Majority Leader Schumer Floor Remarks On Passage Of The Harlem Hellfighters Congressional Gold Medal Act

August 9, 2021

Washington, D.C.   Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today spoke on the Senate floor regarding the passage of the Harlem Hellfighters Congressional Gold Medal Act. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks:

I was proud to be a co-sponsor along with Senator Gillibrand of this legislation. The Harlem Hellfighters are an example of bravery and courage under fire. And even though this regiment was consigned to racial segregation, they still loved America, and fought hard for America, and died for America.

They are brave, they did a great job in World War I. It's unfortunate that it's taken so long for this country to recognize their bravery because so many of our soldiers of color were not recognized for their service, but this brings us to a wonderful, wonderful moment where the Harlem Hellfighters will get the Congressional Gold Medal.

I am very proud that we have done this.