … Continue Reading


September 02, 2020

Gillibrand Advocates For Expanded Pandemic EBT Program And Snap Benefits During Visit To Food Bank Of The Southern Tier

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, visited Food Bank of the Southern Tier to advocate for her proposal to expand the Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) program as millions of New Yorkers struggle with food insecurity due to the pandemic. With food banks across New York facing unprecedented and growing demand, and schoolreopenings uncertain, the legislation would provide nutritional resources to families in Chemung County and across … Continue Reading


September 01, 2020

As Deadline Quickly Approaches, Senator Gillibrand, NY Attorney General Letitia James, Rep. Nadler, Community Advocates, NYC Census 2020 Urge New Yorkers To Complete Census

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand stood with New York Attorney General Letitia James, U.S. Representative Jerrold Nadler, Frankie Miranda, President and CEO of the Hispanic Federation, Jo-Ann Yoo, Executive Director of the Asian American Federation, and Julie Menin, Director of NYC Census 2020, to call on New Yorkers to fill out the U.S. census ahead of the upcoming deadline on September 30 in order to receive the state's fair allocation of federal funding. A complete and accurate census is … Continue Reading


September 01, 2020

Senator Gillibrand Visits Food Pantries In Brooklyn And Staten Island, To Advocate For Legislation To Extend Pandemic Snap Benefits And Provide Food Security For New York Families

. . . Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, visited two food pantries in Brooklyn and Staten Island, to meet with community stakeholders on the frontlines of feeding New Yorkers and to announce her bill, the Ensuring Nutrition for America's Students Act. With food pantries across New York facing unprecedented and growing demand, and with schools set to reopen in just a few days, the bill will provide … Continue Reading


August 31, 2020

Senator Gillibrand Visits Food Pantries In Queens, The Bronx, And Washington Heights, To Advocate For Legislation To Extend Pandemic Snap Benefits And Provide Food Security For New York Families

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, visited three food pantries in Queens, the Bronx and Washington Heights, to meet with community stakeholders on the frontlines of feeding New Yorkers and to announce her bill, the Ensuring Nutrition for America's Student's Act. With food pantries across New York facing unprecedented and growing demand, and with schools set to reopen in just a few days, the bill will provide … Continue Reading


August 31, 2020

Senator Gillibrand Visits Stony Brook University, Calls For Public Service Loan Forgiveness In Upcoming COVID-19 Relief Legislation

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand visited Stony Brook University, standing with Stony Brook University President Maurie McInnis, and Rukhsar Asfe to call on Senate leadership to include provisions from the What You Can Do For Your Country Act in COVID-19 relief legislation. The bill would address issues in the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program to keep public servants out of debt. In 2007, Congress established the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program to help more students choose … Continue Reading


August 28, 2020

Gillibrand Joins Bipartisan Push To Enforce USMCA Dairy Provisions

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, joined a bipartisan push to ensure key USMCA provisions for dairy farmers and Canadian dairy exports are enforced. In a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue and U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Ambassador Robert Lighthizer, Gillibrand and more than 20 Senate colleagues pushed the administration to hold Canadian and Mexican trade partners accountable to their commitments. The outlined … Continue Reading


August 27, 2020

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $950K In Federal Funding For Economic Development In Upstate New York

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $965,000 in federal funding awarded through the Economic Development Administration's (EDA) COVID-19 Recovery Assistance. This funding will support programs designed to reinvigorate regional economies that have been impacted by widespread business closures and economic stagnation as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. "In these trying and unprecedented times, the federal government should do … Continue Reading


August 26, 2020

Gillibrand Denounces New CDC COVID-19 Testing Guidelines Directing People Not To Get Tested Even If They’ve Been Exposed To The Virus

Addressing the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's updated COVID-19 testing guidelines-which say that people do not need to get tested for COVID-19, even if they've been exposed to the virus-U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand issued the following statement: "The truth is that we need more tests, not less. The Trump Administration's failure to lead on a national strategy for COVID-19 diagnostic testing means that we do not have enough tests for everyone who needs one. If we had a … Continue Reading


August 26, 2020

Following Alarming Reports Of Small Farmers Being Disadvantaged By Farm Relief Program, Gillibrand Demands USDA Answer For Inequitable Distribution Of Benefits And Urges Agency To Provide Direct Relief For New York’s Small Farmers

