Press Releases

July 20, 2018

With Many Low-Income Families And Communities Of Color Across New York Lacking Access To Basic Banking Services, Gillibrand Visits Buffalo To Announce Legislation To Create A Postal Bank, Protect New Yorkers From Predatory Lenders, Ensure All New Yorkers Have Access To A Bank In Their Community

Buffalo, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today stood with community leaders and advocates at PUSH Buffalo to announce the Postal Banking Act, her legislation to create a retail bank in all of the U.S. Postal Service's 30,000 locations. The Postal Bank would give low-income Americans, particularly in communities of color, access to basic banking services that are very often unavailable to them. New York has some of the strongest anti-predatory lending laws in the country, but almost a … Continue Reading


July 20, 2018

As Seniors Across New York Continue To Face Soaring Prescription Drug Prices, Gillibrand Visits Watertown To Announce Legislation To Drive Down Costs And Increase Access To Safe, Affordable Medications

Watertown, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today visited the Samaritan Medical Center to announce the Stop Price Gouging Act, which would drive down prescription drug prices, ensure access to affordable medications for New York seniors, and penalize drug companies that raise prices of medication without justification. Under current law, pharmaceutical companies can raise the price of their medication at any time with no justification. There is no mechanism to prevent a manufacturer from … Continue Reading


July 19, 2018

Following Her Push, Gillibrand Announces Senate Passage Of Bipartisan Legislation To Expand Small Business Administration’s Microloan Program, Help Minority-And Women-Owned Businesses Succeed

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that following her push, the Senate passed the Microloan Modernization Act, bipartisan legislation she cosponsored that would expand the Small Business Administration's (SBA) Microloan Program to provide loans and technical assistance to minority and women business owners, as well as other entrepreneurs, who face challenges accessing the capital needed to start and expand small businesses because they are often denied loans by … Continue Reading


July 17, 2018

With Small And Disadvantaged Communities Across New York State Struggling To Provide Clean Drinking Water To Residents, Gillibrand Pushes For Legislation To Increase Funding To Clean Up Water Contamination, Require Transparency From EPA About Water Pollution In New York

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today urged Congress to pass the Contaminant and Lead Electronic Accounting and Reporting Requirements (CLEARR) for Drinking Water Act, which would help small and disadvantaged communities across New York State clean up water contamination in their local water systems. Some small and economically disadvantaged communities across New York have been exposed to dangerous levels of water pollution, but don't have the resources they need to clean up … Continue Reading


July 13, 2018

As Seniors Across New York Continue To Face Soaring Prescription Drug Prices, Gillibrand Visits Utica To Announce Legislation To Drive Down Costs And Increase Access To Safe, Affordable Medications

Utica, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today visited the St. Luke's Hospital Pharmacy to announce the Stop Price Gouging Act, which would drive down prescription drug prices, ensure access to affordable medications for New York seniors, and penalize drug companies that raise prices of medication without justification. Under current law, pharmaceutical companies can raise the price of their medication at any time with no justification. There is no mechanism to prevent a manufacturer from … Continue Reading


July 13, 2018

As Seniors Across New York Continue To Face Soaring Prescription Drug Prices, Gillibrand Visits Troy To Announce Legislation To Drive Down Costs And Increase Access To Safe, Affordable Medications

Troy, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today visited John F. Kennedy Towers Senior Housing in Troy to announce the Stop Price Gouging Act, which would drive down prescription drug prices, ensure access to affordable medications for New York seniors, and penalize drug companies that raise prices of medication without justification. Under current law, pharmaceutical companies can raise the price of their medication at any time with no justification. There is no mechanism to prevent a … Continue Reading


July 13, 2018

As Seniors Across New York Continue To Face Soaring Prescription Drug Prices, Gillibrand Visits Long Island To Announce Legislation To Drive Down Costs And Increase Access To Safe, Affordable Medications

Westbury, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today visited the Magnolia Gardens Senior Center to announce the Stop Price Gouging Act, which would drive down prescription drug prices, ensure access to affordable medications for New York seniors, and penalize drug companies that raise prices of medication without justification. Under current law, pharmaceutical companies can raise the price of their medication at any time with no justification. There is no mechanism to prevent a manufacturer … Continue Reading


July 13, 2018

Gillibrand, Stefanik Lead Bipartisan, Bicameral Effort To Protect New York’s Natural Resources And Prevent Invasive Species From Entering The United States

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, and U.S. Representative Elise Stefanik (NY-21) today announced the reintroduction of the Invasive Fish and Wildlife Prevention Act, legislation to protect New York's natural resources from the threat of invasive species. This legislation would give the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) greater authority to regulate nonnative species and prohibit them from being … Continue Reading


July 12, 2018

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $3 Million In Federal Funding For Binghamton University

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $3 million in federal funding for Binghamton University. The funding was allocated through the Department of Energy's (DOE) Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRC) program. According to the DOE, Binghamton University is one of 42 EFRCS in the country selected for $100 million in funding. Specifically, the funding will enable Distinguished Professor M. Stanley Whittingham, one of the inventors of … Continue Reading


July 11, 2018

Gillibrand Speaks On Senate Floor, Urges Colleagues To Protect Health Insurance For Millions Of Americans And Oppose Brett Kavanaugh’s Confirmation To The Supreme Court Of The United States

