Press Releases

February 19, 2020

Gillibrand Denounces Cover Up At Northrop Grumman U.S. Navy Plume

Washington, DC - In response to a recent report from Newsday detailing the cover up by the U.S. Navy and Northrop Grumman following the known contamination of groundwater by toxic chemicals from their operations, U. S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand released the following statement: "For decades, Northrop Grumman and the U.S. Navy polluted our water and exposed Long Island families to dangerous toxic chemicals. But rather than do anything to fix their mess, Grumman and the U.S. Navy dragged … Continue Reading


February 18, 2020

After Report Reveals Nationwide Child Care Crisis, Gillibrand Visits Valhalla To Announce Legislation To Help Expand Access To Child Care Services For Student Parents In New York And Across The Country

Valhalla, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today visited Virginia Marx Children's Center at Westchester Community College to announce legislation that would help expand access to high-quality child care services at no cost to student parents enrolled in community colleges and minority-serving institutions (MSIs). This comes after a report revealed that one in five college students are raising a child under the age of five while in school, and that many of these parents have trouble finding … Continue Reading


February 18, 2020

After Report Reveals Nationwide Child Care Crisis, Gillibrand Visits Garden City to Announce Legislation to Help Expand Access to Child Care Services for Student Parents in New York and Across the Country

Garden City, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today visited The Children's Greenhouse at Nassau Community College to announce legislation that would help expand access to high-quality child care services at no cost to student parents enrolled in community colleges and minority-serving institutions (MSIs). This comes after a report revealed that one in five college students are raising a child under the age of five while in school, and that many of these parents have trouble finding … Continue Reading


February 14, 2020

On Year Anniversary Of EPA’s Stalled Promise To Combat Toxic PFAS Exposure In New York, Gillibrand, Schumer Along With Senate Colleagues Call On EPA To Finally Deliver On Promises Made In PFAS Action Plan

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer today called on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to provide an updated timeline for when it will implement commitments made in the agency's plan to combat exposure to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). The EPA's PFAS Action Plan was released one year ago today and critical aspects outlined in the strategy have yet to be implemented. The senators wrote a letter to EPA … Continue Reading


February 14, 2020

ICYMI: Gillibrand Announces Landmark Legislation To Create A Data Protection Agency

Washington, DC - In case you missed it, yesterday Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced landmark legislation to combat the growing data privacy crisis in America and bolster protection of Americans' data. The Data Protection Act would create an independent federal agency, the Data Protection Agency (DPA), which would protect Americans' data, safeguard their privacy, and ensure data practices are fair and transparent. The rollout earned national headlines, particularly in the tech press. … Continue Reading


February 13, 2020

Schumer, Gillibrand, Brindisi Announce Over $1.5m in Federal Funding for the Southern Tier Network in Steuben County

Washington, DC - U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and U.S. Representative Anthony Brindisi (D-NY-22) today announced $1,552,594 in federal funding for the Southern Tier Network in Corning. The funding was allocated by the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) and will be used to increase access to reliable internet service across the Southern Tier. In December of 2018, a car collided with a telephone pole, causing a wide-spread … Continue Reading


February 13, 2020

Following Schumer, Gillibrand Push, FEMA, NYS DHSES & CISA Led Security Grant Workshop To Aid Nonprofit Applicants

Amidst Persistent and Growing Spate of Hate Crimes, FEMA, NYS DHSES & CISA Led New York City Faith-based, Community, and Nonprofit Organizations for Workshop on Fed Security Grant Program Washington, DC - U.S. Senate Democratic Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), and the NYS Division of Homeland … Continue Reading


February 13, 2020

Confronting A Data Privacy Crisis, Gillibrand Announces Landmark Legislation To Create A Data Protection Agency

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced her landmark legislation, the Data Protection Act, which would create the Data Protection Agency (DPA), an independent federal agency that would protect Americans' data, safeguard their privacy, and ensure data practices are fair and transparent. The DPA will have the authority and resources to effectively enforce data protection rules-created either by itself or congress-and would be equipped with a broad range of enforcement … Continue Reading


February 12, 2020

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $3.2 Million in Neighborworks America Grants for 12 Upstate New York Organizations Working to Provide Affordable Housing

Washington, DC - U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $3,235,000 in federal funding for Upstate New York community development organizations in the national NeighborWorks America network. NeighborWorks America is a public nonprofit organization that provides grants and technical assistance to community development organizations supporting affordable housing initiatives, neighborhood revitalization projects, small business lending, … Continue Reading


February 11, 2020

Amid Rising Sexual Assault Rates across the Military, Gillibrand, Grassley, Speier, Bacon Announce Bipartisan Effort to Establish “Safe to Report” Policy in the Military

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Personnel Subcommittee, and Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA), introduced bipartisan legislation in the U.S. Senate to establish a "Safe to Report" standard in the military. As thousands of military sexual assault cases go unreported each year, reports show more survivors are empowered to come forward without the threat of retaliation. The Safe to Report Act empowers survivors of sexual … Continue Reading


