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Pelosi, Schumer Announce Additional Details for Lying in State of The Honorable Robert J. Dole

December 7, 2021

Washington, D.C. – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer today announced additional details for the lying in state of The Honorable Robert J. Dole in the United States Capitol Rotunda on Thursday, December 9, 2021 and Friday, December 10, 2021. 

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Pelosi, Schumer Announce The Honorable Robert J. Dole Will Lie in State in the United States Capitol Rotunda

December 6, 2021

Washington, D.C. – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer today announced that The Honorable Robert J. Dole will lie in state in the United States Capitol Rotunda on Thursday, December 9, 2021.  A formal arrival and departure ceremony will be held on Thursday.

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New Schumer Dear Colleague: Update on Build Back Better Act Progress in Senate

December 6, 2021

See below letter from Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to the Senate Democratic Caucus providing an update on the steps being taken to achieve the goal of passing the Build Back Better Act in the Senate before Christmas.

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Senate Democrats Announce The Real Impacts And Direct Investments The Historic Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Will Mean For Communities Across The Country

November 30, 2021

At bridges, train stations, transit centers, flood walls, schools, parks, ports, and more, Senate Democrats have spread the word about how the once-in-a-generation Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act will transform communities big and small by updating our roads, bridges, and airports, expanding access to broadband, and promoting American competitiveness.

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After Rejecting Agreement To Vote On 19 Amendments, Senate Republicans Block Bipartisan Defense Legislation Despite Bill’s Inclusion Of Dozens Of GOP Amendments

November 29, 2021

Washington, D.C.   Senate Republicans voted today to block the Senate from advancing the FY2022 Senate National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), despite the fact that the legislation was crafted by Senate Armed Services Chairman Jack Reed (D-RI) and Ranking Member Jim Inhofe (R-OK) and contains 27 Republican-led amendments. This latest Republican obstruction comes after Senate Republicans rejected a bipartisan agreement before Thanksgiving from Senators Reed and Inhofe to hold roll call votes on 19 amendments (9 of which are led by Republicans), which would be more roll call votes on amendments to the NDAA in the Senate than the last four years under Leader McConnell combined. 

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Majority Leader Schumer Statement On President Biden’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve Announcement

November 23, 2021

Washington, D.C.   Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today released the following statement after the White House announced plans to tap into the Strategic Petroleum Reserve and lower prices at the pump across the United States. Senator Schumer had previously called on President Biden to utilize the reserve and provide immediate relief for Americans affected by OPEC driven high gas prices:

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Majority Leader Schumer Statement On The House Passage Of The Historic Build Back Better Act

November 19, 2021

Washington, D.C.   Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today released the following statement after the House passed President Biden’s Build Back Better legislation:

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Schumer, Pelosi Joint Statement on Bicameral Agreement to Conference the Senate-Passed United States Innovation and Competition Act

November 17, 2021

Washington, D.C. – Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued the following statement on the bicameral agreement to conference the Senate-passed United States Innovation and Competition Act (USICA):

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Schumer Statement On Retirement Of Senator Patrick J. Leahy Of Vermont

November 15, 2021

Washington, D.C.  Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer released the following statement on the retirement of Senator Patrick J. Leahy of Vermont, the President Pro Tempore of the Senate and Chair of the Senate Committee on Appropriations:

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Schumer Statement On The Passing Of Former Georgia Senator Max Cleland

November 9, 2021

New York, N.Y.  Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today released the following statement on the passing of former Senator Max Cleland:

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Schumer Statement On Planned November Reopening Of Northern Border

October 13, 2021

New York, N.Y.  Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today released the following statement after the Biden administration and Department of Homeland Security announced plans to reopen the U.S.-Canadian border to nonessential vaccinated travelers by early November.

