Majority Leader Schumer Floor Remarks On The Extraordinary Record Of Bipartisan Accomplishments By This Senate

August 4, 2022

Washington, D.C.   Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today spoke on the Senate floor highlighting this Senate’s notable accomplishments over the past few months. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks, which can also be viewed here:

Now, Mr. President, Senate Democrats are getting things done. This has been one of the most productive stretches the Senate has seen in recent times.

In the past few months, we have seen an amazing string of achievements pass through this chamber in extremely fast succession:

The first major gun safety bill in thirty years.

The largest investment in American manufacturing and science in a generation.

The largest expansion of veteran benefits in decades.

And just last night we strengthened NATO by approving the accession of Sweden and Finland, sending Russia a signal that they cannot intimidate America or Europe.

Gun Safety, CHIPS, PACT Act, NATO: getting any one of these accomplishments done is a significant feat for the Senate – but we’ve done them all since Memorial Day, and that’s quite remarkable.

And this doesn’t even include a once-in-a-generation Infrastructure Bill, a historic rescue package to vaccinate the nation and lift America out of the pandemic, and the confirmation of Ketanji Brown Jackson as the first Black woman to ever serve on the U.S. Supreme Court.

I’ve always said that when the opportunity arises, Democrats would be ready to work with our Republican colleagues on important legislation and many of the accomplishments I’ve listed are examples of just that. 

But when we must, Democrats have also made clear we’re ready to go at it alone to deliver big things that the American people sent us here to work on, like fighting inflation and lowering health care and prescription drug costs; like holding drug companies accountable and making big business play by the rules, same rules as everyone else; like passing historic investments in clean energy, to create millions of good paying jobs and make energy more affordable for American families. 

Democrats are going to deliver on all these things and more when we pass the Inflation Reduction Act in coming days.

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