DPCC Press Releases

DPCC Report: Mitch McConnell’s Legislative Graveyard By The Numbers

July 30, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Chair of the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee, today released a report demonstrating how Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has turned the Senate into a legislative graveyard. "The American people expect the Senate to do its job and take action to make their lives better," said Senator Stabenow. "Instead of protecting health care, combatting climate change, or securing our elections, Mitch McConnell has turned the Senate into more...


Senate Democrats’ Special Committee On The Climate Crisis to Hold First Hearing, Mayors From Across The Country Will Discuss Climate Action At The Local Level

July 16, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. -U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), Chair of the Senate Democrats’ Special Committee on the Climate Crisis, will convene a hearing titled “A Blueprint for Success: U.S. Climate Action at the Local Level” on Wednesday, July 17 at 1:00p.m. ET. The committee, a special committee affiliated with the DPCC, will hear from mayors of five U.S. cities. The mayors will discuss their cities’ efforts to cut carbon pollution and become more resilient to the impacts of climate change. more...


Schumer Calls For Acting CBP Commissioner Morgan And Other Top Leadership At Agency To Be Fired And For A New, Untainted Team To Be Brought In To Begin Reining In Toxic Culture At Border Patrol Agency

July 3, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today released the following statement calling for Acting CBP Commissioner Morgan and other top leadership at the agency to be fired and for a new team to be brought in to begin reigning in the toxic culture at the border patrol agency: “The Inspector General’s report and details of a secret border patrol workers’ Facebook group paint a picture of a toxic culture at U.S. Customs and Border Protection that can only begin to more...


Schumer Statement On Trump Administration’s Decision To Begin Printing Census Without Citizenship Question

July 2, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today released the following statement regarding the Trump administration’s decision to begin printing the census without the citizenship question after the Supreme Court ruled they could not add the question without further explanation: “The exclusion of the citizenship question from the census is a victory for our democracy and for fair representation of all communities in this country. The Trump administration’s more...


Schumer Floor Remarks On The Passing Of Robert Pear, The Mueller Report, Disaster Relief Funding For All Americans, The Nomination Of Michael Park To The Second Circuit, And Republican Attacks On Women’s Health Care

May 8, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor regarding the passing of Robert Pear, Leader McConnell's refusal to bring important election security legislation to the floor following the release of the Mueller Report, making the Senate a legislative graveyard, the need for disaster relief funding for all Americans affected by natural disasters, the nomination of Janet Dhillon to be Chair of the EEOC, the nomination of Michael Park to the Second Circuit, and the more...


Leader Schumer And Speaker Pelosi Call For Special Counsel Mueller to Provide Public Testimony In House And Senate

April 18, 2019

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Schumer Floor Remarks On The Departure Of Longtime Senate Staffer Bruce King

February 28, 2019

I wanted to take a moment to pay tribute. You know, we have staffers here, Mr. President, who are just the unsung heroes, they work day-in, day-out. Because of their diligent work, the world, the country, is a better place. And, one of those people who works in quiet dignity, and gets so much done, and is so well respected, is Bruce King. He’s been indispensable to my office, and today, this afternoon, it’s my unfortunate duty to say farewell to Bruce.He’s worked in the Senate in some capacity more...


In Light Of Reports That Acting AG Matthew Whitaker Rejected DOJ Ethics Officials’ Advice And Chose Not To Recuse Himself From Overseeing Special Counsel Probe, Schumer Demands DOJ Provide Specifics Of Whitaker’s Involvement In Special Counsel Investigation And To Investigate Process That Led To Whitaker’s Decision

December 22, 2018

In A New Letter To Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein, Schumer Demands Detailed Information Surrounding Mr. Whitaker’s Involvement In Special Counsel Investigation— Mr. Whitaker’s Long Public Record Of Bias Against Special Counsel Investigation Raises Serious Concerns Despite DOJ’s Career Ethics Officials Advising Him Otherwise, Mr. Whitaker Has Chosen Not To Recuse Himself From Overseeing The Special Counsel Investigation— Schumer Asks Rosenstein To Investigate The Propriety Of Mr. more...


Schumer Floor Remarks On President Trump’s Partial Government Shutdown

December 22, 2018

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor regarding President Trump’s responsibility for the partial government shutdown. Below are his remarks, which can also be viewed here: Mr. President, at midnight last night, roughly twenty five percent of the government shut down because of one person and one person alone: President Trump. We arrived at this moment because President Trump has been on a destructive two-week temper tantrum, demanding the more...


Schumer Floor Remarks On The Progress Made To Avoid A Partial Government Shutdown, Passage Of The First Step Act, Trade Negotiations With China, And Senator Bill Nelson

December 19, 2018

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor (at approximately 10:40 a.m.) regarding progress made to avoid a partial government shutdown, the Senate passage of criminal justice reform legislation, trade negotiations with China, and Senator Bill Nelson. Below are his remarks, which can also be viewed here:Mr. President, we have a short time left before appropriations expire on Friday.Yesterday we made some progress. Thankfully, President Trump appears to more...


Schumer Remarks On The Need For Republicans To Avoid A Trump Shutdown

December 18, 2018

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today delivered the following remarks at a press conference regarding the need for Republicans to avoid a Trump shutdown: “Now earlier today, I met with Leader McConnell and top Senate appropriators. Leader McConnell proposed the bipartisan Senate DHS bill, which has $1.6 billion for border security, plus a $1 billion dollar slush fund for the president to use for his radical immigration agenda. “After the meeting, I spoke to Leader Pelosi more...


Schumer Floor Remarks On The Need For Republicans To Help Avoid A Trump Shutdown, The U.S. District Court Ruling On The Affordable Care Act, And Sen. Alexander’s Decision Not To Run For Re-Election

December 17, 2018

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor (at approximately 4:30 p.m.) regarding the need for Republicans to help to avoid a Trump shutdown, the U.S. District Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act, and Sen. Alexander’s decision not to run for re-election. Below are his remarks, which can also be viewed here:Madam President, we are now just five days from a lapse in appropriations, and President Trump still doesn’t have a plan to keep the government more...


Schumer Announces Senate Democratic Committee Memberships For The 116th Congress

December 13, 2018


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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 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...

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