Press Releases

August 02, 2018

Gillibrand Announces Senate Passage Of Her Provisions To Protect Military Families From Intimate Partner And Child Abuse

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced her provisions to help protect military families from intimate partner violence and child abuse and neglect passed the Senate with bipartisan support as part of the FY 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). This legislation now heads to the President's desk to be signed into law. "Our military families have sacrificed so much to protect us, but Congress and the Defense Department haven't done enough to help protect them … Continue Reading


August 01, 2018

After House Version Of Gillibrand’s Bipartisan Blue Water Navy Veterans Bill Passed The House 382-0, Gillibrand Testifies Before Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, Urges Senate To Pass Legislation To Protect Sick Vietnam Vets Who Were Exposed To Agent Orange During The Vietnam War

**WATCH Senator Gillibrand's Testimony HERE** Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today testified before the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs and urged her colleagues to pass the bipartisan 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. Companion legislation in … Continue Reading


August 01, 2018

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $27K In Federal Funds For Winchester Fire Company In Erie County

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $27,104 in federal funding for the Winchester Fire Company in West Seneca Fire District 1 (WSFD) in Erie County, N.Y. The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. The funding will be used to purchase three new thermal imaging cameras that will protect WSFD firefighters from unseen dangers by detecting hot spots in structure … Continue Reading


July 31, 2018

Following Her Push, Gillibrand Announces That Bipartisan Legislation To Train New York Students For High-Skilled, Good-Paying Jobs Has Been Signed Into Law

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced that following her push, the bipartisan Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act was signed into law today. The legislation includes provisions based on two of Gillibrand's bipartisan bills that would promote technical skills training and prepare students for high-demand, good-paying jobs in the 21st century economy. The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act reauthorizes funding for career … Continue Reading


July 31, 2018

Schumer, Gillibrand Annouce More Than $6 Million In Department Of Transportation Funding For Vital Airport Improvements Across Upstate New York

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $6,199,493 in federal funding for airports and transportation authorities throughout New York. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). "Keeping our airports in top-notch shape is crucial for passenger safety and for attracting business to Upstate New York," said Senator Schumer. "With this funding, airports across New … Continue Reading


July 30, 2018

With National Comedy Center Ready To Open, Gillibrand Visits Jamestown To Announce Critical Federal Funding For Historic Preservation; Gillibrand’s Successful Bipartisan Push To Senate Appropriators Prevented Devastating Cut To Program

Jamestown, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today visited the National Comedy Center in Jamestown to announce her successful push to include $88.91 million in the Fiscal Year 2019 Senate Interior Appropriations bill for the Department of Interior's Historic Preservation Fund. This funding amount is $56.2 million more than President Trump's budget request for the program. This funding supports historic preservation and economic development projects around the state, including the National … Continue Reading


July 30, 2018

With Farmers Market Season In Full Swing, Gillibrand Visits Poughkeepsie, Demands Investigation Into USDA's Decision That Would End SNAP Card Payments At Farmers Markets, Hurting Low Income Families Who Rely On Farmers Markets For Healthy And Nutritious Food And Farmers Who Rely On Markets To Sell Their Produce

Poughkeepsie, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today visited the Poughkeepsie Waterfront Market and stood with community leaders and advocates to demand an investigation into the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) decision that ended SNAP card payments at farmers markets, which would prevent 25 percent of all farmers markets from accepting SNAP payments. Many low-income New Yorkers, who often have limited sources of fresh food, and local farmers, who rely on the millions of dollars … Continue Reading


July 30, 2018

As Seniors Across New York Continue To Face Soaring Prescription Drug Prices, Gillibrand Visits Canandaigua To Announce Legislation To Drive Down Costs And Increase Access To Safe, Affordable Medications

Canandaigua, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today visited Ferris Hills at West Lake senior living community to announce the Stop Price Gouging Act, which would drive down prescription drug prices, ensure access to affordable medications for New York seniors, and penalize drug companies that raise prices of medication without justification. Under current law, pharmaceutical companies can raise the price of their medication at any time with no justification. There is no mechanism to … Continue Reading


July 27, 2018

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $249K In Federal Funds For Three Fire Departments In Jefferson County

Washington, DC - U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $249,048 in federal funding for the Town of Brownville Joint Fire District, which encompasses the Town of Brownville Fire Department, the Glen Park Village Fire Department, and the Chaumont Volunteer Fire Department in Jefferson County, N.Y. The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program, and will be used to … Continue Reading


July 27, 2018

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $22K In Federal Funds For Marcellus Fire Department In Central New York

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $22,381 in federal funding for the Marcellus Volunteer Fire Department in Central New York. The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. The funding will be used to purchase a new Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) compliant washer, extractor, and dryer … Continue Reading


July 27, 2018

Gillibrand And Five Senate Colleagues Announce New Legislation To Provide Debt Relief For Puerto Rico And U.S. Territories

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced new legislation to provide an avenue to comprehensive debt relief for Puerto Rico and other disaster-ravaged U.S. territories to help them recover and rebuild from last year's hurricanes. Gillibrand is an original cosponsor of the U.S. Territorial Relief Act of 2018, which would give territories the option to terminate their debt obligations if they meet certain stringent eligibility criteria. The legislation was introduced by … Continue Reading


