Press Releases

October 23, 2009

Gillibrand To Help 800,000 Vietnam Vets Harmed By Agent Orange, But Ignored By Feds Due To Technicality In The Law

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand will introduce new legislation to ensure that more than 800,000 Vietnam veterans exposed to the powerful toxin Agent Orange would receive the health coverage they have earned. During the Vietnam War, the U.S. military sprayed approximately 20 million gallons of Agent Orange in Vietnam to remove foliage. This toxic chemical had devastating effects for millions serving in Vietnam. In 1991, Congress passed a law requiring the Veterans … Continue Reading


October 22, 2009

Gillibrand Provision To Improve Cyber Security Passes Senate

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October 22, 2009

Schumer, Gillibrand Urge Federal Highway Administration To Provide All Necessary Assistance to Repair Crown Point Bridge

Today U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kristen Gillibrand requested that the Federal Highways Administration (FHWA) provide New York State's Department of Transportation with any and all assistance possible in the efforts to resolve the disruptive situation caused by the closure of New York's Lake Champlain bridge. The Senators asked FHWA to agree to the state's request to invoke emergency contracting procedures so that when funding and construction needs are determined, the … Continue Reading


October 22, 2009

Gillibrand Secures Commitment To Have Kevin Law, CEO Of LIPA Testify At Next Week’s Climate Change Hearing

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October 21, 2009

In Response To Ongoing Job Loss, Gillibrand Launches Innovation Agenda To Spur Growth In High-Tech Industries, Create Good-Paying Jobs

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October 21, 2009

Menendez, Nelson, Gillibrand Provisions For Immigrant Widows And Orphans Gains Final Senate Passage

Washington, DC - Tuesday, provisions in the Department of Homeland Security appropriations bill to protect widows and orphans of deceased U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents who are in the family immigration system gained final passage in the U.S. Senate. The provisions, which were championed by Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Bill Nelson (D-FL), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT), among others, address the immigration-related hardships caused by the death of a … Continue Reading


October 19, 2009

Schumer, Gillibrand Fight For Provisions That Will Prevent Outsourcing At West Point, Save Hundreds Of Jobs And Taxpayer Money

As a Congressional committee works to combine the House and Senate versions of the Fiscal Year 2010 Defense Appropriations bill, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today urged the committee to include a provision to prevent the loss of hundreds of federal jobs at the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. Congress and the President have expressed deep reservations with the type of a study currently used to compare the use of private versus public … Continue Reading


October 18, 2009

New Data: Nearly 1 in 300 Samples Of Ground Beef Contain E. Coli

New York, NY - In response to a new report out this month from United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) showing nearly 1 out of every 300 samples of ground beef contains E. coli, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, the first New York senator to sit on the Senate Agriculture Committee in nearly 40 years, joined today with consumers who have contracted E. coli from contaminated food, plus medical and food safety experts to announce the E. coli Eradication Act. This new legislation authored by … Continue Reading


October 16, 2009

Meat Institute Tries To Pass The Buck On E. Coli Testing Of Ground Beef, Gillibrand Says Congress Should Take Action

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October 15, 2009

Gillibrand Working To Secure Economic Recovery Dollars For Biodiesel Facility At Port Of Oswego

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October 15, 2009

Gillibrand Calls For Extended Public Comment Period On Marcellus Shale Drilling

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October 14, 2009

Gillibrand Unveils Comprehensive Food Safety Improvement Plan

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October 13, 2009

Schumer, Gillibrand Urge Sec Salazar To Consider Off Gaming Reservations On A Case By Case Basis, Overturning Bush Administration Precedent

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October 09, 2009

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Nearly $3.5 Million Coming To Hudson Valley Community College For Solar Energy Installation Training

Today, United States Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that the Hudson Valley Community College in Troy will receive $3,497,595 from the Department of Energy. The grant, funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), will be used to provide training to the Northeast Solar Workforce Training Project. It is intended to address the critical need in New York for qualified energy system installers."As President Obama saw first-hand when he visited … Continue Reading


October 09, 2009

30 Senators Sign Letter Urging Inclusion Of Public Option In Final Health Reform Legislation

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October 09, 2009

Gillibrand Urges Feds To Oppose Global Listing That Would Crush Long Island's Commercial Fishing Exports

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today urged the federal government to oppose a global listing that would crush Long Island's commercial fishing exports. An upcoming international meeting will include discussions on classifying the spiny dogfish as an endangered species due to trade. However, the U.S. has operated its fishing industry with catch caps that have prevented the spiny dogfish depletion seen in other countries. Senator Gillibrand expressed opposition to … Continue Reading


October 08, 2009

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $350 Million to Help Dairy Farmers Reeling from Crisis Passes Full Senate as Part of Agriculture Appropriations Bill - $290 Million will be in Direct Payments to Farmers

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that a provision allocating $350 million to the U.S. Department of Agriculture to help New York farmers struggling during the dairy crisis has passed today as part of the Senate's Agriculture Appropriations Bill. The bill passed the House with an identical provision yesterday. Senators Schumer and Gillibrand aggressively lobbied their colleagues in the House of Representatives and Senate to include the … Continue Reading


October 08, 2009

Gillibrand, Bishop Call for Delay of Plum Island Sale – Urge Local Input in Process

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October 07, 2009

Gillibrand Condemns Libyan Request to Convene UN Security Council Over Goldstone Report

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October 07, 2009

Gillibrand Secures an Additional $4 Million in Homeland Security Money for Nonprofits and Commercial Institutions

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced today that an additional $4 million dollars in federal anti-terror funding to help safeguard civil, religious and community institutions from terrorist attack will be included in the Homeland Security Appropriations Bill, for a total of $19 million in federal resources. Gillibrand requested the additional funds for The Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) non-profit program immediately after a bomb plot targeting … Continue Reading

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