Press Releases

March 26, 2020

Gillibrand Announces Key Legislative Victories For New Yorkers In Coronavirus Emergency Package

Following aggressive actions by U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand to stand up for American workers and families instead of big corporations, the Senate passed the third coronavirus emergency package to support Americans, health care providers, and small businesses. Throughout days of negotiations, Gillibrand urged Congress to support New Yorkers with legislation to bolster our health care system, strengthen small businesses, and protect our most vulnerable communities. In the CARES Act, … Continue Reading


March 26, 2020

Gillibrand Leads Bipartisan, Bicameral Call To Protect Civil Rights For People With Disabilities Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, alongside U.S. Senator James Lankford, led a bipartisan, bicameral call on the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) to protect against disability discrimination in state and health provider responses to COVID-19. In a letter to HHS Secretary Alex Azar and Attorney General William Barr, the bipartisan coalition called for HHS to notify states of their obligations to adhere to anti-discrimination laws - including the … Continue Reading


March 26, 2020

As New York Combats Coronavirus Pandemic, Gillibrand Releases Guidebook To Help New Yorkers Access Federal And State Disaster Relief Funding

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand released a new funding guidebook to help New Yorkers navigate disaster relief funding during the coronavirus outbreak. The guidebook details funding opportunities for individuals, non-profits, and small businesses across New York State. It will be continuously updated throughout the duration of this crisis. The guide consists of three sections dedicated to funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Small Business Administration (SBA), … Continue Reading


March 25, 2020

As Millions Of Americans Are Required To Stay Home Due To COVID-19, Gillibrand Urges Administration To Reinforce Domestic Violence Services And Protect Survivors

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a champion in the Senate for survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse, called on the Trump administration to ensure that organizations that help victims and survivors of domestic abuse and sexual violence have the funding and resources needed to continue providing these critical services during the coronavirus pandemic. Reports have shown that emergency situations have historically led to increased reports of domestic abuse to the National Domestic … Continue Reading


March 25, 2020

Gillibrand Statement On Passing Coronavirus Economic Package

Addressing her vote to pass the third coronavirus economic package, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand released the following statement: "With this economic package, New Yorkers have more help on the way. This economic package will deliver a surge of protective equipment and resources to New York hospitals and first responders, and put real dollars in New Yorkers' pockets. I voted for this package because it strengthens our health care system and puts workers and families first, with critical … Continue Reading


March 23, 2020

Following New York State’s Major Disaster Declaration, Schumer, Gillibrand Urge President Trump To Approve Widespread Disaster Assistance

Today, Democratic Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand urged the Trump Administration to approve all disaster assistance requested by New York State. The state received the nation's first Major Disaster Declaration (MDD) granted in response to COVID-19. Yet despite the declaration, Public Assistance and Individual Assistance remain under review by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). In a letter sent to President Trump, the senators stressed the … Continue Reading


March 23, 2020

Schumer, Gillibrand Call On Trump To Address Impact Of U.S.-Canada Border Closure And Quarantines On Medical & Essential Supply Chains

Democratic Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, along with a bipartisan group of senators representing states along the United States-Canada border, called on President Trump to consider the effect of closing the U.S.-Canada border on border communities. The letter highlights concerns regarding the border closure's effect on the supply chains of companies that produce or provide essential goods and services. The northern border closure began March 21st. The … Continue Reading


March 22, 2020

Statement: Gillibrand Votes Against ‘Shameful’ Phase III Coronavirus Package

Addressing her vote against the phase three coronavirus response package put forth by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand released the following statement: "Our country is in the midst of an unprecedented public health and economic crisis, and Congress has a duty to provide leadership. Instead of supporting American families, Senator McConnell put forth a stimulus package that bails out corporations and puts powerful moneyed interests ahead of people. I'm … Continue Reading


March 21, 2020

ICYMI: Video: Gillibrand Denounces Corona Emergency Stock Profiteering Scandal

***VIEW THE VIDEO INTERVIEW HERE*** Last night on MSNBC, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand called for members for Congress to stop profiteering on the COVID-19 health crisis by buying and selling stocks while privy to non-public information. Her call comes after public disclosures showed that several senators traded relevant stocks from their personal portfolios after classified or closed briefings on the coronavirus pandemic. In 2012, Senator Gillibrand authored and passed the STOCK Act which … Continue Reading


March 20, 2020

As New York Faces Impending Hospital Shortage, Schumer, Gillibrand Urge Fema, Army Corps To Quickly Authorize And Fund Expanded Hospital Space

Today, Democratic Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand urged FEMA and the Army Corps of Engineers to move as quickly as possible to authorize, fund, and build additional hospital space in New York State, which has the most COVID-19 cases in the country. Projections show that due to the anticipated surge of patients due to COVID-19, New York State may need more than double the number of current hospital beds currently available. In a letter sent to FEMA … Continue Reading


March 19, 2020

ICYMI: Gillibrand Pushes For Paid Sick And Family Leave In Phase III Of Coronavirus Response Package

