Press Releases

07.01.22

SCHUMER: AFTER YEARS OF FIGHTING TO PROTECT FEDERAL CRITICAL ACCESS STATUS FOR RURAL UPSTATE NY HOSPITALS, SCHUMER ANNOUNCES FEDS HAVE HEEDED HIS CALL TO CHANGE RULES SO THAT NY HOSPITALS CAN CONTINUE TO RECEIVE OVER $35M IN REIMBURSEMENTS ANNUALLY & MAINTAIN CRITICAL SERVICES IN UPSTATE’S MOST UNDERSERVED RURAL COMMUNITIES

Critical Access Hospital (CAH) Status Provides Rural Hospitals Enhanced Reimbursement Rates To Keep Healthcare Services In Underserved Communities Like Those In The North Country & Southern Tier; BUT A Rules Change Risked Arbitrarily Making Many Rural Upstate Hospitals Ineligible Putting Healthcare Providers At Risk Schumer Immediately Began Leading The Charge To Protect Rural Upstate Hospitals, Writing Multiple Letters, Calling HHS Sec Personally To Fight The More Restrictive Definitions; … Continue Reading


06.29.22

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND, MORELLE ANNOUNCE LIFESPAN OF GREATER ROCHESTER WILL RECEIVE $240,000 IN FEDERAL FUNDING TO CONNECT ELDERLY & UNDERSERVED FINGER LAKES RESIDENTS TO TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS FOR DOCTORS APPOINTMENTS, HEALTH CARE, OTHER CRITICAL SERVICES

Transportation, Particularly For Rural & Underserved Communities, Can Be One Of The Greatest Barriers For Seniors And People With Disabilities Getting The Medical Care They Need Schumer, Gillibrand, Morelle Fought For Increased Funding To Federal Transit Pilot Program To Bolster Partnerships Between Healthcare And Transportation Options Reps: New Program Will Make It So Getting To The Doctor For Greater Rochester Senior Citizen And Residents Is Only One Click Away! U.S. Senate Majority L… Continue Reading


06.28.22

SCHUMER: AFTER LAUNCHING AN ALL OUT PUSH WITH LOCAL VETS TO FIGHT THE CLOSURE OF NYC’S VA HOSPITALS, SENATOR ANNOUNCES VA PLAN IMMEDIATELY HALTED & CRITICAL MANHATTAN & BROOKLYN VA HOSPITALS WILL REMAIN OPEN

In March 2022, VA Proposed Closing Manhattan & Brooklyn VA Medical Centers Without Consulting Local Vet Leaders-Jeopardizing Healthcare For Local Veterans Schumer Immediately Called on VA Sec To Drop The Plan; Now, Key Senate Members Have Officially Announced The Independent AIR Commission, Which Called On VA To Create This Closure Plan, Will Not Move Forward Schumer: Manhattan & Brooklyn Hospitals Are Staying Open, Preserving Local Care For Vets   After standing shoulder … Continue Reading


06.28.22

SCHUMER: AFTER LAUNCHING AN ALL OUT PUSH WITH HUDSON VALLEY VETS TO FIGHT THE CLOSURE OF DUTCHESS COUNTY’S ONLY VA HOSPITAL, SENATOR ANNOUNCES VA PLAN IMMEDIATELY HALTED & CRITICAL LOCAL VA HOSPITAL WILL REMAIN OPEN–PRESERVING CARE FOR OVER 7,000 HUDSON VALLEY VETS

In March 2022, VA Proposed Closing Proposal Castle Point VA Medical Center In Dutchess County - Without Consulting Local Vet Leaders - Jeopardizing Healthcare For Thousands Of Mid-Hudson Veterans Schumer Immediately Called on VA Sec Lambasting To Drop The Plan; Now, Key Senate Members Have Officially Announced The Independent AIR Commission, Which Called On VA To Create This Closure Plan Will Not Move Forward Schumer: The Castle Point VA Hospital Is Staying Right Where It Is, Preserving Local… Continue Reading


