DPCC Press Releases

Schumer Announces Senate Democratic Committee Memberships For The 116th Congress

December 13, 2018

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today announced Senate Democratic committee memberships for the 116th Congress. All memberships have been agreed to by the Democratic Conference and are subject to ratification by the full Senate when the 116th Congress convenes in January. The Senate Democratic committee memberships for the 116th Congress: Agriculture, Nutrition & ForestrySenator Stabenow - Ranking Member Senator Leahy more...


Schumer Floor Remarks On Avoiding A Trump Shutdown, Warning President Trump Not To Intervene In Huawei CFO Arrest, And A Farwell to Senator Heitkamp

December 13, 2018

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor (at approximately 10:00 a.m.) regarding President Trump’s options to avoid a partial government shutdown, warming President Trump not to intervene on China’s behalf in the arrest of the Huawei CFO and a farewell to Senator Heitkamp. Below are his remarks, which can also be viewed here:Madam President, we have just a little over a week to come to some agreement on how to fund the government past next Friday. more...


Schumer: Republicans Must Help Pull The President Back From The Brink Of A Trump Shutdown

December 12, 2018

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor (at approximately 10:00 a.m.) regarding his meeting yesterday at the White House with Leader Pelosi and President Trump.  Below are his remarks, which can also be viewed here:  First, Mr. President, let me add my words of fond farewell to the senior senator from Utah. Back in the good old days, we worked on a whole lot of things together and the place was a little less partisan; immigration, patens, so many more...


Top Democrats Demand Briefing On Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting With Ecuadorian Foreign Minister Jose Valencia—Specifically Regarding Julian Assange’s Presence In Ecuadorian Embassy In London

December 12, 2018

In New Letter To Secretary Pompeo, Top Senate And House Democrats Demand State Department Immediately Brief Congress Regarding Secretary Pompeo’s November 26th Meeting With Ecuadorian Foreign Minister Jose Valencia— Dems Want To Know Whether The Future Of Julian Assange’s Presence In The Ecuadorian Embassy In London Was Discussed Dems Outline Series Of Questions Concerning The Activities Of Both Paul Manafort And Julian Assange Dems To Secretary Pompeo: Congress And The American People more...


Schumer Statement On The Nomination Of William Barr To Be US Attorney General

December 7, 2018

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today released the following statement regarding the nomination of William Barr to be US attorney general: “Given President Trump’s demonstrated lack of regard for the rule of law and the independence of the American justice system, his nominee for attorney general will have a steep hill to climb in order to be confirmed by the Senate. Mr. Barr must commit - at a minimum - under oath before the Senate to two important things: First, that the more...


Schumer To President Trump: Any Infrastructure Package Considered In The New Congress Must Include Policies, Funding To Combat Climate Change & Transition To A Clean Energy Economy

December 7, 2018

In New Letter To President Trump, Leader Schumer Says Any Future Infrastructure Bill Should Provide Funding To Transition To A Clean Energy Economy & Mitigate Risks That U.S. Is Already Facing Due To Climate Change Schumer Outlines A Number Of Ways To Address Climate Change In An Infrastructure Bill, Including Policies To Modernize The Electric Grid, Create Clean Energy Jobs, And Build More Resilient Communities Schumer: Senate Democrats Expect Climate Policies in more...


Schumer Op-ed In The Washington Post: No Deal On Infrastructure Without Addressing Climate Change

December 7, 2018

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today published the following op-ed in The Washington Post on the kinds of policies Democrats expect in an infrastructure bill. The op-ed can be found here and below.Now that Democrats will soon control one branch of Congress, President Trump is again signaling that infrastructure could be an area of compromise. We agree, but if the president wanted to earn Democratic support in the Senate, any infrastructure bill would have to include more...


Schumer Floor Remarks On How President Trump Can Avoid A Partial Government Shutdown And The Nomination Of Bernard McNamee To The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

December 6, 2018

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor (at approximately 10:30 a.m.) regarding the two options Democrats are offering to avoid a partial government shutdown and the nomination of Bernard McNamee to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Below are his remarks, which can also be viewed here: Madam President, later today, the House is poised to send us a 2-week continuing resolution, which will give us time to hash out the remainder of more...


Schumer Floor Remarks On The Nomination Of Bernard McNamee To The Federal Energy Regulatory Committee

December 5, 2018

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor (at approximately 4 p.m.) regarding the nomination of Bernard McNamee to the Federal Energy Regulatory Committee. Below are his remarks, which can also be viewed here:This morning, the life and career of the forty-first president of the United States were celebrated at the National Cathedral. Friends, family, former leaders of our country, leaders around the world gathered to pay tribute to a life spent more...


Schumer Statement On The Passing of President George H.W. Bush

December 1, 2018

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today released the following statement on the passing of President George H.W. Bush: “President George H.W. Bush will be greatly missed in many ways. He was a fine man and even when he opposed your views, you knew he was doing what he thought was best for America. His yearning for a kinder and gentler nation seems more needed now than when he first called for more...


Schumer Statement On NAFTA Deal

November 30, 2018

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today released the following statement regarding the new trade agreement between the United States, Mexico, and Canada: “For the new trade agreement to receive a majority support in Congress, - including from members like myself, who have long opposed NAFTA and demanded improvements - it must prove to be a net benefit to middle-class families and working people in our country and must have strong labor and environmental protections, more...


