Press Releases

January 19, 2018

Gillibrand Statement On Potential Government Shutdown

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today released the following statement regarding a potential government shutdown: "For the first time in our nation's history, it is possible we will have a government shutdown tonight while one party controls the White House, the U.S. Senate, and the House of Representatives. A government shutdown is both regrettable and 100 percent avoidable. The problem is that President Trump has previously declared he wanted the government shut down and … Continue Reading


January 12, 2018

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More Than $9 Million In Federal Funding For 33 Homeless Assistance Programs On Long Island

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $9,156,647 in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for 33 Long Island programs that promote the goal of ending homelessness. The funding was allocated through HUD's Continuum of Care (CoC) Program, which provides funding to nonprofits, as well as local and state governments, to quickly rehouse homeless individuals and families and promote access to programs that encourage … Continue Reading


January 11, 2018

Schumer, Gillibrand And 34 Senate Colleagues Push Back On Trump Administration’s Offshore Drilling Reversal

Washington, DC - U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, and 34 Senate colleagues sharply criticized the Trump administration's decision to reopen offshore drilling leases three years ahead of schedule. This decision puts vast stretches of coastline along the Pacific and Atlantic coasts and in the Arctic at risk. "This draft proposal is an ill-advised effort to circumvent public and scientific input, and we object to sacrificing public trust, community … Continue Reading


January 11, 2018

Senators Schumer And Gillibrand Introduce Legislation To Name Post Office In Honor Of Maurice Hinchey

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today introduced legislation to rename the U.S. Post Office at 111 Market St, Saugerties, New York after former U.S. Representative Maurice Hinchey. "Congressman Maurice Hinchey or 'Mighty Moe,' as I used to call him, deserves to be honored for his determination, endless energy, rare legislative skills, and his unwavering commitment to his constituents. During his 38 years of public service, … Continue Reading


January 08, 2018

Gillibrand Announces Bipartisan Legislation To Expand Small Business Administration’s Microloan Program, Help Women And Minority-Owned Businesses Succeed

Rochester, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today stood by Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren, local business owners, and economic development leaders at Instant Monogramming to announce bipartisan legislation, the Microloan Modernization Act, to expand the Small Business Administration's (SBA) Microloan Program that provides loans and technical assistance to women and minority business owners, among other entrepreneurs who face challenges accessing the capital needed to start and expand small … Continue Reading


January 08, 2018

Gillibrand Visits Niagara Gear in Buffalo To Hear From Workers About Employee Stock Ownership Plan

Buffalo, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today visited Niagara Gear, which supports and rewards its workers through an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). Niagara Gear manufactures gear parts for various industries, including the automotive, aerospace, medical, and energy industries, among others. Gillibrand gathered feedback from employees currently enrolled in the ESOP to inform her legislation in the Senate supporting employee ownership around the country. Employee Stock Ownership … Continue Reading


January 04, 2018

Gillibrand Statement On Reports That Attorney General Sessions Will Rescind Current Federal Marijuana Policy

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today released the following statement regarding news reports that Attorney General Jeff Sessions will rescind current policy and allow federal prosecutors to decide how aggressively to enforce marijuana laws: "Attorney General Sessions's reported decision is a direct attack on patients. Parents should be able to give their sick kids the medicine they need without having to fear that they will be prosecuted. Veterans should be able to come … Continue Reading


December 29, 2017

Senator Gillibrand Urges German Ambassador To Work With Department Of State To Deport Nazi-Era Guard Currently Living In Queens

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand sent a letter urging German Ambassador Peter Wittig to work with the U.S. Department of State to immediately resolve the long-standing issue of the Nazi-era guard, Jakiw Palij, currently living in Queens, NY. Mr. Palij was allowed to enter the United States because he concealed his prior service to the Nazi regime. After determining that he had lied in order to enter the country, Mr. Palij's American citizenship was stripped and it was ordered … Continue Reading


December 22, 2017

Senator Gillibrand Leads Bipartisan Group Of Senators In Calling On House And Senate Leadership To Prevent DOJ From Interfering With Implementation Of State Medical Marijuana Laws

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today led a bipartisan group of Senators in calling on House and Senate leadership to include a provision in the Fiscal Year 2018 Appropriations package to prevent the Department of Justice (DOJ) from using any funds to interfere with the implementation of state medical marijuana laws. Senators Rand Paul (R-KY), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), Steve Daines (R-MT), and Cory Booker (D-NJ) signed onto Gillibrand's letter. Even though 29 states and … Continue Reading


December 22, 2017

Schumer, Gillibrand And 13 Senate Democrats Call On The Department Of Transportation To Hold Railroads Accountable For Implementation Of Positive Train Control After Fatal Derailments And Safety Lapses

Washington, DC - U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand joined a group of 13 Senate Democrats to call on Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao to hold railroads accountable for failing to implement sufficient safety measures. The Senators have requested a status report on railroads' implementation of positive train control (PTC), a lifesaving technology required by Congressional mandate to be fully implemented by 2018. The Senators' letter comes … Continue Reading


December 22, 2017

Gillibrand Statement On Senate Data Disclosing At Least $600,000 Of Taxpayer Money Secretly Spent To Settle Workplace Misconduct In The Senate