Following an alarming NBC report detailing striking disparities in the distribution of Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) benefits, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, is demanding that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) answer for the inequitable distribution of CFAP benefits and is urging USDA Secretary Perdue to provide direct relief for New York's small farmers, who have been financially devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The CFAP … Continue Reading


August 25, 2020

Senators Gillibrand And Rounds, Representatives Cisneros And Mast Urge Congress To Include Bipartisan Bill To End Military Child Abuse In Final NDAA

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Personnel Subcommittee, and U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-SD), are urging Congress to ensure their bipartisan, bicameral legislation to address shortcomings in the Department of Defense's (DoD) reporting of child abuse is included in the final National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The push was led in the House by Representatives Gil Cisneros (D-CA) and Brian Mast (R-FL). The End Military-Connected Child Abuse and … Continue Reading


August 24, 2020

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $11.5 Million In Federal Funding For Busing Services In New York City And Long Island

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $11.6 million in federal funding for Suffolk County and the New York City Department of Transportation. This funding was awarded through the Department of Transportation's Buses and Bus Facilities Grant Program and will be used to purchase new buses, rehabilitate worn equipment, and construct busing facilities. "In order to recover and rebuild our communities from this health and economic … Continue Reading


August 24, 2020

Gillibrand Leads 23 Senators To Submit Amicus Brief On Ending Discrimination In Foster Care And Adoption

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand led 23 Senate colleagues to submit an amicus brief in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia, an impending Supreme Court case focused on anti-LGBTQ discrimination in the foster care and adoption system. In March 2018, the City of Philadelphia learned that two of the agencies it partners with to provide foster care services to children in the public child welfare system would not allow same-sex couples to be foster parents, based on the agencies' religious beliefs. The … Continue Reading


August 24, 2020

Gillibrand, Colleagues Urge HHS And CMS To Provide Critical Resources To Home Health And Community Based Care Services As They Adapt To COVID-19 Pandemic

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand led a call on the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to ensure home health care and home- and community-based services (HCBS) have the critical resources needed to continue providing care to older adults and people with disabilities, two communities most vulnerable to COVID-19. The pandemic has made it difficult for older adults and people with disabilities to receive home health services and has … Continue Reading


August 21, 2020

Gillibrand Joins Bicameral Call To Invest In Socially Disadvantaged And Veteran Farmers Struggling To Stay Afloat During The Pandemic

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, joined a bicameral call for continued investment in socially disadvantaged and veteran farmers, many of whom have been hit hard by the pandemic and are in need of direct support. In a letter to the USDA, Senator Gillibrand, alongside her colleagues Senators Tina Smith (D-MN) and Tom Udall (D-NM) and Representative Ben Ray Lujan (D-NM), expressed concerns over the Trump administration's decision to divert funding away … Continue Reading


August 20, 2020

Gillibrand Cosponsors Legislation To Provide Emergency Federal Relief To Vital Bus, Motorcoach And Ferry Service Operators

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand recently cosponsored the Coronavirus Economic Relief for Transportation Services (CERTS) Act of 2020. This bipartisan legislation would provide $10 billion in emergency economic relief funding, in the form of grants (no less than 50 percent of total funding) and other economic assistance, through the U.S. Department of the Treasury, to motorcoach operators, school bus companies, U.S. flag passenger vessel operators, and other U.S. transportation service … Continue Reading


August 20, 2020

Gillibrand Cosponsors Legislation To Provide Emergency Federal Relief To Vital Bus, Motorcoach And Ferry Service Operators

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand recently cosponsored the Coronavirus Economic Relief for Transportation Services (CERTS) Act of 2020. This bipartisan legislation would provide $10 billion in emergency economic relief funding, in the form of grants (no less than 50 percent of total funding) and other economic assistance, through the U.S. Department of the Treasury, to motorcoach operators, school bus companies, U.S. flag passenger vessel operators, and other U.S. transportation service … Continue Reading


August 19, 2020

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Nearly $300K In Federal Funding To Support Nursing Workforce In The Southern Tier

U.S. Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $286,263 in federal funding to expand nursing opportunities and combat workforce shortages in the Southern Tier. Specifically, this funding will be used to establish clinical education and training programs in the region. "The COVID-19 crisis has proven to us the importance of nurses in keeping the Southern Tier healthy," said Senator Schumer. "While we have tremendous nurses providing world-class care … Continue Reading

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