Press Releases

July 30, 2018

As Seniors Across New York Continue To Face Soaring Prescription Drug Prices, Gillibrand Visits Canandaigua To Announce Legislation To Drive Down Costs And Increase Access To Safe, Affordable Medications

Canandaigua, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today visited Ferris Hills at West Lake senior living community to announce the Stop Price Gouging Act, which would drive down prescription drug prices, ensure access to affordable medications for New York seniors, and penalize drug companies that raise prices of medication without justification. Under current law, pharmaceutical companies can raise the price of their medication at any time with no justification. There is no mechanism to … Continue Reading


July 27, 2018

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $249K In Federal Funds For Three Fire Departments In Jefferson County

Washington, DC - U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $249,048 in federal funding for the Town of Brownville Joint Fire District, which encompasses the Town of Brownville Fire Department, the Glen Park Village Fire Department, and the Chaumont Volunteer Fire Department in Jefferson County, N.Y. The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program, and will be used to … Continue Reading


July 27, 2018

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $22K In Federal Funds For Marcellus Fire Department In Central New York

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $22,381 in federal funding for the Marcellus Volunteer Fire Department in Central New York. The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. The funding will be used to purchase a new Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) compliant washer, extractor, and dryer … Continue Reading


July 27, 2018

Gillibrand And Five Senate Colleagues Announce New Legislation To Provide Debt Relief For Puerto Rico And U.S. Territories

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced new legislation to provide an avenue to comprehensive debt relief for Puerto Rico and other disaster-ravaged U.S. territories to help them recover and rebuild from last year's hurricanes. Gillibrand is an original cosponsor of the U.S. Territorial Relief Act of 2018, which would give territories the option to terminate their debt obligations if they meet certain stringent eligibility criteria. The legislation was introduced by … Continue Reading


July 27, 2018

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $2.8 Million In Federal Funding To Encourage Job Growth And Economic Development In Communities Throughout The North Country And Central New York

Washington, DC - U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $2,861,690 in federal funding to be used to encourage job growth and economic development projects throughout the North Country and Central New York. The federal funding was provided by the Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC). "This federal investment is great news for communities throughout the North Country and Central New York," said Senators Schumer and Gillibrand. … Continue Reading


July 24, 2018

Following Her Push, Gillibrand Announces That Her Bipartisan Provisions To Promote Computer Science And Advanced Manufacturing Training In Schools, Train New York Students For High-Skilled, Good-Paying Jobs Passed The Senate

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that following her push, the Senate passed the bipartisan Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, which includes provisions from two of her bipartisan bills to promote technical skills training and prepare students for high-demand, good-paying jobs in the 21st century economy. The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act reauthorizes funding for career and technical … Continue Reading


July 24, 2018

Schumer, Gillibrand Urge Department Of Agriculture To Prevent Any Lapse In Access To Farmers Markets For Vital Food Assistance Program; Senators Warn That Any Disruption Could Have Devastating Impact On Families, Senior Citizens, And Farmers Who Supply Farmers Markets

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today urged Acting Deputy Undersecretary of Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Brandon Lipps, to do everything possible to prevent any disruptions to the Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) service at farmers markets nationwide. Schumer and Gillibrand explained that Novo Dia Group, one of the primary vendors that services farmers markets, announced that … Continue Reading


July 23, 2018

Following Alarming USA Today Story That Pentagon Continues To Block Release Of New Report On The Risk Of Sexual Assault At Each U.S. Military Base, Gillibrand, Ernst, Demand Transparency, Urge Secretary Mattis To Immediately Publish This Crucial Information And Take Military’s Sexual Assault Problem More Seriously

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Personnel Subcommittee, and U.S. Senator Joni K. Ernst (R-IA), Chair of the Senate Armed Services Emerging Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee, wrote a bipartisan letter to Defense Secretary James Mattis demanding the immediate publication of a new nonpartisan report by the RAND Corporation that assesses the risk of sexual assault at each U.S. military base. The Senators' bipartisan letter follows … Continue Reading


July 20, 2018

With Many Low-Income Families And Communities Of Color Across New York Lacking Access To Basic Banking Services, Gillibrand Visits Buffalo To Announce Legislation To Create A Postal Bank, Protect New Yorkers From Predatory Lenders, Ensure All New Yorkers Have Access To A Bank In Their Community

Buffalo, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today stood with community leaders and advocates at PUSH Buffalo to announce the Postal Banking Act, her legislation to create a retail bank in all of the U.S. Postal Service's 30,000 locations. The Postal Bank would give low-income Americans, particularly in communities of color, access to basic banking services that are very often unavailable to them. New York has some of the strongest anti-predatory lending laws in the country, but almost a … Continue Reading


July 20, 2018

As Seniors Across New York Continue To Face Soaring Prescription Drug Prices, Gillibrand Visits Watertown To Announce Legislation To Drive Down Costs And Increase Access To Safe, Affordable Medications

Watertown, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today visited the Samaritan Medical Center to announce the Stop Price Gouging Act, which would drive down prescription drug prices, ensure access to affordable medications for New York seniors, and penalize drug companies that raise prices of medication without justification. Under current law, pharmaceutical companies can raise the price of their medication at any time with no justification. There is no mechanism to prevent a manufacturer from … Continue Reading


