Press Releases

June 10, 2020

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Nearly $300K In Appalachian Regional Commission Funding For Broome County And The Town Of Friendship

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $289,000 in federal funding allocated through the Appalachian Regional Commission. This funding will be used to increase healthy and fresh foods accessibility for residents in the Northside of Binghamton and to strengthen Friendship Central School District's STEM program, providing STEM and Skilled Trade education for middle and high schoolers. "Access to fresh, affordable food and a quality … Continue Reading


June 10, 2020

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $400 Million In Federal Funding To Address Housing Insecurity During The COVID-19 Pandemic

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $400,531,196 in federal funding allocated by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the Emergency Solutions Grant-Coronavirus (ESG-CV) program. This second round of ESG funding was secured under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and will be used to mitigate COVID-19's impact on New Yorkers experiencing or at risk of experiencing … Continue Reading


June 09, 2020

As Congressional Democrats Push For Sweeping Police Reform Amidst Nationwide Protests On Police Brutality, Gillibrand Highlights Bicameral Plan To Hold Police Accountable, Increase Transparency, And More

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand highlighted a bicameral plan to hold police accountable for misconduct, address systemic racism in police practices, improve transparency, make lynching a federal crime, and institute other police reform measures. Following Gillibrand's introduction of the Eric Garner Excessive Force Prevention Act - the Senate companion to Representative Hakeem Jeffries' (D-NY) legislation that was introduced following the death of Eric Garner in 2014 - the bicameral … Continue Reading


June 09, 2020

VIDEO: As New York’s Transit Systems Struggle With Revenue Loss Due To COVID-19 Pandemic, Gillibrand Pushes For Public Transit Funding To Support Economic Recovery

*Watch EPW Committee Hearing Video HERE* U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, pushed for funding to support New York's public transit systems to help the economy recover from the COVID-19 pandemic in the latest EPW Committee hearing. As transit systems struggle to adapt to significant revenue loss due to sharp declines in ridership, Gillibrand questioned witnesses about the benefits of reliable public transit on creating economic development … Continue Reading


June 09, 2020

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Nearly $1.5 Million In Federal Funding For Agricultural Research

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $1,448,839 in federal funding for agricultural research and development in rural New York. The funding is provided through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), and will be used to address food insecurity and support economic development in rural agriculture. Specifically, this research will investigate solutions to increase food security … Continue Reading


June 09, 2020

Opening Statement As Prepared For Delivery; Senator Kirsten Gillibrand; Ranking Member, Personnel Subcommittee; Committee On Armed Services; Personnel Subcommittee Markup; June 9, 2020, 2 PM

Thank you, Senator Tillis. I want to publicly acknowledge you and your staff for continuing the Subcommittee's tradition of bipartisanship, including in this markup. I am pleased that the Subcommittee mark includes several provisions that I requested, including: The expansion of victims' rights to include notice of appellate proceedings of court-martial convictions; A provision I worked on with Senator Ernst to procure body armor that properly fits a female body; A bill I worked on … Continue Reading


June 08, 2020

Gillibrand, Colleagues Condemn Devos’ Misguided Title IX Rule Weakening Protections For Survivors Of Sexual Assault

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, lead sponsor of the bipartisan Campus Accountability and Safety Act to combat sexual violence on college campuses, joined Senate Democrats in condemning Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos' final Title IX rule, which weakens protections for student survivors of sexual harassment and assault. In a letter, Gillibrand and her colleagues expressed concern that the rule makes it harder for students to report sexual assault and harassment, and noted the inappropriate … Continue Reading


June 05, 2020

Schumer, Gillibrand Co-Sponsor Bill To Sustain, Expand Puerto Rico’s Earned Income Tax Credit

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand joined colleagues to announce bicameral legislation that would help hardworking low- and moderate-income American families in Puerto Rico. Similar legislation was included in the Heroes Act (H.R. 6800) that passed the House of Representatives last month. The bill enhances Puerto Rico's local Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) by providing a 3:1 federal match, in which the federal government provides three dollars for every dollar provided by … Continue Reading


June 04, 2020

Gillibrand Introduces Bicameral Legislation To Outlaw Chokeholds By Law Enforcement As Federal Civil Rights Violation

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) introduced Senate legislation, the Eric Garner Excessive Force Prevention Act, which would make the use of chokeholds or maneuvers that restrict oxygen intake or blood flow to the brain by law enforcement unlawful under federal civil rights law. While some police departments have prohibited, limited or discouraged the use of such maneuvers, there is no federal ban on chokeholds, nor is there a national standard on what constitutes excessive force. … Continue Reading


June 04, 2020

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Nearly $4 Million In Federal Funding For Telehealth Services

