Majority Leader Schumer Floor Remarks On Passage Of The Budget Resolution To Advance President Biden’s Build Back Better Agenda

August 11, 2021

Washington, D.C.   Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today spoke on the Senate floor regarding the passage of the budget resolution to advance President Biden’s Build Back Better agenda. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks:

Now, Senate Democrats just took a massive step towards restoring the middle class in the 21st Century, and giving Americans, more Americans the chance to get there.

Teddy Roosevelt said, “Nothing in the world is worth doing unless it means effort, pain, and difficulty.”

What we're doing here is not easy. Democrats have labored for months to reach this point, and there are many labors to come. But I can say with absolute certainty that it will be worth doing.

The Democratic budget will bring a generational transformation to how our economy works for average Americans.

It will cut taxes for American families. It will lower costs for everyone. It will create good-paying jobs while tackling climate change. And it will be paid for by making our tax code more progressive and more fair: asking corporations and the wealthy to pay their fair share.

It will help middle-class Americans stay in the middle class, and it will build ladders into the middle class. It will restore the basic social contract in America: if you work hard, you can do better and pass on even greater opportunities for your children.

And in doing so, my friends, it will restore something in the American character that we have nearly lost:  that hopeful optimism, that can-do attitude, that frontier spirit, eyes fixed on the horizon; the kindness, decency, and faith in the future that is fundamental not only to the American spirit but to American democracy.

I can think of no more worthy pursuit.