Press Releases

May 17, 2019

Gillibrand, Grassley Bill To Help First Responders And Their Families Access Benefits They Earned Unanimously Passes Senate

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) announced that their bipartisan legislation that would help first responders who are disabled or killed in the line of duty and their families receive compensation unanimously passed the Senate yesterday. The Protecting America's First Responders Act would improve the Public Safety Officers' Benefits (PSOB) program, which provides disability benefits to officers who are permanently injured in the line of duty … Continue Reading


May 16, 2019

Gillibrand, Capito, Carper Introduce Bill To Identify The Sources Of PFAS Emissions In New York And Across The Country

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), and Tom Carper (D-DE) today introduced new bipartisan legislation to identify and publicly share the sources of PFAS emissions in New York and across the country. PFAS, or per- and polyfluoralkyl substances, are a toxic group of chemicals that are pervasive in the environment and are difficult to break down. They can seep into drinking water supplies and have been linked to cancers and other serious health … Continue Reading


May 16, 2019

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $3 Million in Federal Funding for Sullivan County International Airport

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $3 million in federal funding for Sullivan County International Airport in Monticello. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Airport Improvement Program (AIP). Specifically, the funding will be used to repair and improve Sullivan County International Airport's taxiway. "As Sullivan County continues to grow and … Continue Reading


May 15, 2019

Schumer, Gillibrand, Rose Announce Over $13 Million In Federal Funds For Repairs To Lemon Creek Marina On Staten Island, Which Was Damaged By Superstom Sandy

Washington, DC - U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and Congressman Max Rose (D-NY-11) today announced $13,041,325.24 in federal funding to repair three clubhouses at Lemon Creek Marina on Staten Island. The marina was severely damaged during Superstorm Sandy. One storm surge caused eight feet of flooding, which irreparably destroyed one club house and damaged two others. These federal funds are administered through U.S. Department of … Continue Reading


May 15, 2019

Senators Gillibrand And Wyden Introduce New Bill To Protect American Elections From Interference

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Ron Wyden (D-OR), along with 11 Senate colleagues, today introduced a new bill to protect American elections from interference. This legislation comes as Florida's governor announced that two counties in the state were hacked during the 2016 elections. The Protecting American Votes and Elections (PAVE) Act of 2019 would take measures to fix the vulnerabilities in the nation's federal election infrastructure and help secure American … Continue Reading


May 15, 2019

Gillibrand, Capito Announce New Bipartisan Legislation That Would Require The EPA To Set An Enforceable Standard For Toxic PFAS Chemicals In Drinking Water To Protect Public Health

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, today announced new bipartisan legislation that would require the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to establish an enforceable standard under the Safe Drinking Water Act for per- and polyfluoralkyl substances (PFAS) in drinking water after years of inaction. PFAS are a group of thousands of manufactured chemicals that can seep … Continue Reading


May 14, 2019

After House Passes Bipartisan Blue Water Navy Legislation Unanimously, Gillibrand And Daines Call On Senate To Act Swiftly To Pass Their Legislation To Ensure Blue Water Navy Vets Get The Benefits They Have Earned

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Steve Daines (R-MT) today called on the Senate to quickly pass their bipartisan Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act after the House passed this legislation with unanimous support this evening. "Thousands of Vietnam veterans are still waiting for VA benefits for the ailments they developed through exposure to Agent Orange while serving off the Vietnamese coast during the war," said Senator Gillibrand. "While the courts have forced … Continue Reading


May 14, 2019

Schumer, Gillibrand, Lowey Announce Over $4.7 Million In Federal Funds For Westchester County Airport

Washington, DC - U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY-17) today announced $4,708,891 in federal funding for the Westchester County Airport. The funding was awarded through the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Airport Improvement Program (AIP). Specifically, the funding will be used to repave Westchester County Airport's runway, which was last … Continue Reading


May 10, 2019

Senators Gillibrand And Coons Introduce New Bipartisan Bill To Increase Global Competitiveness Of American Advanced Manufacturing

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Chris Coons (D-DE) announced a new bipartisan bill to increase America's global competitiveness in advanced manufacturing. The Global Leadership in Advanced Manufacturing Act would expand the successful national network of Manufacturing USA institutes, which work to strengthen manufacturing throughout the country. The Manufacturing USA program is a national network of 14 public-private partnership institutes with 1,300-member … Continue Reading


May 08, 2019

Gillibrand Medium Piece: “We’re Closer Than Ever To Creating A National Paid Leave Program. But We Need To Do It Right.”

