Press Releases

October 21, 2020

Gillibrand, Blumenthal Press Armed Service Committees To Pause Implementation Of New Army Combat Fitness Test (ACFT); New Test Relies On Flawed Data And Could Undermine Military Readiness

U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) sent a letter to the chairmen and ranking members of the Senate and House Armed Services Committee urging the postponement of implementation of the new Army Combat Fitness Test (ACFT). The senators cited significant concerns about the data used to develop the test, initial test scores and logistical issues, noting that initial results show a dramatic gender gap and a misguided emphasis on physical prowess, even in careers … Continue Reading


October 20, 2020

Senator Gillibrand, Restaurateurs David Chang And Tom Colicchio Call For Bipartisan Legislation To Help Independent Restaurants Survive Economic Crisis

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, David Chang, chef and founder of Momofuku, and Tom Colicchio, owner of Crafted Hospitality and founding member of the Independent Restaurant Coalition, urged the Senate to pass the bipartisan Real Economic Support That Acknowledges Unique Restaurant Assistance Needed to Survive (RESTAURANTS) Act of 2020. The RESTAURANTS Act would create a $120 billion Restaurant Revitalization Fund to address the unique long-term challenges of food service and drinking … Continue Reading


October 20, 2020

Schumer, Gillibrand Press EPA On Implementation Of Illegitimate Trump Order To Withhold Federal Funding From NYC, Several Major Cities

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, along with four other Senate colleagues, sent a letter to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler requesting information about the EPA's implementation of the likely illegal White House memorandum ordering federal agencies to withhold funds from cities that President Trump falsely and absurdly claimed are being run by "anarchists." The cities … Continue Reading


October 19, 2020

Senator Gillibrand Visits The Clemens Center, Calls For Legislation To Create New Loan Program To Help Small Businesses And Live Event Venues Recover From Months Of Limited Operations

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand visited The Clemens Center to call for legislation to support live event venues and small- and mid-sized businesses that are struggling to recover after months of limited operations due to the coronavirus crisis. The bipartisan Reviving the Economy Sustainably Towards a Recovery in Twenty-Twenty (RESTART) Act would create a new loan program to fund six months of employer and operating expenses for businesses that have lost substantial revenue and need … Continue Reading


October 19, 2020

Senator Gillibrand, Representative Delgado Visit Hudson To Call For Legislation To Create New Loan Program To Help Small Businesses Recover From Months Of Limited Operations

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Representative Antonio Delgado stood at Hudson's Public Square/7th Street Park to call for legislation to support small- and mid-sized businesses that are struggling to recover after months of limited operations due to the coronavirus crisis. The bipartisan Reviving the Economy Sustainably Towards a Recovery in Twenty-Twenty (RESTART) Act would create a new loan program to fund six months of employer and operating expenses for businesses that … Continue Reading


October 16, 2020

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Nearly $4.5 Million To Reduce Air Pollution From Diesel Emissions In New York City And Long Island

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, today announced $4,358,000 in federal funding for diesel emissions reduction programs in New York City and Long Island. The funding was allocated through the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) National Grants Program and will be used to replace commuter ferries, school buses, trucks and tractors with less … Continue Reading


October 15, 2020

Gillibrand Presses Leadership To Maintain Critical PFAS Provisions In Final NDAA Negotiations

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, alongside U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), pressed Senate and House Armed Services Committee leadership to maintain critical per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) provisions in the final FY21 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Because of the use of aqueous firefighting foam (AFFF) by the military, PFAS chemicals, like perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS), have … Continue Reading


October 14, 2020

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $1 Million For Research And Development For Fire Prevention And Safety In New York City

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $1,068,883.81 in federal funding for the National Development Research Institute (NDRI-USA) in New York City to further their research and development on fire prevention and safety. This funding was allocated through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) in cooperation with the U.S. Fire Administration. "New York City's firefighters have been … Continue Reading


October 13, 2020

Amid Rushed Confirmation Hearings, Gillibrand Addresses The Threat Of Repealing Health Care For Millions Of Americans And The Future Of The Affordable Care Act

As the Senate Judiciary Committee proceeds with confirmation hearings on Judge Amy Coney Barrett, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand addressed the threat of repealing health care for millions of Americans and the future of the Affordable Care Act.Senator Gillibrand spoke with New York constituents with pre-existing conditions and sharply criticized Republicans' continuous efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act and strip health care from millions of Americans during a global pandemic and … Continue Reading


October 09, 2020

Alongside Veterans And Veterans Advocates In Albany, Senator Gillibrand Calls For New Legislation To Help Veterans With Diseases Linked To Burn Pits And Other Toxic Exposures Obtain Benefits From VA

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Personnel Subcommittee, stood at the Joseph E. Zaloga American Legion Post #1520 alongside Albany County Executive and member of the New York National Guard Dan McCoy and Director of the Albany County Veterans Service Bureau Ken Secor to call for new landmark legislation, the Presumptive Benefits for War Fighters Exposed to Burn Pits and Other Toxins Act of 2020. Senator Gillibrand'srecently introduced … Continue Reading


October 09, 2020

In Syracuse, Senator Gillibrand Stands With Veterans And Veterans Advocates To Call For New Legislation To Help Veterans With Diseases Linked To Burn Pits And Other Toxic Exposures Obtain Benefits From VA

