Press Releases

July 29, 2020

As New York Communities Plan To Reopen Schools, Gillibrand Cosponsors Legislation To Increase Funding For Students With Disabilities

As communities across New York State begin planning to reopen schools, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is cosponsoring legislation to increase funding for children with disabilities. The coronavirus pandemic poses a unique threat to the education of more than 7 million school-aged children with disabilities, and nearly 500,000 infants and toddlers with disabilities, who rely on support and services that have been difficult to continue or adjust during school closures. The Supporting Children … Continue Reading


July 28, 2020

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $1 Million In Federal Funding For Economic Development In New York’s Southern Tier And Capital Region

U.S. Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $1,200,000 in federal funding to help recovery efforts from COVID-19 economic disruptions in New York's Southern Tier and Capital Region. The funding was allocated by the Economic Development Administration (EDA) as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and will be used to spur economic development and offset costs from the COVID-19 emergency. "In these trying and … Continue Reading


July 28, 2020

Gillibrand Joins Call On Anthony J. Tata To Withdraw Nomination For Under Secretary Of Defense For Policy

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee Personnel Subcommittee, joined Senate colleagues in calling on retired Brigadier General Anthony J. Tata to withdraw his nomination to serve as Under Secretary of Defense for Policy at the Department of Defense (DoD) and resign his current position as a senior advisor to the secretary of defense. Years of bigoted, sexist, and conspiratorial comments by Tata -- on matters including Islam, President Barack … Continue Reading


July 27, 2020

In Poughkeepsie, Senator Gillibrand And Lt. Governor Hochul Meet With Local Child Care Providers, Call On CDC To Clarify Guidance For Reopening, And Urge Congress To Stabilize Child Care Industry

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul visited Community Family Development, Inc. in Poughkeepsie to meet with local child care providers and discuss the need for critical support for the child care industry. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, nearly half of all child care providers have had to shut their doors and the industry faces a potential loss of more than 4 million child care slots, which would leave millions of families without access to essential child … Continue Reading


July 27, 2020

In Ithaca, Senator Gillibrand And Lt. Governor Hochul Meet With Local Child Care Providers, Call On CDC To Clarify Guidance For Reopening, And Urge Congress To Stabilize Child Care Industry

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul visited the Downtown Ithaca Children's Center (DICC) to meet with local child care providers and discuss the need for critical support for the child care industry. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, nearly half of all child care providers have had to shut their doors and the industry faces a potential loss of more than 4 million child care slots, which would leave millions of families without access to essential child care … Continue Reading


July 27, 2020

In Troy, Senator Gillibrand And Lt. Governor Hochul Meet With Local Child Care Providers, Call On CDC To Clarify Guidance For Reopening, And Urge Congress To Stabilize Child Care Industry

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Lieutenant Governor KathyHochul visited Unity House of Troy to meet with local child care providers and discuss the need for critical support for the child care industry. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, nearly half of all child care providers have had to shut their doors and the industry faces a potential loss of more than 4 million child care slots, which would leave millions of families without access to essential child care services when normal work … Continue Reading


July 24, 2020

In Syracuse, Senator Gillibrand And Lt. Governor Hochul Meet With Local Child Care Providers, Call On CDC To Clarify Guidance For Reopening, And Urge Congress To Stabilize Child Care Industry

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul visited Child Care Solutions in Syracuse to meet with local child care providers and discuss the need for critical support for the child care industry. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, nearly half of all child care providers have had to shut their doors and the industry faces a potential loss of more than 4 million child care slots, which would leave millions of families without access to essential child care services … Continue Reading


July 24, 2020

Gillibrand, Kaine And Warren Lead Colleagues To Call For Fixes To Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program To Be Included In Relief Package

Today, U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) led a group of eighteen senators to call on Senate leadership to include fixes to the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program in the next COVID-19 relief package. In a letter, the senators called for the inclusion of components from Senator Gillibrand and Senator Tim Kaine's What You Can Do For Your Country Act in the relief package to ensure that public servants who are working on the … Continue Reading


July 24, 2020

In Rochester, Senator Gillibrand And Lt. Governor Hochul Meet With Local Child Care Providers, Call On CDC To Clarify Guidance For Reopening, And Urge Congress To Stabilize Child Care Industry

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul visited Ibero Early Childhood Services in Rochester to meet with local child care providers and discuss the need for critical support for the child care industry. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, nearly half of all child care providers have had to shut their doors and the industry faces a potential loss of more than 4 million child care slots, which would leave millions of families without access to essential child care … Continue Reading


July 24, 2020

In Buffalo, Senator Gillibrand And LT. Governor Hochul Meet With Local Child Care Providers, Call On CDC To Clarify Guidance For Reopening, And Urge Congress To Stabilize Child Care Industry

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul visited the Buffalo State College Child Care Center to meet with local child care providers and discuss the need for critical support for the child care industry. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, nearly half of all child care providers have had to shut their doors and the industry faces a potential loss of more than 4 million child care slots, which would leave millions of families without access to essential child care … Continue Reading