Washington, DC - After the House Ways & Means Committee held its first hearing on paid family leave today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) wrote the following piece on Medium outlining why the FAMILY Act is the best paid family and medical leave program for all Americans: When I travel around the country, in New York or anywhere else, I try to talk to as many families, workers, and business owners as I can. I learn a lot from these conversations about what people's worries are, … Continue Reading


May 08, 2019

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $170 Thousand In Federal Funding For The Town Of Hopewell In Ontario County

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $170,000 in federal funding for the Town of Hopewell in Ontario County. The funding was provided through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Development Grant Program and will be used for improvements to the town's municipal water system. Specifically, the funding will be used to construct the Hopewell Central Water Extension #3, which would bring clean and safe drinking water to 75 … Continue Reading


May 08, 2019

Gillibrand, Schumer Announce Bipartisan Push to Increase Funding to Protect Nonprofit Institutions against Terror Attacks

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer today announced a new bipartisan push to increase funding to protect nonprofit institutions that are at risk of being targeted for terror attacks. As the Senate considers funding priorities for the upcoming Fiscal Year, Gillibrand and Schumer are leading the bipartisan coalition of 33 senators to provide a total of $75 million in the 2020 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill for the … Continue Reading


May 07, 2019

Schumer, Gillibrand, Velazquez Announce Over $8 Million In Federal Funds For Sandy-Hammered Red Hook, Brooklyn Recreation Center

Washington, DC - U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and U.S. Representative Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY-07) today announced $8,038,976.40 in federal funding for the New York Office of Management and Budget. These federal funds are administered through U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and will be used to repair the Red Hook Recreation Center in Brooklyn, a New York City Department of … Continue Reading


May 06, 2019

Senator Gillibrand And Congressman Garcia Announce New Legislation To Protect Consumers Against Discrimination In Credit Lending

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Congressman Jesús "Chuy" García (D-IL-04) today announced a new bill, the Protections in Consumer Lending Act, to help protect people against discrimination when they apply for different types of credit. Although it is illegal for credit lenders to discriminate against credit applicants due to their race, religion, sex, marital status, or age, it is still a widely recognized problem and there is currently no method of … Continue Reading


May 02, 2019

Video: Gillibrand Grills Top Army Leader and Demands Taking Problem of Sexual Assaults Seriously After DOD Releases Shocking New Report Showing That Sexual Assaults in the Military Have Dramatically Increased

**Watch SASC Committee Hearing Video HERE** Washington, DC - In today's Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today demanded General James C. McConville, nominated to be Chief of Staff of the Army, to take the problem of sexual assault in the military seriously and take responsibility for dramatic increase in sexual assaults in the military last year. Gillibrand called out the Department of Defense's latest report on sexual assault in the military, which … Continue Reading


May 02, 2019

Senator Gillibrand Statement On Latest DOD Report On Sexual Assault In The Military

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today released the following statement on the Department of Defense's latest report on sexual assault in the military. According to the report being released today, there were an estimated 20,500 instances of sexual assault - an increase over the 14,900 estimated in the previous 2016 survey. The number of women in the military who experienced sexual assault increased by 50% from 8,600 in FY2016 to 13,000 in FY2018. "Almost six years after the … Continue Reading


May 01, 2019

Gillibrand Announces Landmark Legislation To Reform Campaign Finance System, Empower Voters And Help Ensure Politicians Are Not Beholden To Wealthy Donors And Special Interests

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced new legislation that would reform the campaign finance system and help end the influence of big money in politics. Gillibrand's Clean Elections Act would give every American citizen $200 in "Democracy Dollars" to donate to federal candidates each election. Federal candidates must agree not to accept donations over $200 in order to be eligible for "Democracy Dollars" donations. "Elected leaders should be accountable to voters. … Continue Reading


May 01, 2019

With City Of Newburgh Having One Of NY’s Lowest 2010 Census Response Rates, Schumer, Gillibrand & Maloney Launch Push To Maximize 2020 Census Participation; Officials Stress An Accurate Census Count Is Critical To Resources For City Of Newburgh

To maximize participation in the 2020 census, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Representative Sean Patrick Maloney today called on the U.S. Census Bureau (Bureau) to establish a Questionnaire Assistance Center (QAC), hold a local jobs fair and work in lockstep with the City of Newburgh to maximize local participation in the upcoming decennial census. The officials explained that in 2010, Newburgh had one of the lowest … Continue Reading


May 01, 2019

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $900,000 In Federal Funding To Support Americorps Vista Members Throughout New York City

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $927,135 in funding for three organizations that work to mitigate poverty through a variety of services. The funding, provided by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), will support 61 AmeriCorps VISTA members in organizations throughout New York City. The funding will help these organizations address food insecurity, expand affordable housing opportunities, and provide job … Continue Reading


April 30, 2019

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $4 Million in Federal Head Start Funding For Steuben and Yates Counties

Washington, DC - U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $4,317,541 in federal funding for Pro Action of Steuben and Yates, Inc. 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 in Steuben and Yates Counties. "Study after study shows that the better we prepare our young children, through programs like … Continue Reading

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