Press Releases

November 05, 2020

Gillibrand, Brown, Van Hollen Announce Legislation To Expand Community School Funding

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand introduced legislation with U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) to expand community school funding and ensure students, families, and communities have the resources needed for students to thrive. The Full-Service Community School Expansion Act of 2020 would help public k-12 schools serve students, families, and communities by investing more than $3 billion in public schools to be community hubs and provide integrated student supports, … Continue Reading


November 02, 2020

Gillibrand Leads Colleagues In Calling On USDA To Fairly Implement P-EBT Program In Puerto Rico In Order To Provide Food Security

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, led her colleagues in a letter urging Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, to "provide expeditious and fair implementation of the Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) Program in Puerto Rico and the U.S. territories." Since the signing of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) in March 2020, all 50 states plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands have had the choice to … Continue Reading


October 30, 2020

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $300K In Energy Funding For Farmers, Ranchers, And Small Business Owners In Rural New York

U.S. Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, today announced $302,376 in funding to help rural small businesses and agricultural producers invest in energy efficient and renewable energy systems. The funding was administered through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). "To meet New York's net zero by 2050 carbon target, we must invest in clean, … Continue Reading


October 30, 2020

Schumer, Gillibrand Demand Answers From HHS Regarding Potential Arbitrary Funding Cuts To Critical Public Health Programs

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand joined colleagues in pressing the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to ensure that millions of dollars in federal funding for critical public health programs will not be withheld in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. President Trump and Attorney General Barr have threatened to withhold the funding as part of an illegitimate Trump order to punish Americans in New York City, Seattle, Portland, and Washington, D.C. To ensure … Continue Reading


October 29, 2020

Senator Gillibrand, Congressman Tonko Call For Extension Of Erie Canalway Commission

On the week marking the 195th anniversary of the Erie Canal's opening, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Paul D. Tonko held a press conference today to call to extend the authorization of the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor Commission. The members both announced legislation this week that would extend the Commission's authorization from its current sunset date of September 30, 2021 to September 30, 2034. "The Erie Canal is a part New York's rich history of innovation. … Continue Reading


October 28, 2020

Gillibrand Urges Secretary DeVos To Grant Federal Student Loan Borrowers Access To Cares Act Relief

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, alongside Senate Democrats, called on Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to take steps to ensure federal student loan borrowers who have been left out of the CARES Act receive federal student loan relief - including a freeze on all payments, interest, and collections. Since March, the CARES Act has provided forbearance, waived interest, and halted collections for borrowers whose student loans were directly held by the U.S. Department of Education. However, more … Continue Reading


October 27, 2020

As Winter Weather Approaches New York State, Gillibrand Urges Trump Administration To Release Vital LIHEAP Funding For Low-Income Seniors And Families

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand urged the Trump administration to quickly release the highest possible amount of Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funds in order to provide critical financial assistance for low-income households and seniors. Before the pandemic, more than 1.5 million low-income New Yorkers and seniors depended on LIHEAP to help pay their energy bills and stay safe during the winter. Now the economic crisis has pushed vulnerable Americans into deeper … Continue Reading


October 27, 2020

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Nearly $200,000 In Funding For The Legal Services Corporation Of Western New York To Help Low-Income Individuals Access Legal Assistance

U.S. Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $192,400 in funding for the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) of Western New York to invest in technology and web design advancements that will help make complex legal platforms more intuitive and accessible to low-income individuals with civil legal needs. This funding was allocated by LSC through their Technology Initiative Grant (TIG) program, designed to improve legal service delivery to low-income … Continue Reading


October 26, 2020

Senator Gillibrand Statement On Rushed Confirmation Of Judge Amy Coney Barrett To The Supreme Court

Addressing the confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand released the following statement: "Judge Amy Coney Barrett's confirmation represents the efforts of the Republican Party to impose an ultra-conservative ideology on the American people, the majority of whom do not share their views. I voted against Judge Barrett's nomination because her views on reproductive rights, health care, LGBTQ rights, immigrant rights, and civil rights are far … Continue Reading


October 26, 2020

ICYMI: On Senate Floor, Gillibrand Denounces Rushed Confirmation Vote Of Judge Amy Coney Barrett To The Supreme Court

**WATCH Senator Gillibrand's Speech on the Senate Floor HERE** U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today spoke on the Senate floor to denounce Republican efforts to rush through the confirmation process of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. In a last chance effort to impose extreme, conservative views on this country, Senate Republicans are moving forward with a rushed confirmation process that will have harmful consequences on health care, immigrant's rights, women's rights, LGBTQ … Continue Reading


October 23, 2020

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Nearly $200,000 Dollars In Funding To Combat Chronic Wasting Disease In New York State

U.S. Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today announced $180,366 in federal funding for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to protect New York's wildlife and deer population from the serious threat of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). CWD is an infectious, degenerative disease of cervids in deer and moose that causes brain cells to die, ultimately leading to the … Continue Reading