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Schumer, Murray, Blumenthal, Durbin Joint Statement On House Passage Of The Women’s Health Protection Act

September 24, 2021

New York, N.Y. – Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education Labor & Pensions, Senator Richard Blumenthal, Lead Sponsor of the Women’s Health Protection Act, and Senator Richard Durbin, Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee released the following joint statement on House passage of the Women’s Health Protection Act.

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The Senate GOP Rationale For Forcing A First-Ever US Default Is Dishonest – They’re Finally Getting Called Out For It

September 20, 2021

The chief argument from Senator Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans - that they will vote to default on the debt because of potential future legislative action to expand health care, improve child care, and tackle the climate crisis - just isn’t true.

In fact, the debt ceiling must be lifted because of spending under current law. According to the Wall Street Journal, “"Raising the debt limit wouldn’t facilitate future spending, and Congress would still need to raise the debt limit this fall even if no new major spending programs are enacted.” The Journal also notes that raising the debt limit doesn’t authorize new spending, but rather allows the Treasury Department to issue new debt to cover spending that Congress has already authorized, including payments to bondholders, Social Security recipients and veterans.”

Furthermore, according to Treasury Department, the total new debt incurred in the entirety of the four years of the Trump-McConnell leadership was approx. $8 trillion, which includes the $5.446 trillion of new debt the Trump admin incurred since the last time the debt limit was suspended in August 2019 through the final day of the Trump admin (Jan 20, 2021).

Senate Republicans know that a default on the national debt would be a “disaster” – but they are refusing to act on the debt ceiling to hurt the Biden administration, no matter the harm to the American economy. 

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Schumer, Pelosi Joint Statement on Continuing Resolution and Debt Limit Legislation

September 20, 2021

Washington, D.C. – Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi released the following statement on the upcoming Continuing Resolution legislation to keep government open, which includes a suspension of the debt limit, emergency disaster relief and funding to help resettle Afghan evacuees:

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Schumer: Deeply Disappointed By Parliamentarian’s Decision – Vows To Continue Fight, Will Pursue Alternate Proposals In Budget Reconciliation

September 19, 2021

Brooklyn, NY  Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) released the following statement today regarding the Senate Parliamentarian’s decision:

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Senator McConnell, Senate GOP Know Forcing A Default On The Debt “Would Be A Disaster” For Our Economy – But They’re Pushing For It Anyway Because They’re 100% Focused On Hurting The Biden Administration

September 17, 2021

Republicans led by Senator McConnell appear intent on pushing America toward a first-ever, catastrophic default that they know would be a “disaster,” pushing our economy back toward a recession, hurting every American. The debt ceiling needs to be suspended to pay the bills from existing programs, including those that passed with Republican support, after more than $8 trillion in new debt was added during the Trump administration. Republicans know their actions could lead to serious damage to our economy – possibly including canceled or delayed Social Security checks and pay for our military – but they are pushing us towards the first-ever default because, as Senator McConnell said earlier this year, 100% percent of their focus is on stopping the Biden administration. 

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Declaración Del Senador Schumer Sobre El Mes De La Herencia Hispana

September 15, 2021

Washington, D.C. – El líder de la mayoría del Senado Chuck Schumer (D-NY) emitió la siguiente declaración el día de hoy en reconocimiento al Mes de la Herencia Hispana en el 2021:

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Schumer Statement On Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15, 2021

Washington, D.C.  Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today released the following statement in recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month 2021:

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TRANSCRIPT: Majority Leader Schumer Remarks On Press Call To Discuss How The Build Back Better Bill Will Help The American People

September 8, 2021

New York, NY   Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today delivered remarks on a press call with Democratic Policy and Communications Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), and Chair of the Senate Budget Committee, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), laying out how the budget reconciliation package will help the American people by creating jobs, lowering costs, and delivering the largest tax cut for American families in a generation. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks:

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Schumer Statement On Biden Administration Request For Emergency Disaster Relief

September 7, 2021

Washington, D.C.  Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today released the following statement on the Biden Administration’s request for emergency disaster relief to be included in an extension in government funding:

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