Press Releases

June 24, 2021

Senator Gillibrand And Congresswoman Adams Push To Expand Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), along with Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), Senator Alex Padilla (D-CA), Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Congresswoman Alma Adams (D-NC-12) today announced the introduction of the Closing the Meal Gap Act of 2021, which would expand and strengthen the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits for vulnerable community members that are struggling to make ends meet and open benefits to Puerto Rico and all U.S. … Continue Reading


June 23, 2021

Gillibrand Urges New York Families To Sign Up For Child Tax Credit Benefits And Pushes To Make Relief Permanent

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand held a video press conference outlining the details of the historic Child Tax Credit expansion that will aid nearly every working family with children in New York State and urging families to take all necessary steps to secure this crucial benefit. The Child Tax Credit monthly payments will help set New York's children up for success and will put more money in the pockets of hardworking parents. It is estimated that New York families will receive $7.03 … Continue Reading


June 22, 2021

Gillibrand Statement On Release Of Military Leadership Letters Opposing Military Justice Reform

Addressing the release of letters from military leadership opposing reforms to the military justice system, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand issued the following statement: "The content of these letters is disappointing, but not surprising. From racially integrating the armed forces to enabling women to serve in combat to allowing LGBTQ service members to serve openly, the chain of command has always fought to protect the status quo, just as they are doing here. Their arguments are recycled … Continue Reading


June 22, 2021

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $5 Million In Emergency Funding For Upstate New York Public Housing Authorities

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $5,369,148 in funding allocated in the American Rescue Plan for sixteen Public Housing Authorities (PHAs) across Upstate New York. The funding was awarded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and will support tenant-based rental assistance for individuals who are experiencing or are at risk of experiencing homelessness, or who are fleeing from domestic violence, … Continue Reading


June 21, 2021

Gillibrand Pushes To Make Universal School Meals Program Permanent In Upcoming Child Nutrition Reauthorization Packag

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, is pushing for her recently introduced Universal School Meals Program Act of 2021 in the upcoming Child Nutrition Reauthorization currently being negotiated by the Senate Agriculture Committee. The bicameral legislation would permanently implement a Universal School Meals program to provide free school meals for all students. While the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) currently provides free school meals … Continue Reading


June 21, 2021

Gillibrand Pushes To Make Universal School Meals Program Permanent In Upcoming Child Nutrition Reauthorization Packag

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, is pushing for her recently introduced Universal School Meals Program Act of 2021 in the upcoming Child Nutrition Reauthorization currently being negotiated by the Senate Agriculture Committee. The bicameral legislation would permanently implement a Universal School Meals program to provide free school meals for all students. While the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) currently provides free school meals … Continue Reading


June 21, 2021

Gillibrand Announces Push To Protect Workers’ Right To Organize

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is pushing for the passage of the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, bicameral legislation to strengthen workers' rights to organize and bargain for fairer wages, better benefits, and a safer workplace. Intensifying long-running trends, the coronavirus pandemic benefited the wealthiest individuals and many large corporations, while workers' rights weakened and income inequality worsened - particularly for women and workers of color. The comprehensive … Continue Reading


June 21, 2021

ICYMI: NY Times Editorial: The Two Men Blocking Military Sexual Assault Reform

In case you missed it, this weekend, the New York Times published an editorial highlighting the urgent need to pass the Military Justice Improvement and Increasing Prevention Act, while also criticizing ongoing obstruction. The Editorial Board noted that the bill has "a supermajority of U.S. senators," and opined that delay, dilution or derailment of the bill would be a "disservice to the country." Over the past few weeks, Senator Gillibrand has called for unanimous consent to open debate on … Continue Reading


June 18, 2021

Gillibrand, Maloney Announce Renaming Of Manhattan Va To Honor Margaret Corbin; Manhattan Va Is First In The Country To Be Named After A Woman Veteran

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, chair of the Senate Armed Services Personnel Subcommittee, U.S. Representative Carolyn B. Maloney, and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer announced the historic renaming of the Manhattan VA Medical Center to the "Margaret Cochran Corbin Campus of the New York Harbor Health Care System." The Manhattan VA is the first in the nation to be named after a woman veteran. Earlier this year, the lawmakers announced the signing of H.R. 1925 into law, which … Continue Reading


June 17, 2021

Gillibrand Y Collins Proponen Nuevamente La Ley Bipartidista De Empoderamiento Financiero Para Los Adultos Mayores

Las senadoras de los Estados Unidos, Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) y Susan Collins (R-ME), miembros del Comité Especial sobre el Envejecimiento, presentaron nuevamente el proyecto de ley bipartidista Ley de Empoderamiento Financiero de los Adultos Mayores (en inglés, Senior Financial Empowerment Act) con el fin de garantizar que las personas mayores y sus cuidadores tengan acceso a información vital sobre el abuso financiero. El proyecto de ley normaliza y optimiza la forma en … Continue Reading


