Press Releases

In New Letter to Secretary Pompeo, Schumer Says He Will Vigorously And Vociferously Oppose Any Potential U.S.-U.K. Trade Deal That Undermines The Good Friday Agreement Or A Return To A Hard Border

August 19, 2019

Washington D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warning that he will strongly oppose any U.S.-U.K. Trade deal that undermines the Good Friday Agreement. In the letter, Leader Schumer also tells the Trump administration to stop over-promising an unconditional and unrealistic post-Brexit trade agreement with the United Kingdom. Leader Schumer additionally makes clear in the letter that he will work with Speaker of the House more...


Schumer Statement On President Trump Backing Away From Supporting Meaningful Background Checks Legislation

August 19, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today released the following statement after President Trump appeared to again back away from supporting meaningful background checks legislation: "We've seen this movie before: President Trump, feeling public pressure in the immediate aftermath of a horrible shooting, talks about doing something meaningful to address gun violence, but inevitably, he backtracks in response to pressure from the NRA and the hard-right. These retreats from President more...


Schumer Statement On Israel’s Decision To Deny Entry To Members Of The United States Congress

August 15, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today released the following statement in response to Israel's decision to deny entry to members of the United States Congress: "Denying entry to members of the United States Congress is a sign of weakness, not strength. It will only hurt the U.S.-Israeli relationship and support for Israel in America. No democratic society should fear an open debate. Many strong supporters of Israel will be deeply disappointed in this decision, which the Israeli more...


Senators Schumer And Leahy Call On President Trump To Fully Withdraw $5 Billion Budget Request For Expensive, Ineffective Border Wall, Instead Use Requested Funds For Other Pressing Needs, Such As Proven Initiatives To Address Threat Of Gun Violence And White Supremacist Extremism

August 14, 2019

Washington, D.C.- On the heels of separate mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Vice Chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriations Patrick Leahy (D-VT) today sent a letter to President Trump urging him to fully withdraw his Department of Homeland Security budget request for $5 billion to pay for an expensive, ineffective border wall, and instead use the requested funds to address other pressing issues, such as the gun more...


Schumer Statement On Trump Administration’s Expected Proposal To Weaken Clean Air Protections

August 14, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today released the following statement in response to the Trump administration's expected proposal to weaken clean air protections: "The Trump administration's weakening of clean air protections is yet another disgraceful giveaway to corporate polluters at the expense of the public's health, our environment, and the fight to combat climate change. The current rules represent a decades-long fight against air pollution to reduce these harmful more...


Senators Schumer, Durbin, Udall, And Heinrich Call For Investigation Of Trump Admin’s Efforts To Use Eminent Domain To Seize Privately Held Land To Build Ineffective And Expensive Southern Border Wall

August 14, 2019

Senators Schumer, Durbin, Udall, And Heinrich Call For Investigation Of Trump Admin’s Efforts To Use Eminent Domain To Seize Privately Held Land To Build Ineffective And Expensive Southern Border Wall Senate Democrats Send Letter To Comptroller General Requesting That The U.S. Government Accountability Office Investigate Trump Admin. Efforts To Use Power Of Eminent Domain To Seize Privately Held Land To Build Border Wall Senate Democrats Ask For Specific Information Regarding Amount Of more...


Schumer Statement On Trump Administration’s Decision To Significantly Weaken Protections For Endangered Species

August 12, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today released the following statement in response to the Trump Administration's announcement that it will change the way the Endangered Species Act is applied, resulting in significantly weaker protections for wildlife: "The Trump Administration's shortsighted decision to significantly weaken the Endangered Species Act is a slap in the face to those fighting to address the climate crisis and undermines four decades of wildlife conservation more...


Schumer, Pelosi Joint Statement On Conversations With President Trump On House-Passed Background Checks Legislation Today

August 8, 2019

Washington, D.C. -Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and Speaker Nancy Pelosi released this joint statement after they each separately spoke to President Donald Trump by phone this afternoon. President Trump called the leaders individually after Speaker Pelosi sent him a letter Thursday afternoon asking the President to call Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and the full U.S. Senate back to Washington immediately to consider bipartisan House-passed gun violence prevention more...


Schumer Statement On Republican Efforts To Pursue Only So-Called “Red Flag” Laws Without Passing Universal Background Checks Legislation

August 7, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today released the following statement on Republican efforts to pursue only so-called "red-flag" laws without passing universal background checks legislation: "The notion that passing a tepid version of an Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO) bill-alone-is even close to getting the job done in addressing rampant gun violence in the U.S. is wrong and would be an ineffective cop out. "First, even the strongest ERPO legislation won't be fully more...


Schumer, Pelosi Joint Statement On President’s Statement On Recent Mass Shootings In El Paso, Dayton

August 5, 2019

Washington, D.C. - Today, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and Speaker Nancy Pelosi released the following statement after President Trump delivered remarks on the recent mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton: "In February, the new Democratic House Majority promptly did its duty and passed the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019, which is supported by more than 90 percent of the American people and proven to save lives. "However, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell has more...


