Press Releases

April 21, 2021

Gillibrand: USDA's Extension Of Universal Free School Meals Sets The Stage For Lawmakers To Make Critical Flexibility Permanent

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, welcomed the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)'s announcement that it would extend universal free school meals through the 2021-2022 school year. Previously, the USDA extended child nutrition program waivers that provided universal free school meals through September 30. Senators Gillibrand and Murkowski (R-AK) recently announced a bipartisan bill to expand the USDA Summer Food Service Program, which … Continue Reading


April 20, 2021

Gillibrand Statement On Derek Chauvin Guilty Verdict

Addressing the three guilty verdicts in the trial of Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand released the following statement: "Today's verdict delivers a small measure of justice to the family of George Floyd, but nothing can ever erase the pain of losing a loved one. Our nation remains in a moment of moral reckoning and we must take bold and decisive action. Congress must pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act to address the systemic and … Continue Reading


April 20, 2021

Gillibrand, Suozzi Introduce Legislation To Ensure Long Islanders Are Not Taxed On Grants Received To Upgrade Their Septic Systems

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Representative Tom Suozzi announced the introduction of a bill that would reverse a 2020 Internal Revenue Service (IRS) ruling that Suffolk County residents must pay taxes on county grants used to upgrade their septic tanks. The lawmakers are pushing to include this legislation in the next infrastructure package. "Taxing Long Island families for using grants to upgrade their septic tanks is nonsensical and wrong," said Senator Gillibrand. "Given that … Continue Reading


April 20, 2021

Senators Schumer And Gillibrand, Representatives Tonko And Katko, Call On Biden Administration To Invest In U.S. Semiconductor Production

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and U.S. Representatives Paul Tonko (D-NY-20) and John Katko (R-NY-24) called on the Biden administration to invest in U.S. semiconductor production by funding federal semiconductor manufacturing and R&D incentive provisions that were signed into law as part of the FY21 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The lawmakers are urging the administration to fund and implement these important provisions to increase … Continue Reading


April 19, 2021

Gillibrand Asks Biden Administration To “Explore All Options,” Help Hospitals Recover From Covid-Related Financial Stress

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand sent a letter to Acting Administrator of Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Liz Richter, requesting that the Biden administration explore all options to alleviate the financial burdens incurred through the emergency measures of the Medicare Accelerated/Advanced Payments Program. The letter requests that the administration evaluate options for total loan forgiveness, adjustments to repayment interest rates to reduce interest burdens, and … Continue Reading


April 19, 2021

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $750K In Federal Funding For Launch NY In Buffalo

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $750,000 in federal funding awarded to Launch New York, Inc. in Buffalo. This funding was allocated through the Economic Development Administration's (EDA) Scaling Pandemic Resilience Through Innovation and Technology (SPRINT) Challenge and will support innovation-driven entrepreneurship to build regional economic resiliency in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. This EDA investment will fund … Continue Reading


April 16, 2021

During Black Maternal Health Week, Gillibrand Announces Moms Act And Maternal Care Act To Help Address Disproportionate Rate Of Maternal Deaths Among Black Women And Help Eliminate Racial Bias In Maternity Care And Childbirth

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced two vital pieces of legislation to address the Black maternal health crisis during Black Maternal Health week. The Modernizing Obstetric Medicine Standards (MOMS) Act, would expand the Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health (AIM) program, which develops standardized maternal safety best practices to prevent maternal mortality and morbidity, and would establish a new grant program to provide states and hospitals with the resources and training … Continue Reading


April 16, 2021

Gillibrand Y Murkowski Anuncian Proyecto Bipartidista Para Expandir El Programa De Alimentos De Verano Y Asegurar Que La Ñinez Tenga

Hoy, la senadora de los Estados Unidos, Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), quien es miembro del Comité de Agricultura del Senado; y la senadora Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), presentaron un proyecto de ley para expandir los programas de alimentos de verano en todo el país para asegurarse de que la niñez mantenga el acceso a los alimentos nutritivos cuando no haya clases. La pandemia del COVID-19 que resultó en el cambio a la educación remota empeoraron los retos presentados … Continue Reading


April 16, 2021

Gillibrand, Murkowski Announce Bipartisan Bill To Expand Summer Meal Program And Ensure Children Maintain Access To Nutritious Meals When School Is Out

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, and U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) introduced legislation to expand summer meal programs across the country to ensure children maintain access to nutritious meals when school is out. The COVID-19 pandemic, and subsequent switch to remote learning, exacerbated the challenges that food insecure students face when schools are closed. The Summer Meals Act would improve the U.S. Department of … Continue Reading


April 15, 2021

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $1 Million In Ross Funding For Public Housing Authorities And Resident Associations Across Upstate New York

U.S. Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $1,165,663 in federal funding allocated by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Resident Opportunity and Self Sufficiency (ROSS) program. This funding will be used to hire service coordinators for Public Housing Authorities (PHAs) and Resident Associations (RAs) in Upstate New York that will be responsible for assessing residential needs and providing support and empowerment services. … Continue Reading


April 15, 2021

Senators Gillibrand And Sanders, Representatives Ocasio-Cortez, Pascrell, And Kaptur Call On Congress To Implement Postal Banking Pilot Programs

