Press Releases

December 29, 2020

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $82 Million In Funding For Rochester Laser Lab In The FY 2021 Bipartisan Appropriations Package

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced their successful push to secure $82 million in funding for the OMEGA Laser Facility at University of Rochester Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE). The funding comes as part of $575 million that the senators fought to deliver to the National Nuclear Security Administration's (NNSA) Inertial Confinement Fusion (ICF) program in the bipartisan FY 2021 appropriations package. The funding will help … Continue Reading

December 29, 2020

Following Her Push, Gillibrand Announces $150 Million In Breast Cancer Research Funding Included In FY 2021 Bipartisan Appropriations Package

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, member of the Armed Services Committee, today announced that the recently-passed government funding package authorized $150 million for the Department of Defense peer-reviewed Breast Cancer Research Program (DoD BCRP), enabling the program to continue making scientific breakthroughs in breast cancer prevention, detection, and treatment. Earlier this year, Senator Gillibrand, a leader in the fight against breast cancer and for women's health care, led a … Continue Reading

December 29, 2020

Gillibrand Hace Llamado Al Líder Mcconnell Para Que Permita Un Voto En El Senado Sobre Los Cheques De Emergencia De $2,000

Hoy la Senadora Kirsten Gillibrand emitió las siguientes declaraciones en las que insta al Líder de la Mayoría del Senado Mitch McConnell permitir que el Senado vote sobre un proyecto de ley aprobado en la Cámara de Representantes que le proporcionaría a los estadounidenses pagos directos por cheque de $2,000 por las dificultades económicas que enfrentan debido a la pandemia de la Covid-19: "Ayer la Cámara de Representantes aprobó un … Continue Reading

December 29, 2020

Gillibrand Calls On Leader McConnell To Allow The Senate To Vote On $2,000 Emergency Checks

Today, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand released the following statement calling on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to allow the Senate to vote on House-passed legislation to deliver $2,000 direct payment checks to Americans facing economic hardship due to the Covid-19 pandemic: "Yesterday, the House passed bipartisan legislation to send $2,000 direct payment checks to Americans weathering an unprecedented public health and financial crisis. Now, the Senate must do the same. Along with … Continue Reading

December 23, 2020

Following Her Push, Gillibrand Announces Snap Increase And P-EBT Eligibility Expansion Included In Coronavirus Relief Package

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, announced that following her push, a vital 15% increase in SNAP benefits and her proposal to expand the Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) program are included in the latest coronavirus relief package. Senator Gillibrand also secured $175 million for Older Americans Act Nutrition Services to support efforts to deliver nutritious meals for older adults. Food banks across New York and the country have experienced growing and … Continue Reading

December 22, 2020

ICYMI: In El Diario Op-Ed, Gillibrand Outlines Tools To Fight Senior Fraud This Holiday Season

In case you missed it, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, member of the Special Committee on Aging, wrote an op-ed for El Diario outlining tactics and strategies for families to use against the threat of fraud this holiday season. Scam calls have been on the rise throughout the pandemic, capitalizing on people's interest in COVID treatments and their need for stimulus checks. The full text of the op-ed can be found here and below: EN ESPANOL: Protejamos a nuestros seres queridos contra el … Continue Reading

December 22, 2020

Following Her Push, Gillibrand Announces $6 Billion In WIC Funding Included In The FY 2021 Bipartisan Appropriations Package

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that the bipartisan FY 2021 appropriations package includes $6 billion in funding for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) to address the growing hunger crisis. Nationwide, 1 in 5 parents do not have enough money to feed their children. Millions of Americans, especially women, continue to be affected by widespread business closures and subsequent job loss and more low-income households are relying on … Continue Reading

December 22, 2020

Gillibrand Announces Passage Of Her Horseracing Integrity And Safety Act

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced the passage of the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act (HISA), which was included in the bipartisan FY 2021 appropriations funding bill. Gillibrand successfully led Democrats in pushing for this bipartisan legislation, which will create an independent regulatory authority to set national standards and increase safety protocols for thoroughbred racing, including medication use, track safety, and anti-doping measures. "Horseracing has a long and … Continue Reading

December 21, 2020

Gillibrand Statement On Senate Passage Of $900 Billion Relief Package And Omnibus

Following Senate passage of a $900 billion coronavirus relief package and omnibus, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, released the following statement: "While I am disappointed that Senator McConnell continues to oppose funding for state and local governments, I voted for the $900 billion aid package and omnibus in order to get urgent relief to New York families. This bill has many important provisions that will help families and small businesses, including enhanced unemployment benefits, … Continue Reading

December 21, 2020

Gillibrand Statement Following Meeting With Secretary Of Agriculture Nominee Tom Vilsack