February 10, 2020

Amid Nationwide Addiction Crisis, Gillibrand Visits Albany to Announce Bipartisan Legislation to Support Families Struggling with Substance Use Disorder in New York

Albany, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today visited Addictions Care Center of Albany, Inc. to announce her bipartisan legislation that would provide families with the tools they need to support their loved ones living with addiction. The Family Support Services for Addiction Act would create a $25 million grant program over five years to help nonprofits and community organizations provide support services to families with loved ones seeking addiction treatment. It would also help … Continue Reading


February 10, 2020

Amid Nationwide Addiction Crisis, Gillibrand Visits Binghamton to Announce Bipartisan Legislation to Support Families Struggling with Substance Use Disorder in New York

Binghamton, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today visited Family & Children's Counseling Services to announce her bipartisan legislation that would provide families with the tools they need to support their loved ones living with addiction. The Family Support Services for Addiction Act would create a $25 million grant program over five years to help nonprofits and community organizations provide support services to families with loved ones seeking addiction treatment. It would also … Continue Reading


February 10, 2020

Amid Nationwide Addiction Crisis, Gillibrand Visits Rochester to Announce Bipartisan Legislation to Support Families Struggling With Substance Use Disorder in New York

Rochester, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today visited the National Council on Alcoholism & Drug Dependence to announce her bipartisan legislation that would provide families with the tools they need to support their loved ones living with addiction. The Family Support Services for Addiction Act would create a $25 million grant program over five years to help nonprofits and community organizations provide support services to families with loved ones seeking addiction treatment. It … Continue Reading


February 06, 2020

As New York Farmers Struggle Against Influx of Cheap Canadian Produce, Gillibrand and Schumer Call For Investigation Into Unfair Trade Subsidies

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer called for investigations into unfair trade subsidies to Canadian growers, as New York State onion farmers struggle against an influx of produce, priced below the price of production, coming across the border. "New York State is home to prime onion-producing land, yet our farmers are unable to sell their goods in a domestic market that is flooded by … Continue Reading


February 06, 2020

Gillibrand Denounces Trump Administration Global Entry Policy Targeting New Yorkers

Washington, DC - Addressing the Trump administration's announcement that the Department of Homeland Security is temporarily banning New York residents from enrolling in Global Entry, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand released the following statement: "Once again, the Trump administration is misusing the federal government for political retribution. There is no factual basis for this policy-its true design is to punish New York for embracing diversity and … Continue Reading


February 05, 2020

Senator Gillibrand Statement on Vote to Convict President Trump

Washington, DC - Addressing her votes to convict President Trump for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, Senator Gillibrand issued the following statement: "The Senate failed the American people today. Despite overwhelming evidence that President Trump abused his power and obstructed Congress, Senate Republicans voted to acquit him, putting their personal ambitions and political futures ahead of the Constitution they swore to uphold. "I voted to convict President Trump because I … Continue Reading


February 04, 2020

Hours Before President Trump Gives The State Of The Union, Gillibrand Highlights Issues She Hopes To See In President’s Address

**WATCH Senator Gillibrand's Remarks HERE** Washington, DC - Hours before President Trump gives the State of the Union, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced her priorities for New Yorkers and our country, and what she hopes to see included in the president's address. Below are Senator Gillibrand's remarks as delivered: Thank you for joining me. Tonight, President Trump will deliver his State of the Union address, touching on the developments of the past year and his agenda going … Continue Reading


February 04, 2020

Gillibrand, Portman Announce Bipartisan Legislation to Clear Federal Criminal Records of Human Trafficking Victims

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH), today announced bipartisan legislation, the Trafficking Survivors Relief Act of 2020, which would clear the federal criminal records of the survivors of human trafficking. Human trafficking is a form of slavery that affects an estimated 40.3 million victims globally, including hundreds of thousands of people in the United States. Survivors of human trafficking are commonly charged with crimes - such as … Continue Reading


February 04, 2020

Schumer, Gillibrand, Tonko Announce Nearly $27 Million in Federal Funding for the Capital District Transportation Authority in Albany

Washington, DC - U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and Congressman Paul Tonko (D-NY-20) today announced $26.9 million in federal funding for the Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA). The funding is provided through the U.S. Department of Transportation Capital Investment Grants program and will be used to provide faster, more direct, and more reliable transit service along the Hudson River Corridor. Specifically, the … Continue Reading


February 04, 2020

On Senate Floor, Gillibrand Urges Colleagues to Vote to Convict President Trump

**WATCH Senator Gillibrand's Speech on the Senate Floor HERE** Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today spoke on the Senate floor to urge her colleagues to vote to convict President Trump. Below are Senator Gillibrand's remarks as delivered: Colleagues, over the past few weeks, we have conducted the third impeachment trial in our entire nation's history for a president. Let's be perfectly clear about something. Democrats did not want to impeach President Trump. From the … Continue Reading

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