Majority Leader Schumer Floor Remarks On The Senate’s Productive Week, Passing The Landmark Bipartisan U.S. Innovation And Competition Act And Confirming President Biden’s First Judicial Nominees, And Announcing His Intent To Consider The Nominations Of Lina Kahn To The FTC And Others Next Week

June 10, 2021

Washington, D.C.   Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today spoke on the Senate floor regarding the Senate’s productive week which saw the passage of the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act and the confirmation of President Biden’s first judicial nominees. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks, which can also be viewed here:

The Senate has had a very productive week.

We began the week by passing landmark, bipartisan legislation to supercharge American innovation and lay the groundwork for another century of American leadership on the world stage. It passed with nearly 70 votes, an overwhelming and rare display of bipartisan support.

As I mentioned yesterday, we are going to work with Speaker Pelosi and the relevant committee chairs in the House to move this bill forward as quickly as possible. It is vital to our nation’s future that the House and Senate must come together to send President Biden a bill that he can sign into law.

The Senate also confirmed the first judicial appointments of President Biden’s tenure—two District Court judges—and we will confirm a third today, the first Muslim American to serve as an Article III judge in our history. On Monday, the Senate will confirm President Biden’s first Circuit Court nominee, the amazing Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson.

And next week, this chamber will take up additional, highly-qualified nominees to the executive branch, including Lina Kahn for the Federal Trade Commission and several others.

The Senate Democratic majority will move swiftly to perform our constitutional duty to advise and consent on the president’s nominees.