Press Releases

November 20, 2019

As The Trump Administration Attempts To Undermine Clean Water Act, Gillibrand Questions Official In Senate Hearing On How Changes Would Hurt New York Waters

**Watch EPW Committee Hearing Video HERE** Washington, DC - After the Trump administration proposed new changes to the Clean Water Act that would restrict New York State's authority to protect its water from pollution, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand questioned key officials on how this move could harm New York waterways. The Clean Water Act currently gives states the authority to review projects that could pollute nearby waterbodies, but the proposed changes would limit states' ability to … Continue Reading


November 19, 2019

As Families Prepare For Thanksgiving Dinner, Gillibrand Announces New Legislation To Help Improve Food Safety

Washington, DC - As families prepare for Thanksgiving dinner, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced her new legislation to help improve food safety in New York and across the country. When there are outbreaks of foodborne illnesses linked to produce, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is limited to investigating only the produce farms from where the outbreak originated. However, this does not take into account if contamination from nearby farms contributed to the root cause of an … Continue Reading


November 18, 2019

Gillibrand Visits Jamestown To Announce Legislation To Invest In Rural Communities Across New York

Jamestown, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today visited Jamestown Community College to announce her legislation that would prioritize federal investment for rural communities and small towns across New York State. The Rebuild Rural America Act would improve the way that the federal government supports development projects in small towns and rural communities in order to better fit their specific needs. "Rural communities are at the very heart of New York, and their development is key to … Continue Reading


November 18, 2019

Gillibrand Speaks At St. Lawrence University’s 17th Annual North Country Symposium To Announce Her Legislation To Invest In Rural Communities Across New York

Canton, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today spoke at St. Lawrence University's 17th Annual North Country Symposium and announced her legislation that would prioritize federal investment for rural communities and small towns across New York State. The conference brought community members, businesses, and civic leaders together to discuss economic development initiatives in the region. The theme for this year's conference was "Movement in the North Country" with a focus on rural migration … Continue Reading


November 16, 2019

Schumer, Gillibrand Urge FEMA To Prioritize & Immediately Complete Preliminary Damage Assessments For 18 Upstate Counties Ravaged By Windstorm, Flooding & Severe Weather

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today urged the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to expediently complete Preliminary Damage Assessments (PDAs) for both Public Assistance and Individual Assistance in 18 counties across Upstate New York-which are necessary to unlock federal recovery funding-after they were battered by severe storms and flooding from October 31st through November 1st. Specifically, New York State requested PDAs for … Continue Reading


November 13, 2019

Gillibrand Introduces Landmark Legislation To Restore Congress’s Role Over The Nation’s War Powers And Finally Put An End To Forever Wars

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Personnel Subcommittee, today introduced the War Powers Reform Resolution, new landmark legislation that would restore Congress's leadership in the nation's foreign policy and finally put an end to unauthorized forever wars. In 2001 and 2002, Congress passed Authorizations for the Use of Military Force (AUMFs) to authorize military action, respectively, against September 11th terrorists hiding … Continue Reading


November 12, 2019

Gillibrand Announces New Legislation To Finally Stop Polluters From Contaminating New York Waterways With Toxic Levels Of PFAS

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced her new legislation to finally stop manufacturers and other polluters from contaminating New York waterways with toxic levels of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). There is currently no limit to how much PFAS polluters can release into the environment, putting the health and safety of communities across New York at risk. This also places the burden of costly clean-up efforts after contamination has occurred on the … Continue Reading


November 08, 2019

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $2.2 Million In Federal Funding To Aid Dutchess County Economic Development And Smart Growth

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $2,240,664 in federal funding for Dutchess County. The funding was provided by the Office of Community Planning and Development (CPD), which is part of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Specifically, the funding comprises $1,396,966 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding and $843,698 in HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME) funding. "The Community … Continue Reading


November 08, 2019

As Republicans Introduce Legislation To Allow Coal Plants To Further Evade Pollution Regulations, Gillibrand Questions Officials In Senate Hearing On How More Air Pollution Harms New Yorkers

**Watch EPW Committee Hearing Video HERE** Washington, DC - At a Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee hearing earlier this week examining legislation that would allow coal plants to further evade air pollution regulations, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand questioned experts on how air pollution would harm New Yorkers. This comes after the Trump Administration rolled back critical clean air protections that helped to mitigate air pollution in New York State coming from … Continue Reading


November 07, 2019

Gillibrand, Senate Colleagues Announce Bipartisan Legislation To Help Expand Access To Mental Health Services For Older Adults And People With Disabilities

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), along with Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Susan Collins (R-ME), today announced the bipartisan Medicare Mental Health Access Act, legislation that would help expand access to mental health services to older adults and people with disabilities. Currently under Medicare requirements, mental health services provided by clinical psychologists, who are trained and licensed to practice independently in all U.S. states and jurisdictions, … Continue Reading


November 05, 2019

After Hosting Roundtables And Meeting With Older Adults And Disability Rights Advocates Across New York, Gillibrand Unveils Bipartisan Legislation To Support Family Caregivers