06.28.22

SCHUMER: WITH OUTRAGEOUS COST OF INSULIN SKYROCKETING AND 1.7M NEW YORKERS—NEARLY 60,000 IN THE SOUTHERN TIER—WITH DIABETES, SCHUMER REVEALS NEW BIPARTISAN PLAN TO CAP INSULIN OUT-OF-POCKET COSTS AT $35 A MONTH; SENATOR SAYS HE WILL PUT THE BILL ON THE FLOOR VERY SOON TO MAKE LIFESAVING DRUG AFFORDABLE FOR MILLIONS OF AMERICANS

Standing Alongside Southern Tier Advocates, Schumer Reveals How Insulin Costs Are Rising Rapidly, With Average Increase Of 15 - 17% Per Year Since 2012; With A Horrific 1 In 4 NOW Rationing The Drug Because Of Cost New Bipartisan Plan Will Cap Costs For Insulin At $35 Per Month And Crack Down On Bureaucratic Requirements That Can Force Patients To Jump Through Hoops To Get Insurers To Pay For Medications Schumer: No Southern Tier Family Should Ever Be Forced To Choose Between Insulin And Putti… Continue Reading


06.28.22

SCHUMER: WITH OUTRAGEOUS COST OF INSULIN SKYROCKETING AND 1.7M NEW YORKERS—OVER 45,000 IN THE NORTH COUNTRY—WITH DIABETES, SCHUMER REVEALS NEW BIPARTISAN PLAN TO CAP INSULIN OUT-OF-POCKET COSTS AT $35 A MONTH; SENATOR SAYS HE WILL PUT THE BILL ON THE FLOOR VERY SOON TO MAKE LIFESAVING DRUG AFFORDABLE FOR MILLIONS OF AMERICANS

Standing Alongside North Country Advocates, Schumer Reveals How Insulin Costs Are Rising Rapidly, With Average Increase Of 15 - 17% Per Year Since 2012; With A Horrific 1 In 4 NOW Rationing The Drug Because Of Cost New Bipartisan Plan Will Cap Costs For Insulin At $35 Per Month And Crack Down On Bureaucratic Requirements That Can Force Patients To Jump Through Hoops To Get Insurers To Pay For Medications Schumer: No North Country Family Should Ever Be Forced To Choose Between Insulin And Putti… Continue Reading


06.28.22

SCHUMER: WITH OUTRAGEOUS COST OF INSULIN SKYROCKETING AND 1.7M NEW YORKERS—OVER 45,000 IN THE NORTH COUNTRY—WITH DIABETES, SCHUMER REVEALS NEW BIPARTISAN PLAN TO CAP INSULIN OUT-OF-POCKET COSTS AT $35 A MONTH; SENATOR SAYS HE WILL PUT THE BILL ON THE FLOOR VERY SOON TO MAKE LIFESAVING DRUG AFFORDABLE FOR MILLIONS OF AMERICANS

Standing Alongside North Country Advocates, Schumer Reveals How Insulin Costs Are Rising Rapidly, With Average Increase Of 15 - 17% Per Year Since 2012; With A Horrific 1 In 4 NOW Rationing The Drug Because Of Cost New Bipartisan Plan Will Cap Costs For Insulin At $35 Per Month And Crack Down On Bureaucratic Requirements That Can Force Patients To Jump Through Hoops To Get Insurers To Pay For Medications Schumer: No North Country Family Should Ever Be Forced To Choose Between Insulin And Putti… Continue Reading


06.28.22

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES SIGNIFICANT AND NEW FEMA AGREEMENT THAT WILL UNLOCK $250+ MILLION IN PREVIOUSLY REJECTED FED COVID REIMBURSEMENT FOR NEW YORK’S HOSPITALS; FEMA REIMBURSEMENTS WOULD COVER COSTS LIKE TRANSPO, CHILD CARE & HOUSING INCURRED BY HOSPITALS DURING EARLY DAYS OF COVID PANDEMIC

