Press Releases

12.18.19

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE: AS PART OF SOON-TO-PASS BIPARTISAN SPENDING BILL, HIGH-INTENSITY DRUG TRAFFICKING AREAS PROGRAM WILL REMAIN UNDER OFFICE OF NATIONAL DRUG CONTROL POLICY, RECEIVE $5M INCREASE FOR FY2020; SENATORS SAY PROGRAM PLAYS ESSENTIAL ROLE IN COMBATTING OPIOID EPIDEMIC

HIDTA Program Provides Special Resources & Critical Coordination To Choke Off Drugs & Drug Trafficking In 26 New York Counties In The Recently-Unveiled Bipartisan Appropriations Bill, Schumer, Gillibrand Successfully Rebuffed Admin Proposal That Would Move HIDTA Program Away From The Office Of National Drug Control Policy, Where It Works Well; Senators Also Secured $5M Boost For Critical Program Senators: HIDTA Ain't Broke, So Don't "Fix" It With Unwarranted, New Bureaucracy U.S. Sena… Continue Reading


12.18.19

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND DELIVER FOR UPSTATE NY TEACHERS; SENATORS REJECT ADMINISTRATION’S THOUGHTLESS PROPOSAL TO TOTALLY ELIMINATE TEACHER RECRUITMENT GRANT PROGRAM, INSTEAD FOUGHT TO INCREASE FUNDING BY $76 MILLION IN UPCOMING SPENDING PACKAGE

In Recent Months, A Serious Teacher Shortage Hit Upstate New York; Over The Last Decade, NY Has Lost 21,000 Teachers Schumer, Gillibrand Reject Administration's Plan To Eliminate Title II Supporting Effective Instruction State Grant Program, Which Provides Funding For Teacher Recruitment & Retention; Instead Secure $76 Million Increase For Program Senators: Title II Funding Will Help Expel NY's Teacher Shortage Trend U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten … Continue Reading


12.17.19

ROSE, SCHUMER ANNOUNCE REPEAL OF SPLIT-TOLLING BAN ON VERRAZZANO-NARROWS BRIDGE IN HOUSE-PASSED BIPARTISAN BUDGET DEAL THAT WILL PASS THE SENATE THIS WEEK; CHANGE WILL SPLIT FARE IN BOTH DIRECTIONS AND CLOSE LONGSTANDING LOOPHOLE THAT NEGATIVELY IMPACTS STATEN ISLAND, BROOKLYN AND MANHATTAN COMMUTERS

Fiscal Year 2020 Omnibus Budget Package, Which Is Set To Pass The Full Congress This Week, Includes Split-Tolling On Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge; Will Decrease Traffic Congestion and Support Transit Funding For Staten Island and South Brooklyn Rose, Schumer: Traffic Woes Of Staten Islanders and Brooklynites Will Finally Be Alleviated With Split-Tolling On Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge Congressman Max Rose and U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced, following their push, the repeal of the sp… Continue Reading


12.17.19

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES $21 MILLION DOLLAR SURGE OF FED FUNDS FOR LONG ISLAND SOUND WILL BE PART OF UPCOMING FED BUDGET DEAL; SURGE IN POLLUTION PROTECTION FUNDS IS $7 MILLION MORE THAN LAST YEAR & REPRESENTS MAJOR INVESTMENTS SINCE HE BECAME LEADER

More Than 23 Million People Live Within 50 Miles of Sound, Which Is Source of Beauty, Recreation, Commerce and Home to More Than 120 Species of Fish Senator Has Led Fight to Improve LI Sound, Which is a Vital Part of Long Island Economy, Recreation & Fishing Industries U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer today announced that the soon-to-pass federal spending bill will include $21 million to fund the Environmental Protection Agency's Long Island Sound program, an increase of $7 million from th… Continue Reading


12.17.19

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE $665 MILLION IN JUST-REACHED FED BUDGET DEAL FOR ANTI-TERRORISM FUNDING NYPD NEEDS TO KEEP US SAFE IN & AROUND NYC

Department of Homeland Security UASI Program Provides Funding to Address Needs of High-Threat Urban Areas, & NYC Gets Lion Share Of Fed Pot To Protect Against & Train For Against Acts of Terrorism President's Budget Funded The Anti-Terror Program At Just $426M; Deal Represents A 56% Increase U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that the New York City area is set to receive a lion's share of a $665 million dollar pot of feder… Continue Reading


