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Schumer Statement On Biden National Security And Foreign Policy Appointments

November 23, 2020

Schumer Statement On Biden National Security And Foreign Policy Appointments Brooklyn, N.Y. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today issued the following statement on President-elect Joe Biden's announcement naming key members of his national security and foreign policy team: "President-elect Biden's announcement of key foreign policy and national security officials are exactly what the moment demands. They are all qualified, accomplished individuals with substantial more...


Following Senate Dem Request, Federal Watchdog Releases Report Detailing Trump Administration’s Disgraceful Efforts To Seize Private Land To Build Ineffective Southern Border Wall

November 23, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democrats today announced that following a letter Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) and Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM) wrote to U.S. Comptroller General Gene Dodaro in August 2019 calling for an investigation into the Trump administration's use of eminent domain to seize private land to build an expensive, ineffective southern border wall, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) more...


Schumer Statement On Senator Feinstein’s Announcement Regarding Committee Assignments In The 117th Congress

November 23, 2020

Brooklyn, N.Y. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) released the following statement today regarding Senator Dianne Feinstein's announcement that she will not seek the position of chairman or ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee in the 117th Congress: "I am deeply grateful for Senator Feinstein's leadership and contributions to our caucus and country as the Ranking Member on the Senate Judiciary Committee over the last four years. As a senior member of the Judiciary, more...


In New Letter To FEMA, Leader Schumer Urges A 90-Day Extension On The Deadline To Provide Input On The Environmental Assessment For The Reconstruction Of Puerto Rico’s Electrical Grid

November 20, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) sent a letter to FEMA Administrator Peter Gaynor strongly urging a 90-day extension from the November 22, 2020 deadline for comments on the Programmatic Environmental Assessment for the Utility Repair, Replacement, and Realignment of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. The comment period comes after an almost $10 billion allocation to FEMA to rebuild the Island's electrical grid in the wake of the 2017 hurricane season. Leader more...


As COVID-19 Cases Continue To Climb, Leader Schumer And Senators Murray, Peters, Baldwin, And Murphy Unveil The Protect Our Heroes Act Of 2020 To Increase Production Of Critical PPE And Address N-95 Mask Shortages Facing Health Care Workers

November 18, 2020

Washington, D.C. –  Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Gary Peters (D-MI), Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), and Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) today unveiled the Protect Our Heroes Act of 2020, a bill that will increase the production of critical personal protective equipment (PPE) like N-95 masks and improve the transparency of the supply and distribution of medical supplies needed to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Schumer Statement On Bipartisan Senate Vote Against Judy Shelton’s Nomination To Federal Reserve Board

November 17, 2020

Washington, D.C. — Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today issued the following statement on the bipartisan vote against Judy Shelton’s nomination to the Federal Reserve Board:

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Schumer, Pelosi Demand Sen. McConnell Finally Come To Negotiating Table This Week To Produce Bipartisan, Bicameral Comprehensive COVID-19 Relief Agreement That Meets The Needs Of Country

November 17, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) today sent a new letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) requesting he join them at the negotiating table this week to produce a bipartisan, bicameral COVID-19 relief agreement that meets the needs of the country.In the letter, Leader Schumer and Speaker Pelosi note that earlier this year during negotiations with Secretary Mnuchin and Chief of Staff Meadows, Democrats more...


Joint Readout Of President-Elect Biden’s Call With Congressional Leaders

November 12, 2020

Washington, D.C. – President-elect Joe Biden spoke with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer.  The president-elect thanked them for their congratulations and expressed his commitment to uniting the country after a hard-fought campaign.

The president-elect, the Speaker, and the Leader spoke about the intensifying COVID-19 pandemic and the growing economic pain facing so many Americans across this country. 

They discussed the urgent need for the Congress to come together in the lame duck session on a bipartisan basis to pass a bill that provides resources to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, relief for working families and small businesses, support for state and local governments trying to keep frontline workers on the payroll, expanded unemployment insurance, and affordable health care for millions of families.

They also discussed the importance of finding bipartisan solutions to create millions of good-paying union jobs, including through investments in infrastructure, manufacturing, research and development, and clean energy.

They will stay in close touch in the days ahead.

