Press Releases

February 25, 2021

Gillibrand, Capito Introduce Bipartisan Legislation To Support Families Struggling With Substance Use Disorder As Addiction Crisis Intensifies During COVID-19 Pandemic

Today, U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) introduced bipartisan legislation to provide families with the tools they need to support their loved ones living with addiction. The Family Support Services for Addiction Act would provide $25 million in grant funding to help nonprofits and community organizations provide support services to families with loved ones seeking addiction treatment. "The pandemic has exacerbated our country's addiction crisis and we … Continue Reading

February 24, 2021

ICYMI: Senator Gillibrand Watertown Daily Times Op-Ed: VA Should Cover Veterans’ Claims Of Burn Pit Illnesses

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, chair of the Senate Armed Services Personnel Subcommittee, published an opinion piece in the Watertown Daily Times outlining her agenda for veterans and military families in the new Congress. Additionally, Gillibrand details one of her main priorities, the Presumptive Benefits For War Fighters Exposed To Burn Pits And Other Toxins Act, which would establish presumption of service connection for veterans exposed to burn pits and other toxins and … Continue Reading

February 23, 2021

Gillibrand Calls For Full Funding Of Community Development Block Grant Program And Provide Lifeline For Cash-Strapped Upstate Communities Struggling To Afford Essential Services

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand joined Senate Democrats to call for full funding of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, which funds local community development initiatives that support jobs, housing, infrastructure, and public services for millions of Americans. CDBG funding provides a lifeline for cash-strapped upstate communities whose budgets have been hit hard by the pandemic. The funding provides municipalities with the resources to support affordable housing, economic … Continue Reading

February 23, 2021

Schumer, Gillibrand Urge Dot To Implement Local Hire Pilot Program For Highway And Other Infrastructure Projects

Today, Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand sent a letter to Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Pete Buttigieg urging the DOT to implement a new local hire program that would allow state and local governments to use targeted hiring programs that connect local workers - especially in disadvantaged and underrepresented communities - to construction jobs created by DOT-funded infrastructure projects. The program is modeled after the 2015 Special … Continue Reading

February 23, 2021

Gillibrand, Cortez Masto, Jayapal Unveil Bicameral Legislation To Protect Immigrant Children In Government Custody

U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), along with U.S. Representative Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) led their Senate and House colleagues in the introduction of the Protection of Kids in Detention (PROKID) Act, which would provide a new, stronger layer of oversight to ensure and enforce transparency, protection, and accountability for all immigrant children in any kind of government custody. A key piece of PROKID includes the creation of a permanent Office of the … Continue Reading

February 23, 2021

Gillibrand, Cortez Masto Y Jayapal Presentan Un Proyecto Bicameral Para Proteger A Los Niños Inmigrantes Que Están Bajo La Custodia Del Gobierno

Las senadoras de los Estados Unidos, Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) y Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), junto con la representante Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) lideran a sus colegas en el Senado y la Cámara de Representantes en la presentación de la Ley de Protección a los Niños en Detención (PROKID, por sus siglas en inglés), que proveería una supervisión nueva y más fuerte para asegurar y hacer valer la transparencia, la protección y la … Continue Reading

February 22, 2021

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $5 Million In NeighborWorks America Grants For 16 Organizations Across New York

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced $5,395,000 in NeighborWorks America grants for 16 community development organizations to bring local solutions to affordable housing challenges across New York. NeighborWorks America is a nonprofit organization that brings residents, private-sector business leaders, and representatives of local government together to support affordable housing initiatives, neighborhood revitalization projects, small … Continue Reading

February 22, 2021

During Visit To City Of Newburgh Fire Dept, Senator Gillibrand And Congressman Maloney Announce Legislation To Protect Firefighters From Toxic PFAS Chemical Exposure

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Representative Sean Patrick Maloney visited the City of Newburgh Fire Department to announce the PFAS Firefighter Protection Act: a critical piece of legislation to better protect firefighters in New York and across the country from toxic exposure to PFAS chemicals. PFAS are used as an ingredient in special foam used to fight fires, called aqueous film forming foam (AFFF). The use of this foam, particularly at training facilities, exposes … Continue Reading

February 22, 2021

During Visit To Farmingdale Fire Dept, Gillibrand Announces Legislation To Protect Firefighters From Toxic PFAS Chemical Exposure

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand visited the Farmingdale Fire Department on Long Island to announce the PFAS Firefighter Protection Act: a critical piece of legislation to better protect firefighters in New York and across the country from toxic exposure to PFAS chemicals. PFAS are used as an ingredient in special foam used to fight fires, called aqueous film forming foam (AFFF). The use of this foam, particularly at training facilities, exposes firefighters to PFAS. Additionally, … Continue Reading

February 19, 2021

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $245 Million In Continuum Of Care Funding To Combat Homelessness Across New York

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $245,971,792 in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for organizations working to end homelessness across New York State. The funding was allocated through HUD's Continuum of Care Program (CoC), designed to provide funding to nonprofits, as well as local and state governments, to quickly rehouse homeless individuals and families and promote access to … Continue Reading

