Press Releases

June 26, 2017

Senator Gillibrand Statement On Reports That State Department Is Planning to Eliminate Its Anti-Semitism Envoy

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today released the following statement on reports that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is planning to eliminate the State Department's Special Envoy to Monitor and Counter Anti-Semitism position: "I am very disturbed that less than a month after I introduced my bipartisan bill to elevate and empower the State Department's Special Envoy to Monitor and Counter Anti-Semitism, I am now seeing reports that Secretary of State Tillerson is letting … Continue Reading


June 26, 2017

Senators Gillibrand, Cotton Introduce New Bipartisan Bill to Give Military Families With Children Better Support and More Flexibility

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Tom Cotton (R-AR), members of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today introduced new bipartisan legislation that would give military families with children better support and more flexibility when they use child care facilities on military installations or seek child care from community providers. "Our military families sacrifice an enormous amount for our country, but their unique needs are not being met by our military's … Continue Reading


June 26, 2017

Gillibrand, Ernst Offer Bipartisan Solution to Improve Military Justice System

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Joni Ernst (R-IA), members of the Senate Armed Services Committee, put forward legislation to create a career track for the Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps in order to improve expertise within the military justice system. This bipartisan legislation would improve the quality of litigation expertise by requiring each branch of our military to implement a career litigation track that allows a portion of its attorneys to specialize … Continue Reading


June 23, 2017

At Capital Roots Urban Grow Center, Senator Gillibrand Urges Senate To Reject Trump Administration's Cuts To SNAP Benefits For New York Families

Troy, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today visited the Capital Roots Urban Grow Center to urge the Senate to reject the Trump Administration's budget proposal to cut SNAP benefits for low-income families. The Trump Administration's proposed budget would cut SNAP funding by $193 billion over 10 years, even though 12 percent of all Rensselaer County residents rely on SNAP for their meals. "When Congress talks about destroying the SNAP … Continue Reading


June 23, 2017

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $14.5 Million In Federal Funding For Orange County Airport

Washington, DC - U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $14,520,795 for the Orange County Airport. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Specifically, Orange County Airport will use the funding to realign the runway to create a runway safety zone and install runway navigational devices. "Keeping our airports and infrastructure in top-notch shape is crucial to … Continue Reading


June 23, 2017

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $16.5 Million In National Endowment For The Arts Funding For New York State

Washington, DC - U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $16,523,220 in federal funding through the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) for Fiscal Year 2017 (FY17). This funding will support 549 NEA projects around New York State in the arts and humanities. "An investment in the arts is an investment in Upstate New York's future, as both a tourist destination and a vibrant place to live. This federal funding will help regions across the … Continue Reading


June 23, 2017

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $104,000 in Federal Funds For Jamesport Fire Department in Suffolk County

Long Island, NY - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $104,762 in federal funding for the Jamesport Fire Department in Suffolk County. The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG). The federal funding will allow the Jamesport Fire Department to purchase new communications equipment. "It is critical that we provide our local fire departments, like Jamesport Fire Department, with … Continue Reading


June 23, 2017

At Tioga Elementary School, Senator Gillibrand Urges Senate To Reject Trump Administration's Cuts To SNAP Benefits For New York Families

Tioga Center, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today visited Tioga Elementary School to urge the Senate to reject the Trump Administration's budget proposal to cut SNAP benefits and funding to critical nutrition and nutrition education programs for low-income families. The Trump Administration's proposed budget would cut SNAP funding by $193 billion over 10 years, even though 12 percent of all Tioga County residents rely on SNAP for their … Continue Reading


June 22, 2017

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More Than $125K In Federal Funding For Two Finger Lakes Fire Departments

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced a total of $127,715 in federal funding for two fire departments in the Finger-Lakes region. The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG). The Point Pleasant Fire District and Hemlock Volunteer Fire Department will receive $45,048 and $82,667, respectively. Both grants will help improve operations and safety infrastructure, … Continue Reading


June 22, 2017

Following Schumer and Gillibrand Push, USDA Will Finally Provide Malt Barley Crop Insurance For 44 NYS Counties; Victory For Growing Craft Brewing Industry, Farmers & Those Looking To Enter Booming NY Industry & Grow Jobs

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that, following their push, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will finally provide malt barley crop insurance to farmers in the 44 counties throughout New York where malt barley is grown. "Craft breweries and distilleries pour local products and jobs into our economy and that's why I fought so hard to expand malt barley insurance to 44 counties in New York," said U.S. Senator Charles Schumer. … Continue Reading