Today, U.S. Senator Charles Schumer announced he has secured a first-ever agreement from FEMA that creates a pathway for reimbursement on previously rejected expenses incurred by hospitals in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. Specifically, costs like transportation, child care, and housing will now be eligible for reimbursement. It is estimated that this flexibility will unlock approximately $250 million for New York's hospitals, which otherwise would have been shouldered by the hospitals… Continue Reading


06.27.22

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES CRITICAL EXTENSION OF SCHOOL LUNCH & CHILD NUTRITION WAIVERS HAS BEEN SIGNED INTO LAW KEEPING SCHOOL MEALS FREE FOR OVER 800,000 NEW YORK STUDENTS; WAIVERS WERE SET TO EXPIRE THIS WEEK, BUT NEW BILL WILL HELP SCHOOLS KEEP KIDS FED THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER

During The Pandemic, Congress Authorized USDA To Issue Critical Waivers To Boost School Meal Programs To Feed Children; But Waiver Was Due To Sunset On June 30th, Jeopardizing Summer Meal Programs And Access To Free School Meals Senator Says Bipartisan Bill Will Stave Off Impending Hunger Crisis Giving Schools, Daycares, Nonprofits The Support They Need To Ensure Children's Access To Healthy Food Amid Economic Recovery and Supply Chain Disruptions Schumer: No Child Should Go Hungry; Now Stude… Continue Reading


06.25.22

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES THE BIPARTISAN SAFER COMMUNITIES ACT, THE MOST SIGNIFICANT GUN SAFETY LEGISLATION IN 30 YEARS, HAS NOW BEEN SIGNED INTO LAW

Bipartisan Safer Communities Act Will Incentivize States To Create Red Flag Laws, Invest In Mental Health And Community-Based Solutions To Gun Violence, Close The 'Boyfriend Loophole', Boost Funding For Schools, Enhance Background Checks For Those Under 21, And More Schumer: Now For The First Time In Decades, Congress Has Passed Meaningful Gun Safety Measures That Will Save Thousands Of Lives Following the tragic mass shootings on Buffalo's East Side and in Uvalde, TX, U.S. Senate Majority L… Continue Reading


06.21.22

FOLLOWING EAST SIDE’S TRAGIC MASS SHOOTING, SCHUMER MAKES DIRECT APPEAL TO PRESIDENT BIDEN FOR WESTERN NEW YORK TO BE SELECTED FOR TENS OF MILLIONS IN FED INVESTMENT IN EDA REGIONAL CHALLENGE AWARD; SCHUMER SAYS FEDERAL $$$ WOULD REVITALIZE BUFFALO’S EAST SIDE BY TRAINING OVER 1,600 WORKERS FOR GOOD-PAYING MANUFACTURING JOBS, CLEANING UP INDUSTRIAL SITES, ATTRACTING NEW EMPLOYERS, & MAKING WNY AMERICA’S NEXT MAJOR MANUFACTURING & TECH HUB

Schumer Directly Lobbied President Biden For Feds To Select WNY For Up To A $100 Million Grant To Transform The East Side And WNY Landscape By Bringing Major Tech Investment And Workforce Training To Underserved Communities WNY Advanced Manufacturing Cluster Would Scale Up Innovation, Advance Inclusive Workforce Development, And Develop Infrastructure To Rapidly Expand The Growing Advanced Manufacturing Sector Schumer To Biden: EDA Regional Challenge Award Can Transform Buffalo's East Side, … Continue Reading


06.21.22

SCHUMER REVEALS: BUFFALO SET TO GET BRAND NEW $11 MILLION VA MEDICAL RESEARCH FACILITY AS A PART OF THE JUST-PASSED VETERAN HEALTHCARE BILL; SCHUMER SAYS NEW FACILITY WILL BOLSTER BUFFALO VA RESEARCH EFFORTS, EXPAND EXISTING VA HOSPITAL’S SURGICAL CAPACITY, & GIVE WNY VETS THE MODERN MEDICAL FACILITY THEY DESPERATELY NEED

