Press Releases

February 21, 2019

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $1.3 Million In Federal Head Start Funding For Lewis County Head Start

Washington, DC - U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $1,339,895 in federal funding for Lewis County Head Start. 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 Lewis County. "Study after study shows that the better we prepare our young children, through programs like Head Start, the better … Continue Reading


February 20, 2019

Gillibrand, Schumer, Blumenthal, Murphy Introduce The Plum Island Conservation Act

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), and Chris Murphy (D-CT) today announced the reintroduction of the Plum Island Conservation Act, legislation that would permanently repeal a law that requires the federal General Service Administration (GSA) to sell the Plum Island to the highest bidder. The Plum Island Conservation Act would allow the island to be transferred to another federal agency, such as the National Park … Continue Reading


February 15, 2019

Gillibrand, Senate Colleagues Reintroduce Legislation To Promote Climate Change Literacy

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced the reintroduction of the Climate Change Education Act, legislation that would create a grant program for local education agencies, higher education institutions, and professional associations to educate students and teachers on climate change. The bill would also establish a Climate Change Education Office within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to administer the grant program. "Climate change is real … Continue Reading


February 15, 2019

Schumer, Gillibrand, Nadler, Meeks, Clarke, Espaillat Introduce Bicameral Legislation To Establish African Burial Ground Museum In New York City

Washington, DC - Members of the New York delegation, led by U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Representative Jerrold Nadler, joined by Representatives Gregory Meeks, Yvette Clarke, and Adriano Espaillat, today announced the reintroduction of the African Burial Ground International Memorial Museum and Education Center Act. This legislation would establish a museum and education center at the African Burial Ground in Lower Manhattan, a site … Continue Reading


February 15, 2019

Gillibrand Statement On 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund’s Plans To Cut Payments To Sick 9/11 First Responders And Their Families

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today released the following statement after the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund announced that it plans to drastically reduce payments to sick 9/11 first responders and their families: "When we needed them, they were there for us. So whenever one of our 9/11 heroes is diagnosed with a 9/11-related illness, we should be there for them. They should have the peace of mind of knowing they will have financial support from the September 11th … Continue Reading


February 15, 2019

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Senate Passage Of Legislation Designating Jamestown Comedy Center The Official National Comedy Center As Part Of 2019 Lands Package; Senators Vow To Shepherd Legislation Through Congress & To The President’s Desk

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that their legislation designating Jamestown's National Comedy Center as the official "National Comedy Center" of the United States has passed in the Senate as part of the 2019 Lands Package. The Comedy Center, located in downtown Jamestown and partially built to honor the vision of Jamestown native Lucille Ball, will serve as a landmark that celebrates America's rich comedic history. Schumer and … Continue Reading


February 14, 2019

At Hearing Focused On Horrible Living Conditions In Military Housing Across The Country, Gillibrand Questions Executives Of Companies Responsible For Toxic Mold, Lead Paint, And Pest Infestations In Homes Of Military Families

***Watch SASC Joint Subcommittee Hearing Video HERE*** Washington, DC - At a Senate Armed Services Joint Subcommittee on Personnel and Readiness and Management Support hearing, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Personnel, questioned leaders of private housing companies on their failure to provide safe living conditions and meet maintenance needs in the homes of military families across the country. … Continue Reading


February 14, 2019

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $1.4 Million In Fed Funding For Cornell University Transportation Research Center; Senators Say Grant Will Allow Cornell To Continue Leading Innovative Program Focused On Preserving Public Health And The Environment While Improving Transportation

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $1,400,100 in U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) funding for Cornell University. The funding was allocated through the DOT's University Transportation Center (UTC) program. Cornell will use the funding to continue their leadership of a consortium of universities that research and develop new transportation innovations to limit adverse impacts on public health and the environment. Schumer and … Continue Reading


February 14, 2019

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Nearly $1 Million In Federal Funding For First-Ever Food Business Incubator In Rochester; Project Will Spur 100 New Jobs & Anchor Downtown Rochester Revitalization

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced the Rochester Downtown Development Corporation (RDCC) has been awarded $982,000 from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) to build The Commissary Downtown Kitchen Incubator, sought by hundreds of Rochester food entrepreneurs to start and grow new food-based businesses and products. Schumer said this funding will be used to build and equip the new 30,000 sq ft facility on the first … Continue Reading


February 13, 2019

Gillibrand Statement On President Trump And Senate Republicans Forcing The Nominations Of Two Far-Right New York Circuit Court Judges Over Strong Objections From Both Home-State Senators

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today released the following statement after President Trump and Senate Republicans ignored strong objections from both New York Senators and forced through the nominations of Michael Park and Joseph Bianco, two far-right-wing judicial nominees to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, which is in New York City. President Trump and Senate Republicans' decision to force these nominees through the Senate, over the strong objections of … Continue Reading


February 13, 2019

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce That Senate Clears Legislation To Permanently Reauthorize The Land And Water Conservation Fund To Preserve And Protect Public Lands, Water Resources, And Historic Sites

Washington, DC - U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that, following their push, the Natural Resources Management Act that just passed the Senate permanently reauthorizes the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). The LWCF has been instrumental in preserving some of and the nation's most important and iconic public spaces, and has invested more than $336 million in funding to protect public lands, water resources, and historic … Continue Reading


