Press Releases

June 27, 2020

Gillibrand Statement On Trump Lawsuit To Repeal The ACA And Kick Millions Of Americans Off Their Health Care

Addressing President Trump's lawsuit to repeal the Affordable Care Act in the midst of an unprecedented global health crisis, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand issued the following statement: "Our country is in the middle of an unprecedented public health crisis-more than 120,000 Americans have died and millions more have gotten seriously ill-and President Trump's top priority is ripping away health care from millions of Americans. President Trump's actions are sinful and cruel, and the … Continue Reading

June 26, 2020

Senator Gillibrand Visits Corning Glass As It Prepares To Expand Manufacturing For COVID-19 Vaccine

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand toured the Corning Glass manufacturing facility as it prepares to expand manufacturing and production of glass vials in preparation for the COVID-19 vaccination. Earlier this month, the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority under the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services awarded the Corning glass manufacturer more than $200 million to substantially accelerate manufacturing surge capacity of glass vials that are critical to the … Continue Reading

June 26, 2020

Senator Gillibrand Visits Agatha House In The Bronx, A Vital Local Resource Feeding Those In Need During COVID-19

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand visited Agatha House in the Bronx. Founded in 2014, Agatha House has recently expanded efforts to fight hunger in the community by creating a sidewalk food pantry. Senator Gillibrand thanked staff and volunteers at Agatha House and Foodbank for New York City; and participated in packing and distributing food to the Bronx community. "The Bronx has been the epicenter of the epicenter of COVID-19. In a borough where communities were already struggling to … Continue Reading

June 26, 2020

Gillibrand, Baldwin, Peters Push For Inclusion Of End Outsourcing Act In Next Relief Package To Aid Economic Recovery

Today, U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Gary Peters (D-MI) called on the Trump administration to support the inclusion of Gillibrand's bicameral legislation, the End Outsourcing Act, which would utilize the tax code and federal grants, loans and contracts to end the outsourcing of jobs overseas. The legislation would create a new tax benefit to help companies bring jobs back to America, and would require companies that have outsourced jobs within a five-year … Continue Reading

June 26, 2020

Ahead Of Defense Bill Vote, Gillibrand Highlights Amendment To Grant Anti-LGBTQ Discrimination Protections In Visit To The Loft: LGBT Community Center In Westchester

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand visited The LOFT: LGBT Community Center to discuss her amendment to grant anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people to transgender service members. In the wake of the Supreme Court of the United States' historic decision to ban discrimination against gay and transgender employees, Senator Gillibrand is fighting to ensure that these same protections are also extended to uniformed military members. "Two weeks ago the Supreme Court made clear that … Continue Reading

June 25, 2020

Following LGBTQ SCOTUS Ruling, Gillibrand, Collins Introduce Amendment To Defense Bill To Give Transgender Service Members Anti-Discrimination Protections

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Personnel, and Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) introduced an amendment to this year's National Defense Authorization Act that would grant anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people to transgender service members. In landmark decision on Monday, June 15, 2020, the Supreme Court ruled that LGBTQ people are protected from workplace discrimination under Title VII of … Continue Reading

June 24, 2020

Gillibrand, Colleagues Introduce Legislation To Rename All Bases & Other Military Assets For Confederacy Within One Year

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and 35 Senate Democrats introduced standalone legislation requiring the Pentagon to remove all names, symbols, displays, monuments, and paraphernalia that honor or commemorate the Confederate States of America, and anyone who voluntarily served it, from all military bases and other assets of the Department of Defense. The Pentagon must rename the assets within one year. "Our country has the opportunity to decide who we are as a nation, and we … Continue Reading

June 23, 2020

As The COVID-19 Crisis Causes New Yorkers To Work And Learn From Home, Gillibrand Renews Call For $100 Million In Broadband Funding For Rural Areas

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand urged the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to immediately release $100 million in rural broadband funding, as millions of families continue to adjust to a new normal of online learning, work, and health care due to the COVID-19 crisis. Before the coronavirus pandemic, rural and native communities already faced a substantial broadband gap. According to a recent FCC report, over 25% of rural Americans are without access to quality broadband, compared … Continue Reading

June 22, 2020

Gillibrand Announces Over $2 Million In FEMA Funding For New York City

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $2,087,884.07 in federal funding for the Harper Street Asphalt Plant in New York City. The federal funds are administered through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and will be used to repair damages sustained during Superstorm Sandy. The Harper Street Asphalt Plant produces recycled asphalt pavement (RAP) for the New York City Department of Transportation. By transforming worn asphalt into new … Continue Reading

June 20, 2020

Gillibrand Statement Calling For Jay Clayton To Withdraw His Name For Consideration As SDNY U.S. Attorney

