Press Releases

February 09, 2022

Gillibrand, Colleagues Urge Biden Administration To Provide Comprehensive Funding Plan To Address PFAS

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand joined 32 of her colleagues in a bipartisan letter calling on the Biden administration to provide detailed funding plans to address per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in the President's budget request to Congress for Fiscal Year 2023. PFAS chemicals are widespread contaminants found in a variety of consumer products, various industrial applications, and firefighting foam and cause an array of health problems, including developmental effects, changes in … Continue Reading


February 08, 2022

Following The 29th Anniversary Of FMLA, Gillibrand Leads Senate Colleagues In Push To Reinstate Covid-19 Emergency Paid Sick And Family Leave

Following the 29th anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and uptick in COVID cases at the beginning of 2022, Senator Gillibrand is calling on the president and House and Senate leadership to reinstate and expand emergency paid sick and family caregiving leave in the FY22 funding bill or future COVID-19 relief packages. At the onset of the pandemic, Congress passed the bipartisan Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) to provide guaranteed paid sick and caregiving … Continue Reading


February 07, 2022

Gillibrand Applauds House Passage Of Her Bill To Void And Prevent Forced Arbitration Agreements For Sexual Harassment And Assault; Urges Senate To Quickly Pass Legislation

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today applauded the House passage of the bipartisan Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act, legislation she authored to prevent perpetrators from being able to push survivors of sexual harassment and assault into the secretive, biased process of forced arbitration. In addition to ending the practice, the legislation would also invalidate existing forced arbitration clauses that prevent sexual assault and sexual harassment survivors … Continue Reading


February 03, 2022

Video: Gillibrand Introduces President Biden At National Prayer Breakfast

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand introduced President Joe Biden at the 70th Annual National Prayer Breakfast. Gillibrand is co-chair of the National Prayer Breakfast along with co-chair Senator Mike Rounds (R-SD), who introduced Vice President Kamala Harris. Watch Senator Gillibrand's full remarks here or read them below: "Show me a man who has endured great loss, and still has faith, and I will show you a man who has learned to serve and how to lead. Tell me about the doors that have … Continue Reading


February 03, 2022

Después De La Tragedia De La Comunidad Twin Parks North West En El Bronx, Gillibrand Anuncia Un Proyecto De Ley Para Requerir La Instalación De Detectores De Calor En Las Viviendas De Alquiler Subvencionadas Por Fondos Federales

A raíz del incendio reciente en el Bronx qué cobró las vidas de 17 neoyorquinos, entre los que habían ocho niños, la senadora de los Estados Unidos, Kirsten Gillibrand, está sometiendo a consideración la Ley de Seguridad en la Temperatura de las Viviendas de 2022. Las autoridades determinaron que el incendio de Twin Peaks lo causó un aparato calefactor. Este proyecto de ley requeriría la instalación de detectores de calor en … Continue Reading


February 03, 2022

Following Push, Gillibrand Announces Medicare Will Provide Free Rapid COVID Tests For Beneficiaries Starting This Spring

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is announcing that 3.7 million New Yorkers enrolled in Medicare will have rapid COVID-19 tests covered through their insurance. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today announced that people in either Original Medicare or Medicare Advantage will be able to get up to eight over-the-counter COVID-19 tests per month at no cost and without need for reimbursement. This announcement follows a successful push from Gillibrand and her colleagues … Continue Reading


February 02, 2022

Following The Twin Parks North West Community Tragedy In The Bronx, Gillibrand Announces Legislation Requiring The Installation Of Heat Sensors In Federally Funded Rental Housing

In light of the recent fire in the Bronx that took the lives of 17 New Yorkers, including 8 children, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is announcing the Housing Temperature Safety Act of 2022. Authorities determined that the Twin Peaks fire was caused by a space heater-this bill would require the installation of heat sensors in federally funded rental housing so that federal, state, and local housing administrators can assess heat levels in real time, prevent future fire tragedies, and improve … Continue Reading


February 02, 2022

After Securing $3 Billion In Funding To Establish A National Public Health Workforce, Gillibrand Announces Push For $55 Billion In Biden’s Budget Proposal To Establish A Health Force In Every Community

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is calling for $55 billion to be included in President Biden's budget request to establish and replicate a Health Force in every community. In early 2021, Senator Gillibrand introduced the Health Force, Resilience Force, and Jobs to Fight COVID-19 Act, a public health jobs program to help the nation recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, and successfully negotiated its inclusion in the American Rescue Plan. The American Rescue Plan included $3 billion for a … Continue Reading


February 01, 2022

Gillibrand Statement Celebrating Lunar New Year

Senator Gillibrand released the following statement celebrating Lunar New Year: "Today marks the Lunar New Year, a day of family and festivity for Asian communities across our state and the world. New York's Asian American communities have always been integral to the fabric of our state and have continued to thrive even in the face of the many hardships of the past year. As we usher in the Year of the Tiger, I wish all those who celebrate a joyous day and a healthy, happy, prosperous … Continue Reading


January 28, 2022

Gillibrand, Maloney, Call For Passage Of Federal Gun Trafficking Legislation Alongside Jennifer Pryear, Mother Of Nyasia Pryear-Yard, And Gun Safety Advocates

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-NY-12) stood in New York City to call for the passage of the Hadiya Pendleton and Nyasia Pryear-Yard Gun Trafficking and Crime Prevention Act. They were joined by Everytown for Gun Safety Senior Counsel Samuel Levy and Jennifer Pryear, mother to Nyasia Pryear-Yard. Nyasia tragically lost her life at 17 years old when she was shot by a perpetrator using an illegally trafficked gun in Brooklyn. This bill would … Continue Reading