New Toxic Exposure Healthcare Bill For Veterans Includes Major $11M Investment To Ramp Up Buffalo VA Research Programs And Open Up Critical Space In Most Modern Building Of WNY VA Medical Center, Giving Local Veterans Improved Direct Patient Care And Reducing Wait Times For Essential Medical Procedures On Top Of Direct WNY Investment, Senator Says "Honoring Our Pact Act" Will Cut Red Tape So Vets Exposed To Environmental Hazards Get The Health Care Benefits They Desperately Deserve Schumer: H… Continue Reading


06.20.22

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND SOUND ALARM TO FAA ON AIRLINES’ REQUESTS TO CIRCUMVENT PILOT TRAINING REGULATIONS ENACTED FROM THE HARD-FOUGHT ADVOCACY OF THE COLGAN FLIGHT 3407 FAMILIES; SENATORS SAY LIFESAVING RULES MUST BE PROTECTED FROM SPECIAL INTERESTS ATTEMPTING TO ROLLBACK PROVISIONS MEANT TO KEEP SKIES SAFE

Following Tragic 2009 Plane Crash, The Senators Fought Alongside Families Of Flight 3407 Victims To Create Critical Flight Safety Regulations, Including Requirement That Pilots Log 1,500 Flight Hours In Order To Receive Certificate And Pilot Record Database Since The Rule Was Enacted There Has Not Been A Fatal Crash On A U.S. Airline, But Now Schumer, Gillibrand Say Some Airlines Want To Roll Back Or Eliminate Safety Provisions Needlessly Putting Lives At Risk Schumer, Gillibrand: Air Safety… Continue Reading


06.20.22

SCHUMER: WITH THE CAPITAL REGION FACING NEW WAVE OF FATAL OVERDOSES, AFTER BACK TO BACK RECORD YEARS OF OPIOID DEATHS; SENATOR LAUNCHES TWO-PRONG PLAN TO BOLSTER ADDICTION SERVICES & COMBAT THE FLOW OF OPIOIDS TO THE CAPITAL REGION

Last Week, Schenectady Experienced 4 Deadly Overdoses In A Single Week; City Of Albany Overdose Responses Have Exceeded The 3 Year Avg. Every Month In 2022; Despite Troubling Statistics Schenectady & Rensselaer Counties Are Still Not Designated A 'High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area,' Blocking Vital Federal Resources To Beat Back Scourge In Capital Region Schumer Launches Two-Part Plan: (1) Supercharge Community-Based Addiction Treatment With $3.2B Plus-Up To Boost Localities With Specific… Continue Reading


06.20.22

SCHUMER: ONONDAGA COUNTY FACING BACK-TO-BACK RECORD YEARS OF OPIOID DEATHS – A 100% INCREASE OVER LAST SIX YEARS; SENATOR WANTS FEDS TO SUPERCHARGE FUNDS THAT HELP COMBAT PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS OF OPIOIDS, WHICH PANDEMIC HAS MADE MUCH WORSE; PLEDGES $3.2 BILLION PUSH TO INCREASE CRITICAL PREVENTION, TREATMENT & RECOVERY EFFORTS—BECAUSE IT WILL SAVE CNY LIVES

Opioid Overdoses - Fueled By Fentanyl - Killed 186 Onondaga County Residents In 2021, An All-Time High Surpassing Record 156 Fatal Overdoses Recorded in 2020; Pandemic Took A Toll That Will Take Years To Overcome Without Right Amount Of Dollars & Action By Feds; Locals Cannot Do This Alone Senator Says A Supercharge Of Fed Funds He'll Fight For Will Allow National Drug Control Programs To Hone In On More Localities With Specific Needs, Like CNY; Prevention, Treatment & Addiction Recover… Continue Reading


06.17.22

CITING ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS, SCHUMER CALLS ON FEDS TO REVERSE COURSE AND REOPEN ADIRONDACK & NORTH COUNTRY AIR QUALITY MONITORING STATIONS; SENATOR SAYS KEEPING SITES OPEN IS CRITICAL TO PRESERVING UPSTATE NEW YORK’S NATURAL LANDSCAPE, PROTECTING WILDLIFE, AND TRACKING POLLUTION