Schumer Statement On Recent Shootings In Dayton, Ohio And El Paso, Texas

August 4, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today released the following statement on recent shootings in Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas: "One awful event after another. Leader McConnell must call the Senate back for an emergency session to put the House-passed universal background checks legislation on the Senate floor for debate and a vote immediately. "When President Trump spends more time and energy denouncing Rep. Elijah Cummings and Baltimore than he does denouncing right-wing more...


Schumer Statement On President Trump Withdrawing Rep. John Ratcliffe From Consideration To Be The Director Of National Intelligence

August 2, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today released the following statement after President Trump withdrew Rep. John Ratcliffe from consideration to be the Director of National Intelligence: "Thank goodness. Rep. Ratcliffe never should have been considered in the first place. This is part of a pattern from President Trump: nomination on a whim without consultation or vetting, and then forced withdrawal when mess ensues - just like what happened with Herman Cain, Stephen Moore, Ronny more...


While American Families Demand Action On Election Security, Health Care, And Climate Change, Senator Mitch McConnell Continues To Bury Bills In His Legislative Graveyard

August 1, 2019

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans have turned the Senate into a legislative graveyard, refusing to take action on critical bipartisan legislation. More than 200 bills passed this year by the House are buried in Senator McConnell's legislative graveyard, and that number continues to grow. On the Senate floor, Republicans have blocked legislation to protect Americans' health care, take action on climate change, and ensure paycheck fairness for women. Leader McConnell and more...


Schumer: Fed Decision To Cut Interest Rates Undercuts The Trump-Republican Arguments For GOP Tax Law

July 31, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today released the following statement following the Fed's decision to cut interest rates by a quarter of a point: "The Fed's decision to cut interest rates today undercuts the Trump-Republican argument that their tax cut for the biggest corporations and wealthiest few would spur business investment and be a 'middle-class more...


UPDATED: Despite His Claims To The Contrary, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Is Blocking Election Security Legislation – Part of A Longstanding Refusal To Stand Up to Russian Election Interference

July 29, 2019

DECEMBER 2016: THE WASHINGTON POST REPORTS THAT MCCONNELL CHALLENGED EFFORT TO ALERT PUBLIC TO THREAT OF RUSSIAN ELECTION HACKING "In September, during a secret briefing for congressional leaders, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) voiced doubts about the veracity of the intelligence, according to officials present." … "According to several officials, McConnell raised doubts about the underlying intelligence and made clear to the administration that he would consider any more...


Schumer Statement On Legislation To Permanently Reauthorize The 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Becoming Law

July 29, 2019

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today released the following statement regarding the legislation to permanently reauthorize the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund becoming law: "Finally, nothing can get in the way of our first responders getting the help they are due and they very much need. It has been a long struggle, but because of the courage of the many who joined the cause, the memory of people like James Zadroga, Ray Pfeifer, Luis Alvarez and so many others will more...


Schumer Statement On President Trump’s Plan To Nominate Rep. Ratcliffe To Be Director Of National Intelligence

July 28, 2019

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today released the following statement regarding President Trump's plan to nominate Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX) to be the Director of National Intelligence. "It's clear that Rep. Ratcliffe was selected because he exhibited blind loyalty to President Trump with his demagogic questioning of former Special Counsel Robert Mueller. If Senate Republicans elevate such a partisan player to a position that requires intelligence expertise and more...


Schumer Statement On SCOTUS Ruling That President Trump May Steal Funds From Military For Ineffective And Expensive Wall

July 26, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today released the following statement following the Supreme Court ruling that will allow President Trump to steal funds from the military for his ineffective and expensive wall. "It's a sad day when the president is cheering a decision that may allow him to steal funds from our military to pay for an ineffective and expensive wall for which he promised Mexico would foot the bill. This is a deeply regrettable and nonsensical decision and flies more...


Following Visit To Inspect And Investigate Southern Border Facilities, Senate Democrats Demand Trump Administration Immediately Address A Number Of Issues The Senators Witnessed Including The Mistreatment Of Children And Families And Lax Health And Safety Standards

July 26, 2019

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democrats, led by Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, Senator Chris Coons (D-DE), Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) released a new a letter they sent to U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Acting Secretary Kevin McAleenan and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Acting Commissioner Mark Morgan today outlining serious concerns regarding the conditions at the southern border that the more...


Schumer: New Senate Intelligence Committee Election Security Report Shows Sen. McConnell And Senate GOP Should Stop Blocking Legislation To Secure U.S. Elections

July 25, 2019

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today released the following statement on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence's report on Putin's intelligence operations to interfere in the United States' elections. The Senate Intelligence Committee's report also lays out specific bipartisan recommendations to bolster security and protections for our elections. "The Senate Intelligence Committee has reached the same conclusions as the FBI, NSA, and the broader intelligence more...

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