Press Releases

November 11, 2020

On Veterans Day, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand Pushes For Expanded Health Care For Vets Suffering From Agent Orange-Linked Illnesses In Final National Defense Bill

On Veterans Day, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, urged House and Senate Armed Services Committee leadership to include expanded health care and benefits for veterans suffering from Agent Orange-linked illnesses in the final Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). With the NDAA headed for consideration by the Senate and House in coming weeks, Gillibrand is pushing committee leadership to maintain the bipartisan amendment - … Continue Reading


November 10, 2020

Gillibrand Statement On Supreme Court Hearing Republican Arguments On Striking Down The ACA

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand issued the statement below in response to today's U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) arguments challenging the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Gillibrand opposed the rushed confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett, and recently urged Attorney General Barr to rescind support of the SCOTUS lawsuit to strike down the ACA. "Today's arguments before the Supreme Court are yet another attempt by Republicans to advance their never-ending crusade to destroy … Continue Reading


November 09, 2020

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $6 Million In Federal Funding For Northwell Health Inc.’s COVID-19 Response And Emergency Management

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $6,284,101.33 in federal funding for Northwell Health Inc. The coronavirus pandemic at first overwhelmed New York's hospitals - requiring increased clinical staffing services to meet patient demand and increased disinfection protocols. This funding will be used to cover the cost of 223,000 previous overtime hours for sanitization of facilities and medical care for COVID-19 patients. "I'm proud … Continue Reading


November 06, 2020

Gillibrand, Senate Democrats Urge Attorney General Barr To Rescind Support Of Supreme Court Lawsuit To Strike Down Affordable Care Act

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand joined Senate Democrats to urge U.S. Attorney General William Barr to rescind the Department of Justice's (DOJ) support of the Supreme Court lawsuit that seeks to strike down the Affordable Care Act (ACA). President Trump and Senate Republicans have made repeated efforts to invalidate the ACA and gut protections for Americans with pre-existing conditions, including rushing the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett ahead of the November 10th … Continue Reading


November 05, 2020

Gillibrand, Brown, Van Hollen Announce Legislation To Expand Community School Funding

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand introduced legislation with U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) to expand community school funding and ensure students, families, and communities have the resources needed for students to thrive. The Full-Service Community School Expansion Act of 2020 would help public k-12 schools serve students, families, and communities by investing more than $3 billion in public schools to be community hubs and provide integrated student supports, … Continue Reading


November 05, 2020

Gillibrand, Brown, Van Hollen Announce Legislation To Expand Community School Funding

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand introduced legislation with U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) to expand community school funding and ensure students, families, and communities have the resources needed for students to thrive. The Full-Service Community School Expansion Act of 2020 would help public k-12 schools serve students, families, and communities by investing more than $3 billion in public schools to be community hubs and provide integrated student supports, … Continue Reading


November 02, 2020

Gillibrand Leads Colleagues In Calling On USDA To Fairly Implement P-EBT Program In Puerto Rico In Order To Provide Food Security

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, led her colleagues in a letter urging Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, to "provide expeditious and fair implementation of the Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) Program in Puerto Rico and the U.S. territories." Since the signing of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) in March 2020, all 50 states plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands have had the choice to … Continue Reading


October 30, 2020

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $300K In Energy Funding For Farmers, Ranchers, And Small Business Owners In Rural New York

U.S. Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, today announced $302,376 in funding to help rural small businesses and agricultural producers invest in energy efficient and renewable energy systems. The funding was administered through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). "To meet New York's net zero by 2050 carbon target, we must invest in clean, … Continue Reading


October 30, 2020

Schumer, Gillibrand Demand Answers From HHS Regarding Potential Arbitrary Funding Cuts To Critical Public Health Programs

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand joined colleagues in pressing the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to ensure that millions of dollars in federal funding for critical public health programs will not be withheld in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. President Trump and Attorney General Barr have threatened to withhold the funding as part of an illegitimate Trump order to punish Americans in New York City, Seattle, Portland, and Washington, D.C. To ensure … Continue Reading


October 29, 2020

Senator Gillibrand, Congressman Tonko Call For Extension Of Erie Canalway Commission

On the week marking the 195th anniversary of the Erie Canal's opening, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Paul D. Tonko held a press conference today to call to extend the authorization of the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor Commission. The members both announced legislation this week that would extend the Commission's authorization from its current sunset date of September 30, 2021 to September 30, 2034. "The Erie Canal is a part New York's rich history of innovation. … Continue Reading


October 28, 2020

Gillibrand Urges Secretary DeVos To Grant Federal Student Loan Borrowers Access To Cares Act Relief