In case you missed it, yesterday Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Senate lead on the FAMILY Act, urged Congress to include the PAID Leave Act (Providing Americans Insured Days of Leave Act) in phase three of the coronavirus response stimulus package. The PAID Leave Act ensures that every worker in America has full paid sick and family leave, providing 14 sick days available immediately, and 3 months of COVID-19 related paid family leave, at two-thirds compensation. It enables the government to … Continue Reading


March 18, 2020

On Senate Floor, Gillibrand Urges Congress To Pass Paid Leave Act; Vows To Include In Next Economic Package

**WATCH Senator Gillibrand's Speech on the Senate Floor HERE** U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today spoke on the Senate floor to urge her colleagues to pass the PAID Leave Act (Providing Americans Insured Days of Leave Act) and put workers and families first. The bill would strengthen current weaknesses in the system, in order to help working families handle medical emergencies and the financial burdens they cause. The PAID Leave Act ensures that every worker in America has full paid sick … Continue Reading


March 17, 2020

Paid Leave Act: Gillibrand, Murray, Delauro Introduce Updated Emergency Paid Leave Bill In Response To Worsening Coronavirus Crisis

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Senate lead on the FAMILY Act, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education announced plans to introduce the PAID Leave Act (Providing Americans Insured Days of Leave Act). The PAID Leave Act is a comprehensive emergency paid sick days and paid … Continue Reading


March 16, 2020

Video: On Senate Floor, Gillibrand Urges Congress To Put Families And Workers First In Coronavirus Relief Package; Lays Out Immediate Next Steps

**WATCH Senator Gillibrand's Speech on the Senate Floor HERE** U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today spoke on the Senate floor to urge her colleagues to put workers and families first as the Senate considers legislation to provide relief to Americans and the economy during the growing coronavirus emergency. Gillibrand laid out several immediate next steps, including full paid sick and family leave coverage for every American, increased testing availability, nutritional support for public … Continue Reading


March 12, 2020

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $3.3 Million In Federal Early Head Start And Head Start Funding For Sullivan County

Washington, DC - U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $3,341,560 in federal funding for Sullivan County Head Start, Inc. The funding was provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Early Head Start and Head Start Program and will be used to support child care, early childhood education and support services for low-income families in the area. "Study after study shows that the better we prepare our young children, … Continue Reading


March 11, 2020

Schumer, Gillibrand Lead Bipartisan Letter Demanding Answers from the FCC and Denounce the Commission’s Attempt to Penalize States Already Taking Action to Provide Broadband Programs for Unserved Communities

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today denounced the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) decision to move forward with the recently adopted Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) Order that would exclude states that have been awarded funding through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) ReConnect program or other state-run broadband development or subsidy programs from being eligible for the RDOF. In a letter to FCC Chairman Pai, … Continue Reading


March 10, 2020

Gillibrand Urges Congress to Expand Mandatory Paid Leave during Public Health Emergencies as Nation Battles Public Health Crisis Caused by Covid-19

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Confronting the nation's growing public health crisis caused by the outbreak of COVID-19, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is urging Congress to pass new legislation to require employers to provide additional paid sick leave during a public health emergency. Currently, many employees have limited or no access to paid sick leave, raising concerns over the ability to make doctor's visits, quarantine, or stay home if infected by the COVID-19 outbreak. The proposed Paid Sick Days … Continue Reading


March 06, 2020

As New Yorkers Struggle to Maintain Jobs Moved Overseas, Gillibrand Visits Buffalo to Announce New, Bicameral Legislation Prohibiting Federal Incentives for Outsourced Jobs

BUFFALO, NY - Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand visited the UAW Region 9 hall to announce her bicameral legislation, the End Outsourcing Act. The bill would protect jobs in the United States by denying tax benefits to companies that try to deduct the cost of sending jobs overseas. It would prevent outsourcing companies from bidding on federal contracts or grants, without disclosing their outsourcing practices. Additionally, the legislation would create a new tax benefit to help companies … Continue Reading


March 06, 2020

Gillibrand, Pocan Announce Bill To End Rampant Outsourcing And Protect American Jobs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and U.S. Representative Mark Pocan (D-WI) announced bicameral legislation, the End Outsourcing Act, which would utilize the tax code and federal grants, loans and contracts to end the outsourcing of jobs overseas. The bill would prevent employers from deducting expenses related to outsourcing, deny certain tax breaks to outsourcing employers, and require federal agencies awarding contracts, loans, loan guarantees, and grants to … Continue Reading


March 06, 2020

As New Yorkers Struggle To Maintain Jobs Moved Overseas, Gillibrand Visits Utica To Announce New, Bicameral Legislation Prohibiting Federal Incentives For Outsourced Jobs

UTICA, NY- Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand visited the CNY Labor Council 9 to announce her bicameral legislation, the End Outsourcing Act. The bill would protect jobs in the United States by denying tax benefits to companies that try to deduct the cost of sending jobs overseas. It would prevent outsourcing companies from bidding on federal contracts or grants, without disclosing their outsourcing practices. Additionally, the legislation would create a new tax benefit to help companies … Continue Reading

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