Last Month, The EPA Announced Plans To Cut Of Rural Air Quality Monitoring Sites In Oswego, Franklin, And Essex Counties, Which Would Severely Limit Local Monitoring of Pollutants; Senator Says He Is Committed To Fighting For More Funding To Keep These Sites Open Schumer Says These Stations Provide Essential Data For Protecting The North Country & Adirondack's Ecosystems, Tracking Airborne Pollution, And Have Played A Critical Role In Curbing Acid Rain And Promoting Major Environmental Legi… Continue Reading


06.17.22

ICYMI: BINGHAMTON PRESS & SUN - SCHUMER, STENGER, WHITTINGHAM: BATTERIES CAN POWER BINGHAMTON’S FUTURE — AND AMERICA’S

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Binghamton University President Harvey Stenger, and Dr. Stan Whittingham, distinguished professor at BU and 2019 winner of the Nobel Prize in chemistry, today released the following column on their joint effort to secure tens of millions in federal investment to transform the Southern Tier into America's next major battery manufacturing research hub. Following Schumer's direct advocacy,  Binghamton’s project was selected out of over 500… Continue Reading


06.16.22

AFTER DELIVERING OVER $27 MILLION IN PANDEMIC RELIEF TO KEEP THE LIGHTS ON AT VENUES ACROSS THE FINGER LAKES, SCHUMER KICKS OFF THE ROCHESTER INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL, DRIVING MILLIONS IN ECONOMIC ACTIVITY TO THE DOWNTOWN AND PROVIDING FREE WORLD-CLASS MUSIC FOR THE ROCHESTER COMMUNITY

Senator Was A Lead Champion Of The Vital 'Save Our Stages' Federal Grant Program That Gave Rochester Jazz Fest The $1.3M In Pandemic Relief It Needed To Keep The Music Flowing And To Ensure The Show Would Go On Now Jazz Fest Is Bigger Than Ever With Its Headline Shows Free For All To Enjoy; Driving Millions In Economic Activity To The Downtown And Thousands To Rochester's Restaurants & Businesses Schumer: Let The Music And Economic Activity Flow Through Downtown Rochester, Jazz Fest Is B… Continue Reading


06.16.22

SCHUMER, AFTER YEARS OF FIGHTING ALONGSIDE VETERANS ACROSS NEW YORK, SCHUMER ANNOUNCES THE SENATE PASSAGE OF HONORING OUR PACT ACT TO FINALLY EXTEND VA CARE TO VETERANS EXPOSED TO BURN PITS & OTHER TOXINS; DELIVERING DESPERATELY NEEDED MEDICAL COVERAGE FOR THE TENS OF THOUSANDS EXPOSED NY VETS

Toxins In Burn Pit Smoke Can Have Long-Term Health Effects - From Cancers To Respiratory Illnesses - But Veterans Struggled To Receive Coverage & Had Claims Repeatedly Denied For These Conditions Senator Says "Honoring Our PACT Act" Will Cut Red Tape So Vets Exposed To Environmental Hazards Get The Health Care Benefits They Desperately Deserve; Bill Now Heads To The House, Schumer Calls For Swift Passage To Send To The President's Desk To Be Signed Into Law Schumer: Every Breath Our Vete… Continue Reading


06.09.22

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND DELIVER FUNDING TO BUFFALO’S AFRICAN HERITAGE FOOD COOPERATIVE TO INCREASE FOOD ACCESSIBILITY & BRING DESPERATELY NEEDED FRESH, AFFORDABLE HEALTHY FOOD OPTIONS TO BUFFALO’S EAST SIDE AND UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES IN WESTERN NEW YORK

After Horrific, Racist Mass Shooting At East Side's Sole Supermarket Highlighted Lack Of Affordable Food For Buffalo's Largest African American Neighborhood, Senators Immediately Began Work To Bring Fed Funding To Bolster Resources For Community-Led Food Groups Schumer Originally Fought Alongside Community Leaders To Open Tops Market Grocery in 2003; Now Delivers New Fed Investment To Create Additional Sustainable Food Options For East Side Residents Schumer, Gillibrand: As Buffalo Continues… Continue Reading

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