Following her meeting with Secretary of Agriculture nominee Tom Vilsack, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, released the following statement: "Today I had a productive meeting with Secretary of Agriculture nominee Tom Vilsack about the incoming Biden administration's plans to address hunger and food security, and the challenges facing our nation's farmers, all of which have been exacerbated by the pandemic. Having previously served in this position, … Continue Reading

December 16, 2020

As Coronavirus Surge Prompts Renewed Stay At Home Orders, Gillibrand Calls For Extension Of Emergency Paid Leave Provisions

Today. U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Senate lead on the FAMILY Act, called on Congress to extend the bipartisan paid sick days and family leave provisions, authorized in March under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), in the next COVID relief package. The provisions are set to expire at the end of December, in the midst of a second wave of coronavirus that has prompted communities to renew stay at home orders and roll back business and school reopenings. "The next relief … Continue Reading

December 16, 2020

Gillibrand Calls For $16 Million In Funding To Combat The Invasive Spotted Lanternfly

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, is calling on Congress to deliver $16.066 million in funding to combat the Spotted Lanternfly, an invasive species that threatens specialty crops, including grapes, across the Finger Lakes and Hudson Valley. In a letter to appropriators, Gillibrand called for full funding of the Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Specialty Crop Pest program in the final FY21 Agriculture Appropriations bill, and … Continue Reading

December 16, 2020

Gillibrand Announces Senate Passage Of Her Bipartisan Legislation To Strengthen State Dept Role In Combating Anti-Semitism

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced the Senate passage of the Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism Act of 2019 (S.238, H.R. 221), a bipartisan and bicameral bill that would enhance the State Department's role in combating and monitoring anti-Semitism across the globe. Gillibrand was joined by Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Jacky Rosen (D-NV), and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) as original co-sponsors of the … Continue Reading

December 14, 2020

ICYMI: Washington Post Editorial Board Calls For Gillibrand Legislation To Address Military Sexual Assault

In case you missed it, yesterday, the Washington Post published an editorial detailing the armed services' failure to address the decades-long problem of sexual assault and harassment in the military. The editorial highlights U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's bipartisan Military Justice Improvement Act, which would reform how the military prosecutes serious crimes by moving the decision over whether to prosecute them to independent, trained, professional military prosecutors. The editorial … Continue Reading

December 12, 2020

Gillibrand Statement On FDA Authorization Of Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine

Following the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) authorization of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand released the following statement: "While we celebrate the FDA's authorization of a vaccine that puts us one step closer to eradicating COVID-19, we have to face reality - states and localities need federal support to ensure the vaccine is distributed efficiently and equitably to those who need it the most and our families and small businesses need immediate economic … Continue Reading

December 11, 2020

Gillibrand, Colleagues Push To Boost Health Care System Research Funding Amid Proposed Drastic Cuts

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand joined her colleagues in urging Senate leadership to include at least $471 million in funding for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) in the omnibus spending bill. The most recent funding package for FY2021, unveiled by the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies, includes a drastic 24 percent cut for the sole federal agency focused on generating research to advance health care … Continue Reading

December 11, 2020

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $16 Million In Federal Head Start Funding For New York City And Long Island Organizations

U.S. Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $16,382,033 in Head Start funding for early childhood education providers in New York City and on Long Island. The funding was allocated through the Administration for Children and Families, a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and will be used to enhance early child development programs and foster productive learning for children in low-income families, with a focus on … Continue Reading

December 10, 2020

Following Push, Senator Gillibrand Announces Bipartisan Amendment To End Military-Connected Child Abuse And Neglect Included In Final National Defense Bill

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Personnel Subcommittee, announced that, following her push, the End Military-Connected Child Abuse and Neglect Act will be included in the final FY21 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The legislation will address shortcomings in the Department of Defense's (DoD) reporting of child abuse by codifying GAO recommendations to improve how the Department of Defense tracks and responds to incidents of child abuse … Continue Reading

December 10, 2020

Gillibrand Urges Congress To Deliver Critical Relief To Hospitals And Health Care Providers As COVID Cases Surge Across New York State

As surging COVID-19 cases threaten to overwhelm New York's hospitals, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is urging Congress to deliver increased funding for hospitals and health care providers in the next coronavirus relief package. New York's hospitals, like many across the country, have had to make significant investments - such as increasing bed capacity, purchasing personal protective equipment (PPE), and hiring staff - to prepare for and respond to the surge of coronavirus patients at … Continue Reading

December 10, 2020

Gillibrand Announces Final NDAA Will Include Safe To Report And Key Amendments To Address Military Sexual Assault

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Personnel Subcommittee, announced that her Safe to Report Act will be included in the final FY 21 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The annual must-pass defense bill is expected to be voted on this week. The bipartisan Safe to Report Act would empower survivors of sexual violence to report assault without fear of collateral misconduct charges for minor offenses, such as underage drinking or breaking … Continue Reading

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