Press Releases

December 18, 2019

Schumer, Gillibrand Deliver For Upstate NY Teachers; Senators Reject Administration’s Thoughtless Proposal To Totally Eliminate Teacher Recruitment Grant Program, Instead Fought To Increase Funding By $76 Million In Upcoming Spending Package

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that they secured a significant boost in federal funding to help alleviate New York State's serious teacher shortage in the soon-to-pass bipartisan spending package. Specifically, the senators announced that they had rejected the administration's proposed elimination of the Title II Supporting Effective Instruction State (Title II) grant program, and instead boosted funding for it by $76 million, … Continue Reading


December 18, 2019

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce: As Part Of Soon-To-Pass Bipartisan Spending Bill, High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas Program Will Remain Under Office Of National Drug Control Policy, Receive $5M Increase For FY2020; Senators Say Program Plays Essential Role In Combatting Opioid Epidemic

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that, following their push, as part of the just-unveiled federal spending package for Fiscal Year 2020, the High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) program will receive a $5 million increase, bringing its total funding up to $285 million. Additionally, the senators explained, the spending package rejects the administration's misguided proposal to move HIDTA to the Drug Enforcement Agency … Continue Reading


December 17, 2019

After Recent Report Reveals Potentially Hazardous At-Risk Dams Throughout New York, Gillibrand Calls On Congress To Help Fix Aging Infrastructure And Prevent Dam Failures

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, today called on Congress to immediately begin addressing aging dam infrastructure in New York and across the country. This comes following a recent report that found over 1,680 dams in the United States are classified as high-hazard potential dams in poor condition. There are approximately 90 dams near communities throughout New York that are classified by the New York State Department of … Continue Reading


December 17, 2019

After Years Long Battle, Schumer, Gillibrand Secure +$75 Million In Fed Funding For West Valley Demonstration Project Clean Up In Just-Unveiled Spending Package; Neglected Program Has Posed Health & Environmental Threat

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that $75.2 million in federal funding for the clean-up of the West Valley Demonstration Project was included in the just-announced bipartisan omnibus spending package for Fiscal Year 2020, which is set to pass Congress this week. The funding will be used to continue remediating millions of gallons of nuclear waste from the West Valley Reprocessing Plant, which presents a massive threat to public … Continue Reading


December 17, 2019

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce, Following Their Year+ Of Advocacy, Soon-To-Pass Bipartisan Budget Deal Includes $44 Million For New Top-Priority Railhead & Uav Hangar At Fort Drum; Senators Say Projects Will Modernize Base Infrastructure, Enhance Readiness & Boost The North Country Economy

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced, after their more than year-long push, that the just-announced bipartisan omnibus spending package for Fiscal Year 2020 sets aside $44 million in federal funding for two top-priority projects at Fort Drum: a new railhead and Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) hangar. Schumer and Gillibrand said the bill is expected to pass this week and be signed into law shortly thereafter. Fort Drum's current … Continue Reading


December 17, 2019

Schumer, Gillibrand, Brindisi Announce Over $272M For Rome Lab In Soon-To-Pass Bipartisan Spending Package; Includes Additional Spending To Further Revolutionary Study Of Quantum Computing And Artificial Intelligence; Officials Say Funding Boost Will Supercharge World-Class Capabilities

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, and Congressman Anthony Brindisi today announced that over $272 million in funding for the Air Force Research Laboratory in Rome (Rome Lab) has been included in the soon-to-pass, bipartisan omnibus spending package for Fiscal Year (FY) 2020. The representatives explained that the funding is more than $34 million above the president's budget request for FY 2020 and $27 million more than Rome Lab received in FY … Continue Reading


December 16, 2019

Gillibrand, Schumer Announce That Following Their Push, Adirondack Mountain Renamed After New York Suffragist Inez Milholland

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer today announced that following their push, an Adirondack mountain will be renamed after New York suffragist, Inez Milholland. Milholland was an attorney, social reformer, and central leader of the suffragists movement. Her work was integral to the passage of the 21st amendment that gave women the right to vote. Following Gillibrand and Schumer's push, the U.S. Board on Geographic Names approved … Continue Reading


December 16, 2019

Schumer, Gillibrand To IJC: Immediately Begin Overhaul Analysis Of How To Change Plan 2014 Now That $1.5M Is Secured In Soon-To-Pass Spending Deal; Senators Call For Analysis To Get Underway ASAP To Address Plan 2014 Faults Before Flooding Season Hits And More Vital Property Is Damaged

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today called on the International Joint Commission (IJC) to immediately begin an overhaul analysis of its Plan 2014 water management plan now that $1.5 million in federal funding to initiate a review study into Plan 2014's effectiveness was included in the soon-to-pass bipartisan omnibus spending package. The senators explained that after experiencing record flooding in 2017 and again last year, Lake Ontario and … Continue Reading


December 16, 2019

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $665 Million In Just-Reached Fed Budget Deal For Anti-Terrorism Funding NYPD Needs To Keep Us Safe In & Around NYPD

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that the New York City area is set to receive a lion's share of a $665 million dollar pot of federal Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) funds, an agreement reached as part of the larger budget deal needed to pass by the end of this month. The UASI program provides funding to address the unique needs of high-threat, high-density urban areas by helping to prevent, protect against, mitigate, … Continue Reading


December 13, 2019

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $5.4 Million In Federal Funds For Long Island MacArthur Airport In Suffolk County

Washington, DC - U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $5,405,000 in federal funding for Long Island MacArthur Airport in Suffolk County. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Airport Improvement Program (AIP). Specifically, the funding will be used to rehabilitate the west concourse and airport apron, make critical terminal improvements, and … Continue Reading