February 13, 2019

Gillibrand Joins Senator Sanders To Introduce Bill To Expand Social Security

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT), and U.S. Representative Peter DeFazio (D-OR-04) today stood with workers and advocates to introduce legislation that would expand Social Security benefits and strengthen the retirement program so that it would be solvent for decades to come. Since its creation nearly 80 years ago, Social Security has kept millions of senior citizens, widows, dependent children, and the disabled out of poverty. "We must not … Continue Reading


February 13, 2019

Schumer, Gillibrand And Brindisi Urge Fema To Approve Much-Needed $3.9 Million Grant To Help Alleviate Severe & Repetitive Flooding Along Sauquoit Creek; Say Fed Funding Would Advance Critical Phases Of Current Mitigation Projects Intended To Protect Residents & Businesses From Further Destruction

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer, Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Anthony Brindisi today wrote to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to give their full support for the Town of Whitestown's application for $3.9 million in federal funding through FEMA's Hazard Mitigation Grant Program to alleviate repetitive flooding along Sauquoit Creek. The Representatives explained that this funding would allow Whitestown and Oneida County to implement critical aspects of the Sauquoit Creek … Continue Reading


February 13, 2019

Gillibrand Announces That Her Legislation To Begin Process Of Designating The Finger Lakes Region As A National Heritage Area Clears Senate In Just-Passed Lands Package

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that her legislation to take the first step towards designating the Finger Lakes Region as a National Heritage Area has passed the Senate as a provision in the just-passed Natural Resources Management Act. Gillibrand's legislation, the Finger Lakes National Heritage Area Study Act, authorizes the National Park Service to conduct a feasibility study in Cayuga, Chemung, Cortland, Livingston, Monroe, Onondaga, Ontario, Schuyler, … Continue Reading


February 13, 2019

Gillibrand Announces That Her Legislation To Expand The FDR National Historic Site Clears Senate In Just-Passed Lands Package

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that her legislation to expand the Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR) National Historic Site just passed the Senate as a provision in the Natural Resources Management Act. Gillibrand's FDR Historic Preservation Act authorizes the National Park Service to acquire 89 acres of land that are directly adjacent to the Home of FDR National Historic Site in Hyde Park and are currently owned by Scenic Hudson. "Franklin D. Roosevelt was … Continue Reading


February 12, 2019

As Momentum Continues To Grow For Congress To Take Action On Paid Family Leave, Gillibrand, DeLauro Stand With Workers, Business Leaders And Advocates To Reintroduce The Family Act To Give Every American Worker Access To Paid Family And Medical Leave

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT-03) today stood with workers, business leaders, and advocates to announce the reintroduction of the Family and Medical Insurance Leave Act, or FAMILY Act, legislation that would create a universal, gender-neutral, national paid family and medical leave program. The FAMILY Act is the gold standard for paid leave legislation in Congress and would ensure that workers can take up to 12 weeks of paid leave … Continue Reading


February 12, 2019

Schumer, Gillibrand, Rice Announce Nearly $13 Million In Federal Funds For Hardening Of Sandy-Damaged Infrastructure For Lawrence Union Free School District On Long Island, NY

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, and U.S. Representative Kathleen Rice today announced that the Lawrence High School Building in Nassau County, NY, has been awarded $12,948,307.94 in federal funds for building repairs as a direct result of Superstorm Sandy. The federal funds are administered through U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The funding will be used to fix and replace piping in the high school's basement, as well … Continue Reading


February 07, 2019

Gillibrand Joins Senator Markey, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez And Other Members Of The House And Senate To Introduce Historic Resolution To Set Framework For A Green New Deal For America; Landmark Legislation Comes After Gillibrand’s Public Call Last Month Urging Her Senate Colleagues To Solve The Climate Change Crisis, Eliminate Carbon Emissions, Modernize Our Economy And Create Good, New Jobs For American Workers Throughout New York And All Across The Country

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, today joined Senator Ed Markey (D-MA), Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY-14), and other members of the House and Senate to introduce a bold and ambitious resolution to set a framework for creating a Green New Deal for America. The landmark bicameral resolution comes after Gillibrand's public call to action in a letter last month to Senate Environment and Public … Continue Reading


February 07, 2019

Gillibrand, Collins, Reed Introduce New Bipartisan Legislation To Protect Transgender Service Members

Washington, DC - Following the recent Supreme Court ruling that will allow President Trump's ban on transgender military service to go into effect, U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Susan Collins (R-ME), and Jack Reed (D-RI) today introduced new bipartisan legislation to protect transgender service members. This bill would protect currently serving transgender service members and continue to allow new transgender service members to join the military. The Senators introduced similar … Continue Reading


February 05, 2019

Gillibrand Statement On President Trump’s State Of The Union Address

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today released the following statement in response to President Trump's State of the Union address: "President Trump has had years to bring this country together, but instead he has chosen to divide the country across every single line he can imagine. If President Trump wants to convince the country that he actually cares about bringing us together, then he can start by no longer using government workers as political pawns, reuniting the … Continue Reading

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