Kirsten GillibrandU.S. Senator
Kirsten Gillibrand is a three-term U.S. senator from New York. Previously, she served in the U.S. Congress representing a district in upstate New York.
Unions and Workers
She supports raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour and legislation that would make it easier for working people to form unions.
Joined striking fast food workers on the picket line in Las Vegas.
Attended the National Forum on Wages and Working people on April 27.
Supports universal health coverage and has co-sponsored both a federal public option that would co-exist with employer-sponsored and other private insurance, as well as Medicare for All legislation that would create a single-payer system.
Supports legislation to provide a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants and to reunite families, ensure immigrants have access to legal counsel, and provide alternatives to detention. Absent legislation, she has released detailed plans to immediately reinstate and expand Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) which protects DREAMers from deportation, and also protect others with ties to their communities, provisions that she estimates will protect 6 million currently undocumented immigrants. She has also pledged to increase oversight of the immigration enforcement agencies, close private detention centers, and reverse Trump’s Muslim ban.
As Attorney General of California, worked to hold Exxon Mobil accountable for its role in hastening the effects of climate change. Supports the Green New Deal.
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Gillibrand’s bill would provide immigrants with an attorney as they seek asylum or other legal protections in the US in the wake of the Trump administration’s efforts to make it difficult for people to apply for asylum. has been dramatically limiting the ability of Central American migrants to claim asylum.
Gillibrand’s legislation would prioritize low-income communities and local workers in federal infrastructure spending.
Gillibrand’s plan proposes to neutralize nationwide carbon emissions by 2050, to achieve net-zero electricity emissions within a decade and to establish higher, prevailing wages for people working in the green jobs sector.
Gillibrand released a plan detailing how she would lower prescription drug prices, including appointing a Pharmaceutical Czar “to lead an investigative and enforcement task force” and penalizing drug companies that increase prices without justification.
Gillibrand’s joined a discussion with healthcare workers at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center who are seeking to form a union with SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania. Nursing assistants, food service and other workers talked about their struggle to pay their own medical bills.
Gillibrand’s plan would “increase Social Security benefits by $65 a month, increase the Social Security payroll tax cap, eliminate the cap on total benefits and expand eligibility for benefits to spouses and full-time students.”
“Today, I stand in solidarity with McDonald’s workers and all Americans who work day in and day out to provide a better life for their families. Thank you to the union organizers supporting these workers. Thank you to the workers who were brave enough to tell their stories. I see you, I hear you, and I’m ready to fight with you.”
Gillibrand’s plan includes 12 weeks of paid family leave, universal pre-K and the right to affordable child care.