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today released the following statement in response to the report that at least $600,000 in taxpayer money has been spent settling Senate workplace misconduct claims over the past 20 years. Gillibrand recently introduced bipartisan legislation, the Congressional Harassment Reform Act, with strong bipartisan support from over 20 Senators. This legislation is cosponsored by Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Lisa … Continue Reading


December 21, 2017

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $1.5 Million In Federal Funding For New Advanced Manufacturing Facility At Hudson Valley Community College

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $1,500,000 in federal funding for Hudson Valley Community College. The funding was allocated through the Economic Development Administration (EDA) and will be used for a new Advanced Manufacturing Technologies (AMT) training facility. Specifically, this investment will support a new addition that includes classroom space, multiple advanced manufacturing labs, demonstration areas, student … Continue Reading


December 20, 2017

On Senate Floor, Gillibrand Calls On Congress To Take Action To Protect Dreamers

**WATCH Senator Gillibrand's speech on the Senate Floor HERE** Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand spoke on the Senate floor this afternoon to urge her colleagues to protect Dreamers in the long-term government spending bill. In September, President Trump announced his decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, putting hundreds of thousands of young people in this country at risk of losing their protected status and being deported. Gillibrand has … Continue Reading


December 19, 2017

As New York Celebrates 100 Years Of Women’s Suffrage, Senator Gillibrand Calls On National Park Service To Add Mount Hope Cemetery, Final Resting Place Of Susan B. Anthony And Frederick Douglass, To National Register Of Historic Places

Rochester, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced her support to add Mount Hope Cemetery to the National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places. Mount Hope Cemetery is one of the first public park-like cemeteries in the United States. It is the permanent resting place for over 350,000 people, including suffragist Susan B. Anthony, abolitionist Frederick Douglass and his wife, and innovators John Bausch and Henry Lomb. The 100th anniversary of the passage and … Continue Reading


December 15, 2017

After FCC Vote To Eliminate Net Neutrality Rules, Gillibrand Joins Colleagues To Introduce Senate Resolution To Reverse FCC Decision, Restore Net Neutrality

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) today announced that she is cosponsoring a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution to restore the 2015 net neutrality rules that have kept the Internet open and free. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted yesterday on party lines to eliminate the net neutrality rules. The CRA resolution is sponsored by Senator Edward J. Markey (D-MA) and will be introduced when the new FCC rule is formally submitted to Congress. "The FCC … Continue Reading


December 15, 2017

Gillibrand Announces Bipartisan Legislation To Promote Vocational Education & Entrepreneurship, Train Future Workforce For 21st Century Economy

Newburgh, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today visited the Newburgh Free Academy to announce her bipartisan legislation, 21st Century Strengthening Hands On Programs that Cultivate Learning Approaches for Successful Students Act. This bill would direct federal funding to high-tech training and education programs in high schools and institutions of higher education, which would give more students the opportunity to learn the skills necessary to get good-paying jobs in the high-tech … Continue Reading


December 15, 2017

Gillibrand Announces Bipartisan Legislation To Promote Vocational Education & Entrepreneurship, Train Future Workforce For 21st Century Economy

Buffalo, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today visited the Harkness Career & Technical Center to announce her bipartisan legislation, 21st Century Strengthening Hands On Programs that Cultivate Learning Approaches for Successful Students Act. This bill would direct federal funding to high-tech training and education programs in high schools and institutions of higher education, which would give more students the opportunity to learn the skills necessary to get good-paying jobs in the … Continue Reading


December 14, 2017

Senators Gillibrand, Cruz, Ernst, Feinstein, Murkowski, Graham, Cornyn, McCaskill, Shaheen, Portman, Blumenthal, Baldwin, Hirono, Warren, Booker, Gardner, Sullivan, Hassan, Harris, Cortez Masto Introduce New Bipartisan Legislation To Combat Sexual Harassment And Discrimination In Congress, Bring Transparency And Accountability To Sexual Harassment Reporting Process

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), John Cornyn (R-TX), Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Rob Portman (R-OH), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Kamala Harris (D-CA), and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) today … Continue Reading


December 12, 2017

As Millions Of Americans Gear Up For Holiday Road Travel To Visit Family And Friends, Senator Gillibrand, Representative Cohen Announce Bipartisan, Bicameral Legislation To Help Keep Drivers Safe From Fatal Tractor-Trailer Truck Accidents

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Representatives Steve Cohen (D-TN) and Mark DeSaulnier (D-CA) today stood alongside families of truck underride crash victims and truck safety advocates to announce bipartisan legislation, the Stop Underrides Act of 2017, to prevent deadly truck underride crashes. Gillibrand is introducing this bipartisan legislation in the Senate with U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL). An 'underride crash' is when a car slides under the body of a large … Continue Reading


December 08, 2017

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $100,000 In Federal Funding For The Hudson Valley Agribusiness Development Corporation

Washington, DC - U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $100,000 in federal funding for the Hudson Valley AgriBusiness Development Corporation (HVADC). HVADC is a non-profit organization that works to enhance the agricultural sector in the Hudson Valley and Capital District. The federal funding was allocated through the U.S. Economic Development Administration, and will be used to provide technical assistance for the HVADC's Farm … Continue Reading

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