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $3,890,318 in federal funding to provide additional telehealth services for New Yorkers affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The eighth set of telehealth funding was allocated to 12 New York health care organizations through the Federal Communications Commissions (FCC) COVID-19 Telehealth Program as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES). This federal funding will … Continue Reading


June 03, 2020

Gillibrand, Colleagues Urge Defense Department To Prevent Administration From Using U.S. Military Amidst Nationwide Protests

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand joined Senate Democrats in condemning the Trump administration's threat to use military units meant for combat to protect Trump's political interests. Amidst nationwide protests calling for justice following the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers, President Trump has threatened to invoke the Insurrection Act to suppress peaceful protests. In a letter to U.S. Department of Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Chairman of the Joint … Continue Reading


June 03, 2020

ICYMI: Gillibrand Speaks With NY1’S Errol Louis About Excessive Force Prevention Act, Institutional Racism, And More

***WATCH THE INTERVIEW HERE*** U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand spoke with Errol Louis on NY1 last night about her upcoming introduction of the Excessive Force Prevention Act in honor of Eric Garner, George Floyd, and countless others killed by police violence. The legislation would make chokeholds or maneuvers that restrict oxygen intake or blood flow to the brain by law enforcement a federal civil rights violation. U.S. Representative Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) introduced the original House bill … Continue Reading


June 02, 2020

Schumer, Gillibrand, Tonko Announce Nearly $61 Million In Federal Funding For New Bus Rapid Transit Line In The Capital Region

U.S. Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, and U.S. Congressman Paul D. Tonko today announced $60,900,000 in federal funding for the Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA), allocated by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA)'s Capital Investment Grant Program. Specifically, this grant will provide funding for the Washington/Western Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Project, creating an 8.5-mile-long BRT line that will connect the corridor from the downtown … Continue Reading


June 02, 2020

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $1.1 Million In Federal Funding For Job Corps Scholars Program

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $1,186,900 in federal funding to establish a Job Scholarship Program for Mohawk Valley Community College in Utica, New York. This federal funding was allocated through the US Department of Labor as part of the Job Corps Scholars Program and will provide at-risk youths with skills training and individualized employment counseling to ensure that they have the institutional support needed to succeed … Continue Reading


June 01, 2020

As COVID-19 Intensifies Racial Disparities In Maternal Health, Gillibrand Pushes To Strengthen Maternal Health Policies In Next Coronavirus Relief Package

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand called on Senate leadership to strengthen maternal health policies in the next coronavirus relief package. Communities of color, especially those in rural areas, are being hit disproportionately hard by the coronavirus pandemic which has stressed the country's maternal care system and intensified pre-existing racial disparities in maternal health outcomes. Senator Gillibrand, alongside U.S. Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ), Kamala Harris (D-CA), and Tina Smith … Continue Reading


May 29, 2020

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Nearly $1.5 Million For Water Infrastructure Renovations In Rural New York

U.S. Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW), today announced $1,400,000 in federal funding for water infrastructure projects in rural New York. This funding was allocated through the US Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Water and Environmental Program (WEP) and will be used to renovate wastewater collection, water storage, and water distribution systems. These vital renovation efforts will … Continue Reading


May 29, 2020

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Nearly $500K In Education Funding For United Way Of Buffalo And Erie County

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $499,871 in Full Service Community Schools (FSCS) Program funding for United Way of Buffalo and Erie County. This funding was provided by the U.S. Department of Education's Fund for the Improvement of Education (FIE) and will be used to improve the quality of elementary and secondary education in Upstate New York. "A high quality elementary and secondary education is the foundation on which our … Continue Reading


May 27, 2020

Gillibrand, Colleagues Introduce Legislation To Protect U.S. Food Supply Amid COVID-19 Crisis

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, joined Senate colleagues in introducing legislation to protect the nation's food supply, which has been threatened by the COVID-19 crisis. The coronavirus pandemic has caused an unprecedented shift in demand, moving it away from restaurants and food service and towards retail and food donations. As farmers struggle to sell their produce and meat, many have had to dispose of their … Continue Reading


May 27, 2020

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Nearly $3.5 Million In Federal Funding For Telehealth Services

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $3,460,645 in federal funding to provide telehealth services for New Yorkers affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The seventh set of telehealth funding was allocated through the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) COVID-19 Telehealth Program as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES). This federal funding will expand New Yorkers' access to affordable healthcare … Continue Reading


May 27, 2020

Senator Gillibrand, Congressman Brown Introduce Bicameral Legislation To Increase Diversity In Military Service Academy Nominations

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Congressman Anthony G. Brown (MD-04) introduced legislation to diversify military service academy nominations by mandating race, gender, ethnicity, and other demographic metrics be collected and published on an annual basis. The "Public Accountability on Nominations Offered that Result in Admissions to Military Academies" (PANORAMA) Act would provide key public data and additional transparency to improve diversity within military leadership. In the … Continue Reading

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