Press Releases

February 05, 2016

Gillibrand, Feinstein & Durbin Announce New USDA Food Safety Measures to Reduce Foodborne Illnesses in Poultry

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand, Dianne Feinstein and Dick Durbin today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) finalized new federal standards that will reduce the risk of foodborne illnesses from poultry. The new standards are targeted at Salmonella and Campylobacter in chicken parts and ground chicken and turkey products. FSIS will use these new pathogen standards to assess the food safety performance of … Continue Reading

February 04, 2016

Schumer, Gillibrand Urge Department of Commerce to Rapidly Take Action to Protect Nucor Steel & Nearly 600 Local Jobs against Flood of Predatorily Priced Steel Imports from Turkey - Senators Call on Feds to Level the Playing Field ahead of Construction Season

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today pushed the U.S. Department of Commerce to take action to protect Nucor - a key domestic reinforcing bar, "rebar," producer in upstate New York - against predatory trade practices. Schumer and Gillibrand explained that Dept. of Commerce did not thoroughly address the dumping and subsidization of cheap rebar imports from Turkey in their 2014 investigation. The Senators said that while Commerce and the International Trade Commission … Continue Reading

February 04, 2016

Schumer, Gillibrand & Engel Announce More Than $5.4 Million In FEMA Funding To Complete Sandy-Related Repairs At Yonkers Waterfront Park

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Eliot L. Engel today announced $5,466,331 in federal funding to repair the Yonkers Waterfront Park for damages suffered as a direct result of Superstorm Sandy. The funding was allocated through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and will be used to cover administrative costs and replace damaged power switches and transformers. This funding is provided under authority of Section 406 of the … Continue Reading

February 04, 2016

As Opioid Epidemic Continues to Escalate, Senators Gillibrand and Capito Urge CDC to Issue Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids for Acute Pain

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) today urged the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to issue guidelines for doctors prescribing opioids for acute pain. Currently, the CDC is only focused on guidelines for opioids prescribed to treat chronic pain. However, many individuals become addicted to opioids after taking prescriptions for acute pain. Acute pain includes pain following a broken bone, wisdom tooth extraction, or other … Continue Reading

February 03, 2016

Senator Gillibrand Announces Daemen College as First Private University to Endorse Campus Accountability and Safety Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that Daemen College has endorsed her bipartisan Campus Accountability & Safety Act, becoming the first private school to add their name in support of the bill. The Campus Accountability & Safety Act combats sexual assault on college campuses by transforming the way that colleges and universities deal with these crimes. The legislation flips the current incentives so that it is in the schools' best interest to report … Continue Reading

February 02, 2016

Schumer, Gillibrand, Higgins, Collins, Slaughter, Reed will Join Families of Flight 3407 to Launch Push to Protect 3407-Inspired Aviation Safety Regulations as Part of Upcoming FAA Reauthorization - Rules Families Fought Hard for are at Risk of being Rolled Back in Coming Months

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, as well as Representatives Brian Higgins, Louise Slaughter, Chris Collins and Tom Reed joined together in Washington, D.C., with the families of Flight 3407, to kick off their advocacy efforts around the upcoming Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Bill. The families were also joined by 'Miracle on the Hudson' First Officer and aviation safety expert Jeff Skiles. Together, they announced their push to make sure … Continue Reading

February 01, 2016

Senator Gillibrand Urges EPA to Expedite its Response to Address Water Contamination in Hoosick Falls

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) urging the agency to expedite its response to address water contamination in the Village of Hoosick Falls and take immediate federal action to support and augment the State of New York's ongoing efforts. "I am extremely concerned by the presence of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) in Hoosick Falls, given that studies have linked exposure to PFOA with increased detrimental health … Continue Reading

January 31, 2016

As Deadline Approaches for VA to Renew its Rule that Prohibits Medical Marijuana, Senator Gillibrand Urges VA to Fix Discriminatory Policy & Allow Doctors to Recommend Medical Marijuana to Veterans

New York, NY - Today U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand with New York veterans, medical professionals, and medical marijuana advocates urged the Department of Veterans Affairs to fix its discriminatory policy and allow VA doctors to recommend medical marijuana to veterans in states where it is legal. "Veterans who live in states where medical marijuana is legal should be able to talk to their doctor about it as a treatment option just like any other resident," said Senator Gillibrand. "Our … Continue Reading

January 28, 2016

Schumer & Gillibrand, in Joint Call with Secretary of the Air Force Debra Lee James, Urge her to Bring KC-135 Aircraft back to Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station; Senators say Existing Infrastructure and Local Workforce makes NFARS a Perfect Fit for Supporting Additional Transport & Refueling Aircraft & Missions

During a call with U.S. Secretary of the Air Force Debra Lee James, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand today urged her and the U.S. Air Force (USAF) to prioritize the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station (NFARS) in Western New York as they consider bases for new missions and make plans for FY 2017. Specifically, the Senators urged the USAF to consider NFARS as the next home for KC-135 tankers. Schumer and Gillibrand explained that, until 2008, the KC-135 was flown out of … Continue Reading

January 28, 2016

As Zika Virus Continues to Spread, Senator Gillibrand Urges National Institutes of Health to Accelerate Development of Vaccine and Treatment

