Press Releases

June 20, 2019

Gillibrand Announces Bipartisan Bill To Improve Adoption And Foster Care Standards Nationwide

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and James Lankford (R-OK) today announced bipartisan legislation to improve the placement of children with families in the foster care and adoption system in the United States. The National Adoption and Foster Care Home Study Act would establish a national standard for home studies, which provide child welfare agencies with the information they need to determine the best placement for a child, and create a database to achieve greater … Continue Reading


June 18, 2019

With Report After Report Detailing The Mistreatment Of Migrant Children At Detention Facilities, Gillibrand Calls On Congress To Restrict Funding For Facilities That Do Not Meet Minimum Standards Of Care To Protect Unaccompanied Children

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that she is calling on Senate Appropriators to restrict federal funding for government facilities housing unaccompanied migrant children that do not meet minimum standards of care meant to protect children. This comes as the Trump Administration requests emergency supplemental funding for the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) Unaccompanied Alien Children Program, which oversees facilities housing unaccompanied migrant children. However, with … Continue Reading


June 17, 2019

Gillibrand Calls For Sans Historic District in Suffolk County to Be Placed On the National Register of Historic Places

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today called on the National Park Service to place the Sag Harbor Hills, Azurest, and Ninevah Beach Subdivisions (SANS) Historic District in Suffolk County on the National Register of Historic Places. The SANS neighborhoods were among the very few beach communities on the East Coast founded by African Americans, and are one of the last African American beachfront communities remaining in the United States. Founded following World War II, the SANS communities … Continue Reading


June 14, 2019

Gillibrand and Delgado Introduce Legislation to Help Communities in New York and Across the Country Repair Their Aging Water Infrastructure

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and U.S. Representative Antonio Delgado (D-NY-19) today announced legislation to help repair the nation's aging water infrastructure. The Promoting Infrastructure and Protecting the Economy (PIPE) Act would create a new grant program to help communities in New York and across the country invest in critical water system upgrades. The bill would authorize $5 billion over 10 years to provide discretionary grants to state and local … Continue Reading


June 13, 2019

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $1.2 Million In Federal Head Start Funding For Early Childhood Learning Center Of Greene County

Washington, DC - U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $1,291,614 in federal funding for Early Childhood Learning Center of Greene County. The funding was provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Head Start Program and will be used to support child care and support services for low-income families in Greene County. "Study after study shows that the better we prepare our young children, through programs like Head … Continue Reading


June 13, 2019

Gillibrand Announces “Every Child Deserves a Family” Legislation to End Discrimination Against LQBTQ Adoptive Parents, Foster Parents and Children in the Federal Foster Care System and Help Give More Children a Loving Home

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) today announced she has introduced the Every Child Deserves a Family Act to help give more children a loving home by ending current discriminatory laws that allow organizations to discriminate against prospective adoptive and foster parents based on sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, or religion. This legislation would also prohibit discrimination against children and youth in the foster care system on the basis of … Continue Reading


June 13, 2019

After Recent Department of Defense Report Highlights Its Continued Failure to Address Crisis of Military Sexual Assault, Gillibrand Leads Bipartisan Group of Senators to Reintroduce Military Justice Improvement Act and Calls On Congress to Act

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), the ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Personnel Subcommittee, today led a bipartisan group of Senators to reintroduce the Military Justice Improvement Act, which would professionalize how the military prosecutes serious crimes by moving the decision over whether to prosecute them to independent, trained, professional military prosecutors. According to the Department of Defense's own data in this year's Sexual Assault Prevention … Continue Reading


June 13, 2019

After Years-Long Bipartisan Push, Gillibrand and Daines Announce Senate Passage of Legislation They Have Championed To Ensure Blue Water Navy Vets Get the Benefits They Have Earned

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Steve Daines (R-MT) today announced the Senate has unanimously passed legislation they have championed, the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act, which would ensure Blue Water Navy Veterans have access to the benefits and care they have earned and deserve. "I have been proud to lead the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act for years and am thrilled that the Senate has finally passed this bipartisan bill to ensure Blue Water Navy … Continue Reading


June 12, 2019

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $800K in Federal Railroad Administration Funding for the Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority in St. Lawrence County

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $800,000 in federal funding for the Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Transportation and Federal Railway Administration's (FRA) Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements Grant Program, and will be used to acquire equipment such as a railcar unloading conveyor, a stockpiling conveyor, two front-end loaders and a vessel … Continue Reading


June 12, 2019

Senator Gillibrand Praises Unanimous Passage of 9/11 VCF Bill out of House Judiciary Committee, Urges Congress to Move Quickly

