Press Releases

April 25, 2022

Gillibrand Statement On VA Adding Presumptive Care For Several Rare Respiratory Cancers

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand welcomed the VA's announcement that it had added nine rare respiratory cancers to the list of presumed service-connected disabilities due to toxic exposure; however, Gillibrand stated in no uncertain terms that Congress must do more to take care of the more than three million service members and veterans who could have suffered from burn pit exposure. "The VA's announcement that it will add presumptive care for nine rare respiratory cancers is welcome … Continue Reading

April 21, 2022

Gillibrand Urges For NOAA To Designate Hudson Canyon As A National Marine Sanctuary

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand sent a letter to Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere & NOAA Administrator Dr. Richard Spinrad calling for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to designate the Hudson Canyon in the New York Bight as a National Marine Sanctuary (NMS). The Hudson Canyon, located offshore about 100 miles southeast of the Statue of Liberty, is the largest canyon off the Atlantic Coast of the United States, one of the largest submarine … Continue Reading

April 20, 2022

Gillibrand Announces $800,000 In Federal Funding For Winter Storm Preparation In The Town Of Ellenburg

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced $800,000 in federal funding to construct a salt storage facility in the town of Ellenburg in Clinton County. The funding was allocated through the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Development program and will help improve the efficiency of winter road maintenance while protecting the environment from runoff from salt and sand storage. "This funding will help our winter storm response teams work as quickly as possible to … Continue Reading

April 19, 2022

Gillibrand Meets with 82nd Airborne Division in Poland

Addressing her meeting with the 82nd Airborne in Poland, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand issued the following statement: "I was honored to meet with the brave men and women of the 82nd Airborne Division in Poland. Their dedication to protecting freedom and democracy is inspiring. I'm deeply grateful for their service to our country and their work to defend our … Continue Reading

April 19, 2022

Gillibrand Pushes for Legislation to Limit Levels of Toxic Heavy Metals in Baby Food

Following a congressional investigation that found that many top-brand baby foods contain dangerous levels of toxic heavy metals, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is announcing her support of the Baby Food Safety Act. Exposure to toxic heavy metals endangers infant neurological development and may cause a variety of health issues, including permanent decreases in IQ, disruptive behavior, or socialization challenges in growing children. The Baby Food Safety Act would limit the amount of lead, … Continue Reading

April 18, 2022

Gillibrand, Representative Bass Lead Bicameral Letter Urging White House to Update Federal Awards Guidelines to Prioritize Local Hire Programs

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-CA-37) led 74 of their colleagues in writing a bicameral letter urging Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Shalanda Young to update federal guidelines dictating how states and localities can spend federal money in order to prioritize targeted local hire programs and other high-road employment conditions. The proposed updates to the Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for … Continue Reading

April 13, 2022

Gillibrand Statement On Arrest Of Suspect In Subway Shooting

Addressing the arrest of the suspect in the subway shooting in Brooklyn, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand issued the following statement: "I am relieved that the suspect in the subway shooting has been arrested and I'm deeply grateful to our law enforcement officers and emergency personnel for their incredible response. I also want to thank all the New Yorkers who called in tips that led to this arrest. I continue to pray for the victims and their families and wish them a speedy recovery. We … Continue Reading

April 13, 2022

Gillibrand Announces Over $27 Million In Federal Funding For Buffalo Niagara International Airport

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced $27,769,082 in federal funding for Buffalo Niagara International Airport. The funding was allocated through the Federal Aviation Administration and will be used to rehabilitate a runway to maintain the structural integrity of the pavement and extend its useful life. "This one-two combo from the CARES Act and American Rescue Plan will help Buffalo Niagara International Airport reach new heights and accelerate Western New York's regional economic … Continue Reading

April 12, 2022

Gillibrand Statement On NYC Subway Shooting

Addressing the ongoing situation regarding the subway shooting in Brooklyn, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand issued the following statement: "I am closely monitoring developments regarding the shooting in the subway in Brooklyn. My prayers are with the victims and their loved ones, as well as the emergency personnel and law enforcement responding to this this situation. I am incredibly grateful to the courageous New Yorkers who came to the aid of their fellow passengers and to the MTA train … Continue Reading

April 11, 2022

Gillibrand Announces $46.6 Million In Federal Funding For The Laborers’ Local 186 Pension Plan In Massena

Today U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, member of the Special Committee on Aging, announced $46.6 million in federal funding for the Local 186 Pension Plan in Massena, allocated through the American Rescue Plan's Special Financial Assistance Program. The Local 186 Pension Plan, which covers 379 participants in the construction industry, became insolvent in July 2021. This funding will enable the pension plan to restore all benefit reductions caused by the plan's insolvency and to make payments … Continue Reading

April 07, 2022

Gillibrand, Blackburn, And Smith Meet With Ukrainian Civil Society Leaders

Today, U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), and Tina Smith (D-MN) met with leaders of Ukrainian civil society, Olena Tregub and Maria Berlinksa. Olena Tregub has an extensive career focusing on corruption prevention in Ukraine and since 2017, has served as a secretary general of NAKO (the Independent Defense Anti-Corruption Committee). Maria Berlinksa is a Ukrainian military volunteer and women's rights advocate who volunteered for the War in Donbas as an aerial … Continue Reading