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today unveiled the bipartisan Credit for Caring Act, legislation that would support family caregivers by helping to alleviate some of the financial challenges they may face. Family caregivers are family members who take care of a loved one that has a medical or behavioral condition or disability. Gillibrand's new push comes after hosting roundtables and meetings across New York with older adults and disability rights advocates and hearing … Continue Reading


November 04, 2019

Gillibrand Announces That Following Her Invitation, Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission Will Meet At Seneca Falls To Honor The 100-Year Anniversary Of Women’s Suffrage

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that, following her invitation, the Women's Suffrage Centennial Commission will host one of their meetings at the Women's Rights National Historical Park in Seneca Falls. The meeting will be held next year during the Women's Rights National Historical Park's Convention Days, an annual commemoration of the first women's rights convention in the United States. The Women's Suffrage Centennial Commission was created to honor the … Continue Reading


November 01, 2019

Schumer, Gillibrand Urge FEMA To Stand Ready To Quickly Approve Potential Disaster Declaration For Upstate New York Communities Ravaged By Windstorm, Flooding & Severe Weather

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 approve any request from New York State for a major disaster declaration following the severe flooding and windstorm that rampaged through Upstate New York on Halloween-Thursday, October 31st. The senators specifically referenced Cayuga, Cattaraugus, Dutchess, Erie, Essex, Hamilton, Herkimer, Montgomery, Oneida, Saratoga, and Warren … Continue Reading


November 01, 2019

Schumer, Gillibrand Urge FEMA To Stand Ready To Quickly Approve Potential Disaster Declaration For Western New York Communities Ravaged By Windstorm, Flooding And Severe Weather

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 approve any request from New York State for a major disaster declaration following the severe flooding and windstorm that rampaged through Erie, Niagara and Chautauqua counties and entirety of Western New York on Halloween-Thursday, October 31st. The senators specifically referenced these counties as being particularly battered by the … Continue Reading


October 29, 2019

After Shocking Study Reveals More Infant Deaths Linked To Popular Infant Sleep Products, Gillibrand Calls For Retailers To Pull Unsafe Products From The Shelves And Inform Consumers Who Previously Purchased These Items

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced her call on retailers to pull dangerous inclined infant sleeper products from the shelves immediately and inform consumers who previously purchased these items. Gillibrand's call comes as the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently released a study showing that no infant sleep product with more than a 10 degree incline is safe for babies. The Commission is working toward effectively banning these products and its staff … Continue Reading


October 29, 2019

Gillibrand Reveals That Long Islanders Are Being Forced To Pay Back Thousands Of Dollars In Disaster Assistance They Received Following Superstorm Sandy, Unveils New Bill To Protect Survivors

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today revealed that Long Islanders are being forced to pay back federal disaster assistance they received following Superstorm Sandy, and introduced her legislation, the Sandy Duplication of Benefits Fairness Act, to protect Sandy survivors and ensure they can keep the grant funding they received through the New York Rising program. Immediately after Superstorm Sandy, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) told New Yorkers that in order … Continue Reading


October 27, 2019

After Shocking Study Reveals More Infant Deaths Linked To Popular Infant Sleep Products, Gillibrand Calls For Retailers To Pull Unsafe Products From The Shelves And Inform Consumers Who Previously Purchased These Items

New York, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today stood with local officials, medical experts, and a New Yorker who lost her infant son due to unsafe sleeping conditions to call on retailers to pull dangerous inclined infant sleeper products from the shelves immediately and inform consumers who previously purchased these items. Gillibrand's call comes as the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently released a study showing that no infant sleep product with more than a 10 degree … Continue Reading


October 25, 2019

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce +$889K In Federal Funding For The Trade Adjustment Assistance Center At SUNY Binghamton

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $889,819.86 in federal funding for the Trade Adjustment Assistance Center (TAAC) Serving New York, New Jersey, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Binghamton. The federal funding was allocated through the Economic Development Administration's (EDA) Trade Adjustment Assistance for Firms Program (TAAF), and will be used to help American companies … Continue Reading


October 24, 2019

Senators Gillibrand And Duckworth Call For Repeal Of 2002 Authorization For The Use Of Military Force

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), both members of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today announced their call on Senate leadership to repeal the outdated 2002 Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF). The 2002 AUMF was originally drafted to authorize military operations against Saddam Hussein's regime in Iraq, but it has since been used to expand U.S. military presence in the region. In a letter to SASC Chairman James M. … Continue Reading


October 23, 2019

Gillibrand Demands Answers From EPA On Why It Has Yet To Act And Protect Communities Across The Country From Toxic PFAS Chemicals

**Watch EPW Committee Hearing Video HERE** Washington, DC - At a Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee hearing today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand questioned an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) official on the agency's unwillingness to protect communities from per- and polyfluoralkyl substances (PFAS) in drinking water. Gillibrand questioned Charlotte Bertrand, the Deputy Assistant Administrator for Policy for the Office of Water at the EPA, over the agency's slow action … Continue Reading

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