Press Releases

June 08, 2018

As Reports Increase Of Border Patrol Agents Tearing Children Away From Their Parents, Gillibrand Introduces Legislation With 31 Senate Colleagues To Halt Separation Of Immigrant Families

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced legislation, the Keep Families Together Act (S. 3036), to immediately stop the Department of Homeland Security from taking children from their parents at the border. On May 7, 2018, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that all adults who arrive at the border would be prosecuted for illegal entry, even if they attempt to seek asylum. This policy, which has never before been pursued, has resulted in hundreds of children being … Continue Reading


June 08, 2018

As Seniors Across New York Continue To Face Soaring Prescription Drug Prices, Gillibrand Visits Niagara Falls To Announce Legislation To Drive Down Costs And Increase Access To Safe, Affordable Medications

Niagara Falls, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today stood with seniors and senior services providers at the John Duke Senior Center to announce her legislation the Stop Price Gouging Act, which would drive down prescription drug prices, ensure access to affordable medications for New York seniors, and penalize drug companies that raise prices of medication without justification. Under current law, pharmaceutical companies can raise the price of their medication at any time with no … Continue Reading


June 07, 2018

Schumer, Gillibrand: Senate Defense Bill Does Not Include House Of Representative Provision That Would Cut Funding & Jeopardize Jobs At DFAS Rome

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that the Senate's National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) does not include a provision from the U.S. House of Representative's version of the NDAA that could cut 200 of nearly 960 jobs at Rome's Defense Finance and Accounting Services (DFAS). Schumer and Gillibrand said the House provision is a direct threat to hundreds of jobs at DFAS Rome and the regional economy, as well. The Senators successfully ensured that the Senate … Continue Reading


June 06, 2018

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More Than $7.3 Million In Department Of Transportation Funding For Vital Improvements At Hudson Valley Regional Airport In Dutchess County

Washington, DC - U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $7,393,090 in federal funding for the Hudson Valley Regional Airport in Dutchess County. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Specifically, Hudson Valley Regional Airport will use the funding to replace a non-compliant, older building with a new building incorporating Airport Rescue Firefighting … Continue Reading


June 05, 2018

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More Than $7.5 Million In Department Of Transportation Funding For Vital Runway Improvements At Griffiss International Airport In Oneida County

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $7,575,000.00 in federal funding for Griffiss International Airport in Oneida County. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Specifically, Griffiss International Airport will use the funding to make key infrastructure improvements including the reconstruction of a runway. "Keeping Griffiss International Airport in … Continue Reading


June 05, 2018

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $14 Million In Federal Funding For RIT-LED Remade Manufacturing Lab Included In Senate Energy And Water Appropriations Bill

Washington, DC - U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that the Senate Energy and Water Appropriations Bill provides $56 million for four Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institutes, including $14 million for Rochester's Reducing Embodied-energy and Decreasing Emissions (REMADE) Institute. The REMADE Institute is led by the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and works with leading universities and companies to research and … Continue Reading


June 04, 2018

Schumer, Gillibrand Reveal: New Trade Agreement Between European Union And Mexico Could Ban New York Cheese Makers From Selling Cheese Labeled Muenster, Feta, Parmesan, & Others In Mexico; Senator Urges U.S. Trade Rep To Intervene ASAP To Ensure Mexico Honors Existing Trade Commitments Before NY Dairy Producers Are Harmed

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today joined their Senate colleagues in urging United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to continue to ensure Mexico honors its existing trade commitments and fights back against the EU's recent proposal to exclusively use common cheese names, like "parmesan"- "feta"- and "asiago" in Mexico. According to the senators, through a recent trade agreement with Mexico, the EU is seeking to prevent cheese … Continue Reading


June 04, 2018

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $80 Million In Funding For Rochester Laser Lab Included In Senate Energy And Water Appropriations Bill

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced that the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Senate Energy and Water Appropriations Bill includes $80 million for the University of Rochester Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE) and its OMEGA Laser Facility. This Senate funding level rejects the Administration's budget request to cut the Lab's funding and a 3-year phase out of all federal support for LLE. The Senate bill also maintains … Continue Reading


June 01, 2018

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $67 Million In Federal Funding For Public Housing Development And Improvement Projects Throughout Upstate New York

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced $67,074,447 million in federal funding for public housing agencies throughout Upstate New York. The funding was provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Public Housing Capital Fund and will be used for public housing development and improvement projects. "Having a roof over your head is one of life's basic necessities, and we must do everything we can … Continue Reading


May 31, 2018

Gillibrand, Schumer Announce Authority To More Aggressively Clean Up PFOA/PFOS At Stewart, Gabreski Air National Guard Bases – And To Compensate Local Gov/Water Districts – Included In National Defense Bill That Just Passed Out Of Committee

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, the Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Personnel Subcommittee, and U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer today announced that the FY 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that just passed out of the Senate Armed Services Committee includes a provision to authorize the cleanup and safe disposal of perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) that have contaminated the Stewart Air National Guard … Continue Reading


May 31, 2018

Gillibrand, Murray, Feinstein, Warren Call On Government Accountability Office To Investigate The Economic Effect Of Sexual Harassment On U.S. Workforce

