Press Releases

October 05, 2020

Senator Gillibrand Proposes Bicameral Plan To Strengthen State, Local, And Tribal Public Health Infrastructure As Experts Grow Increasingly Concerned Over Seasonal Flu And COVID-19 Overlap

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, alongside U.S. Senator Tina Smith (D-MN), proposed a bicameral plan to strengthen state, local, and Tribal public health infrastructure in anticipation of a seasonal flu outbreak that could compound the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Public health experts and health-care providers are increasingly worried about a "twindemic," caused by an overlap of seasonal flu and COVID-19, that would double the burden on already strained health care facilities. The … Continue Reading

October 02, 2020

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $550K In Federal Funding For New York State Based Immigration Legal Service Providers

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $550,000 in federal funding for organizations in New York State through the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The Catholic Charities of Rochester and the Catholic Charities of Syracuse were awarded $250,000 and $300,000, respectively. "Immigrants are dreamers and doers, and America … Continue Reading

October 02, 2020

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $750K In Federal Funding For NYC-Based Immigration Legal Service Providers

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $750,000 in federal funding for New York City-based organizations including the Ansob Center for Refugees, Bronx Works, Inc., and the Catholic Migration Services. Each organization was awarded $250,000 through the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). "Immigrants are dreamers and doers, and America is a great nation because we welcome those who come here to make a better life for themselves and their … Continue Reading

October 01, 2020

Gillibrand Joins Call To Extend Small Business Debt Relief Program To Help Hard-Hit Businesses Recover From Economic Crisis

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand called on Congress to pass legislation to extend the Small Business Debt Relief Program that has delivered relief to 320,000 small businesses heavily concentrated in the service industries hardest hit by the pandemic. The Small Business Debt Relief Program was authorized under the CARES Act with $8 billion for America's smallest, most at-risk employers. The program provides six months of principal, interest, and fee payments on all preexisting, deferred, and new … Continue Reading

October 01, 2020

Gillibrand, Colleagues Condemn Trump Administration’s Failure To Protect Workers From Risks During The Pandemic; Urge OSHA To Protect Workers From COVID-19

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and her colleagues condemned the Trump administration's failure to protect American workers from risks of COVID-19 exposure, illness, and death during the pandemic. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) headquarters has received 8,877 complaints about workplace safety violations since September 16, however inspection responses have been opened in less than 12% of the complaints, more than 90% of the complaints have already been closed, and … Continue Reading

October 01, 2020

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $12 Million In Federal Funding For New York Hospital For Special Surgery And NYCHA’S COVID-19 Response And Emergency Management

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $12,476,039 in federal funding for the New York Hospital for Special Surgery and the New York City Housing Authority. The growing coronavirus pandemic has overwhelmed New York's hospital and housing systems -- decimating supplies and creating a crisis for workers on the frontlines of combatting the virus. This funding will be used to support New York City's first responders to mitigate the spread … Continue Reading

September 30, 2020

ICYMI: Video: Senator Gillibrand, Jon Stewart, And Burn Pits 360 Executive Director Rosie Torres Join Jake Tapper On State Of The Union To Discuss Landmark Legislation To Help Veterans With Diseases Linked To Burn Pits And Other Toxic Exposures Obtain Benefits From VA

**WATCH INTERVIEW HERE** In case you missed it, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, veterans advocate Jon Stewart, and Burn Pits 360 Executive Director Rosie Torres, joined CNN's Jake Tapper on Sunday's State of the Union to discuss their recently introduced legislation to streamline the process for obtaining VA benefits for burn pit and other toxic exposures. The government has long ignored the thousands of veterans who are sick and dying from lung diseases, cancers, and respiratory illnesses … Continue Reading

September 28, 2020

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $7 Million In Federal Funding To Establish Mental Health Support Network For Agricultural Producers

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today announced $7,164,124 million in federal funding to provide New York's agricultural producers with local and affordable mental health and stress assistance. The Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network (FRSAN) was created to connect farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural producers in order to build a network of support and improve behavioral health awareness, … Continue Reading

September 26, 2020

Senator Gillibrand Statement On Nomination Of Judge Amy Coney Barrett To The Supreme Court

Addressing President Trump's nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand released the following statement: "President Trump's nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court represents the further degradation of our democracy and the continued politicization of our judiciary. Even if this process had been legitimate, Barrett's anti-choice views, opposition to the Affordable Care Act, and hostility to immigrant rights and civil rights … Continue Reading

September 25, 2020

Schumer, Gillibrand, Higgins Announce Nearly $15.5 Million In Funding For Lead Hazard Reduction

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, and Congressman Brian Higgins today announced $15,430,102.46 in federal funding for lead hazard reduction in nearly 900 households across New York State. The funding was administered through Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Lead Hazard Reduction and Lead Based Paint Hazard Reduction grant program. The funds will be used to remove lead hazards and help recipients partner with medical and social service … Continue Reading

September 25, 2020

Senators Gillibrand And Sanders’ Medium Piece: Establish Postal Banking To Provide Equal Financial Opportunity For All

