Press Releases

May 01, 2018

ICYMI: More Than 80 Days After The House Unanimously Passed Congressional Sexual Harassment Reform, Republican Senate Leadership Has Yet To Bring Senator Gillibrand’s Bipartisan Legislation To The Floor For A Vote

Washington, DC - More than 80 days after the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed bipartisan legislation to end taxpayer-funded settlements in sexual harassment cases by members of Congress, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand continues to urge Republican Senate leadership to bring her bipartisan legislation, the Congressional Harassment Reform Act, to the Senate floor for a vote. Gillibrand's legislation has 32 co-sponsors, and in March Gillibrand led a letter with Senators Klobuchar … Continue Reading


April 30, 2018

Gillibrand Statement On Latest DoD Report On Sexual Assault In The Military

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today released the following statement on the Department of Defense's latest report on sexual assault in the military: "For over 20 years, every Secretary of Defense has pledged zero tolerance for sexual assault in the military. Last week, Secretary Mattis specifically called sexual assault in the ranks a 'cancer.' Today's FY17 SAPRO report may come with new platitudes from the DoD, but the end result is unchanged. "Last year, 6,769 brave … Continue Reading


April 30, 2018

Gillibrand Visits Schenectady Steel Company In Rotterdam To Announce Bipartisan Co-Op And Employee Ownership Legislation

Rotterdam, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today visited Schenectady Steel Company to announce her bipartisan legislation the Main Street Employee Ownership Act, which would support small businesses that invest in and reward their workers and communities by transitioning to an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) or a cooperative (co-op). ESOPs and co-ops have demonstrated that employee ownership is good for businesses, workers, and the local economy. Companies that transition to … Continue Reading


April 30, 2018

Gillibrand Visits Syracuse Label & Surround Printing In North Syracuse To Announce Bipartisan Co-Op And Employee Ownership Legislation

North Syracuse, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today visited Syracuse Label & Surround Printing, which supports worker-owned co-ops, to announce her bipartisan legislation the Main Street Employee Ownership Act, which would support small businesses that invest in and reward their workers and communities by transitioning to an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) or a cooperative (co-op). ESOPs and co-ops have demonstrated that employee ownership is good for businesses, workers, and … Continue Reading


April 27, 2018

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $1 Million In Federal Funding For Clean-Up At Brownfield Sites Throughout The Rochester Region And Central New York

Washington, DC - U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $1 million in federal funding for communities throughout the Rochester region and Central New York. The funding was allocated through the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Brownfields Program. The Senators said the funding will help localities throughout Rochester and Central New York survey, clean-up, redevelop, and reuse contaminated and abandoned properties. The City of … Continue Reading


April 27, 2018

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $1 Million In Federal Funding For Clean-Up At Brownfield Sites Throughout The Rochester Region And Central New York

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $1 million in federal funding for communities throughout the Rochester region and Central New York. The funding was allocated through the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Brownfields Program. The Senators said the funding will help localities throughout Rochester and Central New York survey, clean-up, redevelop, and reuse contaminated and abandoned properties. The City of Rochester, … Continue Reading


April 26, 2018

After All Four Military Service Chiefs Confirm Transgender Troops Have Not Harmed Unit Cohesion, Discipline, Or Morale, Gillibrand Leads Bipartisan Group Of 50 Senators In Telling Defense Secretary Mattis Transgender Troop Ban Is Harmful To Military

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), the Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Personnel Subcommittee, today led a bipartisan group of 50 Senators in a letter to Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis opposing the Trump Administration's ban on transgender service members and decrying the Secretary's implementation recommendations for the ban. The Senators' letter follows statements by the chiefs of the Army, Navy, and Air Force and commandant of the Marine Corps … Continue Reading


April 25, 2018

Gillibrand Announces Major New Legislation To Create A Postal Bank To Wipe Out Predatory Payday Lending Industry Practices, Ensure All Americans Have Access To Basic Banking Services

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced major new legislation to create a Postal Bank, which would establish a retail bank in all of the U.S. Postal Service's 30,000 locations. The Postal Bank would effectively end predatory payday lending industry practices overnight by giving low-income Americans, particularly communities of color and rural communities, access to basic banking services that they currently don't have. The lack of access to traditional banking services … Continue Reading


April 24, 2018

Schumer, Gillibrand Demand Special DOJ IG Probe Into Scam Targeting September 11th Victims Compensation Fund Recipients; Vcf Is Overseen By Doj & Senators Say Fed Agency Must Swiftly Determine Who Is Going After 9/11 Vics And How

Washington, DC - U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today wrote a letter to Department of Justice Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz demanding an investigation into a scam targeting ill and injured 9/11 responders. Scammers are contacting the responders, claiming to be with the September 11th Victims Compensation Fund (VCF), and requesting personal and private information. "Targeting 9/11 families to trick them into stealing their sensitive … Continue Reading


April 22, 2018

As Trump-Era Drug Policies Continue To Target Communities Of Color For Low-Level Marijuana Possession, Senator Gillibrand Demands Attorney General Jeff Sessions Meet With New Yorkers Whose Lives Have Been Upended By Failed War On Drugs, End DOJ Directive That Disproportionately Hurts Black And Latino New Yorkers