October 23, 2020

Gillibrand, Senate Democrats Press Trump Administration To Address And Aid Global Humanitarian Crises Exacerbated By COVID-19 Pandemic

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand led Senate Democrats in pushing the Trump administration to address the global humanitarian crises exacerbated by COVID-19. In a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Acting Administrator John Barsa, Gillibrand and her colleagues slammed the Trump administration's failure to take the threat of COVID-19 seriously and the inadequate response that has contributed to the loss of thousands of lives and weakened … Continue Reading


October 22, 2020

Schumer, Gillibrand, Lowey, Engel, Maloney Renew Call On Nuclear Regulatory Commission To Hold A Public Hearing Before Moving Forward On Indian Point License Transfer

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, and U.S. Representatives Nita Lowey, Eliot Engel, and Sean Patrick Maloney today sent a letter to the Chairman and members of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) renewing their call for the Commission to hold a public hearing and address state and community concerns before NRC staff provisionally approves the transfer of the NRC license for the Indian Point Energy Center in Buchanan, NY, from Entergy … Continue Reading


October 22, 2020

Gillibrand Announces Bicameral Legislation To Create More Equitable Health Care System

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, alongside a group of colleagues led by U.S. Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI), announced comprehensive legislation to create a more equitable health care system and address health disparities for underserved communities. The Health Equity and Accountability Act (HEAA) would address health inequities among racial and ethnic minorities, women, the LGBTQ+ community, rural populations, and socioeconomically disadvantaged communities throughout New York. "The … Continue Reading


October 21, 2020

Gillibrand, Cruz Lead Bipartisan Call To Expand U.S.-Israel Cooperation In National Defense Authorization Act Negotiations

U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), member of the Senate Armed Services Personnel Subcommittee, and Ted Cruz (R-TX), member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, led their colleagues in sending a letter to the chairmen and ranking members of the Senate and House Armed Services Committees, to request continued support of provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act that will maintain the close cooperation between the United States and Israel. In the letter, the senators call … Continue Reading


October 21, 2020

Gillibrand, Blumenthal Press Armed Service Committees To Pause Implementation Of New Army Combat Fitness Test (ACFT); New Test Relies On Flawed Data And Could Undermine Military Readiness

U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) sent a letter to the chairmen and ranking members of the Senate and House Armed Services Committee urging the postponement of implementation of the new Army Combat Fitness Test (ACFT). The senators cited significant concerns about the data used to develop the test, initial test scores and logistical issues, noting that initial results show a dramatic gender gap and a misguided emphasis on physical prowess, even in careers … Continue Reading


October 20, 2020

Senator Gillibrand, Restaurateurs David Chang And Tom Colicchio Call For Bipartisan Legislation To Help Independent Restaurants Survive Economic Crisis

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, David Chang, chef and founder of Momofuku, and Tom Colicchio, owner of Crafted Hospitality and founding member of the Independent Restaurant Coalition, urged the Senate to pass the bipartisan Real Economic Support That Acknowledges Unique Restaurant Assistance Needed to Survive (RESTAURANTS) Act of 2020. The RESTAURANTS Act would create a $120 billion Restaurant Revitalization Fund to address the unique long-term challenges of food service and drinking … Continue Reading


October 20, 2020

Schumer, Gillibrand Press EPA On Implementation Of Illegitimate Trump Order To Withhold Federal Funding From NYC, Several Major Cities

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, along with four other Senate colleagues, sent a letter to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler requesting information about the EPA's implementation of the likely illegal White House memorandum ordering federal agencies to withhold funds from cities that President Trump falsely and absurdly claimed are being run by "anarchists." The cities … Continue Reading


October 19, 2020

Senator Gillibrand Visits The Clemens Center, Calls For Legislation To Create New Loan Program To Help Small Businesses And Live Event Venues Recover From Months Of Limited Operations

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand visited The Clemens Center to call for legislation to support live event venues and small- and mid-sized businesses that are struggling to recover after months of limited operations due to the coronavirus crisis. The bipartisan Reviving the Economy Sustainably Towards a Recovery in Twenty-Twenty (RESTART) Act would create a new loan program to fund six months of employer and operating expenses for businesses that have lost substantial revenue and need … Continue Reading


October 19, 2020

Senator Gillibrand, Representative Delgado Visit Hudson To Call For Legislation To Create New Loan Program To Help Small Businesses Recover From Months Of Limited Operations

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Representative Antonio Delgado stood at Hudson's Public Square/7th Street Park to call for legislation to support small- and mid-sized businesses that are struggling to recover after months of limited operations due to the coronavirus crisis. The bipartisan Reviving the Economy Sustainably Towards a Recovery in Twenty-Twenty (RESTART) Act would create a new loan program to fund six months of employer and operating expenses for businesses that … Continue Reading

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