Press Releases

August 18, 2020

Gillibrand: Postmaster General Statement “Leaves Too Many Important Questions Unanswered” About USPS Future

In response to the postmaster general's latest statement about suspending operational changes until after the 2020 election, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand issued the following: "The postmaster general's latest statement leaves too many important questions unanswered about protecting the sanctity of our voting system this November. These operational changes should have never have happened in the first place, and they must now be reversed. "Compromising critical mail service for veterans, … Continue Reading


August 18, 2020

Gillibrand Calls For Robust Funding To Support Substance Use Disorder And Mental Health Care Services In Next Relief Package

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand urged Senate leadership to include robust funding for substance use disorder and mental health care services in the next coronavirus relief package. The coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated mental health issues and substance use disorders, while support services have been reduced. Additional funding for substance use disorder and mental health care services is crucial in order to provide individuals with the essential resources to begin and sustain … Continue Reading


August 18, 2020

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $1 Million In Agricultural Research Funding For Cornell University And The New York Agricultural Research Station

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today announced $1,379,996 million in federal funding for food and agriculture research at Cornell University and the New York Agricultural Experiment Station. This funding was awarded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). Specifically, this funding was awarded through NIFA's Agriculture and Food … Continue Reading


August 17, 2020

Senator Gillibrand Calls For Full Funding Of Post Office To Protect Jobs, Public Health, And Democracy

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand demanded answers on the state of operations in the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) from Postmaster General Louis DeJoy and urged him to address delays in mail delivery that are putting lives, the economy, and our democracy at risk. Recently, disturbing reports have emerged of slow mail delivery, mail left sitting in facilities overnight, and the sudden removal of mail collection boxes. The delays have shone a light on the challenges of delivering and receiving … Continue Reading


August 14, 2020

Gillibrand Announces Support For Bicameral Legislation To Help Achieve Environmental Justice For All

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced her cosponsorship of bicameral legislation to ensure environmental justice and health equity for all. Environmental racism has fueled disparities in environmental and public health outcomes on communities of color across the country. Additionally, systemic barriers such as redlining, intentional disinvestment, and unregulated pollution have systematically harmed and disadvantaged communities of color and low-income communities. The Environmental … Continue Reading


August 13, 2020

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Nearly $6 Million In FEMA Funding For Firefighters

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $5,333,677.90 in federal funding to provide essential PPE, training, and supplies for firefighters responding to the COVID-19 outbreak across New York State. Additionally, the Morrisvile Fire District received $642,857.14 to purchase emergency rescue vehicles. This federal funding was administered through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)'s … Continue Reading


August 13, 2020

Gillibrand, Colleagues Introduce Impact Aid Infrastructure Act To Support School Infrastructure Projects

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, alongside U.S. Senators Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Tina Smith (D-MN), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Kamala Harris (D-CA), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), and Tom Udall (D-NM), introduced legislation to provide $1 billion in supplemental funding for school infrastructure construction grants through the Impact Aid program. Federally impacted school districts educate some of the most vulnerable student populations - including Native American and military connected … Continue Reading


August 12, 2020

Schumer, Gillibrand Call On Con Edison For Answers Regarding Massive Power Outages Impacting New Yorkers

Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand wrote a letter to Consolidated Edison CEO John McAvoy expressing deep concern over the prolonged power outages facing hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers after Tropical Storm Isaias. More than one week after the storm tore through the New York region, nearly 600 Consolidated Edison customers were still without power on Wednesday morning. "New Yorkers are rightfully frustrated with the lasting power outages caused by Tropical Storm Isaias, … Continue Reading


August 12, 2020

Gillibrand Joins Bipartisan Call To Extend Census Deadlines, Ensure Full And Accurate Count In Wake Of COVID-19 Pandemic

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand joined a bipartisan group of 50 senators urging congressional leadership to extend deadlines to deliver data for the 2020 Census in the next coronavirus relief package. Due to the pandemic, additional time is needed to ensure an accurate and complete count as field operations have been delayed and significantly reduced in order to protect the safety of respondents and Census employees. However, the Trump administration recently announced its decision to end … Continue Reading


August 12, 2020

Gillibrand Cosponsors Bipartisan Restart Act To Support Small And Mid Sized Businesses; Bill Would Especially Help New York’s Theaters, Live Events, Restaurants And Hospitality

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand joined a group of more than 30 senators to cosponsor the bipartisan Reviving the Economy Sustainably Towards a Recovery in Twenty-Twenty (RESTART) Act to support small- and mid-sized businesses that have been hit the hardest by the coronavirus crises. While the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) was intended to support small- and mid-sized businesses weather the economic crisis caused by COVID-19, many have slipped through the cracks and are struggling to … Continue Reading


August 11, 2020

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $5 Million In Federal Funding For Telehealth Services

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $5,308,428 in federal funding to provide additional telehealth services for New Yorkers affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. The thirteenth set of telehealth funding was administered through the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) COVID-19 Telehealth Program as allocated by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES). This federal funding will be used to purchase telehealth … Continue Reading


