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Schumer Statement On Federal Court Ruling That The Entire Affordable Care Act And All Its Health Care Protections Are Unconstitutional

December 14, 2018

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today released the following statement regarding U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor’s ruling that the Affordable Care Act, and all its vital health care protections, are unconstitutional:“If this awful ruling is upheld in the higher courts, it will be a disaster for tens of millions of American families, especially for people with pre-existing conditions.“The ruling seems to be based on faulty legal reasoning and hopefully it will be overturned. more...


Schumer Announces Senate Democratic Committee Memberships For The 116th Congress

December 13, 2018

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today announced Senate Democratic committee memberships for the 116th Congress. All memberships have been agreed to by the Democratic Conference and are subject to ratification by the full Senate when the 116th Congress convenes in January. The Senate Democratic committee memberships for the 116th Congress: Agriculture, Nutrition & ForestrySenator Stabenow - Ranking Member Senator Leahy more...


Top Democrats Demand Briefing On Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting With Ecuadorian Foreign Minister Jose Valencia—Specifically Regarding Julian Assange’s Presence In Ecuadorian Embassy In London

December 12, 2018

In New Letter To Secretary Pompeo, Top Senate And House Democrats Demand State Department Immediately Brief Congress Regarding Secretary Pompeo’s November 26th Meeting With Ecuadorian Foreign Minister Jose Valencia— Dems Want To Know Whether The Future Of Julian Assange’s Presence In The Ecuadorian Embassy In London Was Discussed Dems Outline Series Of Questions Concerning The Activities Of Both Paul Manafort And Julian Assange Dems To Secretary Pompeo: Congress And The American People more...


Joint Statement From Leaders Schumer And Pelosi Ahead Of White House Meeting

December 10, 2018

Washington, DC - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) today released the following statement ahead of their meeting at the White House:“Republicans still control the House, the Senate, and the White House, and they have the power to keep government open. Our country cannot afford a Trump Shutdown, especially at this time of economic uncertainty. This holiday season, the president knows full well that his wall proposal does not have the more...


Schumer Statement On The Nomination Of William Barr To Be US Attorney General

December 7, 2018

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today released the following statement regarding the nomination of William Barr to be US attorney general: “Given President Trump’s demonstrated lack of regard for the rule of law and the independence of the American justice system, his nominee for attorney general will have a steep hill to climb in order to be confirmed by the Senate. Mr. Barr must commit - at a minimum - under oath before the Senate to two important things: First, that the more...


Schumer To President Trump: Any Infrastructure Package Considered In The New Congress Must Include Policies, Funding To Combat Climate Change & Transition To A Clean Energy Economy

December 7, 2018

In New Letter To President Trump, Leader Schumer Says Any Future Infrastructure Bill Should Provide Funding To Transition To A Clean Energy Economy & Mitigate Risks That U.S. Is Already Facing Due To Climate Change Schumer Outlines A Number Of Ways To Address Climate Change In An Infrastructure Bill, Including Policies To Modernize The Electric Grid, Create Clean Energy Jobs, And Build More Resilient Communities Schumer: Senate Democrats Expect Climate Policies in more...


Schumer Op-ed In The Washington Post: No Deal On Infrastructure Without Addressing Climate Change

December 7, 2018

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today published the following op-ed in The Washington Post on the kinds of policies Democrats expect in an infrastructure bill. The op-ed can be found here and below.Now that Democrats will soon control one branch of Congress, President Trump is again signaling that infrastructure could be an area of compromise. We agree, but if the president wanted to earn Democratic support in the Senate, any infrastructure bill would have to include more...


Schumer Calls For CIA Director Haspel To Brief Full Senate

December 4, 2018

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today released the following statement regarding CIA Director Haspel’s briefing on the murder of Jamal Khashoggi and the need for a full Senate briefing: “While I will not discuss the content of the Haspel briefing, it reinforced the need for a strong response to the murder of Jamal Khashoggi. CIA Director Haspel should brief the full Senate without delay.” more...


Schumer Statement On The Passing of President George H.W. Bush

December 1, 2018

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today released the following statement on the passing of President George H.W. Bush: “President George H.W. Bush will be greatly missed in many ways. He was a fine man and even when he opposed your views, you knew he was doing what he thought was best for America. His yearning for a kinder and gentler nation seems more needed now than when he first called for more...


Schumer Statement On NAFTA Deal

November 30, 2018

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today released the following statement regarding the new trade agreement between the United States, Mexico, and Canada: “For the new trade agreement to receive a majority support in Congress, - including from members like myself, who have long opposed NAFTA and demanded improvements - it must prove to be a net benefit to middle-class families and working people in our country and must have strong labor and environmental protections, more...


