Press Releases

March 13, 2017

Senator Gillibrand Vows to Stop Congressional Effort Currently Underway to Make It Easier For Criminals to Obtain Gun Silencers

New York, NY -- U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), representatives from law enforcement, and gun violence prevention advocates today vowed to block an effort currently underway in Congress to make it easier for criminals to obtain gun silencers. Gillibrand said she would fight against legislation introduced earlier this year in the Senate (S.59) and House of Representatives (H.R. 367) to eliminate gun silencers from the requirements of the National Firearms Act, making it easier for … Continue Reading


March 10, 2017

As a Result of Recent Threats to the Jewish Community Centers and Other Religious and Cultural Institutions, Gillibrand Leads Bipartisan Letter with 18 Senators Urging Department of Homeland Security to Increase Critical Federal Security Funds in Fiscal Year '18

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today led a bipartisan letter signed by 18 Senators to the Department of Homeland Security urging Secretary John Kelly to increase federal funds programmed to the Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) for Fiscal Year 2018 and fully fund the program at $50 million. The Senators cited recent threats to Jewish Community Centers (JCCs) and cultural and religious institutions across the country for the need for increased funding. The funds would … Continue Reading


March 09, 2017

Senator Gillibrand Requests Senate Armed Services Committee Hold A Hearing To Investigate Recent Allegations Of Current And Former United States Marines Circulated Illicit Images Of Female Service Members And Veterans

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today sent a letter to Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain and Ranking Member Jack Reed requesting that the Committee hold a hearing to further investigate the alleged network of United States Marines, former Marines, and civilians who circulated illicit images of female service members and veterans. The full text of the letter from Senator Gillibrand is included here and below: March 8, 2017 The Honorable John … Continue Reading


March 08, 2017

On Senate Floor, Gillibrand Urges Colleagues To Oppose House Bill To Dismantle The Affordable Care Act

***WATCH Senator Gillibrand's Speech on the Senate Floor HERE*** Washington, DC- U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand spoke on the Senate floor this morning to urge her colleagues to oppose the new House bill to dismantle the Affordable Care Act. Below are Senator Gillibrand's remarks as prepared for delivery: Mr. President, I rise to oppose the American Health Care Act. This bill would destroy the Affordable Care Act - even though the Affordable Care Act has given more Americans access … Continue Reading


March 07, 2017

Senators Gillibrand And Collins Announce New Bipartisan Legislation To Protect Seniors From Financial Scams

Washington, DC -- U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Susan Collins (R-ME) today announced the Senior Financial Empowerment Act, new bipartisan legislation to protect seniors from financial fraud. "Senior fraud is a destructive and dangerous crime, in which scammers prey on vulnerable citizens, steal their personal information, and harm them financially with very few consequences," said Senator Gillibrand. "Under the current system, when seniors report these crimes, the information … Continue Reading


March 07, 2017

Gillibrand Statement On House Bill To Dismantle The Affordable Care Act

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today issued the following statement on the new House bill to dismantle the Affordable Care Act: "I believe health care is a human right and that Americans should never be denied access to quality, affordable health care. President Trump's health care proposal would force middle class families and seniors to pay more money for less care and leave more people uninsured, all while giving huge tax breaks to insurance companies and the highest … Continue Reading


March 06, 2017

Gillibrand, Schumer Unveil New Plan to Ensure Safer Drinking Water Across NY: Harmful Contaminants Found in New York Drinking Water- From Hoosick Falls to Newburgh to Long Island- Require Fed Action; Senators Intro Legislation to Protect New Yorkers From Dangerous Toxins From NY Water

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles Schumer, today announced legislation that would require the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to develop a maximum contaminant level for perfluorinated compounds (including PFOA and PFOS), 1,4 dioxane, and perchlorate in public water systems. Currently, these chemicals are unregulated under the Safe Water Drinking Act and this legislation would require the EPA to create safety guidelines and determine legally enforceable … Continue Reading


March 06, 2017

Senator Gillibrand Statement On President Trump's Updated Executive Order On Immigration

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today issued the following statement on President Donald J. Trump's updated Executive Order barring immigration from six majority Muslim countries: "President Trump's updated Executive Order is still coldhearted, discriminatory and detrimental to our security. This order is antithetical to our American values and what the Statue of Liberty stands for. I will continue to stand with New Yorkers in opposing President Trump's discriminatory … Continue Reading


March 02, 2017

Gillibrand Statement On U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today issued the following statement on U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions: "It's clear that Attorney General Sessions gave false testimony under oath at his hearing. This should disqualify him from leading the Justice Department. "Between Attorney General Sessions's false testimony and the Senate Intelligence Committee chairman working with the White House to kill stories about Russian contacts, we need to get all of the facts. "I'm … Continue Reading


February 28, 2017

Gillibrand Statement On President Trump’s Speech To Joint Session Of Congress

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand issued the following statement tonight after President Donald J. Trump's speech to the Joint Session of Congress: "President Trump made it clear in his speech tonight that many of his top priorities are still severely out of touch with our values in New York. I wanted to hear him outline a real plan to keep good-paying jobs in New York, but instead we heard more of the same talk about lowering taxes for rich corporations, building an … Continue Reading