December 13, 2019

Schumer, Gillibrand, Meeks Announce Final National Defense Bill Expected To Pass Next Week Authorizes Massive $91M In Funding For Expansion And Renovation At National Guard Readiness Center At Jamaica Armory In Queens, New York; Projects Will Modernize Infrastructure, Enhance Readiness

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, and Congressman Gregory Meeks today announced that following their push, sorely-needed and long-sought projects at the Jamaica Armory cleared a major hurdle towards securing federal funding. The senators and congressman explained that the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2020 (FY2020), which has just been finalized and is expected to pass early next week, will authorize full funding for a … Continue Reading


December 13, 2019

Schumer, Gillibrand Secure More Than 30 Imperative Provisions In National Defense Bill To Vastly Improve Privatized Military Housing On Bases Like West Point; Bill, Set To Pass Next Week, Contains First Of Its Kind Provisions, The First Step In Ensuring Our Nation’s Heroes & Their Families Have The Safe, Hazard-Free Homes They Deserve

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced, following their major push, that more than thirty provisions to improve the military's privatized housing at installations like West Point and Fort Drum have been included in the final National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2020, which is expected to pass Congress and be signed into law early next week. This September, following Schumer's June visit to West Point to call on … Continue Reading


December 12, 2019

ICYMI – Senator Gillibrand Op-Ed On CNN: We Need Real Paid Family Leave; White House Parental Leave Summit Is Just A Photo Op

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, the foremost champion of paid family leave in the U.S. Senate, today wrote an op-ed for CNN on her landmark legislation, the FAMILY Act. Gillibrand contrasted her policy with the proposals being considered at the White House summit today, noting those policies fall far short of true paid family and medical leave. The full text of Gillibrand's op-ed may be found here and below. On Thursday, the President's daughter and senior advisor, Ivanka … Continue Reading


December 12, 2019

Following Their Push, Schumer, Gillibrand, Higgins Announce National Defense Bill Authorizes New, Critical Funding For National Maritime Heritage Grant Program

Washington, DC - U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and Congressman Brian Higgins (D-NY-26) today announced that following their push, the FY 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) includes their provision to increase funding for the National Maritime Heritage Grant Program. The National Maritime Heritage Grant Program helps celebrate and honor the nation's maritime legacy by funding projects that preserve and boost public … Continue Reading


December 10, 2019

Gillibrand Announces Her Legislation To Identify Where Pfas Chemicals Are Released Into The Environment Included In Final National Defense Authorization Act, Vows To Continue To Fight To Regulate And Clean Up Chemicals In Drinking Water

Washington, DC - Following her successful push, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that the PFAS Release Disclosure Act, her bipartisan legislation to identify where per- and polyfuluroalkyl substances (PFAS) chemicals are released into the environment was included in the conferenced FY 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The final, conferenced NDAA is expected to be put to a vote by Congress in coming days. The conferenced NDAA also includes a provision she pushed for … Continue Reading


December 10, 2019

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce National Defense Bill Expected To Pass Next Week Authorizes $40m+ In Funding For New Top-Priority Railhead And Uav Hangar At Fort Drum; Senators Say Projects Would Modernize Base Infrastructure, Enhance Readiness

Fiscal Year 2020 NDAA, Which Is Set To Pass Congress Next Week, Authorizes $21M To Fully Fund Construction Of Updated Fort Drum Railhead To Ensure Installation's Ability To Enhance Deployable Readiness National Defense Bill Also Includes Authorization To Fully Fund Construction Of A New $23M UAV Hangar AtFort Drum, To Properly Service And House Additional Tactical UAVs Year-Round Senators: Railhead Improvement And New UAV Hangar At Fort Drum Would Keep World-Class Installation Ahead Of The … Continue Reading


December 10, 2019

Gillibrand Provision To Ensure Military Installations Receive Local Dairy, Fruits, And Vegetables Included In Final NDAA

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Personnel Subcommittee, today announced that her provision to guarantee local dairy, fruit and vegetable farmers can sell their products directly to military installations has been included in the conferenced NDAA. This comes following a federal proposal by the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) to consolidate suppliers that would have forced New York's farmers to ship their products away from New York … Continue Reading


December 09, 2019

Following Release Of Afghanistan Papers, Gillibrand Calls For Senate To Hold Hearings For Complete Review Of Afghanistan Strategy

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Personnel Subcommittee, today called for a Senate hearing to investigate U.S. strategy and obstacles to success in Afghanistan. Gillibrand's letter comes following the Washington Post's release of previously confidential documents and interviews, in which senior U.S. military, administration, and diplomatic officials make clear that there was no clear objective to U.S. policy in Afghanistan, and no … Continue Reading


December 09, 2019

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $167K In Federal Funding For Bishop Sheen Ecumenical Housing Foundation, Inc. In Monroe County

Washington, DC - U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $167,720 in federal funding for the Bishop Sheen Ecumenical Housing Foundation, Inc. in Monroe County. The funding is provided through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Housing Preservation Grants program and will be used to help address health and safety hazards in 26 homes in Ontario, Seneca, Steuben, Wayne, and Yates Counties. Specifically, the funding will help … Continue Reading


December 08, 2019

With Veteran And Military Suicide Posing A Crisis In New York And Across The Country, Gillibrand Stands With Veterans, Advocates, Medical Experts And Unveils New Push To Strengthen Mental Health Access And Support For The Military Community

New York, NY - With veteran and military suicide rates posing a crisis in New York and across the country, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Personnel Subcommittee, today stood with veterans, advocates, and medical experts to demand immediate action to better support service members and veterans and ensure they have access to the care they need. More than 45,000 veterans and active-duty service members have committed suicide in the past six years. … Continue Reading

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