Press Releases

June 09, 2022

Gillibrand Leads MARCH Act In The Senate To Protect The Right To Abortion For Service Members

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) is introducing the MARCH for Servicemembers Act in the Senate to protect the right to abortion for service members. This bicameral legislation would allow military medical treatment facilities (MTF) to provide abortion services and for the military to cover associated costs. Senators Shaheen (D-NH), Blumenthal (D-CT), and Hirono (D-HI) are original cosponsors of this legislation. "Our service members defend our freedom, but women in our armed … Continue Reading


June 09, 2022

Senator Gillibrand Commends NOAA For Launching Process To Designate Hudson Canyon As A National Marine Sanctuary

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand commends the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)'s decision to launch the designation process of Hudson Canyon as a National Marine Sanctuary (NMS). An NMS designation would permanently close Hudson Canyon to oil, gas and mineral exploration and extraction, while also allowing for responsible fishing within the boundaries of the sanctuary. An NMS designation would also provide increased research and STEM education opportunities. "I am so … Continue Reading


June 09, 2022

Gillibrand Doubles Down On Push For Congress To Pass Burn Pits Legislation

Following a postponement of a Senate vote initially scheduled for this week, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand held a video press conference to call on the Senate to swiftly vote on and pass the Sergeant First Class Heath Robinson Honoring Our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act of 2022 and to rebut arguments against the important package. A key cornerstone of the PACT Act is Senator Gillibrand's bipartisan Presumptive Benefits for War Fighters Exposed to Burn Pits and Other … Continue Reading


June 09, 2022

Schumer, Gillibrand Deliver Funding To Buffalo’s African Heritage Food Cooperative To Increase Food Accessibility & Bring Desperately Needed Fresh, Affordable Healthy Food Options To Buffalo’s East Side And Underserved Communities In Western New York

Following his direct advocacy to increase food options for Buffalo's East Side, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that Buffalo's African Heritage Food Co-op will receive $200,000 from the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI). Last week, Schumer wrote directly to USDA Secretary Vilsack requesting the feds work with local community leaders in Buffalo and increase support for … Continue Reading


June 08, 2022

Gillibrand Requests More Funding To Combat Antisemitism, Strengthen U.S.-Israel Relationship

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and a strong coalition of bipartisan colleagues called on the Senate to increase funding for the U.S. State Department's Office of the Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Antisemitism, the U.S.-Israel Homeland Security Program, and the U.S.-Israel cybersecurity cooperation grant program. The funds requested by Sen. Gillibrand for the Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Antisemitism, $1.5 million, would go toward improving the safety and security of at-risk … Continue Reading


June 07, 2022

[WATCH] Senator Gillibrand Delivers Floor Speech Calling For The Passage Of The Honoring Our Pact Act

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand spoke on the Senate floor to urge her colleagues to pass the bipartisan Sergeant First Class Heath Robinson Honoring Our PACT Act. The bill includes provisions from Senator Gillibrand's bipartisan Presumptive Benefits for War Fighters Exposed to Burn Pits and Other Toxins Act, which would help millions of service members and veterans who have been exposed to the toxic fumes from burn pits. ** WATCH GILLIBRAND'S SPEECH ON THE SENATE FLOOR HERE … Continue Reading


June 07, 2022

Lummis, Gillibrand Introduce Landmark Legislation To Create Regulatory Framework For Digital Assets

Today, U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, and Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), member of the Senate Banking Committee, introduced the Responsible Financial Innovation Act, landmark bipartisan legislation that will create a complete regulatory framework for digital assets that encourages responsible financial innovation, flexibility, transparency and robust consumer protections while integrating digital assets into existing law. To date, the … Continue Reading


June 06, 2022

Gillibrand Pushes For Action To Address Food Insecurity In Underserved East Side Neighborhood

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand joined elected officials and food industry experts to address food insecurity in the region. The recent tragedy that killed 10 innocent New Yorkers at the Tops grocery store further exacerbated longstanding food insecurity in the underserved East Side neighborhood of Buffalo. In fact, nearly 95,000 residents in the Buffalo and Erie County live in neighborhoods designated by the USDA as "food deserts" where healthy food access is limited and food … Continue Reading


June 06, 2022

Ahead Of This Week’s Vote, Senator Gillibrand Urges Congress To Pass Burn Pits Legislation To Help Millions Of Veterans Exposed To Toxins At Vankeuren Square In Syracuse

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand held a press conference at VanKeuren Square to make a major push to gain the 60 votes necessary for passage of the Sergeant First Class Heath Robinson Honoring Our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act of 2022. This legislation is expected to go to the Senate floor for a vote this week and would help millions of service members and veterans who were exposed to burn pits and other toxins and many of whom are now suffering from rare cancers, … Continue Reading


June 06, 2022

Ahead Of This Week’s Vote, Senator Gillibrand, Congressman Morelle Urge Congress To Pass Burn Pits Legislation To Help Millions Of Veterans Exposed To Toxins