New York, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today stood with State Senator Liz Krueger, advocates, and community leaders to demand that U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions meet with New Yorkers whose lives have been upended by the failed war on drugs. Gillibrand called on Sessions to reverse the Department of Justice (DOJ) directive currently in place that empowers the prosecution of low-level, non-violent marijuana possession offenses, which disproportionately hurt communities of color in … Continue Reading


April 20, 2018

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $150,000 In Federal Funding For SUNY Broome In Binghamton

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced $150,000 in federal funding for SUNY Broome in Binghamton. The funding was allocated through the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) and will be used to develop a curriculum and secure Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval to teach an Associate of Occupational Science degree program in Aircraft Maintenance. The degree program will certify community college students to … Continue Reading


April 19, 2018

As Republicans In Congress Move To Take Away SNAP Food Assistance For Low-Income Families Across The Country, Gillibrand Introduces New Legislation With Sanders, Warren, Booker, And Harris To Expand Food Assistance For Our Most Vulnerable Children

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today introduced the SNAP for KIDS Act with Senators Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Kamala Harris (D-CA). This new legislation would expand the current Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) food assistance program for the most vulnerable children across the country. Gillibrand's legislation comes on the heels of the recent announcement by … Continue Reading


April 18, 2018

Schumer, Gillibrand, Higgins Emphatically Back Roswell Park’s Application For Renewal As National Cancer Institute-Designated Comprehensive Cancer Center

Washington, DC - U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, and Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) are supporting Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center's application to renew the facility's esteemed standing as a National Cancer Institute (NCI) designated comprehensive cancer center, which also guarantees a federal commitment of millions of dollars. Roswell Park was in the first group of three cancer centers to earn the coveted designation when the NCI … Continue Reading


April 18, 2018

To Protect Against Future Flooding Along New York’s Great Lakes Coastline, Senator Gillibrand Pushes For Lakes Coastal Resiliency Study To Be Authorized In Upcoming Water Resources Development Act

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, today announced that she is urging her colleagues to authorize the Great Lakes Coastal Resiliency Study in the upcoming Water Resources Development Act. The study would be the first of its kind to coordinate a strategy and recommend actions to manage and protect the Great Lakes coastline and protect nearby communities and the local economy. Multiple federal agencies and the … Continue Reading


April 18, 2018

Senator Gillibrand Announces $86 Million Increase In Impact Aid To Provide Critical Funding For School Districts On Federal Land

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that this year's omnibus spending bill increases funding for the Impact Aid Program by $86 million, bringing total funding for the program to $1.4 billion. The Impact Aid Program is a federal program designed to supplement school budgets in districts that are on a large portion of federally-owned, nontaxable land, such as military bases and Native American reservations. Several districts in New York, including some schools in the … Continue Reading


April 17, 2018

Senator Gillibrand Speaks On Senate Floor To Oppose Carlos Muniz’s Nomination For General Counsel At The Department Of Education

**Watch Senator Gillibrand's remarks here ** Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand spoke on the Senate floor and urged her colleagues to vote against the nomination of Carlos Muniz to be General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Education. In this role, Muniz would serve as the principal advisor on all legal matters affecting the Department and would play a lead role in all rulemakings on issues, including Title IX. Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and the … Continue Reading


April 13, 2018

As Algal Blooms Continue To Cause Environmental And Economic Damage To Chautauqua Lake, Senator Gillibrand Urges EPW Committee To Take Steps To Improve Lake’s Water Quality In Upcoming Water Resources Development Act

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that she is urging the Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW) to authorize a Chautauqua Lake Feasibility Study in the upcoming Water Resources Development Act to address the continued environmental and economic damage caused by algal blooms. This study authorization would allow the Army Corps of Engineers to evaluate excessive phosphorous runoff causing repeated harmful algal blooms to impair the lake's water quality. … Continue Reading


April 12, 2018

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $1.5 Million In Federal Funding For Alfred State’s Biorefinery Development And Commercialization Center (BDCC)

Washington, DC - U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $1.5 million in federal funding to Alfred State College (ASC) in Alfred, New York. The funding was allocated through the Economic Development Administration (EDA) for the Biorefinery Development and Commercialization Center (BDCC). The senators said the center will be a major "launching pad" that will leverage natural resources, like wood, to create sustainable businesses and … Continue Reading


April 12, 2018

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $295,000 In Federal Funding For The American Foundation For The Blind

Washington, DC - U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced a $295,000 National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant for the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB). AFB will use the funds to complete a project to fully digitize Helen Keller's archival collection online and make the collection accessible to website visitors who are blind, deaf or hard of hearing, and deaf-blind. AFB's Helen Keller Archival Collection is the largest … Continue Reading


April 10, 2018

Schumer, Gillibrand Demand Review Of Process For New York’s Utilities As Thousands Of New Yorkers Faced Extended Power Outages In The Wake Of Wind Storms

Washington, DC - U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today wrote a letter to the President and CEO of NYSEG and RG&E, demanding a review of the process for restoring full power after outages in the wake of last week's wind storms. The letter also requests transparency about what concrete steps the utility companies are taking when responding to major storm events. "We write to express our deep concern over the extended power outages for … Continue Reading

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