New York's senators say they have three new pieces of legislation that will reduce unemployment among recent veterans.
At a joint press conference Monday outside Syracuse University's Institute for Veterans and Military Families, Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Charles Schumer (D-NY) unveiled the three bills, which Gillibrand says have bipartisan support.
Standing in a Syracuse union hall that will close later this year, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand announced support Monday for a bill that would allow the U.S. government to slap tariffs on foreign-made auto parts.
United Auto Workers Local 624 and 2149 once supported about 4,000 workers at nearby New Process Gear. The factory, which makes parts for SUVs, is also slated to shut down later this year.
Union leaders say Gillibrand's efforts may be too late for New Process Gear, but they could help other plants in upstate New York.
New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced Tuesday that a package of measures to create jobs in upstate New York is now in the Senate Finance Committee. The legislation would do five things: spur clean energy businesses, help farmers diversify their products, retrain workers for specific local manufacturer needs, invest in infrastructure and expand rural broadband access.
New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand says defense cuts are coming, and they will be big. She says at least $450 billion in cuts are expected in the next decade, and that number could go higher depending on what happens with the congressional super-committee in the coming months.