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Congressman Joe Morelle (D-NY-25) held a press conference at the Monroe County Veterans Service Agency alongside County Executive Adam Bello to make a major push to gain the 60 votes necessary for passage of the Sergeant First Class Heath Robinson Honoring Our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act of 2022. This legislation is expected to go to the Senate floor for a vote this week and would help millions of service members and … Continue Reading


June 03, 2022

Gillibrand, Chair of Senate Armed Services Personnel Subcommittee, Announces Support of Bill to Reduce Military Spouse Unemployment

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Chair of the Senate Armed Services Personnel Subcommittee, joined eight of her colleagues in cosponsoring the Military Spouse Hiring Act. Even though almost half of military spouses have a college degree, military spouse unemployment rates are consistently higher than the national average and a majority of employed military spouses report feeling underemployed. These high rates of un- and underemployment contribute to financial stress for many military … Continue Reading


June 02, 2022

Gillibrand, 9/11 Advocate John Feal And Veterans Groups Urge Congress To Pass Burn Pits Legislation To Help Millions Of Veterans Exposed To Toxins

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was joined by 9/11 advocate FealGood Foundation's John Feal, Reserve Officers Association's Jeffrey Phillips, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America's Victor Bohm and Burn Pits 360's Gina Cancelino to call on the Senate to pass the Sergeant First Class Heath Robinson Honoring Our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act of 2022, major legislation that will help millions of service members and veterans who were exposed to burn pits and other … Continue Reading


June 01, 2022

Gillibrand Delivers Keynote Speech At Memorial Day Naturalization Ceremony

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand delivered the keynote address at a special Memorial Day naturalization ceremony welcoming 102 new citizens. The citizenship candidates originate from 38 countries and include several current members of the U.S. military. Read Senator Gillibrand's remarks as prepared for delivery below: Congratulations and welcome! We are so blessed to have all of you joining us as citizens of the United States. Thank you to those of you who have made this momentous … Continue Reading


June 01, 2022

Gillibrand Memo: Upcoming Burn Pits vote

Next week, the Senate will vote on the Sergeant First Class Heath Robinson Honoring Our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act of 2022, major legislation that will help millions of service members and veterans who were exposed to burn pits and other toxins and are now suffering from rare cancers, lung diseases, and respiratory illnesses. The centerpiece of the legislation is Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's bipartisan Presumptive Benefits for War Fighters Exposed to Burn Pits and … Continue Reading


June 01, 2022

Gillibrand Memo: Upcoming Burn Pits vote

Next week, the Senate will vote on the Sergeant First Class Heath Robinson Honoring Our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act of 2022, major legislation that will help millions of service members and veterans who were exposed to burn pits and other toxins and are now suffering from rare cancers, lung diseases, and respiratory illnesses. The centerpiece of the legislation is Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's bipartisan Presumptive Benefits for War Fighters Exposed to Burn Pits and … Continue Reading


May 31, 2022

Sen. Gillibrand & Rep. Clarke Announce Bicameral Housing Legislation To Invest $15 Billion Annually In Affordable Housing And Address Outdated Ami Formulas Impacting Affordable Housing In New York City And Urban Areas

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand joined Rep. Yvette D. Clarke (NY-09) to announce the Senate introduction of their bicameral bill, the Affordable Housing and Area Median Income Fairness Act of 2022, which addresses core challenges that have led to a lack of affordable housing in New York City and our nation's urban areas. The bill would invest $15 billion in affordable housing each year for 10 years and reexamine a key metric used in determining eligibility for low-income housing. While … Continue Reading


May 26, 2022

WATCH: Gillibrand Calls For Gun Safety Legislation At Everytown For Gun Safety Rally

Following mass shootings in Buffalo and Uvalde, Texas, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand joined Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action in front of the U.S. Capitol to call for commonsense gun reform. WATCH SENATOR GILLIBRAND'S FULL REMARKS … Continue Reading


May 25, 2022

Gillibrand Lays Out Multipronged Plan To Fight Domestic Terrorism And Violent Extremism

As acts of domestic terrorism and violent extremism continue to rise across the country, most recently in the racist attack that killed 10 people in Buffalo, today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is outlining her multipronged plan to combat these dangerous threats and racist acts of violence. The actions include passing the Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act, directing the FBI to prioritize domestic extremist and white supremacist threats and establishing a Data Protection Agency to help erect … Continue Reading


May 25, 2022

Gillibrand And 81 Senate Colleagues Push Biden To Expedite Sweden And Finland NATO Applications

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and 81 of her Senate colleagues joined in a bipartisan push urging President Biden to expedite the process to advance Sweden and Finland's applications for NATO membership. During this pivotal moment in global security, the senators note this expansion will further strengthen NATO's military and diplomatic capabilities to address emerging threats. The letter, signed by an overwhelming majority of the Senate, will send a clear message to Putin and … Continue Reading


May 24, 2022

Gillibrand Statement On Texas Elementary School Shooting

Addressing the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand issued the following statement: "Less than two weeks since the Buffalo shooting, another community has been devastated by gun violence. My heart is with the victims, their loved ones and especially with the parents of these innocent children. We are the only country in the world that tolerates mass shootings at our schools, stores and places of worship, a fact that is as horrific as it is … Continue Reading

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