Press Releases

June 13, 2019

After Years-Long Bipartisan Push, Gillibrand and Daines Announce Senate Passage of Legislation They Have Championed To Ensure Blue Water Navy Vets Get the Benefits They Have Earned

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Steve Daines (R-MT) today announced the Senate has unanimously passed legislation they have championed, the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act, which would ensure Blue Water Navy Veterans have access to the benefits and care they have earned and deserve. "I have been proud to lead the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act for years and am thrilled that the Senate has finally passed this bipartisan bill to ensure Blue Water Navy … Continue Reading


June 12, 2019

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $800K in Federal Railroad Administration Funding for the Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority in St. Lawrence County

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $800,000 in federal funding for the Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Transportation and Federal Railway Administration's (FRA) Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements Grant Program, and will be used to acquire equipment such as a railcar unloading conveyor, a stockpiling conveyor, two front-end loaders and a vessel … Continue Reading


June 12, 2019

Senator Gillibrand Praises Unanimous Passage of 9/11 VCF Bill out of House Judiciary Committee, Urges Congress to Move Quickly

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today released the following statement after the House Judiciary Committee unanimously passed legislation to make the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund program permanent: "The House Judiciary Committee took an important step in passing the 9/11 VCF bill and I expect that it will pass the full House. Yesterday should be the last time our first responders have to come to Washington. As they so eloquently testified - they are sick, they are dying, and … Continue Reading


June 08, 2019

Schumer, Gillibrand Call on Army Corps of Engineers to Approve Two Critical Projects for Town of Greece and Youngstown to Protect Against Lake Ontario Flood Damage

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced their call for the Army Corps of Engineers to approve two critical projects that would help New York communities devastated by Lake Ontario flooding. Their call comes as the International Joint Commission announced this week that water levels on Lake Ontario have exceeded record levels. Specifically, the senators are calling for the Army Corps to initiate a new project for the … Continue Reading


June 07, 2019

Gillibrand, Merkley, Baldwin Introduce Bill to “Level the Playing Field” for American Workers in Global Trade Agreements

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced legislation she introduced with U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) that would "level the playing field" for American workers in global trade agreements. The Level the Playing Field in Global Trade Act of 2019 would require any future trade agreements that is eligible for fast track consideration by Congress to include enforceable wage, workplace, and environmental standards. This would help ensure that … Continue Reading


June 06, 2019

Senator Gillibrand Statement on Tragic Accident at West Point

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today released the following statement on the tragic accident early this morning involving cadets and soldiers at the United States Military Academy. "The cadets at the United States Military Academy and the service members who support them are some of the most courageous and selfless people in our nation. Members of our military make extraordinary sacrifices for our country, they willingly … Continue Reading


June 05, 2019

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $1.1 Million in Federal Funding for Ithaca College

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $1,199,384 in federal funding for Ithaca College. The funding was allocated through the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Robert Noyce Scholarship Program and will be used help recruit, train and retain science, technology, energy and mathematics (STEM) educators, specifically from diverse backgrounds. The federal funding will be used by a program that offers stipends to potential educators … Continue Reading


June 04, 2019

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $6.6 Million in Federal Funds for Syracuse Hancock International Airport

Washington, DC - U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $6,663,421 in federal funding for Syracuse Hancock International Airport. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Airport Improvement Program (AIP). Specifically, the funding will be used to rehabilitate Syracuse Hancock International Airport's taxiway. "Keeping our airports in top-notch … Continue Reading


June 04, 2019

Schumer, Gillibrand, Brindisi Announce Over $3 Million In Federal Funds For Greater Binghamton Airport

Washington, DC - U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and Congressman Anthony Brindisi (D-NY-22) today announced $3,126,599 in federal funding for Greater Binghamton Airport. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Airport Improvement Program (AIP). Specifically, the funding will be used to reconstruct Greater Binghamton Airport's runway, runway … Continue Reading


June 03, 2019

Schumer, Gillibrand, Brindisi Announce Over $8.1 Million in Federal Funding for Griffiss International Airport in Oneida County

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Representative Anthony Brindisi today announced $8,181,000 in federal funding for Griffiss International Airport in Oneida County. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Airport Improvement Program (AIP). Specifically, the funding will be used to reconstruct Griffiss International Airport's runway and runway … Continue Reading


June 03, 2019

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $1.5 Million in Federal Funding For Finger Lakes Regional Airport in Seneca County

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $1.5 million in federal funding for Finger Lakes Regional Airport in Seneca County. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Airport Improvement Program (AIP). Specifically, the funding will be used to reconstruct Finger Lakes Regional Airport's apron. "Keeping our airports in top-notch shape is crucial to … Continue Reading