Addressing reports that President Trump will nominate SEC Chairman Jay Clayton for U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand issued the following statement: "I will not be complicit in helping President Trump and Attorney General Barr fire a U.S. attorney who is reportedly investigating corruption in this administration. Jay Clayton should withdraw his name from consideration immediately and remove himself from this sham. President Trump cannot be … Continue Reading

June 19, 2020

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Nearly $300K In Funding For Tribal Communities During The COVID-19 Health Crisis

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $278,993 in federal funding to support New York's tribal communities during the COVID-19 outbreak. This federal funding was allocated through the Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Supporting Tribal Public Health Capacity in Coronavirus Preparedness and Response program, and will be used to assist tribal health departments and the tribal public health system during the COVID-19 … Continue Reading

June 18, 2020

Gillibrand, Colleagues Introduce Andrew Kearse Accountability For Denial Of Medical Care Act

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) joined colleagues to introduce the Andrew Kearse Accountability for Denial of Medical Care Act, which would hold law enforcement and corrections officers criminally liable for failing to obtain medical assistance for people in custody experiencing medical distress. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) led the bicameral legislation-Senator Edward J. Markey (D-MA) is an original co-sponsor. On May 11, 2017, Andrew … Continue Reading

June 18, 2020

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $3 Million In Federal Funding For Telehealth Services

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $3,053,074 in federal funding to provide additional telehealth services for New Yorkers affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. The tenth set of telehealth funding was administered through the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) COVID-19 Telehealth Program as allocated by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES). This federal funding will help ensure New Yorkers have … Continue Reading

June 18, 2020

Gillibrand Cosponsors Legislation To Protect Americans’ Access To The Ballot Box During Coronavirus Pandemic

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand cosponsored legislation to protect Americans' access to the ballot box during the coronavirus pandemic. Following election chaos as primary voters went to the polls in Wisconsin and Georgia amidst a COVID-19 outbreak, the Natural Disaster and Emergency Ballot Act of 2020 includes $3.6 billion in funding to safeguard elections. The legislation, originally introduced by U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Ron Wyden (D-OR), would expand early in-person voting … Continue Reading

June 18, 2020

Gillibrand Statement On SCOTUS Ruling On DACA

Addressing the Supreme Court's ruling today that barred the Trump administration from ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand issued the following statement: "The Supreme Court's decision today to bar President Trump from ending DACA is a victory for DREAMers, their families, and all Americans who believe in compassion and our shared humanity. These young men and women make our country stronger-they are entrepreneurs, health care … Continue Reading

June 17, 2020

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Nearly $2 Million In Agricultural Research Funding For Cornell University

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $1,917,799 in federal funding for agricultural research and development at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. The funding was awarded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), and will be used to increase food security and address workforce development in rural agriculture. "New York's farmers and the New York agricultural … Continue Reading

June 17, 2020

As Nationwide Protests For Racial Justice Continue, Gillibrand And Colleagues Call For Oversight Of Use Of Rubber Bullets And Use Of Force Against Peaceful Protestors

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand joined her Senate colleagues to call for an immediate review of the safety of rubber bullets being used during civil rights protests, as well as the use of force against peaceful protesters. The push follows reporting that indicates there have been serious injuries resulting from law enforcement's use of rubber bullets and use of force to control and disperse protests against police brutality and for civil rights. Gillibrand also joined a call to investigate … Continue Reading

June 16, 2020

As Communities Prepare For Reopening, Gillibrand Pushes For Legislation To Fund And Stabilize Child Care

Confronting shortages of essential child care caused by the outbreak of COVID-19, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is pushing for the inclusion of the Child Care Is Essential Act in the next coronavirus relief package. During the COVID-19 pandemic, nearly half of all child care providers have had to shut their doors and the industry faces a potential loss of more than 4 million child care slots, which would leave millions of families without access to essential child care services when normal … Continue Reading

June 16, 2020

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $2.5 Million In Federal Funding For Telehealth Services

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $2,667,741 in federal funding to provide additional telehealth services for New Yorkers affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The ninth set of telehealth funding was awarded to seven New York health care organizations through the Federal Communications Commissions (FCC) COVID-19 Telehealth Program as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES). This federal funding will … Continue Reading

June 16, 2020

ICYMI: On Senate Floor, Gillibrand Urges Congress To Pass The Justice In Policing Act

**WATCH Senator Gillibrand's Speech on the Senate Floor HERE** U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today spoke on the Senate floor to urge her colleagues to pass the Justice in Policing Act amidst nationwide protests calling for actions to address systemic racism and police brutality. The legislation proposes sweeping reforms to hold police accountable for misconduct, improve transparency, establish lynching as a federal crime, ban chokeholds, and enact other essential police reform measures. In … Continue Reading

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