June 22, 2017

Senator Gillibrand Statement on Senate Version of the American Health Care Act

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today released the following statement on the Senate version of the American Health Care Act: "Access to quality, affordable health care in America should be a right, not a privilege. The Senate bill presented today, which was crafted behind closed doors by 13 men, would fundamentally harm Americans young and old, do severe damage to a fragile economy, and bankrupt state governments across the country. "It is unfathomable that the Senate GOP … Continue Reading


June 21, 2017

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $52K In Federal Funding For Putnam Volunteer Fire Company In Washington County

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $52,381 in federal funding for Putnam Volunteer Fire Company in Washington County. The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG). Specifically, the Putnam Volunteer Fire Company will receive $52,381 which will be used to purchase a much needed air fill station, capable of filling 36 air packs, tanks, and rescue diving equipment. Previously, in … Continue Reading


June 21, 2017

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $479,000 in Federal Funds For Three Southern Tier Fire Departments

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $479,465 in federal funding for three fire departments in the Southern Tier. The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG). Specifically, the Harpursville Fire Department will receive $354,410 to purchase new communications equipment. The Campbell Fire District #1 will receive $67,912 to purchase self-contained breathing … Continue Reading


June 21, 2017

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $53,000 In Federal Funds For Speigletown Fire Department In Rensselaer County

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $53,334 in federal funding for the Speigletown Fire Department in Rensselaer County. The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG). The federal funding will allow the Speigletown Fire Department's 45-50 active firefighters to purchase Storz hydrant adaptors, which will be used to retrofit older hydrants, decreasing the time firefighters spend … Continue Reading


June 20, 2017

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $400K In Fed Funding For Medical Research For Binghamton University

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that Binghamton University was awarded two separate grants totaling more than $400,000 for medical research. The overall funding is comprised of two grants that are valued at $243,412.00 and $200,238.00, respectively. The resources were allocated through the Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) and the National Institute on Aging (NIA). … Continue Reading


June 20, 2017

Gillibrand Announces Legislation to Protect Americans From Prescription Drug Price Spikes

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced the Stop Price Gouging Act to hold drug companies accountable for large price increases. This legislation would penalize pharmaceutical companies that engage in price gouging without cause, leading to price spikes for patients who rely on medication to treat diseases ranging from cancer to opioid overdose reversal. The bill is co-sponsored by U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Al Franken (D-MN), Jack Reed (D-RI), Maggie Hassan … Continue Reading


June 15, 2017

Senators Reintroduce Bipartisan Medical Marijuana Bill

Washington, DC - Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Rand Paul (R-KY), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Al Franken (D-MN), and Mike Lee (R-UT) today reintroduced a bipartisan bill that would allow Americans to access medical marijuana in states where it is legal without fear of federal prosecution. In announcing the reintroduction, the Senators were joined by patients who had received life-changing treatment from medical marijuana. The Compassionate Access, Research Expansion and … Continue Reading


June 15, 2017

Senator Gillibrand Statement on Senate Passage of New Sanctions on Iran and Russia

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today issued the following statement after the Senate passed new sanctions on Iran and Russia: "These new sanctions on Iran and Russia are an important step because of these two countries' continued dangerous and destabilizing actions around the world. Iran continues to sponsor terrorism in the Middle East and beyond, pursue a ballistic missile program, and violate the human rights of its own citizens and Americans who are detained there. … Continue Reading


June 15, 2017

Senators Reintroduce Bipartisan Medical Marijuana Bill

Washington, DC - Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Rand Paul (R-KY), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Al Franken (D-MN), and Mike Lee (R-UT) today reintroduced a bipartisan bill that would allow Americans to access medical marijuana in states where it is legal without fear of federal prosecution. In announcing the reintroduction, the Senators were joined by patients who had received life-changing treatment from medical marijuana. The Compassionate Access, Research Expansion and … Continue Reading


June 14, 2017

Senator Gillibrand Statement On The Shooting At Congressional Baseball Practice

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today issued the following statement on the shooting this morning at the Congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia: "I am praying for the recovery of Representative Steve Scalise, the staff, and the Capitol Police who were wounded at the horrific scene this morning. God bless the police and first responders for their bravery and for taking quick action to ensure that this tragedy wasn't worse. Our first responders put their lives … Continue Reading

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