Press Releases

August 23, 2021

Gillibrand Stands At The Rochester Institute Of Technology National Technical Institute For The Deaf (NTID) To Call For Nearly $90 Million In Funding For FY22

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand visited the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) to call for $89.7 million in funding in FY22, an $8.2 million increase from FY21. Every year, Senator Gillibrand leads the fight for RIT NTID appropriations to ensure the one-of-a-kind institution has the resources needed to provide deaf and hard-of-hearing students from around the country with a college education that gives them the skills needed to excel … Continue Reading


August 23, 2021

Senator Gillibrand Stands In Front Of Route 33 To Announce New Hiring Rules That Will Invest In Local Economies, Jobs, And Infrastructure

Following two years of tireless advocacy, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand stood in front of Route 33 to announce the inclusion of her Build Local, Hire Local program in the recently-passed $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package. These landmark provisions will make bold reforms to American infrastructure investment to improve wage protections and labor standards, train a new generation of workers, put low-income communities first, and help end decades of failed federal policies that … Continue Reading


August 19, 2021

Gillibrand, Colleagues Call For The Immediate Evacuation Of SIV Applicants From Afghanistan

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, chair of the Senate Armed Services Personnel Subcommittee, today joined her colleagues in a bipartisan effort urging the Biden administration to expedite the full implementation of the recently-passed emergency supplemental funding legislation that included key provisions of the Afghan Allies Protection Act (AAPA). In light of the situation in Afghanistan quickly deteriorating and the Taliban taking control of Kabul, Gillibrand and colleagues are pushing for … Continue Reading


August 19, 2021

Gillibrand Urges State Department To Aid Bard College Against Threat Of The Russian Federation

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is urging Secretary of State Antony Blinken to support efforts in reversing the Russian government's recent designation of Bard College as an "undesirable" organization. The institution has a longstanding affiliation and degree partnership with St. Petersburg State University - started 25 years ago by Bard President Leon Botstein. The exchange and education programs have been critical to building ties between young Americans and Russians, and played a … Continue Reading


August 18, 2021

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand And Representative Gwen Moore Announce Legislation To Encourage States To End Statute Of Limitations For Child Sexual Abuse

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Representative Gwen Moore (D-WI-4) announced the No Time Limit for Justice Act, a bill that incentivizes states to eliminate their statute of limitations for criminal prosecution and civil suits involving child sexual abuse. According to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN), every nine minutes a child is sexually abused in the United States, but only twelve percent of these cases are reported to authorities each year. Studies … Continue Reading


August 18, 2021

Senator Gillibrand Encourages New York Organizations To Apply For Emergency Rural Health Care Funding Ahead Of October 12th Deadline

Following the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) announcement that up to $500 million in American Rescue Plan emergency rural health care funding will be newly available, Senator Gillibrand is encouraging all eligible New York entities to apply ahead of the deadline. Applicants may apply for Impact Grants by October 12th, 2021 and Recovery Grants on a continual basis until funds are expended. Senator Gillibrand fought hard to pass the American Rescue Plan package, which included … Continue Reading


August 17, 2021

Following Years Of Support For The Rome Air Force Research Lab, Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Designation Of The AFRL As The Quantum Information Science Research Center For The U.S. Air Force, Space Force

Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today proudly announce that the Air Force Research Labratory (AFRL) has been designated as the Quantum Information Science Research Center for the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Space Force. This designation is landmark news for the AFRL Information Directorate located in Rome, NY, the only AFRL directorate currently conducting quantum research, and follows years of advocacy from Schumer and Gillibrand, who have long pushed … Continue Reading


August 10, 2021

Gillibrand Statement On Resignation Of Governor Andrew Cuomo

Addressing the resignation of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand released the following statement: "First and foremost, I want to thank the incredibly courageous women who came forward and shared their stories. They are the true public servants here. New York now has a chance to move forward and build a new culture of leadership. Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul is an exceptional public servant and will be an excellent governor. I look forward to working together … Continue Reading


August 10, 2021

Gillibrand Announces Key Victories For New York In Infrastructure Package

Gillibrand: Highways Were Instrumental To The Connectivity Of Our Nation, But They Also Upended Many Low-Income Areas And Communities Of Color, Displacing Residents, Hurting Local Businesses, And Impacting Quality Of Life Across Neighborhoods. Today, Congress Delivered Strong Federal Investment Into Projects That Will Reinvigorate The Very Communities That Have Been Negatively Impacted By Exclusionary Federal Policies Of The Past After months of negotiations, the Senate today passed the … Continue Reading


August 10, 2021

Gillibrand Applauds Biden’s Commitment To 9/11 Transparency; Vows To Continue Fight To Secure Accountability And Justice For Survivors And Families

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement applauding the Biden administration's filing to review federal documents related to 9/11: "I applaud President Biden's commitment to transparency and welcome a fresh review of documents related to federal investigations of 9/11. While the pain of waiting for clear answers twenty years after the horrific 9/11 terrorist attacks cannot be diminished, this is an important step … Continue Reading


August 10, 2021

Gillibrand Announces Senate Passage Of Harlem Hellfighters Congressional Gold Medal Act

