Press Releases

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


December 07, 2017

Schumer, Gillibrand Urge Fema To Stand Ready To Quickly Add Cayuga County To Federal Disaster Declaration

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today urged the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to stand ready to add Cayuga County to New York State's disaster declaration that was approved for communities impacted by Lake Ontario flooding last month. The Senators said Cayuga County was adversely affected by Lake Ontario's repeated flooding and added that the current disaster does not include all flood-impacted communities. The Senators said that … Continue Reading


December 07, 2017

Schumer, Gillibrand, Engel: Mamaroneck Residents Are At Severe Risk Of Their Homes & Businesses Being Flooded Yet Again; As Report Sits On Army Corps’ Desk, Reps Urge Immediate Review And Approval To Reduce Flooding Risk From The Mamaroneck And Sheldrake River Basins

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, and U.S. Representative Eliot Engel today urged the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to swiftly review the Chief's Report on the flood risk management for the Mamaroneck and Sheldrake River Basins in the Village of Mamaroneck, New York. The federal representatives said that without progress on this project residents and business owners in the area remain at risk to severe flooding. The federal … Continue Reading


December 06, 2017

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $1.8 Million In Federal Head Start And Early Head Start Funding For Wayne County Action Program Inc. In The Finger Lakes Region

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $1,820,422 in federal funding for Head Start and Early Head Start programs at Wayne County Action Program, Inc. The federal funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and will be used to support child care services for low-income families in the Finger Lakes region. "Study after study shows that the better we prepare our young children, through … Continue Reading


December 06, 2017

Standing With Gretchen Carlson, Senators Gillibrand And Graham And Representative Bustos Announce Bipartisan Legislation To Help Prevent Sexual Harassment In The Workplace, Void Forced Arbitration Agreements That Prevent Sexual Harassment Survivors From Getting The Justice They Deserve

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Representative Cheri Bustos today stood with Gretchen Carlson, acclaimed TV journalist and women's empowerment advocate, U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham, and a bipartisan group of members of Congress to announce legislation to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace. The Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Harassment Act of 2017 would void forced arbitration agreements that prevent sexual harassment survivors from getting the justice … Continue Reading


December 04, 2017

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $500,000 In Federal Funding For Cornell University

Washington, DC - U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $599,147 in federal funding for Cornell University. The federal funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture's (NIFA) Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program. "To sustain our vital agricultural sector, we must ensure that young and beginning farmers have the tools and resources they need to lay the … Continue Reading


December 04, 2017

Schumer, Gillibrand Urge FEMA To Stand Ready To Quickly Add Monroe County To Federal Disaster Declaration

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today urged the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to stand ready to add Monroe County to New York State's disaster declaration that was approved for communities impacted by Lake Ontario flooding last month. The Senators said Monroe County was adversely affected by Lake Ontario's repeated flooding and added that the current disaster does not include all flood-impacted communities. The … Continue Reading


December 03, 2017

Gillibrand, Espaillat Se Unieron Con Dreamers Para Urgir A Los Líderes Republicanos Que Incluyan Una Solución De Daca En La Ley De Gastos A Largo Plazo Del Gobierno

Nueva York, NY -La Senadora Kirsten Gillibrand se unió hoy con el Congresista Adriano Espaillat, Dreamers, defensores, y líderes de la comunidad para anunciar que votarán en contra de una ley de gastos del gobierno a largo plazo, si la legislación no protege a los Dreamers. Gillibrand urge a sus colegas que se unan con ella para bloquear cualquier ley de gastos que no incluya una provisión para revertir la decisión del Presidente Trump de terminar el … Continue Reading

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