Press Releases

12.20.19

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE FEDS HAVE HEEDED THEIR CALL, APPROVED MAJOR DISASTER DECLARATION FOR NEW YORK STATE TO EIGHTEEN UPSTATE COUNTIES IMPACTED BY THE HALLOWEEN STORM

Schumer & Gillibrand Announce That Major Disaster Declaration Assistance For 18 Upstate Counties Has Been Approved By President Trump, Unlocking Key Federal Funds For Communities Impacted By The Halloween Storms The Declaration Unlocks Public Assistance Funding For 18 Upstate Counties; Individual Assistance Request Is Still Pending Senators: Funds Will Allow Upstate Communities To Recover & Rebuild From Flooding Damages; Ease Burden on NY Taxpayers U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles … Continue Reading


12.20.19

STILL ON THE FRONT LINES OF COMBATING LYME DISEASE, SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE $2 MILLION INCREASE IN CDC LYME DISEASE FUNDING & INCLUSION OF KAY HAGAN TICK ACT IN FINAL, BIPARTISAN BUDGET DEAL; SENATORS SAY FUNDING BOOST & BILL ARE VITAL TO SUPPORT ALL-OUT WAR AGAINST TICK-BORNE DISEASES ACROSS UPSTATE NY

In Recent Years, Upstate NY Has Seen An Explosion Of Ticks, Lyme Disease & Other Tick-Borne Diseases, Making NY The #1 Target For Tick-Borne Disease In The Nation Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Second Consecutive Increase For Lyme Disease Funding After Years Of Insufficient Funding; Funding Boost Will Be Used To Study, Identify & Prevent Exposure To Vector-Borne Pathogens That Cause Lyme Disease & Other Tick-Borne Diseases Senators: It's Time For the Feds To Help Stomp Out Lyme Disea… Continue Reading


12.20.19

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE RECORD-SETTING $90 MILLION IN SECURITY FUNDING FOR NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS; INCLUDED IN FINAL, BIPARTISAN FED BUDGET DEAL, SURGE IN FUNDS IS 50% MORE THAN LAST YEAR

Department of Homeland Security's Nonprofit Security Grant Program Provides Funding to Protect Synagogues, Churches, Schools, Mosques, And Other Nonprofit Orgs Against Growing Terror and Security Threats Senators Have Long Pushed To Fund NSGP At Highest Level; Budget Deal Represents a $30 Million Dollar Increase Compared To Last Year's Funding Amount U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that nonprofit organizations are set to receiv… Continue Reading


12.20.19

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE THAT FOLLOWING THEIR PUSH, U.S.–ISRAELI COOPERATIVE MISSILE DEFENSE PROGRAMS TO RECEIVE $500 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDS

Both National Defense Authorization Act and End-Of-Year Appropriations Package Authorize and Fund Critical Israeli Security Systems U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Personnel Subcommittee, today announced that following their push, the U.S.-Israeli Cooperative Missile Defense Program will receive $500 million in federal funds. The FY 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which passed earlie… Continue Reading


12.19.19

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE, FOLLOWING THEIR PUSH, $80 MILLION IN FUNDING FOR ROCHESTER LASER LAB IN JUST-PASSED BI-PARTISAN APPROPRIATIONS BILL

Funding Will Help Support Over 350 Jobs In The Rochester-Finger Lakes Region And Keep The United States At The Cutting Edge Of Nuclear Fusion Research U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that, following their push, the federal government will include $80 million in funding for the OMEGA Laser Facility at University of Rochester Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE) in the year-end funding package. The funding will help the lab me… Continue Reading


12.19.19

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND SECURE $2.5 MILLION IN 2020 FUNDING FOR CRITICAL NATIONAL FIREFIGHTER CANCER REGISTRY AND $5 MILLION BOOSTS FOR TWO ESSENTIAL FIREFIGHTER GRANT PROGRAMS IN BIPARTISAN SPENDING BILL; SCHUMER-BACKED REGISTRY GETS $1.5M INCREASE TO HELP RESEARCHERS TRACK, TREAT AND EVENTUALLY THWART CONNECTION BETWEEN FIREFIGHTERS & CANCER

In July 2018, The Schumer-Backed National Firefighter Cancer Registry Was Signed Into Law, Which Aims To Inform Efforts To Protect The Lives Of Courageous First Responders Upstate; Today, Schumer, Gillibrand Secure $2.5 Million For Crucial Registry, A $1.5 Million Increase Over Last Year Schumer, Gillibrand Also Secure $5M Increases For Essential FEMA Assistance To Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program And Staffing For Adequate Fire And Emergency Response (SAFER) Program Senators: The Link Betwee… Continue Reading


12.19.19

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND, TONKO ANNOUNCE THAT SOON-TO-PASS APPROPRIATIONS BILL INCREASES FUNDING CAP FOR ERIE CANALWAY NATIONAL HERITAGE CORRIDOR TO $14 MILLION

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and U.S. Representative Paul Tonko (D-NY-20) today announced that their amendment to raise and extend the federal funding cap for the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor to $14 million has been included in the soon-to-pass end of the year budget package. This is an increased funding cap of $2 million, without which, the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor would have no longer been eligible to… Continue Reading


12.19.19

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE, FOLLOWING THEIR RELENTLESS ADVOCACY & THE ADMINISTRATION’S PREVIOUS PLAN TO CUT VITAL FUNDING TO NY SCHOOLS, BIPARTISAN SPENDING BILL INCLUDES +$1.4B IN IMPACT AID FUNDING—A $40 MILLION INCREASE—TO PROVIDE CRITICAL RESOURCES FOR SCHOOLS ON FEDERAL LAND, INCLUDING THOSE NEAR WEST POINT, FT. DRUM & NATIVE AMERICAN LANDS

Admin's Original Budget Proposal Would Eliminate Impact Aid Programs Kids & Communities Need; Nails On The Chalkboard Cuts Would Remove Dozens of Teachers, Pre-K Program, Extra Curriculars & More Soon-to Pass Bipartisan Budget Package Includes $1.486B for the Dept. Of Education Impact Aid Program In FY 2010, $40M More Than Last Year Senators: It's Not A Hard Equation To Solve - All New York Students Deserve A+ Schools U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kir… Continue Reading


12.18.19

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND AND MALONEY URGE AIR NATIONAL GUARD TO SELECT STEWART AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE AS SITE OF NEW AEROMEDICAL EVACUATION SQUADRON

This week, Sens. Charles E. Schumer, Kirsten Gillibrand and Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) urged Barbara Barrett, Secretary of the Air Force and General Joseph Lengyel, Chief of the National Guard Bureau, to select Stewart Air National Guard Base (ANG) in Newburgh, NY for the installation of a new Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron (AES). The new AES squadron will bring state-of-the-art in-flight emergency medical care and new job opportunities to the Hudson Valley. "Stewart Air National Guard … Continue Reading


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

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