July 23, 2020

Gillibrand Calls For Essential PPE And Sanitizing Equipment At Polling Locations This November

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand joined her colleagues in urging Vice President Pence and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Peter Gaynor to provide ample PPE and sanitizing equipment for polling locations and workers during the November elections. As COVID-19 cases continue to climb across the United States, the Trump administration must provide comprehensive hygiene, disinfecting, sanitizing, and physical distancing protocols to ensure safety during the election … Continue Reading


July 23, 2020

Gilibrand Statement On President Trump Lifting Global Entry Ban Targeting New Yorkers

Addressing the Trump administration's announcement that they would be lifting the Department of Homeland Security's ban on New York residents enrolling in Global Entry, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand released the following statement: "There was never a factual basis for banning New York residents from enrolling in Global Entry-the ban's true purpose was to punish New York State for embracing diversity and inclusion. I am pleased that President Trump has reversed this deeply misguided policy … Continue Reading


July 22, 2020

Gillibrand Statement On The Passing Of Ed Bartholomew, Former Mayor Of Glens Falls And President Of EDC Warren County

Addressing the passing of Ed Bartholomew, former Mayor of Glens Falls and President of EDC Warren County, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand issued the following statement: "I'm deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Ed Bartholomew, a devoted public servant and a passionate advocate for his community. Ed worked tirelessly to secure funding and support for the projects that have built present-day Warren County, including his leadership in the continued revitalization of downtown Glens Falls. … Continue Reading


July 22, 2020

Gillibrand Statement On Trump Effort To Ban Undocumented Immigrants From Being Counted In 2020 Census

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand issued the following statement in response to President Trump's effort to ban undocumented immigrants from being counted in the US Census 2020: "The Census is a vital tool to ensure that all our communities receive the resources they need to thrive. As New Yorkers work to rebuild our economy and our neighborhoods, we can't afford to leave a single dollar on the table of much needed funding for education, transportation, hospitals, and infrastructure. We must … Continue Reading


July 22, 2020

Gillibrand Urges Senate To Pass Legislation To Block Trump Rule Allowing Employers To Deny Birth Control Coverage

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand cosponsored legislation to protect access to birth control and prevent the Trump administration from allowing employers to deny birth control coverage based on religious or moral opposition. Following a Supreme Court decision upholding the administration's rule to undermine access to birth control, Gillibrand and her Senate colleagues are urging the Senate to pass the Protect Access to Birth Control Act. The Protect Access to Birth Control Act would block … Continue Reading


July 21, 2020

Following Disappearance And Murder Of Vanessa Guillén, Gillibrand Offers Amendment To Review Military’s Missing Person Investigation Procedures

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Personnel, offered an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would require the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) to review the military's missing person investigation procedures in order to correct past missteps and modernize the process. Gillibrand offered the amendment following the murder of Specialist Vanessa Guillén, who had been missing for two … Continue Reading


July 21, 2020

Gillibrand Requests $3.9 Billion In Federal Funding For MTA, Additional Measures For Port Authority To Cover $3 Billion In Lost Revenues

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, member of the Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, recently sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) requesting at least an additional $3.9 billion in federal funding for the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) be included in upcoming COVID-19 federal legislation to address the massive budget deficit the transit agency is facing due to loss revenue and fare loss. In the letter, Gillibrand also requested to include language that … Continue Reading


July 21, 2020

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $98 Million In Federal Funding For The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA)

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $98.2 million in federal funding for the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) allocated in the CARES Act through the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). These funds are in addition to the $3.9 billion in CARES Act funding previously delivered to the MTA and will be used to support operational expenses for the agency, which operates the New York City Subway, Buses, and … Continue Reading


July 20, 2020

As New York’s Local Governments Face Billions In Lost Revenue Due To COVID-19 Crisis, Gillibrand Calls For Direct Federal Relief Funding For Local Governments Responding To And Recovering From Coronavirus Pandemic In North Babylon

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand visited the North Babylon Fire Department to call for legislation to provide local governments with direct federal relief that can be used to pay for essential services and offset lost revenues and increased costs from the COVID-19 emergency. As local governments have faced slashed revenues due to the pandemic, local assistance is needed to complement direct relief which states also require to recover from this crisis. Senator Gillibrand stood with … Continue Reading


July 20, 2020

As New York’s Local Governments Face Billions In Lost Revenue Due To COVID-19 Crisis, Gillibrand Calls For Direct Federal Relief Funding For Local Governments Responding To And Recovering From Coronavirus Pandemic In Glens Falls

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand called for legislation to provide local governments with direct federal relief that can be used to pay for essential services and offset lost revenues and increased costs stemming from the COVID-19 crisis. As local governments have faced slashed revenues due to the pandemic, direct assistance is needed to help state and local governments recover from this crisis. Concerned about the layoffs of public health care workers, firefighters, police, … Continue Reading

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