April 07, 2022

Gillibrand Statement On Confirmation Of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson

Today, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand released the following statement regarding the bipartisan confirmation of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson: "Throughout her confirmation process, Justice Jackson exhibited the steady temperament, legal expertise and dedication to equal justice that our nation needs on the Supreme Court. Justice Jackson will make history in more ways than one: not only will she be the first Black woman on the Supreme Court, but she will also be the Court's first former public … Continue Reading

April 06, 2022

Following Her Senate Armed Services Hearing On Suicide In The Armed Forces, Senator Gillibrand Announces Letter To Secretary Austin Calling For Timely Access To Mental Health Care For Service Members

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, chair of the Senate Armed Services Personnel Subcommittee, held a hearing on suicide in the armed forces and, subsequently, held a video press conference to discuss findings from the morning's hearing and her Senate priorities to address the rising toll of suicide in the military. Last week, the Department of Defense released a new report showing that 518 service members died by suicide in 2021, and the suicide rate among active-duty personnel rose to … Continue Reading

April 06, 2022

Gillibrand Announces Over $7 Million In Federal Funding For Public Health Americorps Projects In New York State

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced $7,082,762 in federal funding for seven Public Health AmeriCorps projects in New York State. Public Health AmeriCorps is a joint initiative between AmeriCorps and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that was established in the American Rescue Plan in order to support the recruitment, training, and development of young public health leaders. The funding will support 275 new Public Health AmeriCorps members in New York who will work to … Continue Reading

April 05, 2022

Gillibrand, Colleagues Introduce The Bipartisan Support Kids Not Red Tape Act; Bill Would Help Schools Continue To Provide Free Meals To Low-Income Students

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand joined 51 of her colleagues to introduce the bipartisan Support Kids Not Red Tape Act. The bill would extend USDA pandemic school meal waivers that have helped students access much-needed meals throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. This bill would extend school meal waivers to September 2023 as they are currently set to expire on June 30, 2022. These flexibilities limit burdensome paperwork requirements and provide schools with additional support to deal with rising … Continue Reading

April 01, 2022

ICYMI: Gillibrand Ranks 9th In Congress For Delivering Funding Back Home; Gillibrand Delivered More Than $230 Million For New York Projects

In case you missed it, an analysis from the New York Times found that U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand ranked 9th in Congress in terms of securing earmarks for her home state. Gillibrand delivered $230.6 million for New York projects, such as upgrading drinking water treatment facilities in Cohoes, revitalizing the Buffalo waterfront, constructing new hospital facilities in Brooklyn, and more. Furthermore, if members of the Appropriations Committee and Senate leadership are excluded, Gillibrand … Continue Reading

April 01, 2022

Standing Alongside Monroe County Executive Adam Bello, Senator Gillibrand Announces Plan To Slash Drug Prices During Visit To University Of Rochester Medical Center

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand visited the University of Rochester Medical Center to announce her policy package to slash prescription drug prices, the "Gillibrand Prescription for Lower Drug Prices," and pushed congressional leadership to take action on reducing drug prices. Joined by CEO of University of Rochester Medical Faculty Group Dr. Mike Rotondo, Chief Pharmacy Officer at University of Rochester Medical Center Dr. Curt Haas, and Monroe County Executive Adam Bello, Gillibrand … Continue Reading

April 01, 2022

Senator Gillibrand Announces Plan To Slash Drug Prices During Visit To Marra’s Pharmacy In Cohoes

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand visited Marra's Pharmacy in Cohoes to announce her policy package to slash prescription drug prices, the "Gillibrand Prescription for Lower Drug Prices," and pushed congressional leadership to take action on reducing drug prices. Joined by Mayor of Cohoes Bill Keeler, Assembly Member John McDonald, and Deputy Director of the New York StateWide Senior Action Council Gail Myers, Gillibrand outlined the tenets of the bill package, which would help tackle the … Continue Reading

April 01, 2022

Gillibrand Announces Over $250,000 In Federal Funding For Greenhouse Gas Emissions Research At The Research Foundation For The SUNY Stony Brook University

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced $252,000 in federal funding for greenhouse gas emissions research at The Research Foundation for The State University of New York Stony Brook University. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology and will be used to quantify and research CO2 and methane emissions from urban environments along the Northeast Corridor, including New York City. "Stony Brook and SUNY are … Continue Reading

March 31, 2022

Senators Gillibrand, Sanders And Merkley, Representatives Ocasio-Cortez, Pascrell And Kaptur Press Postmaster Dejoy To Improve Postal Banking Pilot Programs

Today, U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR), and Representatives Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) sent a letter to Postmaster General Louis DeJoy pressing him to improve the postal banking pilot programs that the United States Postal Service launched last September. Last spring, Gillibrand, Sanders, Kaptur, Ocasio-Cortez and Pascrell had sent a letter to appropriators pushing for the pilot … Continue Reading

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