Press Releases

October 15, 2020

Gillibrand Presses Leadership To Maintain Critical PFAS Provisions In Final NDAA Negotiations

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, alongside U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), pressed Senate and House Armed Services Committee leadership to maintain critical per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) provisions in the final FY21 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Because of the use of aqueous firefighting foam (AFFF) by the military, PFAS chemicals, like perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS), have … Continue Reading


October 14, 2020

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $1 Million For Research And Development For Fire Prevention And Safety In New York City

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $1,068,883.81 in federal funding for the National Development Research Institute (NDRI-USA) in New York City to further their research and development on fire prevention and safety. This funding was allocated through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) in cooperation with the U.S. Fire Administration. "New York City's firefighters have been … Continue Reading


October 13, 2020

Amid Rushed Confirmation Hearings, Gillibrand Addresses The Threat Of Repealing Health Care For Millions Of Americans And The Future Of The Affordable Care Act

As the Senate Judiciary Committee proceeds with confirmation hearings on Judge Amy Coney Barrett, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand addressed the threat of repealing health care for millions of Americans and the future of the Affordable Care Act.Senator Gillibrand spoke with New York constituents with pre-existing conditions and sharply criticized Republicans' continuous efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act and strip health care from millions of Americans during a global pandemic and … Continue Reading


October 09, 2020

Alongside Veterans And Veterans Advocates In Albany, Senator Gillibrand Calls For New Legislation To Help Veterans With Diseases Linked To Burn Pits And Other Toxic Exposures Obtain Benefits From VA

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Personnel Subcommittee, stood at the Joseph E. Zaloga American Legion Post #1520 alongside Albany County Executive and member of the New York National Guard Dan McCoy and Director of the Albany County Veterans Service Bureau Ken Secor to call for new landmark legislation, the Presumptive Benefits for War Fighters Exposed to Burn Pits and Other Toxins Act of 2020. Senator Gillibrand'srecently introduced … Continue Reading


October 09, 2020

In Syracuse, Senator Gillibrand Stands With Veterans And Veterans Advocates To Call For New Legislation To Help Veterans With Diseases Linked To Burn Pits And Other Toxic Exposures Obtain Benefits From VA

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Personnel Committee, stood with Assemblywoman Pam Hunter, veterans advocate Alex Behm, Executive Director of Clear Path for Veterans, and local veteran Colin Santacroce to call for new landmark legislation, the Presumptive Benefits for War Fighters Exposed to Burn Pits and Other Toxins Act of 2020. Senator Gillibrand's recently introduced legislation would streamline the process for obtaining VA benefits for … Continue Reading


October 09, 2020

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand Visits Valley Stream American Legion, Calls For New Legislation Which Would Help Veterans With Diseases Linked To Burn Pits And Other Toxic Exposures Obtain Benefits From VA

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand delivered remarks at the American Legion in Valley Stream to push for her new landmark legislation, the Presumptive Benefits for War Fighters Exposed to Burn Pits and Other Toxins Act of 2020. The recently introduced legislation would streamline the process for obtaining VA benefits for burn pit and other toxic exposures. Senator Gillibrand was joined by New York State Assemblywoman Michaelle Solages, 9/11 Responder & Activist John Feal, and Army … Continue Reading


October 09, 2020

In NYC, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand Calls For New Legislation Which Would Help Veterans With Diseases Linked To Burn Pits And Other Toxic Exposures Obtain Benefits From VA

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand held a press conference in New York City to push for her new landmark legislation, the Presumptive Benefits for War Fighters Exposed to Burn Pits and Other Toxins Act of 2020. Gillibrand's recently introduced legislation would streamline the process for obtaining VA benefits for burn pit and other toxic exposures. Approximately3.5 million veterans have been exposed to burn pits that spewed toxic fumes and carcinogens into the air. Yet, despite the known … Continue Reading


October 08, 2020

During Visit To Veterans Outreach Center, Senator Gillibrand And Representative Morelle Call For New Legislation To Help Veterans With Diseases Linked To Burn Pits And Other Toxic Exposures Obtain Benefits From VA

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Representative Joe Morelle visited the Veterans Outreach Center to call for new landmark legislation, the Presumptive Benefits for War Fighters Exposed to Burn Pits and Other Toxins Act of 2020. Senator Gillibrand's recently introduced legislation would streamline the process for obtaining VA benefits for burn pit and other toxic exposures. The Veterans Outreach Center has been serving veterans and their families in the Rochester community … Continue Reading


October 08, 2020

During Visit To Veterans One-Stop Center Of WNY, Gillibrand Calls For New Legislation To Help Veterans With Diseases Linked To Burn Pits And Other Toxic Exposures Obtain Benefits From VA

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand visited Veterans One-Stop Center of Western New York to call for her new landmark legislation, the Presumptive Benefits for War Fighters Exposed to Burn Pits and Other Toxins Act of 2020. The legislation, introduced last month, would streamline the process for obtaining VA benefits for burn pit and other toxic exposures. The Veterans One-Stop Center of WNY has been serving the community of more than 100,000 veterans in Western New York through their … Continue Reading


October 06, 2020

Senator Gillibrand Calls For Bipartisan Restart Act To Help Small Businesses And Live Event Venues Recover From Summer Of Limited Operations

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand urged passage of the bipartisan Reviving the Economy Sustainably Towards a Recovery in Twenty-Twenty (RESTART) Act to support live event venues and small- and mid-sized businesses that have been hit hardest by the coronavirus crisis. While the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) was intended to help small- and mid-sized businesses weather the economic crisis, many have slipped through the cracks and are struggling to maintain operations and pay their … Continue Reading


October 06, 2020

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Nearly $36 Million In Funding To Repair Damaged Federally-Owned Roads Across New York State

U.S. Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $35,767,672.72 in funding to support emergency repairs to federal roads across New York State. The funding was allocated through the US Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Highway Administration's Emergency Relief for Federally Owned Roads program, and will be used to restore roads and highway infrastructure damaged as a result of the World Trade Center attacks, Superstorm Sandy, and the 2018 … Continue Reading


October 05, 2020

Gillibrand, Colleagues Urge USDA To Fix Problems With Federal Food Program Local Pantries Rely On

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, joined members of New York's congressional delegation in a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Perdue expressing concern over the handling of the transition between vendors for Round Three of the Coronavirus Food Assistant Program's (CFAP) Farmers to Families Food Box Program, which has left local food pantries without vendors or guidance on how to procure food boxes. … Continue Reading


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

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