Today, the U.S. Senate passed Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's Harlem Hellfighters Congressional Gold Medal Act to award the Congressional Gold Medal to the 369th Infantry Regiment, commonly known as the Harlem Hellfighters, a Black infantry regiment of the New York National Guard that fought in WWI. The House companion bill, led by Congressmen Tom Suozzi and Adriano Espaillat, passed in June. During World War I, the Harlem Hellfighters spent more time in continuous combat than any other American … Continue Reading


August 09, 2021

Almost Three Years Since The Tragic Schoharie Accident Took 20 Lives, Schumer, Gillibrand Secure Safety Provisions In Infrastructure Bill Setting Federal Limo Safety Standards & Closing Deadly Loopholes To Get Dangerous Limos Off Roads And Save Lives

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced that multiple provisions will be included in the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act - including their amendment adopted last week - that would ensure the top safety concerns from the Schoharie crash are rectified. Specifically, the senators said the bill will ensure limo safety by instituting the following measures: Establish a program to provide funding for states to impound unsafe … Continue Reading


August 09, 2021

Gillibrand, Colleagues Call For Lower Prescription Drug Costs Reform In Reconciliation Package

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, member of the Senate Aging Committee, joined colleagues in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Senate Budget Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders (I-VT), and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR) urging them to include reforms to lower prescription drug costs in the upcoming reconciliation bill. Specifically, the senators highlighted the need for provisions giving Medicare the authority to negotiate the best drug prices. In 2020, … Continue Reading


August 09, 2021

Gillibrand Calls On Congress To Protect Consumers From Exposure To Toxic Phthalate Chemicals

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand introduced the Preventing Harmful Exposure to Phthalates Act, legislation to prevent harmful phthalate chemicals from contaminating the U.S. food supply and plastics. Phthalates are harmful chemicals added to plastic products used throughout the food production process and can cause serious health problems. These chemicals have been found to leach into food through plastic products and equipment such as tubing, lid gaskets, food preparation gloves, … Continue Reading


August 07, 2021

Gillibrand Statement On The Confirmation Of Eunice Lee To The Second Circuit Court Of Appeals

Addressing the confirmation of Eunice Lee to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand released the following statement: "I was honored to introduce Eunice Lee at her confirmation hearing for the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and I congratulate her on her confirmation. Ms. Lee's commitment to serving our communities and protecting the rights of others has been a cornerstone of her legal career, which she has spent in service to those most in need. She will bring a … Continue Reading


August 06, 2021

Leading Champion For Survivors Of Domestic Violence, Gillibrand Pushes To Include Funding For Violence Against Women Act Programs In Reconciliation Package

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is calling on Senate leadership to include funding for the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) programs in the upcoming reconciliation package. The pandemic caused the rates and severity of incidents of domestic violence to increase across New York and the entire nation. Social isolation, economic uncertainty, and general anxiety about the virus added layers of stress for many families and increased the risk of domestic violence and violence against women. Many … Continue Reading


August 06, 2021

Ahead Of Reconciliation Negotiations, Gillibrand Introduces Legislation To Close Gap In 9/11 Health Funding; Commits To Pushing Inclusion In Reconciliation

Ahead of the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is introducing legislation to address the impending World Trade Center Health Program funding shortfall that will begin impacting the program and its ability to provide services starting in FY 2025. Gillibrand will push to include provisions from the bill in the upcoming reconciliation package. After years of efforts and calls on the federal government, Congress established the World Trade Center Health … Continue Reading


August 05, 2021

Gillibrand Statement On The Passing Of AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka

Addressing the passing of AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand issued the following statement: "The world and the labor movement have lost a giant. Richard Trumka's life took him from the coal mines of Pennsylvania to the greatest halls of power, and no matter where he went, he never stopped fighting on behalf of his fellow brothers and sisters in the labor movement. He recognized that working people are the engine of our economy and the heart of our communities. … Continue Reading


August 04, 2021

Gillibrand Calls On The Department Of The Treasury To Implement Bold Economic Policies To Combat The Climate Crisis

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand sent a letter urging the Department of the Treasury's new Climate Counselor, John Morton, to take swift and aggressive action to combat the climate crisis. Morton has been charged with leading the department's new Climate Hub and has the unique ability to elevate the Biden-Harris administration's climate-related goals and leverage financial risk mitigation to confront the threat of climate change. Senator Gillibrand penned this letter alongside Senators Warren … Continue Reading


August 04, 2021

ICYMI: At The Urging Of Senator Gillibrand, Jon Stewart, And Veterans Advocates, The Department Of Veterans Affairs Announces Expanded Benefits For Disability Claims For Conditions Related To Certain Toxic Exposures

In case you missed it, starting on Monday, August 2nd, 2021, the United States Department of Veterans Affairs began processing disability claims for conditions on a presumptive basis for veterans exposed to toxic burn pits during their military service in Southwest Asia. This marks the first VA decision to add presumptive illnesses that benefit those exposed to burn pits during their service - the method that Senator Gillibrand has encouraged the secretary to use and is the basis for her bill, … Continue Reading

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