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today released the following statement after the House Judiciary Committee unanimously passed legislation to make the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund program permanent: "The House Judiciary Committee took an important step in passing the 9/11 VCF bill and I expect that it will pass the full House. Yesterday should be the last time our first responders have to come to Washington. As they so eloquently testified - they are sick, they are dying, and … Continue Reading


June 08, 2019

Schumer, Gillibrand Call on Army Corps of Engineers to Approve Two Critical Projects for Town of Greece and Youngstown to Protect Against Lake Ontario Flood Damage

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced their call for the Army Corps of Engineers to approve two critical projects that would help New York communities devastated by Lake Ontario flooding. Their call comes as the International Joint Commission announced this week that water levels on Lake Ontario have exceeded record levels. Specifically, the senators are calling for the Army Corps to initiate a new project for the … Continue Reading


June 07, 2019

Gillibrand, Merkley, Baldwin Introduce Bill to “Level the Playing Field” for American Workers in Global Trade Agreements

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced legislation she introduced with U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) that would "level the playing field" for American workers in global trade agreements. The Level the Playing Field in Global Trade Act of 2019 would require any future trade agreements that is eligible for fast track consideration by Congress to include enforceable wage, workplace, and environmental standards. This would help ensure that … Continue Reading


June 06, 2019

Senator Gillibrand Statement on Tragic Accident at West Point

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today released the following statement on the tragic accident early this morning involving cadets and soldiers at the United States Military Academy. "The cadets at the United States Military Academy and the service members who support them are some of the most courageous and selfless people in our nation. Members of our military make extraordinary sacrifices for our country, they willingly … Continue Reading


June 05, 2019

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $1.1 Million in Federal Funding for Ithaca College

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $1,199,384 in federal funding for Ithaca College. The funding was allocated through the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Robert Noyce Scholarship Program and will be used help recruit, train and retain science, technology, energy and mathematics (STEM) educators, specifically from diverse backgrounds. The federal funding will be used by a program that offers stipends to potential educators … Continue Reading


June 04, 2019

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $6.6 Million in Federal Funds for Syracuse Hancock International Airport

Washington, DC - U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $6,663,421 in federal funding for Syracuse Hancock International Airport. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Airport Improvement Program (AIP). Specifically, the funding will be used to rehabilitate Syracuse Hancock International Airport's taxiway. "Keeping our airports in top-notch … Continue Reading


June 04, 2019

Schumer, Gillibrand, Brindisi Announce Over $3 Million In Federal Funds For Greater Binghamton Airport

Washington, DC - U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and Congressman Anthony Brindisi (D-NY-22) today announced $3,126,599 in federal funding for Greater Binghamton Airport. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Airport Improvement Program (AIP). Specifically, the funding will be used to reconstruct Greater Binghamton Airport's runway, runway … Continue Reading


June 03, 2019

Schumer, Gillibrand, Brindisi Announce Over $8.1 Million in Federal Funding for Griffiss International Airport in Oneida County

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Representative Anthony Brindisi today announced $8,181,000 in federal funding for Griffiss International Airport in Oneida County. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Airport Improvement Program (AIP). Specifically, the funding will be used to reconstruct Griffiss International Airport's runway and runway … Continue Reading


June 03, 2019

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $1.5 Million in Federal Funding For Finger Lakes Regional Airport in Seneca County

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $1.5 million in federal funding for Finger Lakes Regional Airport in Seneca County. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Airport Improvement Program (AIP). Specifically, the funding will be used to reconstruct Finger Lakes Regional Airport's apron. "Keeping our airports in top-notch shape is crucial to … Continue Reading


May 31, 2019

Gillibrand Joins Senators In Calling On USDA To Ensure Trade Aid Will Benefit American Farmers Instead Of Foreign Corporations

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) announced she has joined U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and seven other Senators to raise serious concerns about the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) continuing to allow foreign companies to profit from the Trump Administration's plan to help American farmers affected by its trade policies. Gillibrand called on the USDA to stop allowing commodity purchases that benefit foreign-owned companies. This comes after the Trump … Continue Reading


May 29, 2019

Gillibrand Joins Casey To Introduce Bill To Support Family Members Raising Children Due To Opioid Epidemic

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Bob Casey (D-PA) today announced legislation to help ease the financial burden of grandparents and other family caregivers who are raising children because of the opioid crisis. The Grandfamilies Act is based on the success of legislation that was signed into law last year to help grandparents easily find the resources they need when raising grandchildren such as navigating the school system, planning for their families' future, … Continue Reading

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