**WATCH Senator Gillibrand's Speech on the Senate Floor HERE** Washington, DC - As President Trump continues his efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today took to the Senate floor to urge her colleagues to oppose the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court of the United States. With a federal lawsuit challenging the ACA already underway, the next Supreme Court Justice could be the deciding vote on whether people with preexisting … Continue Reading


July 11, 2018

At Senate Finance Subcommittee Hearing, Gillibrand Urges Her Colleagues To Pass The Family Act To Create A Universal, Gender-Neutral Paid Family And Medical Leave Plan

**WATCH Senator Gillibrand's Testimony HERE** Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today testified in front of the Senate Finance Committee's Subcommittee on Social Security, Pensions, and Family Policy and urged her colleagues to reject the Republican paid leave plan, which would weaken Social Security and hurt women and low-income workers, and instead pass the Family and Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act, her legislation to create a universal, gender-neutral paid family and … Continue Reading


July 09, 2018

Gillibrand Statement On President Trump’s Nomination Of Brett Kavanaugh To The Supreme Court Of The United States

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today released the following statement regarding President Donald J. Trump's nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court of the United States: "If Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed, he would tip the balance of the Supreme Court even more against workers' rights, civil rights, and women's rights for decades to come. I do not think he is the right choice for our country, and I am going to vote against him and urge my colleagues to do the … Continue Reading


July 09, 2018

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $52,000 In Federal Funding For The Town Of Hartwick

Washington, DC - U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today announced $52,000 in U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) funding for the Town of Hartwick. The funding will come from two separate grants, both of which will be used to conduct Preliminary Engineering Reports along the Route 28 Corridor. The first grant, from USDA's Special Evaluation Assistance for Rural Communities and Households (SEARCH) … Continue Reading


July 09, 2018

Senator Schumer, Gillibrand and Congressman Faso Announce That Legislation To Name Saugerties Post Office In Honor Of Maurice Hinchey Passes In The Senate And House Of Representatives

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, and Congressman John Faso today announced that legislation to rename a Saugerties post office after former U.S. Representative Maurice Hinchey has passed in both the Senate and House of Representatives. The post office is located at 111 Market St., Saugerties, New York. Schumer and Gillibrand introduced legislation to rename this post office after Congressman Hinchey in January. Companion … Continue Reading


July 05, 2018

Following Her Push, Gillibrand Successfully Secures Several Provisions In The Recently Passes Senate Farm Bill To Strengthen New York’s Rural Communities And Protect Farmers And Producers

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that several provisions she secured in the Farm Bill have passed in the Senate. These include new grant programs to help invest in New York's rural economies and $77 million for dairy farmers who paid millions of dollars into an insurance program that did not help them when milk prices dropped. Gillibrand worked in the Senate Agriculture Committee to include these provisions in the Senate Farm Bill to strengthen New York's rural … Continue Reading


July 05, 2018

Following Her Push, Gillibrand Successfully Secures Several Provisions In The Recently Passed Senate Farm Bill To Strengthen New York’s Rural Communities And Protect Farmers And Producers

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that several provisions she secured in the Farm Bill have passed in the Senate. These include new grant programs to help invest in New York's rural economies and $77 million for dairy farmers who paid millions of dollars into an insurance program that did not help them when milk prices dropped. Gillibrand worked in the Senate Agriculture Committee to include these provisions in the Senate Farm Bill to strengthen New York's rural … Continue Reading


June 29, 2018

As Seniors Across New York Continue To Face Soaring Prescription Drug Prices, Gillibrand Visits Ithaca To Announce Legislation To Drive Down Costs And Increase Access To Safe, Affordable Medications

Ithaca, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today stood with Mayor Svante Myrick at Lifelong in Ithaca to announce the Stop Price Gouging Act, which would drive down prescription drug prices, ensure access to affordable medications for New York seniors, and penalize drug companies that raise prices of medication without justification. Under current law, pharmaceutical companies can raise the price of their medication at any time with no justification. There is no mechanism to prevent a … Continue Reading


June 29, 2018

As Seniors Across New York Continue To Face Soaring Prescription Drug Prices, Gillibrand Visits Syracuse To Announce Legislation To Drive Down Costs And Increase Access To Safe, Affordable Medications

Syracuse, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today visited Crouse Hospital in Syracuse to announce the Stop Price Gouging Act, which would drive down prescription drug prices, ensure access to affordable medications for New York seniors, and penalize drug companies that raise prices of medication without justification. Under current law, pharmaceutical companies can raise the price of their medication at any time with no justification. There is no mechanism to prevent a manufacturer from … Continue Reading


June 27, 2018

After Congressional Republicans Gut SNAP Benefits For Low-Income Families In The House Farm Bill, Gillibrand Introduces SNAP For Kids Act As An Amendment To Senate Farm Bill To Expand Food Assistance For Vulnerable Children

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, has introduced the SNAP for KIDS Act as an amendment to the upcoming Senate Farm Bill. This amendment would expand the current Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) for vulnerable children from low-income families in New York and across the country. Gillibrand's push comes after the House passed its version of the Farm Bill last week, which would cut an estimated $9 billion from the … Continue Reading


June 27, 2018

Senator Gillibrand And Bipartisan Group Of Senators Announce Passage Of Amendment Requiring VA To Release Nursing Home Ratings Data

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, cosponsored an amendment to the FY 2019 Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, Military Construction, and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act that would require the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to submit an annual report on the quality ratings of each VA-run nursing home. The amendment follows a Democrat & Chronicle report that highlighted the VA's use of an internal ratings … Continue Reading

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