January 27, 2022

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $9 Million In Federal Funding To Reduce Burnout Among Health Care Professionals

Today, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced $9,655,841 in federal funding to address a staffing crisis in our nation's hospitals by reducing burnout and promoting wellness among health care workers. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and will be used to develop and implement programming to address mental health challenges faced by health … Continue Reading


January 27, 2022

After Securing $3 Billion In Funding To Establish A National Public Health Workforce, Gillibrand Meets With Inaugural Public Health Corps Workers At Nyc Health + Hospitals/Bellevue In Nyc; Gillibrand Announces Push For $55 Billion In Biden’s Budget To Establish A Health Force In Every Community

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was joined by President and CEO of New York City Health + Hospitals Dr. Mitchell Katz and Commissioner of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Dr. Dave Chokshi at NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue to meet with new members of the inaugural New York City Public Health Corps. The NYC Public Health Corps received $35 million to help establish their inaugural workforce based in part on Gillibrand's efforts during passage of the American … Continue Reading


January 26, 2022

Gillibrand Statement On Justice Breyer’s Retirement

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) released the following statement on reports of Supreme Court Justice Breyer's plans to retire. "When Justice Breyer was nominated to the Supreme Court in 1994, President Clinton said that he would bring to the bench 'an abiding sense of decency and an unswerving dedication to ensuring liberty and justice for all' - for the past 28 years, he has done just that. I am deeply grateful for Justice Breyer's service to our country, his brilliant legal mind, … Continue Reading


January 26, 2022

With Small Businesses In Dire Need Of Assistance, Gillibrand Calls On IRS To Expedite Unprocessed Employee Retention Credit Refunds

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is calling on Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner Charles P. Rettig to expedite and clear the backlog of unprocessed Employee Retention Credit (ERC) payments that were passed and guaranteed in the CARES Act in March of 2020. The ERC credit was created to help struggling businesses in urgent need of assistance due to economic disruptions during the COVID-19 pandemic. Specifically, disbursement of the ERC credit would ensure businesses receive … Continue Reading


January 25, 2022

Gillibrand, Colleagues Urge Biden Administration To Quickly Distribute Additional Rent Relief To Low-Income Renters

Following the end of New York's eviction moratorium, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand joined 7 of her colleagues in urging the Biden administration to reallocate funding from the Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) Program to assist low-income renters. The letter requests that unspent ERA funds be distributed as quickly as possible to communities facing the greatest need, including those where a large portion of renters pay over 50% of their income in rent or have lost their jobs since the … Continue Reading


January 25, 2022

Gillibrand, Colleagues Urge Biden Administration To Require Medicare To Pay For Rapid Covid Tests

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand joined 18 of her Senate colleagues in urging the Biden administration to require Medicare to pay for rapid COVID tests. The letter follows the administration's recent guidance requiring private insurance companies to cover the cost of up to 8 rapid over-the-counter COVID tests per month. Extending this requirement to Medicare would ensure that an additional 61 million Americans enrolled in Medicare and Medicare Advantage, including those at highest risk … Continue Reading


January 24, 2022

Senator Gillibrand Calls For Major Increase In Funding To Address Maternal Mortality Crisis Among Black Women And Eliminate Racial Bias In Maternal Care

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand stood at the Roosevelt Family Health Center with Dr. Martine Hackett of Birth Justice Warriors and Chief Medical Officer of LIFQHC Dr. Tarika James to call for funding to address the nation's maternal mortality crisis among Black women and eliminate racial bias in maternal care. Ahead of final negotiations for the FY22 appropriations package, Senator Gillibrand is calling on House and Senate Appropriations Committee leaders to include $7 million to fund … Continue Reading


January 24, 2022

Senator Gillibrand, Deputy Mayor Owens, And Health Leader Sequoia Kemp Call For Major Increase In Funding To Address Maternal Mortality Crisis Among Black Women And Eliminate Racial Bias In Maternal Care

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand stood at South Side Communication Center with Deputy Mayor of Syracuse Sharon Owens and Co-Founder of Sankofa Reproductive Health and Healing Center SeQuoia Kemp to call for funding to address the nation's maternal mortality crisis among Black women and eliminate racial bias in maternal care. Ahead of final negotiations for the FY22 appropriations package, Senator Gillibrand is calling on House and Senate Appropriations Committee leaders to include $7 … Continue Reading


January 24, 2022

Senator Gillibrand, Mayor Evans, And Members Of Rochester’s New York State Delegation Call For Major Increase In Funding To Address Maternal Mortality Crisis Among Black Women And Eliminate Racial Bias In Maternal Care

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand stood at the His Branches Community Health Center with Rochester Mayor Malik Evans, State Senator Samra Brouk, Executive Director of His Branches Community Health Center Mike Weston, and Assembly Members Demond Meeks and Sarah Clark to call for funding to address the nation's maternal mortality crisis among Black women and eliminate racial bias in maternal care. Ahead of final negotiations for the FY22 appropriations package, Senator Gillibrand is calling … Continue Reading


January 21, 2022

Gillibrand Statement On Shooting Of NYPD Officers

Addressing the shooting of two NYPD officers tonight, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand issued the following statement: "I'm horrified that one NYPD officer was killed in the line of duty tonight and another is in critical condition. My heart is with their families, friends and their fellow officers. We must do more to get guns off our streets and prevent these … Continue Reading

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