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Majority Leader Schumer Floor Remarks On Voters Protecting Women’s Right To Choose And Rejecting The Extreme MAGA Agenda Across The Country

Washington, D.C. – Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today spoke on the Senate floor last night’s decisive electoral victories for Democratic policies and a defeat of the hard-right MAGA agenda. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks, which can also be viewed here:

Another election night in America, another win for women’s choice, another win for democracy, another win for the Democratic agenda of jobs, infrastructure, lowering costs for the middle class.

Another terrible defeat for the MAGA agenda. Americans don’t want hard right extremists to govern this country.

At stake last night was a woman’s right to choose in Ohio, the governorship in Kentucky, cannabis reform in Ohio, control of the legislature in Virginia, state Supreme Court seats, and so much more. In almost every major election, Democratic candidates and Democratic issues prevailed. This continued and strengthened a trend of Democratic victories over the last year.   

There is no possible takeaway from last night other than this: Americans fiercely oppose MAGA extremism, fiercely oppose total abortion bans, and want bipartisan leaders who can put America’s needs first.

After last night’s results, I have a message to my Republican colleagues: When the MAGA Agenda can’t win in deep-red Kentucky, or in Ohio, or help you in Virginia, it’s time to recognize MAGA extremism is the wrong answer not just for the country but even for the GOP.

I hope Republicans in Congress see that after last night, extremism must be rejected and bipartisanship embraced. Time will tell if House Republicans choose the right path.

I want to say one more thing about the results in Ohio: with strong support the people of Ohio have voted to legalize the recreational use of Marijuana. Americans think it’s long past time to enact cannabis reform, so here in the Senate I’ll continue to work with colleagues on both sides—and my good friend Senator Brown—to keep moving on bipartisan cannabis legislation as soon as we can.

Last night shows just how precious and vital and sacrosanct our system of elections is. It shows how much work we have to do to preserve democracy, so that it can survive in the 21st century.