Press Releases

May 05, 2009

Statement of Senator Gillibrand Honoring Mexican-American Heritage on Cinco de Mayo

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand released the following statement today in honor of Cinco de Mayo, the celebration of Mexico's military victory in 1862 over Napoleon III's army, which helped the country secure its independence: "On this "Cinco de Mayo" we not only pay tribute to the important victory in Puebla and to our longstanding friendship, but also to the contribution that Mexican-American culture has played in our own nation's history and heritage." "The relationship … Continue Reading


May 05, 2009

Schumer, Gillibrand Urge U.S. Secretary of Interior to Provide Emergency Funding and Resources to Help Stop Spread of Mysterious Disease Killing Bats Across Upstate New York

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May 05, 2009

Higgins, Schumer, Gillibrand & Slaughter Ask VA to Establish Job Center for Disabled Vets in Buffalo

Congressman Brian Higgins, Senator Charles Schumer, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congresswoman Louise Slaughter sent a letter to the U.S. Secretary for Veterans Affairs (VA) calling for the establishment of the nation's first Regional Job Training and Placement Center at Buffalo's Elizabeth Pierce Olmsted, M.D. Center for the Visually Impaired. "We, as a nation, have an obligation and solemn duty to provide all available resources to our veterans who were injured while defending our … Continue Reading


May 05, 2009

As Mother's Day Approaches, Gillibrand Calls For Action to Help NY Single Moms Facing Financial Penalty Just For Receiving Child Support

Washington, D.C. - With Mother's Day approaching, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand unveiled new county-by-county numbers detailing the more than 200,000 single mothers across New York who could be forced to pay a financial penalty just for receiving child support. A remnant of the Republican Congress and the Bush administration, the Single Mother's Penalty charges single parent families who receive child support to pay a $25 penalty for administrative costs. "While $25 may not sound like a … Continue Reading


May 04, 2009

Feingold, Gillibrand Push Bailed-Out Banks to Help Farmers Restructure Loans

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Russ Feingold (D-WI) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) are pushing legislation to help more farmers and ranchers restructure their loans as an alternative to foreclosure. Feingold and Gillibrand plan to offer an amendment to the Helping Families Save their Homes Act, currently being debated in the Senate, that would require lending institutions that receive additional funding through the Temporary Asset Relief Program (TARP) to offer farmers and ranchers the … Continue Reading


May 04, 2009

Senator Gillibrand Announces Two Key Additions to her New York Staff

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May 01, 2009

Gillibrand Cosponsors Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009

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May 01, 2009

Casey, Leahy, Specter, Gillibrand Introduce Amendment to Give States More Flexibility to Allocate Funds under Neighborhood Stabilization Program

WASHINGTON, DC- U.S. Senators Bob Casey (D-PA), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Arlen Specter (D-PA) and Kristen Gillibrand (D-NY) today introduced an amendment to provide state and local governments with more flexibility in using funds allocated by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) under the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP). "A disturbing byproduct of the increased rates of foreclosures is that entire communities are being affected and local economies are being dragged … Continue Reading


May 01, 2009

Gillibrand Pushes Historic Bill to Provide Health Coverage to All Children 23 and Under

Washington, D.C. - In a historic move to reform the U.S. health care system, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today joined in the introduction of the Medikids Health Insurance Act. This legislation would provide health care coverage to all middle and low-income kids and young people up to age 23 starting next year. Medikids builds on the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), providing no-cost or low-cost health insurance for all children by 2015. "Getting everyone covered with … Continue Reading


May 01, 2009

Schumer, Gillibrand Make Direct Appeal to President Obama Recommending He Nominate the First Ever Latino to the Supreme Court Should a Vacancy Occur During His Term

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April 30, 2009

Gillibrand Takes Action to Toughen Sanctions Against Iran

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April 30, 2009

Gillibrand: Terrorism Assessment Should Address Internet Vulnerabilities

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April 30, 2009

Gillibrand to Airlines: Give Passengers More Time to Change Travel Plans to Mexico

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April 30, 2009

Schumer, Gillibrand, McHugh to Feds: Choose Adirondack Region for New Medicare Demonstration Project; Would Provide Additional Medical Resources to High Need Region

Today, U.S. Senators Charles Schumer, Kirsten E. Gillibrand and Congressman John M. McHugh urged, in a personal letter, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to select New York State's Adirondack Region as one of the locations for a federally funded health care pilot program. The program would provide targeted, accessible, continuous and coordinated care to Medicare beneficiaries who have illnesses that require regular monitoring and treatment. The … Continue Reading


April 30, 2009

China Flooding U.S. with Tire Imports -- Senator Gillibrand Urges Immediate Hearing to Protect New York Jobs

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April 29, 2009

New Study: Widely Used Baby Products Contain Carcinogens

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April 29, 2009

Senators Express Support for Inclusion of Public Plan Option in Health Care Reform

Washington, D.C. - As Congress prepares to pass a budget that includes funding for health care reform, 16 U.S. Senators today outlined how reform with a public plan option could lower health costs, improve quality of care, and ensure access in rural and other underserved areas. The need for the inclusion of a public plan option in comprehensive health reform was outlined in a letter sent today to key committee chairmen from members of Senate leadership, leaders on health care, and members of … Continue Reading


April 29, 2009

Gillibrand Honors Israel's 61st Year of Statehood

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April 28, 2009

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Nearly $10 Million in Economic Recovery Act Funding Coming to Long Island National Wildlife Refuge to Cereate Energy Efficient Administrative and Visitor Facilities

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) will provide $9,775,000 to the Long Island National Wildlife Refuge through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for construction, energy efficiency, habitat restoration and other improvement projects to create jobs and the preserve the nation's fish and wildlife resources. A total of $10.6 million has been administered to New York State wildlife refuges, fish hatcheries … Continue Reading


April 28, 2009

Amidst Public Health Emergency, Gillibrand Urges Swift Confirmation of Governor Sebelius as HHS Secretary

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