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, alongside Senate Democrats, called on Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to take steps to ensure federal student loan borrowers who have been left out of the CARES Act receive federal student loan relief - including a freeze on all payments, interest, and collections. Since March, the CARES Act has provided forbearance, waived interest, and halted collections for borrowers whose student loans were directly held by the U.S. Department of Education. However, more … Continue Reading


October 27, 2020

As Winter Weather Approaches New York State, Gillibrand Urges Trump Administration To Release Vital LIHEAP Funding For Low-Income Seniors And Families

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand urged the Trump administration to quickly release the highest possible amount of Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funds in order to provide critical financial assistance for low-income households and seniors. Before the pandemic, more than 1.5 million low-income New Yorkers and seniors depended on LIHEAP to help pay their energy bills and stay safe during the winter. Now the economic crisis has pushed vulnerable Americans into deeper … Continue Reading


October 27, 2020

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Nearly $200,000 In Funding For The Legal Services Corporation Of Western New York To Help Low-Income Individuals Access Legal Assistance

U.S. Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $192,400 in funding for the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) of Western New York to invest in technology and web design advancements that will help make complex legal platforms more intuitive and accessible to low-income individuals with civil legal needs. This funding was allocated by LSC through their Technology Initiative Grant (TIG) program, designed to improve legal service delivery to low-income … Continue Reading


October 26, 2020

Senator Gillibrand Statement On Rushed Confirmation Of Judge Amy Coney Barrett To The Supreme Court

Addressing the confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand released the following statement: "Judge Amy Coney Barrett's confirmation represents the efforts of the Republican Party to impose an ultra-conservative ideology on the American people, the majority of whom do not share their views. I voted against Judge Barrett's nomination because her views on reproductive rights, health care, LGBTQ rights, immigrant rights, and civil rights are far … Continue Reading


October 26, 2020

ICYMI: On Senate Floor, Gillibrand Denounces Rushed Confirmation Vote Of Judge Amy Coney Barrett To The Supreme Court

**WATCH Senator Gillibrand's Speech on the Senate Floor HERE** U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today spoke on the Senate floor to denounce Republican efforts to rush through the confirmation process of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. In a last chance effort to impose extreme, conservative views on this country, Senate Republicans are moving forward with a rushed confirmation process that will have harmful consequences on health care, immigrant's rights, women's rights, LGBTQ … Continue Reading


October 23, 2020

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Nearly $200,000 Dollars In Funding To Combat Chronic Wasting Disease In New York State

U.S. Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today announced $180,366 in federal funding for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to protect New York's wildlife and deer population from the serious threat of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). CWD is an infectious, degenerative disease of cervids in deer and moose that causes brain cells to die, ultimately leading to the … Continue Reading


October 23, 2020

Gillibrand, Senate Democrats Press Trump Administration To Address And Aid Global Humanitarian Crises Exacerbated By COVID-19 Pandemic

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand led Senate Democrats in pushing the Trump administration to address the global humanitarian crises exacerbated by COVID-19. In a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Acting Administrator John Barsa, Gillibrand and her colleagues slammed the Trump administration's failure to take the threat of COVID-19 seriously and the inadequate response that has contributed to the loss of thousands of lives and weakened … Continue Reading


October 22, 2020

Schumer, Gillibrand, Lowey, Engel, Maloney Renew Call On Nuclear Regulatory Commission To Hold A Public Hearing Before Moving Forward On Indian Point License Transfer

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, and U.S. Representatives Nita Lowey, Eliot Engel, and Sean Patrick Maloney today sent a letter to the Chairman and members of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) renewing their call for the Commission to hold a public hearing and address state and community concerns before NRC staff provisionally approves the transfer of the NRC license for the Indian Point Energy Center in Buchanan, NY, from Entergy … Continue Reading


October 22, 2020

Gillibrand Announces Bicameral Legislation To Create More Equitable Health Care System

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, alongside a group of colleagues led by U.S. Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI), announced comprehensive legislation to create a more equitable health care system and address health disparities for underserved communities. The Health Equity and Accountability Act (HEAA) would address health inequities among racial and ethnic minorities, women, the LGBTQ+ community, rural populations, and socioeconomically disadvantaged communities throughout New York. "The … Continue Reading


October 21, 2020

Gillibrand, Cruz Lead Bipartisan Call To Expand U.S.-Israel Cooperation In National Defense Authorization Act Negotiations

U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), member of the Senate Armed Services Personnel Subcommittee, and Ted Cruz (R-TX), member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, led their colleagues in sending a letter to the chairmen and ranking members of the Senate and House Armed Services Committees, to request continued support of provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act that will maintain the close cooperation between the United States and Israel. In the letter, the senators call … Continue Reading

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