May 31, 2019

Gillibrand Joins Senators In Calling On USDA To Ensure Trade Aid Will Benefit American Farmers Instead Of Foreign Corporations

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) announced she has joined U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and seven other Senators to raise serious concerns about the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) continuing to allow foreign companies to profit from the Trump Administration's plan to help American farmers affected by its trade policies. Gillibrand called on the USDA to stop allowing commodity purchases that benefit foreign-owned companies. This comes after the Trump … Continue Reading


May 29, 2019

Gillibrand Joins Casey To Introduce Bill To Support Family Members Raising Children Due To Opioid Epidemic

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Bob Casey (D-PA) today announced legislation to help ease the financial burden of grandparents and other family caregivers who are raising children because of the opioid crisis. The Grandfamilies Act is based on the success of legislation that was signed into law last year to help grandparents easily find the resources they need when raising grandchildren such as navigating the school system, planning for their families' future, … Continue Reading


May 29, 2019

Schumer, Gillibrand Call on FEMA to Stand Ready to Quickly Approve Potential Disaster Declaration for Lake Ontario & St. Lawrence River Communities Impacted by Flooding & Exceptionally High Water Levels

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today urged the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to stand ready to quickly approve any request from New York State for a major disaster declaration for communities affected by flooding along Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River. The senators explained that the communities surrounding Lake Ontario are now facing a repeat of 2017's historic and devastating flooding, if not a worse situation, as … Continue Reading


May 24, 2019

Gillibrand-Shaheen Amendment to Ban PFAS Chemicals in Firefighting Foam Used On Military Bases Passes Senate Armed Services Committee as Part of Annual Defense Bill

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that a provision she cosponsored to prohibit the Department of Defense from procuring firefighting foam that contains per- and polyfluoralkyl substances (PFAS) passed the Senate Armed Services Committee as part of the annual National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Gillibrand, who serves as ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Personnel and is also a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works … Continue Reading


May 24, 2019

As Alarming Reports Continue To Emerge About China’s Use Of Cutting-Edge Technologies To Commit Human Rights Atrocities Against Uyghurs, Gillibrand Calls On Trump Administration To Implement Export Controls On New Technologies That Could Be Used To Violate Human Rights

Expanded Export Controls Would Help Stop Human Rights Atrocities, Protect America's National Security; Letter to Commerce Secretary Ross Urges Controls Should Cover New Technologies Including Surveillance and DNA Tools; Gillibrand: Our Country - Including American Innovation and Expertise - Should Not Play Any Role in Helping China Carry Out Violations of Human Rights in Xinjiang Washington, DC - As alarming reports continue to emerge about the unprecedented use of cutting-edge technology to … Continue Reading


May 23, 2019

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce National Defense Bill That Just Passed Out of Committee Authorizes Over $40m in Funding for New Railhead and UAV Hangar at Fort Drum; Senators Say Projects Would Modernize Base Infrastructure, Enhance Readiness

Fiscal Year 2020 NDAA, Which Just Passed Out Of Committee, Authorizes $21M To Fully Fund Replacement Of Worn Out Fort Drum Railhead That Limits Installation's Ability To Meet Mission Readiness Requirements; National Defense Bill Also Includes Authorization To Fully Fund Construction Of A New, $23M UAV Hangar At Fort Drum, As The Installation Lacks The Facilities To Properly Service And House New Tactical UAV's; Senators: New Railhead And UAV Hangar At Fort Drum Would Keep World-Class … Continue Reading


May 21, 2019

Gillibrand Delivers Opening Remarks At Personnel Subcommittee Markup Highlighting Her Priorities To Support Nation’s Service Members

**WATCH Senator Gillibrand's opening remarks HERE** Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, the Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Personnel Subcommittee, delivered opening remarks at the Personnel Subcommittee markup hearing of the Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The Personnel Subcommittee of the Senate Armed Services Committee passed its section of the FY20 NDAA earlier today, and the full Armed Services Committee is set to begin … Continue Reading


May 20, 2019

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $2.8 Million in Federal Head Start Funding for Cortland County Community Action Program

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $2,887,428 in federal funding for Cortland County Community Action Program. The funding was provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Head Start Program and will be used to support child care and support services for low-income families throughout Cortland County. "Study after study shows that the better we prepare our young children, through programs like Head Start, the … Continue Reading


May 20, 2019

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $600,000 in Federal Funding To Combat the Opioid Epidemic in Upstate New York

Washington, DC - U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $600,000 in federal funding for three organizations across Upstate New York that work to mitigate opioid addiction and abuse. The funding will be specifically used for opioid response planning and will help to create prevention, treatment, and recovery plans in addition to forming coalitions across community stakeholders. The funding was awarded by the U.S. Department of Health … Continue Reading

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