February 19, 2021

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Legislation To Protect Workers’ Right To Organize

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand introduced the bicameral Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act to strengthen workers' rights to organize and bargain for fairer wages, better benefits, and safer workplaces. The comprehensive labor legislation would bolster workers' rights and address income inequality crisis that has been exacerbated by the pandemic. Intensifying long-running trends, the coronavirus pandemic has benefitted the wealthiest … Continue Reading

February 19, 2021

Gillibrand Calls For Robust LIHEAP Funding As Albany Families Struggle To Keep Heat On Amidst Economic Crisis

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand stood at Lincoln Park in Albany and urged Congress to deliver robust Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funding in the next coronavirus relief package in order to provide critical assistance for low-income households and seniors. Within the last year, the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic has put an unprecedented financial burden on New Yorkers. Millions of New Yorkers are finding it more difficult to afford the cost of … Continue Reading

February 18, 2021

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Nearly $30 Million In Federal Funding For Mental Health And Addiction Treatment Centers Across New York State

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced $29,949,721 in funding for mental health and addiction treatment centers throughout New York State under the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) expansion grant program through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The funding was allocated through last year's Consolidated Appropriations Act and will provide necessary resources for CCBHCs to transform … Continue Reading

February 18, 2021

Gillibrand, Colleagues Push Postmaster General To Address Harmful Operational Changes To U.S. Postal Service That Have Resulted In Delayed Mail Delivery For New Yorkers

As New Yorkers continue to experience significant mail delays, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, alongside Senate colleagues, pressed Postmaster General Louis DeJoy about harmful operational changes to the U.S. Postal Service that have slowed down mail and compromised service for veterans, seniors, and other New Yorkers who depend on the mail for prescription medications, package deliveries for small businesses, and other critical needs. "Months after Postmaster General DeJoy implemented … Continue Reading

February 17, 2021

Gillibrand Announces Assignment As Chair Of Senate Armed Services Personnel Subcommittee

Today, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced her assignment as chair of the Senate Armed Services Personnel Subcommittee. The subcommittee has jurisdiction over matters relating to active and reserve military personnel, including compensation, benefits, health care, education, child care, military justice, and more. In this role, Senator Gillibrand will advocate for the well-being of military families, and will also be able to address deficiencies in the military justice system. "I am … Continue Reading

February 13, 2021

Gillibrand Statement On Vote To Convict President Trump

Addressing her vote to convict President Trump under the article of impeachment charging him with "incitement of insurrection," U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand released the following statement: "The evidence is irrefutable. For months, President Trump laid the groundwork for the insurrection, actively promoting conspiracy theories about election fraud to his supporters. On January 6th, he incited violence against Congress and his own vice president. Finally, even as his violent supporters … Continue Reading

February 12, 2021

As COVID-19 Pandemic Continues To Exacerbate Health Inequalities For Black Mothers, Gillibrand, Colleagues Unveil Immediate And Long-Term Plans To Address Maternal Health Crisis

As Black women across New York struggle with access to maternal health care and negative health outcomes due to racial and systemic discrimination, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand joined colleagues earlier this week in announcing historic legislation to save moms' lives and fight for maternal health and reproductive justice for Black women and pregnant people of color. Introduced by Senator Corey Booker (D-NJ), Representatives Alma Adams (D-NC) and Lauren Underwood (D-IL), The Black Maternal … Continue Reading

February 12, 2021

On Anniversary Of Flight 3407, Senator Gillibrand, Representatives Higgins And Jacobs Call For Finalization Of Pilot Records Database Rule

On the 12th anniversary of the Colgan Air Flight 3407 crash, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Representatives Brian Higgins and Chris Jacobs are calling for the immediate finalization of pilot records database rule. The pilot records database rule - which was developed alongside the families of those killed in Flight 3407 and is required under the Airline Safety and Federal Aviation Administration Extension Act of 2010 (P.L. 111-216) - would create a centralized electronic database for … Continue Reading

February 11, 2021

Gillibrand Leads Senate Colleagues In Call To Deliver More Than $1 Billion In Funding To Help Older Adults During The COVID-19 Crisis, Including Millions To Bolster Nutrition Services And Support Vaccination Efforts In Next Coronavirus Relief Package

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, member of the Special Committee on Aging, is leading Senate colleagues in a call for the inclusion of $1.4 billion in funding for Older Americans Act (OAA) programs, including $750 million in funding for the OAA Nutrition Services and $480 million to support providers' efforts to vaccinate older adults in the next coronavirus relief package. Older, low-income Americans are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19 and many more have become newly homebound without … Continue Reading

February 11, 2021

Gillibrand, Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Bills To Help Struggling Families Secure Diapers

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand joined Senate colleagues to introduce the bipartisan End Diaper Need Act of 2021, which would provide resources to assist low- and middle-income families access diapers and help ensure the health and well-being of those who rely on diapers, including infants, toddlers, medically complex children, and adults with disabilities. Gillibrand is also a co-sponsor of the COVID-19 Diaper Assistance Act, which would provide $200 million in emergency funds through the … Continue Reading

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