U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT) today published a Medium piece highlighting their legislation, the Postal Banking Act, which would re-establish postal banking in order to provide financial security and essential banking services to low-income and rural communities, and create billions of dollars in annual revenue for USPS, strengthening the institution as it endures attacks from the Trump administration. Click here or see below for the full piece: MEDIUM - … Continue Reading

September 25, 2020

As Many Schools Across New York Begin Year With Remote Learning, Schumer, Gillibrand Urge FCC To Immediately Provide More Funding For Better Internet Connection – Via The E-Rate Program –To Close Growing “Homework Gap”

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand called on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to immediately fund the E-Rate program to provide improved internet connectivity for students at home. Studies show the coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated the "homework gap" experienced by an estimated 16 million students, who lack reliable internet access at home. These students are disproportionately from low-income households, rural areas and communities of color. The FCC has … Continue Reading

September 24, 2020

ICYMI: In Senate Floor Speech, Gillibrand Honors Ruth Bader Ginsburg And Denounces Senate Republicans For Rushing Through Confirmation Of Next Supreme Court Justice

**WATCH Senator Gillibrand's Speech on the Senate Floor HERE** U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today spoke on the Senate floor to denounce Republican efforts to rush through the confirmation process and vote on the next Supreme Court Justice to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The confirmation of the next justice will have immediate consequences on health care, immigrant's rights, women's rights and more. Instead of allowing the winner of the next election to fill the seat, Majority Leader Mitch … Continue Reading

September 23, 2020

Gillibrand Leads Colleagues In Letter To DHS Pushing For Answers About Arbitrary Rejection Of Asylum Applications

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand led a group of twelve senators in a letter to Department of Homeland Security Kenneth T. Cuccinelli inquiring about recent changes to adjudication procedures that have caused enormous hardship to applicants. Asylum, U Visa, and other routine applications are being regularly rejected because of failure to complete irrelevant or immaterial fields that have no bearing on info needed for final adjudications. "DHS continues to move the goalposts for asylum seekers … Continue Reading

September 23, 2020

Senator Gillibrand, Representative Katie Porter Announce STOCK Act 2.0; Bicameral Legislation Would Expand Stock Act To Ensure Government Officials Aren’t Lining Their Pockets With Taxpayer Dollars

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), lead sponsor and author of the original STOCK Act, and Representative Katie Porter (D-CA), member of the House Financial Services Committee, announced the STOCK Act 2.0, bicameral legislation that would expand the STOCK Act to strengthen disclosure rules and prevent individuals in trusted positions of public service -- including members of Congress, their families, and their staffs -- from using their access for self-enrichment. Senator Gillibrand … Continue Reading

September 22, 2020

Gillibrand Urges Trump To Extend Eviction Moratorium And Provide Funding For Vulnerable Renters

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand sent a letter to President Trump urging him to work with Congress to pass legislation that will protect renters and provide financial assistance to those at risk of losing their homes. Gillibrand and her colleagues are calling on the administration and Senate Republicans to include at least $100 billion in emergency assistance in the next relief package in order to help the tens of thousands of housing insecure New Yorkers - including children, infants, and … Continue Reading

September 22, 2020

Gillibrand Condemns DOJ Announcement Identifying New York As “Permitting Anarchy”

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand released the following statement in response to the Department of Justice's announcement that New York is among three cities whose federal funding is "under review" for "permitting violence and destruction of property": "The Trump administration's latest political attack on New York is another sad attempt to distract from the real issues facing our country. It is outrageous and unacceptable that President Trump is threatening to withhold federal funds from … Continue Reading

September 21, 2020

Gillibrand, Colleagues To DHS IG: Investigate Alleged Forced Hysterectomies At ICE Facility

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand joined 42 senators in a letter to the Department of Homeland Security's Inspector General Joseph Cuffari urging him to immediately investigate a whistleblower complaint alleging forced hysterectomies at the Irwin County Detention Center in Ocilla, Georgia. "We cannot turn a blind eye to these horrific allegations about forced sterilizations of immigrant women in ICE detention centers - a practice all too common in our history and all too familiar for … Continue Reading

September 18, 2020

Gillibrand Statement On The Passing Of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

The world has lost a giant. A brilliant jurist, a resolute champion for justice and a trailblazer for women's rights, Ruth Bader Ginsburg has left a legacy that will echo through history. Justice Ginsburg will forever be a feminist icon who inspired generations of young women--myself included--to follow their dreams, break through barriers and never let gender stand in the way. She will be deeply missed and my prayers are with her family and … Continue Reading

September 18, 2020

Schumer, Gillibrand Urge Postmaster General To Reverse Harmful Operational Changes To U.S. Postal Service That Have Resulted In Delays Of Medications To New Yorkers

Following alarming reports that delivery time for critical prescription medications have increased, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand sent a letter to Postmaster General Louis DeJoy calling for the immediate reversal of harmful operational changes. During the pandemic, even more New Yorkers, especially seniors, are relying on the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) for their prescription medications. However, increased demand, coupled with changes made by DeJoy, have slowed … Continue Reading

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