Majority Leader Schumer Floor Remarks On The Release Of The GOP Agenda

September 22, 2022

Washington, D.C.   Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today spoke on the Senate floor to contrast Democratic priorities with the GOP’s MAGA-agenda. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks:

Tomorrow, a cohort of House Republicans will travel to western Pennsylvania to rollout what they will claim is their GOP Agenda.

I want to skip right to the punchline: the GOP has made its agenda perfectly clear for months: A nationwide ban on abortion. Medicare and Social Security on the chopping block. Raising taxes on working families.

While Democrats continue to fight to defend a woman’s rights to choose, a central feature of the Republican agenda is eliminating abortions once and for all. Many of them will deny it, but not two weeks ago, the Senator from South Carolina introduced a nationwide abortion ban here in the Senate. And the American people should not forget that nearly every Senate Republican is on record sponsoring and voting for nationwide abortion bans.

So if Americans want to know what the GOP Agenda is, look no further.

Also, while Democrats passed legislation to lower prescription drug costs and extend affordable health care, every single Republican voted against legislation that would lower insulin costs for seniors on Medicare, and have openly called for putting Medicare and Social Security on the chopping block.

They seem to think tax cuts for the rich is good policy, but argue that Medicare and Social Security should no longer be guaranteed.

Let's not forget when they had the House, Senate, and presidency, their major, major accomplishment was cutting taxes on the rich. Cutting taxes on the rich. Is that what the American people want? Well, if you do, elect these Republicans.

Finally, while Democrats want to keep taxes down for middle class and working families, we want to help Americans save on their electric bills and  health care, the Senator from Florida—who chairs the Republican Senate campaign arm—has already released a GOP agenda that calls for raising taxes on working people.

It is amazing that the election is around the corner and Republicans are still struggling to show a united front that appeals to the American people.

Their fundamental problem is that the GOP is now the party of MAGA extremism, and there aren’t enough press conferences in the world to change that fact.

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