Today, U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT), and U. S. Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Bill Pascrell (D-NJ), and Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) called on Congress to implement postal banking pilot programs in rural and urban communities across the country as part of the Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22) Senate and House Financial Services and General Government Appropriations (FSGG) Appropriations Bill and eventual final conference agreement. The lawmakers also pushed … Continue Reading


April 15, 2021

Gillibrand, Rice Introduce Bill To Protect Superstorm Sandy Survivors From Having To Repay Money Already Spent To Fund Recovery

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Representative Kathleen M. Rice announced their introduction of the Senate and House versions of the Sandy Duplication of Benefits Fairness Act, to protect Superstorm Sandy survivors and ensure they can keep the grant funding they received through the New York Rising program. Immediately after Superstorm Sandy, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) told New Yorkers that in order to receive any federal disaster assistance, they must first apply … Continue Reading


April 15, 2021

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Nearly $700,000 In Appalachian Regional Commission Funding For Economic Development In Southern Tier Communities

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $679,236 in Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) funding for improvements to health and wellbeing services for New Yorkers living in the Southern Tier. The ARC is an economic development partnership agency of the federal government and 13 state governments focused on 420 counties across the Appalachian region. "This Appalachian Regional Commission funding is great news for the Southern Tier. … Continue Reading


April 13, 2021

Senators Kirsten Gillibrand And Marco Rubio, Representatives Raul Ruiz And Brian Fitzpatrick, Jon Stewart, John Feal, And Veterans Advocates Call On Congress To Pass Landmark Legislation To Help Veterans With Diseases Linked To Burn Pits And Other Toxic Exposures Obtain Benefits From Va

Today, U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Marco Rubio (R-FL), U.S. Representatives Raul Ruiz, M.D, (D-CA) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), alongside Jon Stewart, 9/11 activist John Feal, members of BurnPits 360, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), and numerous veterans advocates stood together to call for landmark bipartisan, bicameral legislation, the Presumptive Benefits for War Fighters Exposed to Burn Pits and Other Toxins Act. The bill would streamline the process for … Continue Reading


April 09, 2021

Mientras Los Estadounidenses Luchan Por Sobreponerse A La Crisis De La Covid-19, Gillibrand Anuncia Un Proyecto De Ley Para Romper Las Barreras Para Servicios Sociales Esenciales

La senadora de los Estados Unidos, Kirsten Gillibrand, que es miembro del Comité de Agricultura del Senado, anunció un proyecto de ley para derribar las barreras a servicios sociales esenciales a medida que los estadounidenses luchan para recuperarse de la crisis del COVID-19. Gillibrand va avolver a presentar la Ley de Salud, Oportunidades y Empoderamiento Personal, o la Ley HOPE, por sus siglas en inglés. Este es un proyecto integral para derribar las barreras que … Continue Reading


April 08, 2021

In Utica, Gillibrand Announces Sweeping Legislation To Lower Prescription Drug Prices

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, member of the Senate Aging Committee, stood at the Resource Center for Independent Living (RCIL) in Utica to announce a package of three bills to help reduce the cost of prescription drugs, and help ensure that everyone can access the medicine they need. Over the years, prescription drug costs have become increasingly unaffordable, particularly for older Americans - who account for one in five Oneida County residents - who rely on Medicare yet still … Continue Reading


April 08, 2021

In Watertown, Gillibrand Announces Sweeping Legislation To Lower Prescription Drug Prices

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, member of the Senate Aging Committee, stood in Watertown to announce a package of three bills to help reduce the cost of prescription drugs, and help ensure that everyone can access the medicine they need. Over the years, prescription drug costs have become increasingly unaffordable, particularly for older Americans - who account for one in seven Jefferson County residents - who rely on Medicare yet still struggle to afford medications on a fixed income. … Continue Reading


April 08, 2021

Gillibrand, Joined By Islip Town Supervisor And Suffolk Independent Living Organization Ceo, Announces Sweeping Legislation To Lower Prescription Drug Prices

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, member of the Senate Aging Committee, stood at the West Islip Senior Center with Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter, and Suffolk Independent Living Organization (SILO), Chief Executive Officer Joseph M. Delgado to announce a package of three bills to help reduce the cost of prescription drugs, and help ensure that everyone can access the medicine they need. Over the years, prescription drug costs have become increasingly unaffordable, particularly for older … Continue Reading


April 07, 2021

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $160 Million In Federal Funding For New York City Hospitals And Health Centers Responding To The COVID-19 Pandemic

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced $160,347,574 in federal funding for ten hospitals and health centers across New York City. The funding was allocated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) through the Public Assistance Program (PA). As the pandemic continues to drain resources, many hospitals and health centers have exceeded and continue to exceed their normal and assisted operating … Continue Reading


April 07, 2021

Gillibrand, Colleagues Call On FCC To Include State & Local Data In Efforts To Expand Broadband, Close Digital Divide And Homework Gap

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand joined Senate Democrats to call on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to include state, local, and tribal data in efforts to expand nationwide broadband. Congress has demanded the FCC build new broadband data maps after decades of flawed data maps that denied broadband funding to eligible communities. State, local, and tribal governments often collect granular and comprehensive data that shows exactly who does, and who does not, have access to reliable … Continue Reading

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