Press Releases

June 15, 2021

EPA Takes Critical Steps To Monitor Hazardous PFAS Chemicals In Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) After Gillibrand, Capito Pass Transparency Bill

U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) today announced the successful implementation of their per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) provision requiring the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to identify and publicly share the sources of PFAS emissions. The provision was passed in the Fiscal Year 2020 (FY20) National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) conference bill and required 172 PFAS to be added and created a clear process to add future PFAS chemicals … Continue Reading

June 15, 2021

Gillibrand Calls To End Discriminatory Practices Against Transgender Veterans With Swift Processing Of Name Change Requests On Military Records

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Chair of the Senate Armed Services Personnel Subcommittee, sent a letter to the Pentagon requesting actions to streamline and expedite the process for name change requests on military discharge documentation for transgender veterans. "Individuals who are willing to put on the uniform of our country and risk their lives to defend our freedoms should be received with commendation, not prejudice. We must no longer permit harmful and discriminatory behavior … Continue Reading

June 14, 2021

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Legislation To Put An End To Unsolicited Robocalls

U.S. Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand joined Senate colleagues in calling for legislation to enhance penalties for automated and illegal phone calls wreaking havoc on consumers nationwide. The Deter Obnoxious, Nefarious, and Outrageous Telephone (DO NOT) Call Act would increase penalties for individuals and companies intentionally preying on consumers through unsolicited and illegal robocalls. "From every corner of New York there is one thing everyone can … Continue Reading

June 14, 2021

Gillibrand Announces Unanimous Passage Of Bipartisan Bill To Improve Access To Benefits For Officers And First Responders Injured In The Line Of Duty

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced the unanimous Senate passage of the Protecting America's First Responders Act of 2021. The bipartisan Senate bill, passed late last week, will improve access to benefits for first responders and law enforcement injured in the line of duty. The bill is co-led in the Senate by Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Chuck Grassley (R-IA). "Our first responders and law enforcement officers risk their health and lives to keep us safe," said Senator … Continue Reading

June 11, 2021

Gillibrand Pushes For $50 Million In Funding To Protect New York’s Natural Resources From Invasive Species Threatening The Great Lakes And Lake Champlain

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today sent a letter urging the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies to allocate $50 million in funding to protect the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain from the threat of invasive species in the FY2022 budget. Full funding for the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain Invasive Species Program would continue efforts to monitor and combat aquatic nuisance species, including zebra mussels and Asian carp, and cut off their … Continue Reading

June 10, 2021

Gillibrand Introduces Bill To Provide Direct Relief To Small Farms Struggling To Stay Afloat Amid The Pandemic

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, introduced The Relief for America's Small Farmers Act to provide economic relief for small farmers suffering from massive financial losses due to reduced demand and supply chain disruptions during the coronavirus pandemic. Small farms across the nation struggled to access emergency federal farm aid and received minimal Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) benefits at a time when the supply chain was … Continue Reading

June 10, 2021

Gillibrand, Rounds Lead Bipartisan Push To Fully Fund U.S-Israel Missile Defense Cooperation

Today, U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Mike Rounds (R-SD) led a bipartisan group of 38 senators in calling for $500 million to fully fund U.S.-Israel cooperative missile defense programs in the Defense Appropriations bill for fiscal year 2022. Israel's missile defense system is made up of four operational layers: Iron Dome, David's Sling, Arrow 2 and now Arrow 3. In addition to contributing to ballistic missile defense, the funding will support crucial work on research, development … Continue Reading

June 09, 2021

ICYMI: Video: Gillibrand Introduces Eunice Lee, Judicial Nominee For Second Circuit Court Of Appeals, Ahead Of Confirmation Hearing

[Watch Video Here] Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand introduced Second Circuit Court of Appeals judicial nominee Eunice Lee ahead of her confirmation hearing. Throughout her career, Lee has represented more than 380 indigent clients in proceedings before state and federal appellate courts. "Her approach to the law will ensure that all who come before the court are given the chance to be heard. And her voice and her experience will bring an important and much needed new perspective to the … Continue Reading

June 09, 2021

Gillibrand Pushes For Increased Funding For Lyme Disease And Tick-Borne Illness Research

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand called for $12 million for the Department of Defense's Tick-Borne Disease Research Program (TBDRP) and additional funding for tick-borne disease research at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). New York State has experienced an overwhelming increase of ticks, Lyme disease, and other tick-borne diseases with 92,577 cases of Lyme being reported over the last two decades. Despite the high number of vector-borne diseases in New York and … Continue Reading

June 08, 2021

Gillibrand Announces New Legislation To Clean Up PFAS At New York State Military Installations With Highest Levels Of Contamination

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand introduced two much needed pieces of legislation, the Clean Water for Military Families Act and the Filthy Fifty Act, directing the Department of Defense (DOD) to identify and clean up per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) at U.S. military installations with some of the highest detections across the country. Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.-14) will introduce both measures in the House. The hundreds of contaminated military sites across the country … Continue Reading

June 08, 2021

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $1 Million For Public Park Repairs In The Town Of North Hempstead

