Senator Kirsten Gillibrand

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U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York has announced more than $1.6 billion in funding for school districts to help students manage their asthma.

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Two programs that support first responders who became sick because of 9/11 are going to be included in the latest federal spending bill.

Some of the funding for those programs expired in October, when Congress failed to pass a long-term bill to fund the government.

U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer of New York announced today that Senate and House leaders agreed to renew the World Trade Center Health Program for the next 75 years. That program helps pay medical bills for first responders.

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In the wake of terrorist attacks in Paris that left 129 people dead this month, U.S. Senators Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, along with Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer of New York, are trying to pass a bill that they say would prevent suspected terrorists in America from buying guns.

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Supporters of paid family leave in New York hope 2016 will be their year, but business groups are urging caution.  

A bill that would allow all workers in the state 12 weeks of paid leave to take care of a new baby or sick family member was approved in the State Assembly, and two bills gained support in the State Senate, but the issue fell by the wayside in the end of session rush to pass bills and adjourn for the summer. 

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US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York is moving forward on her effort to strip senior military commanders of their authority to investigate and prosecute sexual assaults. After her proposal failed in an emotional Senate vote last week Gillibrand says she will make another push in six to nine months.  

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