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, joined by U.S. Senators Patty Murray (D-WA), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), today called on the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to open an investigation into the economic effect of workplace sexual harassment on the U.S. workforce. Specifically, the Senators urged GAO to provide information about the prevalence of sexual harassment, the method by which the government tracks and compiles data on the prevalence and … Continue Reading


May 30, 2018

As Chautauqua Lake Continues To Suffer From Recurring Algal Blooms, Senators Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Provision To Protect Lake’s Water Quality Passed Out Of EPW Committee, Heads To Full Senate For A Vote

Washington, DC - U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, today announced that S. 2800, America's Water Infrastructure Act of 2018, includes a provision that authorizes a Chautauqua Lake Feasibility Study. Chautauqua Lake currently suffers from continued environmental and economic damage caused by repeated algal blooms, and this study authorization would allow the U.S. Army Corps of … Continue Reading


May 29, 2018

Schumer, Gillibrand: Senate Committee Clears Bill That Includes Authorization For Great Lakes Restoration Initiative; Senators Say Program Is Necessary To Protect Great Lakes From Invasive Species, Population; Senators Vow To Push For Full Appropriation Of Authorized Funds

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, today announced that following their push, the Senate version of the Water Resource Development Act (WRDA), which recently passed the EPW Committee with Senator Gillibrand's support, includes an increase in the authorized spending levels for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI). The senators said the new authorized levels for GLRI … Continue Reading


May 29, 2018

Schumer, Gillibrand, Engel Announce Senate Committee Clears Bill That Will Authorize Mamaroneck And Sheldrake River Basin Project; Project Is Vital To Protect Mamaroneck Residents’ Homes & Businesses Which Remain At Risk Of Being Flooded

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, and U.S. Representative Eliot Engel today announced they were successful in securing an authorization for the Mamaroneck-Sheldrake River project, in the Water Resource Development Act (WRDA), which Senator Gillibrand voted in favor of advancing out of the Senate EPW Committee. The federal representatives said that without progress on this project … Continue Reading


May 29, 2018

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Senate EPW Committee Clears Bill That Will Authorize First Of Its Kind Great Lakes Coastal Resiliency Study; Senators Say Project Is Needed To Protect Lake Ontario Shoreline From Erosion Damage, Flooding, And Aging Infrastructure

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, today announced that following their push, the Senate Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) includes a new authorization for the Great Lakes Coastal Resiliency Study. The senators said that following the damaging flooding that impacted New York's Lake Ontario shoreline communities last summer, causing millions of dollars in damages, there is a … Continue Reading


May 29, 2018

Senators Schumer, Gillibrand, & Rep. Maloney Urge FEMA To Stand Ready To Quickly Approve Potential Disaster Declaration For Hudson Valley Counties Impacted By Recent Tornadoes And Severe Weather

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Representative Sean Patrick Maloney today urged the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to stand ready to quickly approve any request from New York State for a major disaster declaration following the fatal tornados, macro-burst, severe rain and flooding that battered the Hudson Valley on May 15. Tragically, these storms were responsible for multiple deaths, including that of 11 year old child who was … Continue Reading


May 25, 2018

Gillibrand, Tillis Announce Committee Passage Of Bipartisan Bill To Protect Military Families From Intimate Partner Violence And Child Abuse

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), the ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Personnel Subcommittee, and U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Personnel Subcommittee, today announced that their bipartisan bill to protect military families from intimate partner violence and child abuse and neglect, the Military Family PROTECT Act, was included in the FY 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that passed last night out of … Continue Reading


May 25, 2018

Senators Gillibrand, Murray, Baldwin Announce Resolution Opposing Trump Administration’s ‘Gag Rule’ To Take Away Women’s Access To Critical Health Care

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Patty Murray (D-WA), and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) today announced that they have introduced a resolution opposing the Trump Administration's proposed new restrictions to Title X family planning funds. Earlier this week, the Trump Administration announced a domestic "gag rule" that would prevent health care providers from discussing the full range of reproductive services with patients and undermine access to potentially life-saving care … Continue Reading


May 25, 2018

Gillibrand Announces Inclusion of New Provision On Military Protective Orders In Senate National Defense Bill

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, the Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Personnel Subcommittee, today announced the successful inclusion of a new provision in the Senate version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that will allow military judges and magistrates to issue and enforce Military Protective Orders for domestic violence, stalking, and sexual assault. This provision ensures that protective orders issued by the Armed Forces meet the requirements … Continue Reading


May 24, 2018

Following Trump Administration’s Decision To Eliminate Protections Against Predatory Student Loan Practices, Gillibrand Calls For New Oversight Regulations, Pushes For Legislation That Lowers Monthly Payments To Help Protect College Graduates Against Loan Default And Financial Despair

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today called for new oversight regulations and legislation that could dramatically lower student loan payments for hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers. This announcement comes after the Trump Administration's recent decision to eliminate the office that protects graduates from predatory loan practices, which could create massive financial burdens for recent graduates and push them into default when they are just entering the … Continue Reading

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