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Senate Democrats Unveil COVID-19“Heroes Fund” Proposal To Provide $25,000 Pay Increase To Essential Workers On Frontline Of Nation’s Pandemic Response

April 7, 2020

Senate Democrats’ Proposed “Heroes Fund,” Introduced By Sens. Schumer, Murray, Brown, Casey, Udall, And Peters, Would Provide Premium Pay To Reward, Retain, And Recruit Essential Frontline Workers Proposed COVID-19 “Heroes Fund” Consists Of Two Major Components—A $25,000 Premium Pay Increase For Essential Workers + A $15,000 Essential Worker Recruitment Incentive To Attract And Secure Workforce Needed To Fight Public Health Crisis Senate Democrats: Essential Frontline Workers Are True more...


Schumer On CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 Calls On President Trump To Appoint A Single Senior Military Official To Lead Production And Distribution Of Medical Supplies And Equipment

April 6, 2020

Brooklyn, N.Y. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today appeared on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360, calling for President Trump to appoint a single senior military official to lead the coordination of medical supplies and equipment to fight the coronavirus. Below is a transcript of the interview:Anderson Cooper: The HHS was not President Trump's only target in that news conference. He attacked Senator Chuck Schumer multiple times well. In fact, last week in a letter, he said in a more...


TRANSCRIPT: On Press Call, Schumer Urges President Trump To Fully Invoke DPA And Appoint A Senior Military Official To Oversee Both Production And Distribution Of Medical Supplies & Equipment; Announces Appointment Of Bharat Ramamurti To Serve On New Congressional Oversight Commission For Pandemic Response

April 6, 2020

Brooklyn, N.Y. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today held a press call, calling on President Trump to fully invoke the Defense Production Act and appoint a senior military official to oversee both production and distribution of medical supplies and equipment. He also announced the appointment of Bharat Ramamurti to serve on the new congressional oversight commission, a transparency and accountability mechanism built into the bipartisan CARE Act. Below is a transcript of Leader more...


Sen. Schumer Announces Appointment Of Bharat Ramamurti To Serve On New Congressional Oversight Commission, One Of The Key Transparency And Accountability Mechanisms Dems Built Into Bipartisan CARES Act

April 6, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today announced plans to appoint Bharat Ramamurti to the Congressional Oversight Commission, one of multiple, critical layers of oversight Democrats fought to include in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Bharat Ramamurti most recently served as Deputy Policy Director for Economic Policy on the presidential campaign of U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), where he helped develop Senator more...


On MSNBC Schumer Slams President Trump’s Firing Of Intelligence Community IG And Renews Call For Appointment Of Top Military Officer To Oversee Both Production And Distribution Of Medical Equipment And Supplies To Help Fight Coronavirus

April 4, 2020

New York, N.Y. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today in an interview with Alicia Menendez on MSNBC strongly criticized President Trump’s firing of the Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson and renewed his call for the Trump administration to appoint a top military official to lead the federal government’s production and distribution effort to get equipment and medical supplies to the frontline health care workers and first responders who need them. Below is more...


Schumer Statement on Nomination of Brian Miller to be Special Inspector General for Pandemic Recovery

April 4, 2020

Washington, D.C. — Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer released the following statement after President Trump announced his intent to nominate Brian Miller to be Special Inspector General for Pandemic Recovery:“This oversight position, which will be responsible for overseeing hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars, requires complete independence from the president and any other interested party to assure the American people that all decisions are made without fear or favor. To more...


Today On CNN, Schumer Renews Call For The Trump Administration To Fully Invoke Defense Production Act And Appointment Of Top Military Official To Oversee Both Production And Distribution Of Medical Equipment And Supplies To Help Fight Coronavirus

April 4, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today in an interview with CNN’s Fredricka Whitfield renewed his call for the Trump administration to fully invoke the Defense Production Act (DPA) and to appoint a top military official to lead the federal government’s production and distribution effort to get equipment and medical supplies to the frontline health care workers and first responders who need them. Below is a transcript of Leader Schumer’s CNN more...


Schumer Statement on President Trump Firing the Intelligence Community Inspector General

April 3, 2020

Washington, D.C. — Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer released the following statement after President Trump fired Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson:“Whether it’s Lt. Col. Vindman, Captain Crozier, or Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson: President Trump fires people for telling the truth.“Michael Atkinson is a man of integrity who has served our nation for almost two decades. Being fired for having the courage to speak truth to power more...


TRANSCRIPT: On Press Call Amid Coronavirus Pandemic And Unprecedented Unemployment Claims, Leader Schumer Urges Trump Admin To—Within Two Weeks—Deliver Expanded “Unemployment Insurance On Steroids” To Laid-Off; Demands Hazard Pay For Frontline Workers Fighting Coronavirus

April 3, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Senate Committee on Finance Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR) today held a press call, urging the Trump administration to work with states to quickly distribute urgently needed unemployment benefits to Americans. The Senators’ call comes on the heels of a record surge in unemployment claims. Below is a transcript of Leader Schumer’s opening remarks:Sen. Schumer: Thank you and good morning everyone, I hope everyone is more...


TRANSCRIPT: On MSNBC’s All In With Chris Hayes, Schumer Calls On President Trump To Demonstrate Leadership And Fully Invoke The Defense Production Act To Increase Supply Of Needed Ventilators And PPE

April 2, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer appeared today on MSNBC’s All In With Chris Hayes, calling on President Trump to demonstrate leadership and entirely invoke the Defense Production Act to increase the supply of desperately needed ventilators and PPE to combat the coronavirus. Below is a transcript of the interview:Chris Hayes: Joining me now, someone who did call for early action, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer of New York who back on January 26th called more...