Washington, D.C. - As Zika virus continues to spread rapidly throughout Americas, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today urged the National Institutes of Health's National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) to take immediate action to combat the spread of the Zika virus. In a letter sent to NIAID's director, Senator Gillibrand urged the agency to prioritize research on ways to combat the spread of the virus, which has already reached at least 24 countries and territories and … Continue Reading

January 27, 2016

Gillibrand Announces Bill to Name Bergen Post Office in Honor of Bergen Native Barry Miller

Bergen, NY - U.S Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced legislation to rename the Bergen Post Office located at 15 Rochester Street in Genesee County as the "Barry G. Miller Post Office." Congressman Chris Collins recently introduced the House version of this legislation. "Barry Miller was deeply involved in the Bergen community and his passion showed in his dedication to service and answering the call of those in danger for the past 30 years," said Senator Gillibrand. "We collectively … Continue Reading

January 27, 2016

Gillibrand Urges National Park Service to Place B&B Carousell on the National Register of Historic Places

New York, N.Y. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today wrote to the National Park Service urging for B&B Carousell to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places. The B&B Carousel has a history spanning over 110 years, spending 84 years on Coney Island in New York City. This designation would expand opportunities for federal historic tax credits and other resources to support future preservation and development initiatives. "B&B Carousell has been a staple of Coney … Continue Reading

January 27, 2016

Gillibrand, Daines, Merkley, Blumenauer, Titus, and Rohrabacher Lead Bipartisan Effort Urging the Department of Veterans Affairs to Change its Current Policy, Allow VA Doctors to Discuss and Recommend Medical Marijuana in States where it is Legal

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand, Steve Daines, and Jeff Merkley and U.S. Representatives Earl Blumenauer, Dina Titus, and Dana Rohrabacher led a bipartisan group of Senators and Representatives on a letter urging the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to change its current policy to allow VA doctors to discuss and recommend marijuana as a treatment option in states where medical marijuana has been legalized. VHA Directive 2011-004, which expires January 31, … Continue Reading

January 26, 2016

Schumer, Gillibrand & Rice Announce Nearly $10 Million for Repairs to Long Beach Boardwalk & Other Sandy-Damaged Facilities

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Representative Kathleen Rice today announced that the City of Long Beach has been awarded nearly $10 million in federal grant funding for repairs to the Long Beach Boardwalk and other facilities that sustained damage during Superstorm Sandy. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) agreed to cover 90 percent of the cost of rebuilding the boardwalk, but initially declined additional costs totaling more than $9 … Continue Reading

January 21, 2016

Gillibrand Urges Environmental Protection Agency to Renew Funding for Environmental Workforce Development & Job Training Program in Glens Falls

Glens Falls, N.Y. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today wrote to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) urging the agency to renew federal funding for the Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Program for the City of Glens Falls. This federal funding will allow Glens Falls to continue local job training initiatives for unemployed and underemployed workers. The City plans to hold three separate training sessions during the first two years of the … Continue Reading

January 21, 2016

Schumer, Gillibrand & Israel Announce over $1.6 Million in Federal Sandy Funding for Restoration Project on Long Island

North Hempstead, N.Y. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Steve Israel today announced $1,670,879.76 in federal funding to the Town of North Hempstead in Nassau County for the restoration of Leeds Pond located near Plandome Road, damaged as a direct result of Hurricane Sandy. The funding was allocated through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and will be used to cover administrative costs including engineer fees and initial design plans for … Continue Reading

January 20, 2016

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Senate Greenlights Alexandria Bay Port of Entry Project

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee unanimously approved a proposal greenlighting the Government Services Administration (GSA) to move forward with construction upgrades at the Alexandria Bay Port of Entry (POE). "The long over-due, desperately needed makeover of the Alexandria Bay Border Crossing is now cleared for take-off," said U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer. "The movement of … Continue Reading

January 20, 2016

Senator Gillibrand Statement on New DOJ Study on College Campus Sexual Assault

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand issued the following statement on a new Department of Justice study released today on the prevalence of sexual assault on college campuses: "This survey is the latest in a litany of recent studies that show just how prevalent the problem of sexual assault really is on college campuses across the country. "Our students deserve better, and we can fix this by surveying the climate on campuses more regularly. Creating more transparency and … Continue Reading

January 20, 2016

Gillibrand, Schumer, Blumenthal, Murphy Announce Legislation to Protect & Restore Long Island Sound Passes out of Environment and Public Works Committee

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, Charles E. Schumer, Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy today announced their bipartisan legislation to continue to support the restoration of Long Island Sound passed out of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, bringing it one step closer to full Senate passage. The legislation now heads to the Senate floor, and the Senators are vowing to continue pushing until … Continue Reading

January 20, 2016

Gillibrand Statement on Committee Passage of the Child Nutrition Bill

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today released the following statement after voting in support of the Improving Child Nutrition Integrity and Access Act in the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee: "The child nutrition reauthorization legislation that passed out of committee today is a good step forward, and I am encouraged that the bill includes provisions from my bipartisan Summer Meals Act to help provide more children with access to healthy meals … Continue Reading

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