February 27, 2017

Senator Gillibrand Statement On Hoosick Falls Village Board Of Trustees Decision To Table Proposed PFOA Settlement

"I'm extremely pleased the Village Board tabled the inadequate proposal from Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics and Honeywell International and am grateful for the advocacy of the residents of Hoosick Falls tonight. Democracy is at its best when citizens are engaged and have an active stake in their future. I stand ready to help the community in any way I … Continue Reading


February 27, 2017

Senator Gillibrand Statement On Recent Threats Against Jewish Community Centers, Schools & Acts Of Vandalism Against Jewish Cemeteries

"I am incredibly disturbed by the many bomb threats against Jewish Community Centers, schools, and acts of vandalism against Jewish cemeteries in recent weeks. These threats should be a wakeup call to anyone doubting whether anti-Semitic criminals are feeling emboldened in the current political climate. We must continue to speak out against hatred and bigotry in all of its forms, and make it clear that these violent and threatening acts will never be tolerated in our communities. And we must … Continue Reading


February 26, 2017

Gillibrand Urges Hoosick Falls Mayor & Village Board Of Trustees To Table Proposed PFOA Settlement

Hoosick Falls, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today sent a letter to Hoosick Falls Mayor David Borge, urging him and the Village Board of Trustees to table the current PFOA settlement and abstain from agreeing to the proposed legal agreement with Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics and Honeywell International. "I have very serious concerns that the terms stipulated in this proposal are not in the best interests of the residents of the Village of Hoosick Falls. The potential future … Continue Reading


February 26, 2017

Senator Gillibrand Holds Round Table Meeting With Seniors, Announces New Legislation To Protect Seniors From Financial Scams

New York, NY - At a round table meeting with New York seniors, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced the Senior Financial Empowerment Act, new legislation to protect seniors from financial fraud. "Senior fraud is a destructive and dangerous crime, in which scammers prey on vulnerable citizens, steal their personal information, and harm them financially with very few consequences," said Senator Gillibrand. "Under the current system, when seniors report these crimes, the information … Continue Reading


February 23, 2017

Senator Gillibrand Announces New Legislation To Protect Seniors From Financial Scams Elmira

Elmira, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today stood at the Economic Opportunity Program Inc., Ernie Davis Family Center to announce the Senior Financial Empowerment Act, new legislation to protect seniors from financial fraud. "Senior fraud is a destructive and dangerous crime, in which scammers prey on vulnerable citizens, steal their personal information, and harm them financially with very few consequences," said Senator Gillibrand. "Under the current system, when seniors report … Continue Reading


February 23, 2017

Senator Gillibrand Announces New Legislation To Protect Seniors From Financial Scams Syracuse

Syracuse, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today stood at the PEACE Inc. Frank DeFrancisco Eastwood Community Center to announce the Senior Financial Empowerment Act, new legislation to protect seniors from financial fraud. "Senior fraud is a destructive and dangerous crime, in which scammers prey on vulnerable citizens, steal their personal information, and harm them financially with very few consequences," said Senator Gillibrand. "Under the current system, when seniors report these … Continue Reading


February 23, 2017

Senator Gillibrand Announces New Legislation To Protect Seniors From Financial Scams 2/23

Massena, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today stood at the Massena Senior Citizens Center to announce the Senior Financial Empowerment Act, new legislation to protect seniors from financial fraud. "Senior fraud is a destructive and dangerous crime, in which scammers prey on vulnerable citizens, steal their personal information, and harm them financially with very few consequences," said Senator Gillibrand. "Under the current system, when seniors report these crimes, the information … Continue Reading


February 17, 2017

Gillibrand Leads Bipartisan Letter With 24 Senators Urging Trump Administration To Preserve Federal Funding For National Arts & Humanities Programs

New York, N.Y. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today led a bipartisan letter signed by 24 Senators to President Donald J. Trump urging the Administration to keep federal funding accessible for the arts and humanities for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). For over 50 years, the NEA and NEH have provided vital support and resources to endeavors in the arts and humanities across the country. The Senators cited the U.S. Bureau of … Continue Reading


February 17, 2017

Senators Gillibrand and Daines Reintroduce Bipartisan Legislation To Help Navy Veterans Harmed By Agent Orange

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Steve Daines (R-MT) today reintroduced the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act, legislation to ensure that thousands of Navy veterans, known as "Blue Water" veterans, are able to receive the disability and health care benefits they earned after exposure to Agent Orange while fighting in the Vietnam War. During the Vietnam War, the U.S. military sprayed approximately 20 million gallons of Agent Orange in Vietnam to remove jungle … Continue Reading


February 15, 2017

Schumer, Gillibrand, Nadler, Meeks, Clarke, Jeffries & Espaillat Introduce Bi- Cemeral Legislation To Establish African Burial Ground Museum In New York City

New York, N.Y. - Members of the New York Delegation, led by Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Representative Jerrold Nadler along with Representatives Gregory Meeks, Yvette Clarke, Hakeem Jeffries and Adriano Espaillat today re-introduced the African Burial Ground International Memorial Museum and Education Center Act, legislation that would authorize funding and establish a museum at the African Burial Ground in Lower Manhattan. The proposed site is located within the … Continue Reading

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