TRANSCRIPT: On MSNBC’s All In With Chris Hayes, Schumer Calls On President Trump To Demonstrate Leadership And Fully Invoke The Defense Production Act To Increase Supply Of Needed Ventilators And PPE

April 2, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer appeared today on MSNBC’s All In With Chris Hayes, calling on President Trump to demonstrate leadership and entirely invoke the Defense Production Act to increase the supply of desperately needed ventilators and PPE to combat the coronavirus. Below is a transcript of the interview:Chris Hayes: Joining me now, someone who did call for early action, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer of New York who back on January 26th called more...


In New Letter, Schumer Calls On President Trump To Designate A Senior Military Officer As "Czar" For Both Production And Distribution Of Desperately Needed Medical Equipment; Schumer Says Present Personnel Not Up To The Job

April 2, 2020

In New Letter, Leader Schumer Calls For Designation Of Senior Military Officer To Lead And Implement A Government-Wide Plan For Increased Production, Procurement, And Distribution Of Critical Medical Devices And Equipment Leader Schumer Says Inadequacy Of Administration’s Response Hurting Americans And Requires Immediate Action; Well-Documented Shortages Of Medical Equipment Beyond Acute In NY And Other Hard-Hit Areas, And Expected Soon In Other Parts Of The CountyLeader Schumer To more...


TRANSCRIPT: On MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Sen. Schumer Called On The Administration To Appoint A Military Official As Czar For Production And Distribution Of Desperately Needed Medical Equipment And Demanded The Administration Move Heaven And Earth To Get Unemployment Checks Out

April 2, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today appeared on MSNBC’s Morning Joe. Sen. Schumer called on the Trump administration to appoint a military official as czar for production and distribution of desperately needed medical equipment. He also demanded that the administration move heaven and earth to get unemployment checks out to Americans. Below is a transcript of the interview:Mika Brzezinski: Joining us now, the top-ranking Democrat in the Senate, Minority more...


Schumer, Cardin, Sanders, And Coons Call On Small Business Administration To Quickly Implement CARES Act Programs Designed To Help Small Businesses And Nonprofits Stay Afloat Amid Public Health Crisis

April 2, 2020

In New Letter To SBA Administrator Carranza, Senators Schumer, Cardin, Sanders, And Coons Call For Swift Implementation Of CARES Act Programs Designed To Keep Small Businesses And Nonprofits Afloat During Coronavirus CrisisThe Senators Emphasize That COVID-19 Has Wreaked Havoc On Employers And Their Workers Across Every Industry And Request Release Of Guidance Clarifying SBA’s Plan To Quickly Implement These Urgently Needed ProgramsSchumer, Cardin, Sanders, And Coons to SBA Admin. more...


Schumer: New Unemployment Numbers Show Trump Admin Must Move Heaven And Earth To Quickly Deliver New Expanded Benefits To Americans Who Need It

April 2, 2020

Washington, D.C. — Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today released the following statement after the Labor Department reported more than 6 million people filed for unemployment benefits in the week of March 27: “Today’s jobless report shows the grim reality of the coronavirus’s crippling effect on our economy and working families. The Department of Labor must move heaven and earth to—as quickly as possible—get the expanded unemployment benefits Congress passed last week into the more...


Schumer: President Trump Must Appoint A Military Official As Czar For Both Production And Distribution Of Desperately Needed Medical Equipment; Schumer Says Present Personnel Not Up To The Job

April 1, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today spoke on CNN’s Erin Burnett OutFront about the need for President Trump to fully invoke the Defense Production Act and immediately appoint a military official to coordinate both the production and distribution of desperately needed medical equipment to the states. Leader Schumer also called for giving frontline coronavirus workers hazard pay. Below is a transcript of the interview:Erin Burnett: OutFront now, the more...


TRANSCRIPT: On NPR’s All Things Considered, Schumer Calls For Hazard Pay For Frontline Coronavirus Workers

April 1, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today spoke on NPR’s All Things Considered about the impact of the coronavirus on New York and called for hazard pay for frontline coronavirus workers. Below is a transcript of the interview:Mary Louise Kelly: Let's bring in one of those leaders Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, Democrat of New York. Senator Schumer, welcome.Sen. Schumer: Good afternoon, Mary Louise.Mary Louise Kelly: I know you are joining us on the line more...


TRANSCRIPT: On MSNBC, Schumer Calls For Hazard Pay For Frontline Workers And Urges Trump To Appoint A Military General To Coordinate Mask And Ventilator Distribution To States

April 1, 2020

Schumer Also Calls For Big, Bold, Green Infrastructure Bill And For Trump Admin To Get Funding For Expanded Unemployment Insurance To States Immediately Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today appeared on MSNBC and called for hazard pay for frontline workers and for President Trump to immediately appoint a military general to coordinate personal protective equipment (PPE) and ventilator distribution to states under the Defense Production Act. Below is more...


Schumer, Wyden, Sanders Call On Department Of Labor To Do “Everything Possible” To Expedite Unemployment Benefits

April 1, 2020

Washington, D.C.— Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY), Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Finance, and Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on the Budget Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) sent a letter urging Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia “to do everything” within the power of the Department of Labor to help states rapidly disburse unemployment benefits to millions of Americans in desperate financial need.Due to a record-breaking 3.3 million more...


Schumer, Brown, Wyden Call On Mnuchin To Defend The Creation Of A Special Inspector General For Pandemic Recovery (SIGPR) From Being Undermined By The Trump Administration

March 31, 2020

Senators To Mnuchin: The SIGPR’s Structure Is Your Structure, Defend It Washington, D.C.— Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY), U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, Urban Affairs, and Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Finance today sent a letter to Secretary Mnuchin raising the alarm regarding President Trump’s signing statement for the “Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security more...

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