June 17, 2021

Gillibrand, Collins Reintroduce Bipartisan Senior Financial Empowerment Act

U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Susan Collins (R-ME), members of the Special Committee on Aging, reintroduced the bipartisan Senior Financial Empowerment Act to ensure that seniors and their caregivers have access to critical information regarding financial abuse. The bill would standardize and improve the way senior financial abuse is reported, establish a national hotline that would advise seniors on where and how to report fraud, and provide more resources to combat and prevent … Continue Reading


June 17, 2021

Gillibrand Introduces New And Improved Consumer Watchdog Agency To Give Americans Control Over Their Data

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced her renewed legislation, the Data Protection Act of 2021, which would create the Data Protection Agency (DPA), an independent federal agency that would protect Americans' data, safeguard their privacy, and ensure data practices are fair and transparent. First introduced in 2020, the updated legislation has undergone significant improvements, including updated provisions to protect against privacy harms and discrimination, oversee the use of … Continue Reading


June 15, 2021

EPA Takes Critical Steps To Monitor Hazardous PFAS Chemicals In Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) After Gillibrand, Capito Pass Transparency Bill

U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) today announced the successful implementation of their per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) provision requiring the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to identify and publicly share the sources of PFAS emissions. The provision was passed in the Fiscal Year 2020 (FY20) National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) conference bill and required 172 PFAS to be added and created a clear process to add future PFAS chemicals … Continue Reading


June 15, 2021

Gillibrand Calls To End Discriminatory Practices Against Transgender Veterans With Swift Processing Of Name Change Requests On Military Records

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Chair of the Senate Armed Services Personnel Subcommittee, sent a letter to the Pentagon requesting actions to streamline and expedite the process for name change requests on military discharge documentation for transgender veterans. "Individuals who are willing to put on the uniform of our country and risk their lives to defend our freedoms should be received with commendation, not prejudice. We must no longer permit harmful and discriminatory behavior … Continue Reading


June 14, 2021

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Legislation To Put An End To Unsolicited Robocalls

U.S. Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand joined Senate colleagues in calling for legislation to enhance penalties for automated and illegal phone calls wreaking havoc on consumers nationwide. The Deter Obnoxious, Nefarious, and Outrageous Telephone (DO NOT) Call Act would increase penalties for individuals and companies intentionally preying on consumers through unsolicited and illegal robocalls. "From every corner of New York there is one thing everyone can … Continue Reading


June 14, 2021

Gillibrand Announces Unanimous Passage Of Bipartisan Bill To Improve Access To Benefits For Officers And First Responders Injured In The Line Of Duty

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced the unanimous Senate passage of the Protecting America's First Responders Act of 2021. The bipartisan Senate bill, passed late last week, will improve access to benefits for first responders and law enforcement injured in the line of duty. The bill is co-led in the Senate by Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Chuck Grassley (R-IA). "Our first responders and law enforcement officers risk their health and lives to keep us safe," said Senator … Continue Reading


June 11, 2021

Gillibrand Pushes For $50 Million In Funding To Protect New York’s Natural Resources From Invasive Species Threatening The Great Lakes And Lake Champlain

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today sent a letter urging the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies to allocate $50 million in funding to protect the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain from the threat of invasive species in the FY2022 budget. Full funding for the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain Invasive Species Program would continue efforts to monitor and combat aquatic nuisance species, including zebra mussels and Asian carp, and cut off their … Continue Reading


June 10, 2021

Gillibrand Introduces Bill To Provide Direct Relief To Small Farms Struggling To Stay Afloat Amid The Pandemic

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, introduced The Relief for America's Small Farmers Act to provide economic relief for small farmers suffering from massive financial losses due to reduced demand and supply chain disruptions during the coronavirus pandemic. Small farms across the nation struggled to access emergency federal farm aid and received minimal Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) benefits at a time when the supply chain was … Continue Reading


June 10, 2021

Gillibrand, Rounds Lead Bipartisan Push To Fully Fund U.S-Israel Missile Defense Cooperation

Today, U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Mike Rounds (R-SD) led a bipartisan group of 38 senators in calling for $500 million to fully fund U.S.-Israel cooperative missile defense programs in the Defense Appropriations bill for fiscal year 2022. Israel's missile defense system is made up of four operational layers: Iron Dome, David's Sling, Arrow 2 and now Arrow 3. In addition to contributing to ballistic missile defense, the funding will support crucial work on research, development … Continue Reading


June 09, 2021

ICYMI: Video: Gillibrand Introduces Eunice Lee, Judicial Nominee For Second Circuit Court Of Appeals, Ahead Of Confirmation Hearing

[Watch Video Here] Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand introduced Second Circuit Court of Appeals judicial nominee Eunice Lee ahead of her confirmation hearing. Throughout her career, Lee has represented more than 380 indigent clients in proceedings before state and federal appellate courts. "Her approach to the law will ensure that all who come before the court are given the chance to be heard. And her voice and her experience will bring an important and much needed new perspective to the … Continue Reading

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