Schumer Floor Remarks On Appropriations For FY 2019 And President Trump’s Responsibility To Avoid A Partial Government Shutdown

November 29, 2018

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor (at approximately 3:30 PM) regarding appropriations for fiscal year 2019 and President Trump’s responsibility to avoid a partial government shutdown. Below are his remarks, which can also be viewed here:Next Friday, appropriations expire for seven of the twelve appropriations bills for Fiscal Year 2019, and we are in good faith negotiations with our Republican counterparts here in Congress to get more...


Schumer Floor Remarks On Judicial Nominee Thomas Farr And The Need To Pass Bipartisan Legislation To Protect The Special Counsel Investigation

November 29, 2018

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer spoke today on the Senate floor (at approx. 10:30 AM) on the controversial judicial nominee Thomas Farr and the need to protect Special Counsel Mueller. Below are his remarks, which can also be viewed here:Mr. President, later this afternoon the Senate is scheduled to vote on the confirmation of Mr. Thomas Farr for the Eastern District of North Carolina.I have made my opposition to this nominee clear on a daily basis, but allow me to remind more...


Schumer Floor Remarks Urging President Trump To Not Back Down On China Ahead Of G-20 Meeting With President Xi, The Need For CIA Director Haspel To Brief Congress On Saudi Arabia, Support For Lee-Sanders Yemen War Powers Resolution, And The Nomination Of Thomas Farr To North Carolina’s Eastern District

November 28, 2018

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor (at approx. 10:03 AM) regarding President Trump’s upcoming meeting with President Xi of China, the need for a full Congressional briefing on Saudi Arabia from CIA Director Haspel, the need to end the conflict in Yemen and judicial nominee Thomas Farr’s disturbing legal record, particularly as it relates to voting rights. Below are his remarks, which can also be viewed here:Mr. President, this weekend, more...


Schumer Floor Remarks On The General Motors Layoffs, Nomination Of Thomas Farr To North Carolina’s Eastern District, Trump Admin’s Attempt to Bury Findings of Climate Change Report And President Trump’s Dangerous Rhetoric

November 27, 2018

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor (at approx. 11:15 AM) regarding the General Motors announcement that it was closing five factories and laying off nearly 15,000 workers, judicial nominee Thomas Farr’s concerning legal record, the administration’s attempt to bury the findings of its recent climate change report and the impact of President Trump’s dangerous rhetoric. Below are his remarks, which can also be viewed here: Thank you Mr. more...


Schumer Floor Remarks On The Nomination Of Thomas Farr To North Carolina’s Eastern District, Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker, And The Need To Pass Legislation To Protect The Special Counsel

November 26, 2018

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor regarding judicial nominee Thomas Farr’s disturbing legal record, particularly as it relates to voting rights, acting attorney general Matthew Whitaker, and the need to pass legislation to protect the special counsel. Below are his remarks, which can also be viewed here: First Mr. President, let me welcome everyone back from Thanksgiving, which I hope was a joyous one for everyone here today. Now on a more...


Why All 49 Senate Democrats Oppose The Nomination Of Thomas Farr

November 26, 2018

FARR SERVED AS THE LAWYER FOR THE 1984 AND 1990 REELECTION CAMPAIGNS OF JESSE HELMS, A FORMER NORTH CAROLINA SENATOR WHOSE TENURE AND CAMPAIGNS WERE PUNCTUATED BY UNAPOLOGETICALLY RACIST ACTS.“In 1990, Farr was the lawyer defending longtime segregationist Helms in a lawsuit over 125,000 postcards Helms’s campaign sent to predominantly African-American communities, falsely stating that they could be arrested for voter fraud at their polling stations. Ultimately the case was resolved by more...


Schumer Requests DOJ Inspector General Investigate Whether Unlawful Or Improper Communications Have Occurred Between Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker And The White House

November 20, 2018

In New Letter To DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz, Schumer Asks IG To Determine Whether Whitaker’s Unusual History Of Communications With The President And White House Officials Included Sharing Of Information Intended To Undermine Special Counsel Investigation Senator Requests That Inspector General Examine All Of Whitaker’s Conversations With White House, Including Email And Other Electronic Communications Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer released more...


Schumer Statement In Support Of Senate Dem Lawsuit Challenging Whitaker Appointment In Federal Court

November 19, 2018

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today released the following statement regarding the lawsuit challenging the appointment of Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general:“I commend Senators Blumenthal, Hirono, and Whitehouse for bringing this important lawsuit and shining a bright light on the president’s unconstitutional appointment of Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general. Putting aside Mr. Whitaker’s many conflicts of interest and history of hostile comments toward the more...


Schumer Floor Remarks On The Need To Pass Legislation To Protect The Special Counsel’s Investigation From President Trump

November 15, 2018

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor (at approx.. 10:20 a.m. EST) regarding the need to uphold democratic norms, protect the special counsel’s investigation, and a bicameral resolution to honor Shirley Chisholm's legacy. Below are his remarks, which can also be viewed here: The President of the United States swears an oath to protect and defend the Constitution, including bedrock principles - rule of law, the sanctity of our elections. But nearly more...

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