July 27, 2018

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $2.8 Million In Federal Funding To Encourage Job Growth And Economic Development In Communities Throughout The North Country And Central New York

Washington, DC - U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $2,861,690 in federal funding to be used to encourage job growth and economic development projects throughout the North Country and Central New York. The federal funding was provided by the Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC). "This federal investment is great news for communities throughout the North Country and Central New York," said Senators Schumer and Gillibrand. … Continue Reading


July 24, 2018

Following Her Push, Gillibrand Announces That Her Bipartisan Provisions To Promote Computer Science And Advanced Manufacturing Training In Schools, Train New York Students For High-Skilled, Good-Paying Jobs Passed The Senate

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that following her push, the Senate passed the bipartisan Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, which includes provisions from two of her bipartisan bills to promote technical skills training and prepare students for high-demand, good-paying jobs in the 21st century economy. The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act reauthorizes funding for career and technical … Continue Reading


July 24, 2018

Schumer, Gillibrand Urge Department Of Agriculture To Prevent Any Lapse In Access To Farmers Markets For Vital Food Assistance Program; Senators Warn That Any Disruption Could Have Devastating Impact On Families, Senior Citizens, And Farmers Who Supply Farmers Markets

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today urged Acting Deputy Undersecretary of Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Brandon Lipps, to do everything possible to prevent any disruptions to the Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) service at farmers markets nationwide. Schumer and Gillibrand explained that Novo Dia Group, one of the primary vendors that services farmers markets, announced that … Continue Reading


July 23, 2018

Following Alarming USA Today Story That Pentagon Continues To Block Release Of New Report On The Risk Of Sexual Assault At Each U.S. Military Base, Gillibrand, Ernst, Demand Transparency, Urge Secretary Mattis To Immediately Publish This Crucial Information And Take Military’s Sexual Assault Problem More Seriously

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Personnel Subcommittee, and U.S. Senator Joni K. Ernst (R-IA), Chair of the Senate Armed Services Emerging Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee, wrote a bipartisan letter to Defense Secretary James Mattis demanding the immediate publication of a new nonpartisan report by the RAND Corporation that assesses the risk of sexual assault at each U.S. military base. The Senators' bipartisan letter follows … Continue Reading


July 20, 2018

With Many Low-Income Families And Communities Of Color Across New York Lacking Access To Basic Banking Services, Gillibrand Visits Buffalo To Announce Legislation To Create A Postal Bank, Protect New Yorkers From Predatory Lenders, Ensure All New Yorkers Have Access To A Bank In Their Community

Buffalo, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today stood with community leaders and advocates at PUSH Buffalo to announce the Postal Banking Act, her legislation to create a retail bank in all of the U.S. Postal Service's 30,000 locations. The Postal Bank would give low-income Americans, particularly in communities of color, access to basic banking services that are very often unavailable to them. New York has some of the strongest anti-predatory lending laws in the country, but almost a … Continue Reading


July 20, 2018

As Seniors Across New York Continue To Face Soaring Prescription Drug Prices, Gillibrand Visits Watertown To Announce Legislation To Drive Down Costs And Increase Access To Safe, Affordable Medications

Watertown, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today visited the Samaritan Medical Center to announce the Stop Price Gouging Act, which would drive down prescription drug prices, ensure access to affordable medications for New York seniors, and penalize drug companies that raise prices of medication without justification. Under current law, pharmaceutical companies can raise the price of their medication at any time with no justification. There is no mechanism to prevent a manufacturer from … Continue Reading


July 19, 2018

Following Her Push, Gillibrand Announces Senate Passage Of Bipartisan Legislation To Expand Small Business Administration’s Microloan Program, Help Minority-And Women-Owned Businesses Succeed

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that following her push, the Senate passed the Microloan Modernization Act, bipartisan legislation she cosponsored that would expand the Small Business Administration's (SBA) Microloan Program to provide loans and technical assistance to minority and women business owners, as well as other entrepreneurs, who face challenges accessing the capital needed to start and expand small businesses because they are often denied loans by … Continue Reading


July 17, 2018

With Small And Disadvantaged Communities Across New York State Struggling To Provide Clean Drinking Water To Residents, Gillibrand Pushes For Legislation To Increase Funding To Clean Up Water Contamination, Require Transparency From EPA About Water Pollution In New York

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today urged Congress to pass the Contaminant and Lead Electronic Accounting and Reporting Requirements (CLEARR) for Drinking Water Act, which would help small and disadvantaged communities across New York State clean up water contamination in their local water systems. Some small and economically disadvantaged communities across New York have been exposed to dangerous levels of water pollution, but don't have the resources they need to clean up … Continue Reading


July 13, 2018

As Seniors Across New York Continue To Face Soaring Prescription Drug Prices, Gillibrand Visits Utica To Announce Legislation To Drive Down Costs And Increase Access To Safe, Affordable Medications

Utica, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today visited the St. Luke's Hospital Pharmacy to announce the Stop Price Gouging Act, which would drive down prescription drug prices, ensure access to affordable medications for New York seniors, and penalize drug companies that raise prices of medication without justification. Under current law, pharmaceutical companies can raise the price of their medication at any time with no justification. There is no mechanism to prevent a manufacturer from … Continue Reading

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