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $1,007,533.80 in federal funding to repair the Harbor Hills Park that incurred severe damages during Superstorm Sandy. The park posed a serious threat to public health and safety after undergoing strong winds, heavy rain, and up to eight feet of storm surge. This funding was allocated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and will help return … Continue Reading

June 08, 2021

Gillibrand Leads Bipartisan And Bicameral Bill To End LGBTQ+ And Religious Discrimination In The Child Welfare System

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, alongside U.S. Representatives Danny Davis (D-IL-7), Jenniffer González-Colón (R-PR), Angie Craig (D-MN-2) and Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY-18), is leading the bipartisan and bicameral John Lewis Every Child Deserves a Family Act. This bill would prohibit discrimination against prospective foster or adoptive parents, and children and youth in the foster care system on the basis of religion, marital status, gender identity, or sexual orientation, and … Continue Reading

June 07, 2021

Gillibrand, Espaillat, James Stand At Youth Action YouthBuild In East Harlem Calling For Funding To Support Apprenticeship Program For At-Risk Youth

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Congressman Adriano Espaillat (D-NY-13), New York Attorney General Letitia James, and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer visited the YouthAction YouthBuild (YAYB) center in East Harlem to call for an increase in federal funding for the YouthBuild program, which helps at-risk youth from ages 16 to 24 develop skills and knowledge to gain industry-recognized job credentials, apprenticeships, and employment. In the United States alone, there are … Continue Reading

June 07, 2021

Gillibrand: Time For Pathway To Citizenship For Essential Workers, Dreamers, TPS Recipients

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand released the following statement calling for lawmakers to consider all options to create a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants and asylum seekers who were on the frontlines of the pandemic response: "We must reimagine an immigration system that is both fair and transparent, and that upholds the dignity of immigrants and asylum seekers looking to build better lives. Undocumented immigrants were on the frontlines of New York's response to the … Continue Reading

June 04, 2021

Gillibrand, Meng, Ocasio-Cortez Push For Federal Funding To Fight Maternal Mortality At Elmhurst Hospital

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Representative Grace Meng, member of the House Appropriations Committee, and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez stood in front of Elmhurst Hospital to advocate for the much-needed renovation of New York City Health + Hospitals Elmhurst Obstetrical Inpatient facilities, in order to provide a more modern, safe, and equitable maternal health care experience to surrounding working class and immigrant communities. They were joined by Queens Borough President … Continue Reading

June 03, 2021

As Caregivers Are Forced To Choose Between Financial Security And Staying Home To Care For A Loved One, Gillibrand Pushes For Caregiver Social Security Credit

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand joined Senate colleagues to announce legislation that would help caregivers who left the workforce receive retirement compensation through Social Security credits. The Social Security earnings provided in the Social Security Caregiver Credit Act would be added to an individual's earnings to determine future Social Security benefits and can be claimed for up to 60 months. In order to qualify, caregivers must provide care for a minimum of 80 hours per month to … Continue Reading

June 03, 2021

ICYMI: NYT: Old-Guard Senators Defy Changes In How Military Treats Sex Assault Cases

In case you missed it, today, the New York Times published a piece highlighting one of the last remaining hurdles to U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's major push to enact the widely bipartisan Military Justice Improvement and Increasing Prevention Act (MJIIPA), which would remove the decision to prosecute serious crimes from the chain of command and put it in the hands of trained, independent military prosecutors, and would implement strong measures to prevent military sexual assault. … Continue Reading

June 03, 2021

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Nearly $2.6 Million For Hudson Valley Agribusiness Development To Provide Direct Access To Capital For Small Farms And Food Businesses

U.S. Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $2.6 million in Recovery Assistance funding for the Hudson Valley AgriBusiness Development Corporation. This federal investment was allocated by the Economic Development Administration (EDA) as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which was championed by the senators. Specifically, this funding will be used to create a $2,088,000 Revolving Loan Fund (RLF), which will … Continue Reading

June 02, 2021

As Pride Month Begins, Gillibrand Calls For The Inclusion Of A Permanent Gender Inclusive Marker (“X”) On All Federal Ids

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand led a bicameral letter with Senator Baldwin (D-WI), Congressman Ro Khanna (D-CA), and nearly two dozen colleagues in support of a permanent, gender-neutral marker ("X") option for all federal IDs. Establishing a third gender marker as an option for identification is an important step toward equality for transgender, intersex, and non-binary Americans and will help ensure all individuals can obtain identification that accurately reflects who they are, regardless … Continue Reading

June 01, 2021

Gillibrand, Pappas, Delgado Reintroduce Legislation To Finally Stop Polluters From Contaminating Waterways With Toxic Levels Of Pfas

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Representatives Chris Pappas (D-NH) and Antonio Delgado (D-NY) reintroduced their bicameral Clean Water Standards for PFAS Act, which would regulate per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) chemicals under the Clean Water Act to finally stop manufacturers and other polluters from contaminating our nation's waterways with toxic levels of PFAS. Currently, there are no Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations limiting how much PFAS polluters … Continue Reading

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