August 11, 2020

Gillibrand, Colleagues Introduce Bicameral Legislation To Address Maternal Health Disparities And Combat Maternal Mortality Crisis Exacerbated By COVID-19 Pandemic

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand joined U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Kamala Harris (D-CA), and Tina Smith (D-MN), and U.S. Representative Lauren Underwood to introduce legislation to address maternal health disparities and ensure pregnant people-- especially people of color and other at risk populations-- are supported in the federal government's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The maternal health crisis in the United States has been exacerbated by the … Continue Reading


August 10, 2020

Gillibrand, Collins Lead Bipartisan Call To Provide More Than $1 Billion In Funding To Help Older Adults During The COVID-19 Crisis, Including $750 Million For Nutrition Services In Next Coronavirus Relief Package

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), member of the Special Committee on Aging, and U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), Chairman of the Special Committee on Aging, led Senate colleagues in calling for the inclusion of $1.1 billion in funding for Older Americans Act (OAA) programs, including $750 million in funding for the OAA Nutrition Services in the next coronavirus relief package. The funding would provide grants to states, territories, and tribes to help support the delivery of nutritious … Continue Reading


August 10, 2020

Gillibrand, Collins Lead Bipartisan Call To Provide More Than $1 Billion In Funding To Help Older Adults During The COVID-19 Crisis, Including $750 Million For Nutrition Services In Next Coronavirus Relief Package

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), member of the Special Committee on Aging, and U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), Chairman of the Special Committee on Aging, led Senate colleagues in calling for the inclusion of $1.1 billion in funding for Older Americans Act (OAA) programs, including $750 million in funding for the OAA Nutrition Services in the next coronavirus relief package. The funding would provide grants to states, territories, and tribes to help support the delivery of nutritious … Continue Reading


August 10, 2020

Gillibrand, Colleagues Introduce Bicameral Lori Jackson Domestic Violence Survivor Protection Act To Prevent Domestic Abusers From Obtaining Firearms

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and congressional colleagues introduced bicameral legislation to protect domestic violence survivors from gun violence. The Lori Jackson Domestic Violence Survivor Protection Act is narrowly crafted to close loopholes that allow domestic abusers to legally obtain weapons. The bill is named in memory of Lori Jackson, an Oxford, Connecticut mother of two who was tragically shot and killed by her estranged husband, who had legally obtained a handgun even though he … Continue Reading


August 07, 2020

In Albany, Senator Gillibrand And Congressman Tonko Call For Direct Federal Relief Funding To Local Governments Responding To And Recovering From Coronavirus Pandemic

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Representative Paul Tonko stood at Albany City Hall and called for legislation to provide local governments with direct federal relief that can be used to pay for essential services, offset lost revenues and increased costs stemming from the COVID-19 crisis. As local governments face massive budget deficits due to the pandemic, direct assistance is needed to help state and local governments recover from this crisis. Concerned about the layoffs … Continue Reading


August 07, 2020

In Ogdensburg, Gillibrand Urges Congress To Stabilize Child Care Industry

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand met with local child care providers in Ogdensburg to discuss the need for critical support for the child care industry. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, nearly half of all child care providers have had to shut their doors. The industry faces a potential loss of more than 4 million child care slots which would leave millions of families without access to essential child care services when normal work and life schedules resume. Now, with communities across the … Continue Reading


August 07, 2020

Gillibrand Announces Proposal To Expand Pandemic EBT Program During Visit To Feedmore WNY

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand visitedFeedMore WNY Falconer Distribution Center to discuss the need to expand the Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) program as millions of New Yorkers struggle with food insecurity due to the pandemic. The Pandemic EBT Program provides nutritional resources to families who have lost access to free or reduced-price school meals due to school closures caused by the pandemic. In Chautauqua County, more than half of K through 12 students receive free or reduced-price … Continue Reading


August 06, 2020

Schumer, Gillibrand, Morelle Announce $9.2 Million In Federal Funding For Transportation Services In Rochester

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, and Congressman Joe Morelle today announced $9.2 million in federal funding for the Rochester Genesee Regional Transportation Authority (RGRTA). This federal funding was allocated by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) through the CARES Act and will help ensure the RGRTA can continue offering essential public transportation during the COVID-19 outbreak. Additionally, this funding will encourage revitalization … Continue Reading


August 06, 2020

Gillibrand, Warren, Waters Introduce Legislation Requiring The Federal Reserve To Act To Close Racial Employment And Wealth Gaps

Yesterday, U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Representative Maxine Waters (D-CA) introduced legislation to require the Federal Reserve to use its existing authorities to close racial employment and wage gaps and report on how the gaps change over time. "The pandemic has further revealed and deepened significant racial disparities in wages, economic opportunity and wealth," said Senator Gillibrand. "A hands off approach to addressing institutional … Continue Reading

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