Press Releases

March 29, 2017

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce U.S. Dept. of Labor Trade Adjustment Assistance for Climax Manufacturing Company Workers

Lowville, NY - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has approved Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) for workers at the Climax Manufacturing Company in Lowville. The approval of the TAA certification means former workers are now eligible to apply for TAA benefits. Last May, Senators Schumer and Gillibrand called on the Department of Labor to approve the certification for Climax Manufacturing, Inc. "I am pleased the Department … Continue Reading


March 27, 2017

Schumer, Gillibrand Urge FEMA to be Ready to Quickly Approve Disaster Declaration for Upstate New York Counties Hit by March Snowstorm

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand urged the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to stand ready to quickly approve any request from New York State for federal support following Winter Storm Stella. In a letter to Acting FEMA Administrator Robert Fenton, Schumer and Gillibrand requested that FEMA stand ready to approve any forthcoming requests from the state for a disaster declaration for counties that were ravaged by the snowstorm. State … Continue Reading


March 24, 2017

Gillibrand Statement On House Decision To Pull Vote On Bill To Dismantle The Affordable Care Act

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today issued the following statement on the House decision to pull the vote on the bill to dismantle the Affordable Care Act: "The only way anything ever happens in Washington is when regular people stand up and speak out - and that's exactly what happened with this awful bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act. After so many New Yorkers and people across America raised their voices in opposition to this bill, the House of Representatives backed … Continue Reading


March 24, 2017

Schumer, Gillibrand Call on U.S. Dept. of State & U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security to Extend Temporary Protected Status to Haitian Nationals Residing in U.S.

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today wrote to the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security urging Secretaries Rex Tillerson and John Kelly to extend the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to Haitian nationals currently residing in the United States. The TPS designation is a temporary benefit aimed at providing relief to foreign nationals in the United States and countries devastated by natural disasters. It would allow … Continue Reading


March 24, 2017

Standing At Strand Center For The Arts, Senator Gillibrand Calls On Senate To Reject President Trump's Cuts To The National Endowment For The Arts And National Endowment For The Humanities

Plattsburgh, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today visited the Strand Center for the Arts and stood with community leaders to call on the Senate to reject President Trump's budget proposal to zero out funding for the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities. "The National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities allow families and community organizations to help give our children the chance to experience and learn about art, … Continue Reading


March 23, 2017

Schumer, Gillibrand, Blumenthal, Murphy, Zeldin & DeLauro Introduce Bipartisan Legislation To Protect & Restore Long Island Sound

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), and Chris Murphy (D-CT) and U.S. Representatives Rosa DeLauro (CT-3) and Lee Zeldin (NY-1) today introduced legislation to support the restoration of Long Island Sound through 2020. The Long Island Sound Restoration and Stewardship Act combines two complementary water quality and shore restoration program authorizations at their previous authorization levels of $40 million and $25 … Continue Reading


March 21, 2017

Gillibrand, Lankford, Huffman & Russell Introduce Bipartisan Bill To Improve Adoption And Foster Care Standards Nationwide

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and James Lankford (R-OK) and U.S. Representatives Jared Huffman (D-CA) and Steve Russell (R-OK) today introduced the "National Adoption and Foster Care Home Study Act," legislation that builds on successes in states like California to improve the matching of children and families in foster care and adoptions in the United States, including the advancement of home study standards. This bill would create a national standard and database … Continue Reading


March 17, 2017

Following New GAO Report, Gillibrand, Feinstein, Warren, DeLauro & Slaughter Call on U.S. Departments of Agriculture & Health and Human Services to End Overuse of Human Antibiotics in Farm Animals

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and U.S. Representatives Rosa DeLauro (CT-3) and Louise Slaughter (NY-25) today wrote to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) urging increased collaboration and oversight to reduce the inappropriate use of medically important antibiotics in food animal production. At the request of Gillibrand, Feinstein, Warren, DeLauro, … Continue Reading


March 16, 2017

Senator Gillibrand Statement On President Trump's Budget Proposal

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today issued the following statement on President Donald J. Trump's budget proposal: "The President's budget is irresponsible and will short-change middle class New Yorkers, seniors, and students alike while doing harm to a fragile economy. I will do everything I can to fight these harmful cuts and protect funding that helps build our roads and bridges, supports our students and seniors, and makes smart investments to help grow the New York … Continue Reading


March 15, 2017

Senators Gillibrand and Wicker Announce Legislation to Promote Computer Science Programs in Schools, Train Future Workforce for 21st Century Economy

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Roger Wicker (R-MS) today introduced the Computer Science Career Education Act, bipartisan legislation that would promote learning opportunities in computer science for underrepresented students, in order to create more opportunities in fields that demand high-tech skills training. With a projected 1.3 million job openings in computing occupations and with women, minority, rural, and low-income students underrepresented in STEM and … Continue Reading


March 15, 2017

With Recent Reports Of Budget Cuts To The Environmental Protection Agency, New York & Connecticut Congressional Members Urge EPA To Maintain Federal Funds For Long Island Sound Fiscal Year '18

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), and Chris Murphy (D-CT) and U.S. Representatives Lee Zeldin (NY-1) and Rosa DeLauro (CT-3) today led a bipartisan letter to the Environmental Protection Agency urging Administrator Scott Pruitt to oppose cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency's Long Island Sound geographic program for Fiscal Year 2018. The members cited ongoing efforts to restore and protect Long Island Sound's … Continue Reading


March 14, 2017

Senator Gillibrand Questions Commandant Of Marine Corps At Senate Armed Services Committee Hearing Following Allegations That Current And Former United States Marines Circulated Illicit Images Of Female Service Members And Veterans

**WATCH Senator Gillibrand at SASC Hearing Here** Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand questioned Robert B. Neller, Commandant of the Marine Corps, this morning at the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) hearing on the illicit images of female service members, veterans and civilians circulated by United States Marines, former Marines, and civilians. Last week, Senator Gillibrand, in a letter to Committee Chairman John McCain and Ranking Member Jack Reed called on the Committee … Continue Reading


March 13, 2017

Gillibrand Statement On Congressional Budget Report On Trumpcare

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today issued the following statement on the CBO report released on the House bill to dismantle the Affordable Care Act: "The CBO report confirms what we already knew. Trumpcare will force millions to lose their insurance, cost seniors and families more, and give high-priced tax breaks to insurance companies at the expense of middle class … Continue Reading


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

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