12.17.19

AFTER YEARS LONG BATTLE, SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND SECURE +$75 MILLION IN FED FUNDING FOR WEST VALLEY DEMONSTRATION PROJECT CLEAN UP IN JUST-UNVEILED SPENDING PACKAGE; NEGLECTED PROGRAM HAS POSED HEALTH & ENVIRONMENTAL THREAT

The West Valley Reprocessing Plant-An Operational Nuclear Fuel Reprocessing Facility Between 1966-72-Left Millions Of Gallons Of Radioactive Waste In WNY's Backyard Schumer, Gillibrand Announce 2020 Spending Package Set To Pass Congress Imminently, Includes $75.2 Million In Federal Funding To Further Clean-Up Out-Of-Use Former Nuclear Site Senators: Spending Package Will Provide West Valley With Resources Necessary To Keep Cleanup On Track For 2020, But More Work Still Must Be Done U.S. Se… Continue Reading


12.17.19

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES OVER $510 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR NASA’S NEXT FLAGSHIP TELESCOPE PROJECT WFIRST—PRODUCED BY L3HARRIS IN ROCHESTER—IS SET TO PASS CONGRESS THIS WEEK; FUNDS WILL BRING REVOLUTIONARY TELESCOPE ONE GIANT LEAP CLOSER TO BLASTOFF

The WFIRST Telescope Sought By NASA - Partially Produced By L3Harris In Rochester-Is Designed To View An Area Of Space 100x Larger Than The Hubble Telescope Schumer Announces $510.7 Million For NASA To Maintain WFIRST Project In Upcoming Bipartisan Omnibus Spending Package Schumer: One Step Closer To Blastoff For NASA And L3Harris U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced, following his push, the just-unveiled bipartisan omnibus spending package-which is set to pass Congress this week&… Continue Reading


12.17.19

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE, FOLLOWING THEIR YEAR+ OF ADVOCACY, SOON-TO-PASS BIPARTISAN BUDGET DEAL INCLUDES $44 MILLION FOR NEW TOP-PRIORITY RAILHEAD & UAV HANGAR AT FORT DRUM; SENATORS SAY PROJECTS WILL MODERNIZE BASE INFRASTRUCTURE, ENHANCE READINESS & BOOST THE NORTH COUNTRY ECONOMY

Fiscal Year 2020 Omnibus Budget Package, Which Is Set To Pass Congress This Week, Includes $21M To Fully Fund Construction Of Fort Drum Railhead To Enhance Deployable Readiness New Spending Bill Also Includes Full Funding For Construction Of A New $23M UAV Hangar At Fort Drum, To Properly Service And House Additional Tactical UAVs Year-Round Senators: Railhead Improvement And New UAV Hangar At Fort Drum Will Keep World-Class Installation Ahead Of The Curve U.S. Senate Minority Leader Char… Continue Reading


12.17.19

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND, BRINDISI ANNOUNCE OVER $272M FOR ROME LAB IN SOON-TO-PASS BIPARTISAN SPENDING PACKAGE; INCLUDES ADDITIONAL SPENDING TO FURTHER REVOLUTIONARY STUDY OF QUANTUM COMPUTING AND ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE; OFFICIALS SAY FUNDING BOOST WILL SUPERCHARGE WORLD-CLASS CAPABILITIES

The Air Force Research Laboratory In Rome Will Receive Over $272M In Funding For Fiscal Year 2020 - More Than $34M Above The President's Budget Request & $27M More Than Fiscal Year 2019 Representatives Directly Secured Funding For Rome Lab To Advance Groundbreaking Study Of Quantum Information Science & To Boost DOD's Artificial Intelligence Programs Schumer, Gillibrand, Brindisi: Funding Will Keep Rome Lab At The Military’s Epicenter Of Quantum Computing And Artificial Intelli… Continue Reading


12.17.19

FOLLOWING HIS PUSH, SCHUMER ANNOUNCES $2M FOR FDA IN SPENDING PACKAGE TO CARRY OUT CBD REGULATORY ACTIVITIES; PROVISION, SET TO PASS THIS WEEK, ALSO REQUIRES FDA REPORT TO CONGRESS ON PROGRESS & MISREPRESENTATION OF HEMP PRODUCTS CURRENTLY ON THE MARKET