Schumer Statement On Successful Defeat Of Farr Nomination To Federal Bench

November 29, 2018

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today released the following statement after U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) announced he will be the 51st vote against Thomas Farr’s nomination to become a federal judge for the Eastern District of North Carolina:“Senator Tim Scott has done a courageous thing, and he’s done the right thing. Thomas Farr has been involved in the sordid practice of voter suppression for decades and never should have been nominated, let alone confirmed to the more...


Ahead Of G-20 Summit, Schumer, Wyden, And Brown Urge President Trump To Not Back Down On Further Action Against China For Sake Of Weak And Meaningless Agreement

November 28, 2018

In New Letter To President Trump, Senators Schumer, Wyden, and Brown Urge President Trump To Continue Applying Pressure On China, Should China Fail To Make Meaningful Concessions at the G-20 This WeekRecent News Reports Indicate That China Has Not Offered To Make Any Meaningful Trade Concessions And Has Continued Their Predatory And Abusive Trade Practices of Stealing Intellectual Property, Flooding American Markets With Cheap Goods, And Barring U.S. Companies From Competing Freely in more...


Why All 49 Senate Democrats Oppose The Nomination Of Thomas Farr

November 26, 2018

FARR SERVED AS THE LAWYER FOR THE 1984 AND 1990 REELECTION CAMPAIGNS OF JESSE HELMS, A FORMER NORTH CAROLINA SENATOR WHOSE TENURE AND CAMPAIGNS WERE PUNCTUATED BY UNAPOLOGETICALLY RACIST ACTS.“In 1990, Farr was the lawyer defending longtime segregationist Helms in a lawsuit over 125,000 postcards Helms’s campaign sent to predominantly African-American communities, falsely stating that they could be arrested for voter fraud at their polling stations. Ultimately the case was resolved by more...


Schumer Requests DOJ Inspector General Investigate Whether Unlawful Or Improper Communications Have Occurred Between Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker And The White House

November 20, 2018

In New Letter To DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz, Schumer Asks IG To Determine Whether Whitaker’s Unusual History Of Communications With The President And White House Officials Included Sharing Of Information Intended To Undermine Special Counsel Investigation Senator Requests That Inspector General Examine All Of Whitaker’s Conversations With White House, Including Email And Other Electronic Communications Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer released more...


Schumer Statement In Support Of Senate Dem Lawsuit Challenging Whitaker Appointment In Federal Court

November 19, 2018

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today released the following statement regarding the lawsuit challenging the appointment of Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general:“I commend Senators Blumenthal, Hirono, and Whitehouse for bringing this important lawsuit and shining a bright light on the president’s unconstitutional appointment of Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general. Putting aside Mr. Whitaker’s many conflicts of interest and history of hostile comments toward the more...


Reps Clarke, Lee and Senator Schumer Introduce Bicameral Resolution Honoring Shirley Chisholm

November 9, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Congresswomen Yvette D. Clarke (NY-09) and Barbara Lee (CA-13), joined by 60 representatives, introduced a resolution acknowledging the 50th anniversary of the election of Shirley Chisholm as the first African-American woman in Congress. U.S. Senate Minority Leader, Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), will introduce a companion bill in the Senate next week.The bill’s introduction comes days after a historic number of women were elected to the United States more...


In New Letter To President Trump, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer Raises Questions About Legality Of Matthew Whitaker’s Appointment As Acting US Attorney General, Given The Constitutional Uncertainty Of Such An Action And Mr. Whitaker’s Obvious Bias Against The Special Counsel’s Investigation

November 9, 2018

In Light Of President Trump Ignoring The Statutory Line Of Succession In Naming Matthew Whitaker - A Political Appointee Who Has Expressed Specific Bias Against The Special Counsel Investigation He Now Oversees - As Acting Attorney General, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer Requests The President Answer A Number Of Questions Regarding His Motivations Behind The Appointment And His Authority To Make ItThe Appointments Clause Of The Constitution Requires All Principal Officers Of The more...


Schumer Calls On Acting Attorney General Whitaker To Recuse Himself From Mueller Probe

November 7, 2018

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today released the following statement regarding the need for acting Attorney General Whitaker to recuse himself from the Mueller probe: "Given his previous comments advocating defunding and imposing limitations on the Mueller investigation, Mr. Whitaker should recuse himself from its oversight for the duration of his time as acting attorney more...


Schumer Statement On October Jobs Report

November 2, 2018

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today released the following statement regarding the October jobs report: “The latest jobs numbers may look good but we must not forget they coexist with a huge deficit-ballooning GOP tax break that went mainly to the wealthy for which we will pay a price for down the road. When the average family sees their health care costs go up because of Republican actions, these numbers will mean more...


Schumer Statement On President Trump's Drug Pricing Proposal

October 25, 2018

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today released the following statement regarding President Trump's drug pricing proposal:“It's hard to take the Trump administration and Republicans seriously about reducing health care costs for seniors two weeks before the election when they have repeatedly advocated for and implemented policies that strip away protections for people with pre-existing conditions and lead to increased health care costs for millions of Americans. Just more...

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