Press Releases

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


June 13, 2017

Gillibrand, With Seven Senate Colleagues, Urges Appropriations Committee To Maintain Critical Funding To Appalachian Regional Commission In Fiscal Year 2018

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, with seven Senate colleagues, urged federal appropriators to fully fund the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) in Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 budget at $152 million - in opposition to the Trump Administration's proposal to end the state-federal partnership. For more than fifty years, ARC has provided funding and support for job-creating community projects across the 13 Appalachian states, producing an average of $204 million in annual earnings for … Continue Reading


June 13, 2017

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $1.1M in Fed Funding for Great Lakes Restoration; Urge President To Reverse Course and Fully Fund Program Next Year

U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $1,150,000 in federal funding for the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI). The DEC will use these vital resources to support projects along the Great Lakes in New York. The GLRI was launched by the Obama Administration in 2010, and has funded projects in New York to improve water quality, combat invasive species … Continue Reading


June 09, 2017

Schumer, Gillibrand Urge Senate Appropriations Committee to Provide Robust Federal Funding to Brookhaven National Lab

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand urged the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development to support critical funding for Brookhaven National Lab (BNL) through the Department of Energy (DOE) for Fiscal Year 2018 (FY18). This funding would enable Brookhaven National Laboratory to continue to ramp-up research operations at its National Synchrotron Light Source II, and allow all the Lab's facilities to continue to serve over 2,500 … Continue Reading


June 09, 2017

Gillibrand Introduces Legislation To End Discrimination Against Potential LGBT Adoptive and Foster Parents Based on Their Sexual Orientation; Open More Loving Homes To Children Being Left Behind

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today introduced legislation the Every Child Deserves a Family Act to open more homes to children by ending discrimination against adoptive and foster parents based on sexual orientation, gender identity and marital status. This legislation would bar any entity that receives federal funds and is involved in adoption or foster care placement from discriminating against parents based on sexual orientation, gender identity or marital status. … Continue Reading


June 08, 2017

Following Gillibrand's Urging, EPA Extends Public Comment Period For Hudson River Superfund Site Designation

Washington, DC- Following the urging of U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) extended the public comment period on the Agency's second five-year review of the Hudson River polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) Superfund Site. With the original comment period scheduled to close on Friday, June 30th, Gillibrand called for an additional 90-day extension to allow local residents and public officials the opportunity to fully express their comments and concerns about … Continue Reading


June 08, 2017

Senator Gillibrand Statement On Former FBI Director James Comey’s Senate Intelligence Committee Testimony

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today issued the following statement on former FBI Director James Comey's testimony before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence: "It was stunning to hear the former FBI Director testify under oath today that President Trump 'defamed' him and the Bureau and told lies about them, and that Director Comey began writing contemporaneous memos after their first meeting because he was concerned the President may lie about the interaction. Even … Continue Reading


June 08, 2017

Gillibrand, Cassidy, Capito Introduce National Flood Insurance Program Reauthorization Bill

Washington, DC - US Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA), and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) introduced legislation to reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) for 10 years. The NFIP is currently set to expire on September 30, 2017. "Millions of New Yorkers rely on the National Flood Insurance Program to protect their property when a flood occurs," said Senator Gillibrand. "After Superstorm Sandy hit New York, this program failed too many families who had … Continue Reading

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