The Passage of Schumer's Provision In 2018 Farm Bill Caused Explosion Of Hemp Growing & Processing, But FDA Regs Still Lag For CBD Schumer Today Announces Inclusion Of Provision In Bipartisan Omnibus Spending Package Providing FDA With $2 Million To Continue Research Of CBD Products & Regulation; Also Requires Agency Report To Congress On Progress And On Mislabeling Of CBD Products Schumer: Clarified Regs Will Help Safely Unleash Emerging CBD Industry Upstate And Protect Consumers U.S… Continue Reading


12.16.19

GILLIBRAND, SCHUMER ANNOUNCE THAT FOLLOWING THEIR PUSH, ADIRONDACK MOUNTAIN RENAMED AFTER NEW YORK SUFFRAGIST INEZ MILHOLLAND

Labor Lawyer and Civil Rights Advocate, Milholland Championed Women's Right to Vote U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer today announced that following their push, an Adirondack mountain will be renamed after New York suffragist, Inez Milholland. Milholland was an attorney, social reformer, and central leader of the suffragists movement. Her work was integral to the passage of the 21st amendment that gave women the right to vote. Following Gillibra… Continue Reading


12.16.19

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND TO IJC: IMMEDIATELY BEGIN OVERHAUL ANALYSIS OF HOW TO CHANGE PLAN 2014 NOW THAT $1.5M IS SECURED IN SOON-TO-PASS SPENDING DEAL; SENATORS CALL FOR ANALYSIS TO GET UNDERWAY ASAP TO ADDRESS PLAN 2014 FAULTS BEFORE FLOODING SEASON HITS AND MORE VITAL PROPERTY IS DAMAGED

In Both 2017 And 2019, Lake Ontario Communities Were Ravaged By Intense Flooding, Leading To Millions In Damages; Today's Water Levels Are 17 Inches Higher Than Monthly Average Senators Call On IJC To Use $1.5 Million Included In Soon-To-Pass Bipartisan Omnibus Spending Package To Immediately Begin Overhaul Study Of Plan 2014 Schumer, Gillibrand To IJC: Money Is In The Bank, Now Get To Work! U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today called on t… Continue Reading


12.15.19

SCHUMER: AMID HOLIDAY HUSTLE, ROBOCALLS ARE STILL RAGING; AVERAGE NY’ER/LI’ER GOT 9 CALLS A DAY IN NOVEMBER ALONE; SENATOR PUSHES END-OF-YEAR DEAL THAT WOULD FINALLY HELP STOP ‘EM; BILL HAS ALREADY PASSED THE HOUSE & WILL BECOME LAW IN NEW YEAR IF SENATE ACTS

Holiday Time Brings A Robo Surge; Last Month Alone, Between NYC & LI, 164 Million Robocalls Inundated People's Phones Chance To Kill The Calls Is Now In Sight; House Just Passed A Compromise Bill To Block Them With Sweeping, Bipartisan Support; But Now The Senate Needs To Act; Schumer Rallies Schumer: Americans Are Desperate For A 'Silent Night' Free Of Robocalls This Holiday Season & Beyond Announcing that new federal legislation to finally help put an end to those hair-pulling roboc… Continue Reading


12.13.19

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $5.4 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDS FOR LONG ISLAND MACARTHUR AIRPORT IN SUFFOLK COUNTY

Department of Transportation Grant Will Help Make Critical Upgrades to the West Concourse, Terminal, and Airplane Apron and Attract New Airlines to the Airport U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $5,405,000 in federal funding for Long Island MacArthur Airport in Suffolk County. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Airport Improvement Program (A… Continue Reading


12.13.19

FOLLOWING HIS PUSH, SCHUMER ANNOUNCES U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS AUTHORIZE FUNDING TO INITIATE FEASIBILITY STUDY OF THE DEEPENING OF THE OSWEGO HARBOR

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today released the following statement, after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) announced it would be heeding his request and conducting a feasibility study for the deepening of the Port of Oswego harbor: "I'm so glad to hear that the Army Corps of Engineers has heeded my request and taken the crucial first step of authorizing a feasibility study on the deepening of Port of Oswego channel. Deepening the harbor will unlock new business opportunities from sa… Continue Reading