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Personnel Committee, stood with Assemblywoman Pam Hunter, veterans advocate Alex Behm, Executive Director of Clear Path for Veterans, and local veteran Colin Santacroce to call for new landmark legislation, the Presumptive Benefits for War Fighters Exposed to Burn Pits and Other Toxins Act of 2020. Senator Gillibrand's recently introduced legislation would streamline the process for obtaining VA benefits for … Continue Reading


October 09, 2020

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand Visits Valley Stream American Legion, Calls For New Legislation Which Would Help Veterans With Diseases Linked To Burn Pits And Other Toxic Exposures Obtain Benefits From VA

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand delivered remarks at the American Legion in Valley Stream to push for her new landmark legislation, the Presumptive Benefits for War Fighters Exposed to Burn Pits and Other Toxins Act of 2020. The recently introduced legislation would streamline the process for obtaining VA benefits for burn pit and other toxic exposures. Senator Gillibrand was joined by New York State Assemblywoman Michaelle Solages, 9/11 Responder & Activist John Feal, and Army … Continue Reading


October 09, 2020

In NYC, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand Calls For New Legislation Which Would Help Veterans With Diseases Linked To Burn Pits And Other Toxic Exposures Obtain Benefits From VA

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand held a press conference in New York City to push for her new landmark legislation, the Presumptive Benefits for War Fighters Exposed to Burn Pits and Other Toxins Act of 2020. Gillibrand's recently introduced legislation would streamline the process for obtaining VA benefits for burn pit and other toxic exposures. Approximately3.5 million veterans have been exposed to burn pits that spewed toxic fumes and carcinogens into the air. Yet, despite the known … Continue Reading


October 08, 2020

During Visit To Veterans Outreach Center, Senator Gillibrand And Representative Morelle Call For New Legislation To Help Veterans With Diseases Linked To Burn Pits And Other Toxic Exposures Obtain Benefits From VA

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Representative Joe Morelle visited the Veterans Outreach Center to call for new landmark legislation, the Presumptive Benefits for War Fighters Exposed to Burn Pits and Other Toxins Act of 2020. Senator Gillibrand's recently introduced legislation would streamline the process for obtaining VA benefits for burn pit and other toxic exposures. The Veterans Outreach Center has been serving veterans and their families in the Rochester community … Continue Reading


October 08, 2020

During Visit To Veterans One-Stop Center Of WNY, Gillibrand Calls For New Legislation To Help Veterans With Diseases Linked To Burn Pits And Other Toxic Exposures Obtain Benefits From VA

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand visited Veterans One-Stop Center of Western New York to call for her new landmark legislation, the Presumptive Benefits for War Fighters Exposed to Burn Pits and Other Toxins Act of 2020. The legislation, introduced last month, would streamline the process for obtaining VA benefits for burn pit and other toxic exposures. The Veterans One-Stop Center of WNY has been serving the community of more than 100,000 veterans in Western New York through their … Continue Reading


October 06, 2020

Senator Gillibrand Calls For Bipartisan Restart Act To Help Small Businesses And Live Event Venues Recover From Summer Of Limited Operations

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand urged passage of the bipartisan Reviving the Economy Sustainably Towards a Recovery in Twenty-Twenty (RESTART) Act to support live event venues and small- and mid-sized businesses that have been hit hardest by the coronavirus crisis. While the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) was intended to help small- and mid-sized businesses weather the economic crisis, many have slipped through the cracks and are struggling to maintain operations and pay their … Continue Reading


October 06, 2020

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Nearly $36 Million In Funding To Repair Damaged Federally-Owned Roads Across New York State

U.S. Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $35,767,672.72 in funding to support emergency repairs to federal roads across New York State. The funding was allocated through the US Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Highway Administration's Emergency Relief for Federally Owned Roads program, and will be used to restore roads and highway infrastructure damaged as a result of the World Trade Center attacks, Superstorm Sandy, and the 2018 … Continue Reading


October 05, 2020

Gillibrand, Colleagues Urge USDA To Fix Problems With Federal Food Program Local Pantries Rely On

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, joined members of New York's congressional delegation in a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Perdue expressing concern over the handling of the transition between vendors for Round Three of the Coronavirus Food Assistant Program's (CFAP) Farmers to Families Food Box Program, which has left local food pantries without vendors or guidance on how to procure food boxes. … Continue Reading


October 05, 2020

Senator Gillibrand Proposes Bicameral Plan To Strengthen State, Local, And Tribal Public Health Infrastructure As Experts Grow Increasingly Concerned Over Seasonal Flu And COVID-19 Overlap

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, alongside U.S. Senator Tina Smith (D-MN), proposed a bicameral plan to strengthen state, local, and Tribal public health infrastructure in anticipation of a seasonal flu outbreak that could compound the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Public health experts and health-care providers are increasingly worried about a "twindemic," caused by an overlap of seasonal flu and COVID-19, that would double the burden on already strained health care facilities. The … Continue Reading


October 02, 2020

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $550K In Federal Funding For New York State Based Immigration Legal Service Providers

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $550,000 in federal funding for organizations in New York State through the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The Catholic Charities of Rochester and the Catholic Charities of Syracuse were awarded $250,000 and $300,000, respectively. "Immigrants are dreamers and doers, and America … Continue Reading

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