July 19, 2018

Following Her Push, Gillibrand Announces Senate Passage Of Bipartisan Legislation To Expand Small Business Administration’s Microloan Program, Help Minority-And Women-Owned Businesses Succeed

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that following her push, the Senate passed the Microloan Modernization Act, bipartisan legislation she cosponsored that would expand the Small Business Administration's (SBA) Microloan Program to provide loans and technical assistance to minority and women business owners, as well as other entrepreneurs, who face challenges accessing the capital needed to start and expand small businesses because they are often denied loans by … Continue Reading


July 17, 2018

With Small And Disadvantaged Communities Across New York State Struggling To Provide Clean Drinking Water To Residents, Gillibrand Pushes For Legislation To Increase Funding To Clean Up Water Contamination, Require Transparency From EPA About Water Pollution In New York

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today urged Congress to pass the Contaminant and Lead Electronic Accounting and Reporting Requirements (CLEARR) for Drinking Water Act, which would help small and disadvantaged communities across New York State clean up water contamination in their local water systems. Some small and economically disadvantaged communities across New York have been exposed to dangerous levels of water pollution, but don't have the resources they need to clean up … Continue Reading


July 13, 2018

As Seniors Across New York Continue To Face Soaring Prescription Drug Prices, Gillibrand Visits Utica To Announce Legislation To Drive Down Costs And Increase Access To Safe, Affordable Medications

Utica, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today visited the St. Luke's Hospital Pharmacy to announce the Stop Price Gouging Act, which would drive down prescription drug prices, ensure access to affordable medications for New York seniors, and penalize drug companies that raise prices of medication without justification. Under current law, pharmaceutical companies can raise the price of their medication at any time with no justification. There is no mechanism to prevent a manufacturer from … Continue Reading


July 13, 2018

As Seniors Across New York Continue To Face Soaring Prescription Drug Prices, Gillibrand Visits Troy To Announce Legislation To Drive Down Costs And Increase Access To Safe, Affordable Medications

Troy, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today visited John F. Kennedy Towers Senior Housing in Troy to announce the Stop Price Gouging Act, which would drive down prescription drug prices, ensure access to affordable medications for New York seniors, and penalize drug companies that raise prices of medication without justification. Under current law, pharmaceutical companies can raise the price of their medication at any time with no justification. There is no mechanism to prevent a … Continue Reading


July 13, 2018

As Seniors Across New York Continue To Face Soaring Prescription Drug Prices, Gillibrand Visits Long Island To Announce Legislation To Drive Down Costs And Increase Access To Safe, Affordable Medications

Westbury, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today visited the Magnolia Gardens Senior Center to announce the Stop Price Gouging Act, which would drive down prescription drug prices, ensure access to affordable medications for New York seniors, and penalize drug companies that raise prices of medication without justification. Under current law, pharmaceutical companies can raise the price of their medication at any time with no justification. There is no mechanism to prevent a manufacturer … Continue Reading


July 13, 2018

Gillibrand, Stefanik Lead Bipartisan, Bicameral Effort To Protect New York’s Natural Resources And Prevent Invasive Species From Entering The United States

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, and U.S. Representative Elise Stefanik (NY-21) today announced the reintroduction of the Invasive Fish and Wildlife Prevention Act, legislation to protect New York's natural resources from the threat of invasive species. This legislation would give the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) greater authority to regulate nonnative species and prohibit them from being … Continue Reading


July 12, 2018

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $3 Million In Federal Funding For Binghamton University

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $3 million in federal funding for Binghamton University. The funding was allocated through the Department of Energy's (DOE) Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRC) program. According to the DOE, Binghamton University is one of 42 EFRCS in the country selected for $100 million in funding. Specifically, the funding will enable Distinguished Professor M. Stanley Whittingham, one of the inventors of … Continue Reading


July 11, 2018

Gillibrand Speaks On Senate Floor, Urges Colleagues To Protect Health Insurance For Millions Of Americans And Oppose Brett Kavanaugh’s Confirmation To The Supreme Court Of The United States

**WATCH Senator Gillibrand's Speech on the Senate Floor HERE** Washington, DC - As President Trump continues his efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today took to the Senate floor to urge her colleagues to oppose the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court of the United States. With a federal lawsuit challenging the ACA already underway, the next Supreme Court Justice could be the deciding vote on whether people with preexisting … Continue Reading


July 11, 2018

At Senate Finance Subcommittee Hearing, Gillibrand Urges Her Colleagues To Pass The Family Act To Create A Universal, Gender-Neutral Paid Family And Medical Leave Plan

**WATCH Senator Gillibrand's Testimony HERE** Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today testified in front of the Senate Finance Committee's Subcommittee on Social Security, Pensions, and Family Policy and urged her colleagues to reject the Republican paid leave plan, which would weaken Social Security and hurt women and low-income workers, and instead pass the Family and Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act, her legislation to create a universal, gender-neutral paid family and … Continue Reading


July 09, 2018

Gillibrand Statement On President Trump’s Nomination Of Brett Kavanaugh To The Supreme Court Of The United States

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today released the following statement regarding President Donald J. Trump's nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court of the United States: "If Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed, he would tip the balance of the Supreme Court even more against workers' rights, civil rights, and women's rights for decades to come. I do not think he is the right choice for our country, and I am going to vote against him and urge my colleagues to do the … Continue Reading

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