12.13.19

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND SECURE MORE THAN 30 IMPERATIVE PROVISIONS IN NATIONAL DEFENSE BILL TO VASTLY IMPROVE PRIVATIZED MILITARY HOUSING ON BASES LIKE WEST POINT; BILL, SET TO PASS NEXT WEEK, CONTAINS FIRST OF ITS KIND PROVISIONS, THE FIRST STEP IN ENSURING OUR NATION’S HEROES & THEIR FAMILIES HAVE THE SAFE, HAZARD-FREE HOMES THEY DESERVE

Recent News Reports & Inspections Unearthed Serious Issues In Privatized Housing at Military Installations Across the Country, From Severe Mold To Failing Water Systems In Final Defense Bill, Senators Secured: Tenants' Bill Of Rights For Privatized Military Housing, Formal And More Thorough Dispute Resolution Process, & Funding Authorization To Boost DOD Housing Staff At Places like Fort Drum And West Point Schumer, Gillibrand: Defense Bill Is The First Step In Providing Our Heroes &am… Continue Reading


12.13.19

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND, MEEKS ANNOUNCE FINAL NATIONAL DEFENSE BILL EXPECTED TO PASS NEXT WEEK AUTHORIZES MASSIVE $91M IN FUNDING FOR EXPANSION AND RENOVATION AT NATIONAL GUARD READINESS CENTER AT JAMAICA ARMORY IN QUEENS, NEW YORK; PROJECTS WILL MODERNIZE INFRASTRUCTURE, ENHANCE READINESS

Fiscal Year 2020 NDAA, Which Is Set To Pass Congress Next Week, Authorizes $91M To Fully Fund Addition To Readiness Center and Restoration Of Facility To Support Training, Administrative, and Logistical Needs Senators, Congressman: Readiness Center Improvements At Jamaica Armory Will Enhance Readiness And Response Capabilities In NYC Metro Area U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, and Congressman Gregory Meeks today announced that following their pus… Continue Reading


12.12.19

SCHUMER SECURES FENTANYL SANCTIONS ACT IN NATIONAL DEFENSE BILL; FIRST-EVER TARGETED FENTANYL SANCTIONS BILL, AUTHORED BY SCHUMER, WILL HOLD CHINA & OTHER FOREIGN TRAFFICKERS ACCOUNTABLE FOR ILLICIT TRAFFICKING & INCLUDES MORE TOOLS FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT

Bipartisan Fentanyl Sanctions Act, Included In National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) For Fiscal Year 2020, Will Direct Administration To Identify & Sanction Foreign Traffickers Of Synthetic Opioids On Annual Basis, Authorize New $ For Law Enforcement & Intel Agencies; Pressure China, Mexico, & Other Synthetic Opioid Trafficking Countries To Crack Down On Traffickers China Is The World's Largest Producer Of Illicit Fentanyl And Currently Lacks The Capacity To Regulate Fentanyl; … Continue Reading


12.12.19

FOLLOWING THEIR PUSH, SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND, HIGGINS ANNOUNCE NATIONAL DEFENSE BILL AUTHORIZES NEW, CRITICAL FUNDING FOR NATIONAL MARITIME HERITAGE GRANT PROGRAM

Program Honors Nation's Maritime History By Supporting Preservation and Public Awareness Projects U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and Congressman Brian Higgins (D-NY-26) today announced that following their push, the FY 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) includes their provision to increase funding for the National Maritime Heritage Grant Program. The National Maritime Heritage Grant Program helps celebrate and honor th… Continue Reading


12.11.19

AMID NEW FBI WARNING ABOUT THIS YEAR’S HOTTEST GIFT—SMART TVS— WHICH CAN CONNECT TO THE INTERNET & RECORD UNSUSPECTING VICTIMS, SCHUMER DEMANDS FEDS INVESTIGATE SECURITY POLICIES OF DEVICES & IMMEDIATELY SET UNIFORM STANDARDS TO BETTER PROTECT UPSTATE NY FAMILIES FROM BEING HACKED & TRACKED

FBI Warning That Smart TVs, Which Connect To The Internet & Record Unsuspecting Victims, Present A Variety Of Security Concerns For NY'ers Who May Not Even Know The Privacy Ramifications Of Their Living Room Or Bedroom TV On A Conference Call With Reporters, Schumer Launches Major Push To Investigate Security Policies & Data Protections Of Smart TVs; Wants New Industry Standards Schumer: "Sees You When You're Sleeping; Knows When You’re Awake" Is Fine For Santa BUT Not The F… Continue Reading

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