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TRANSCRIPT: Schumer Remarks At Press Conference With Speaker Pelosi

November 12, 2020

Washington, D.C.— Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today at a press conference spoke about the importance of coming together to find a solution to the Covid-19 pandemic and the Republicans’ failure to recognize the results of the election. A transcript can be found below:

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Schumer, Pelosi Joint Statement On Supreme Court Oral Arguments For Trump-GOP Lawsuit To Strip Health Care Coverage From Millions Of Americans

November 10, 2020

Washington, D.C. –Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) today issued the following joint statement on the Supreme Court hearing of the Trump-Republican backed lawsuit to strip away health care protections from millions of Americans during a global pandemic: 

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Schumer Announces Senate Democratic Leadership Team For The 117th Congress

November 10, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader-elect Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today announced the Senate Democratic Leadership for the 117th Congress following Senate Democratic leadership elections. "I am humbled to be chosen by my colleagues to continue leading Senate Democrats as we work with the Biden-Harris administration to address the unprecedented challenges facing our country and deliver much-needed help to working families," said Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY). "The American more...


Senate Democrats Deliver Weekly Democratic Address

November 9, 2020

“It's the greatest economic crisis in 75 years, the greatest healthcare crisis in 100 years,” said Leader Schumer. “We need something that meets that, that rises to that occasion and meets the moment, and we will fight for it.

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Schumer Statement On 3rd Quarter GDP Report

October 29, 2020

Brooklyn, N.Y. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today released the following statement in response to the GDP report on the third quarter of 2020: "Today's GDP report provides some good news and some bad news. "The good news is that the assistance provided in the CARES Act, secured by Senate Democrats, accounts for a large percentage of the GDP growth in the third quarter, helped stabilize our economy and has begun to propel our nation's recovery. "The bad news is, President more...


Senators Schumer, Wyden And Brown Demand Transparency And Answers On President Trump’s Chinese Bank Account

October 28, 2020

Washington, D.C. Today, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Senate Banking Committee Ranking Member Sherrod Brown (D-OH) wrote to Alan Garten, the Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer of the Trump Organization, demanding answers about President Trump’s Chinese bank account and private business interests in China. In light of the President’s refusal to release his tax returns and divest from his financial holdings, they write it is imperative that Congress and the American people have a full understanding of any potential financial conflicts of interest that the President has with other nations, especially with China, one of the America’s most important economic competitors and strategic adversaries.  

Senators Schumer, Wyden and Brown note that, according to press reports, President Trump has maintained a bank account in China since 2013 with an undisclosed financial institution in the country. The President also has previously undisclosed foreign bank accounts in Great Britain and Ireland. The Senators call for answers no later than November 11, 2020 on how the President’s financial dealings may be influencing U.S. foreign policy and trade negotiations with China, which is a clear and urgent matter of national security.

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Senate Democratic Leadership Requests VP Pence Abandon Reckless Plan To Preside Over Senate After Multiple COVID-19 Exposures

October 26, 2020

Washington, D.C. – Members of Senate Democratic Leadership today called on Vice President Mike Pence, following his recent exposure to COVID-19, to abandon plans to preside over Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation vote to the Supreme Court. Five of the Vice President’s closest aides have tested positive for COVID-19 in recent days, and it would be a clear violation of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines for him to appear in the Senate Chamber.  Despite the close contact, the Vice President has said he plans on continuing with his schedule, deeming his work “essential”. 

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In A Mad Rush To Confirm Judge Barrett To The Supreme Court To Strike Down The Affordable Care Act, Senate Republicans Block Consideration Of Coronavirus Relief, Protections For Pre-Existing Conditions, Support For Veterans And Other Critical Legislation For The American People

October 24, 2020

Washington, D.C.Today, Senate Republicans reaffirmed what so many Americans know: they would rather jam through another extreme right-wing nominee to the Supreme Court in an unprecedented, rushed fashion just days from a presidential election than address the real and dire needs of everyday Americans amid the coronavirus pandemic. Today, Senate Democrats came to the floor to demand the Senate consider twenty-five bills: the updated Heroes Act coronavirus relief legislation, protections for people with pre-existing conditions, support for our nation’s veterans and more. Senate Republicans objected to every one of them.

“Today, we’re going to give the Republican majority in the Senate the opportunity to consider critical legislation that has so far languished in Leader McConnell’s legislative graveyard. Many bills that are just sitting here awaiting action, that were passed in the House. Many with bipartisan support are sitting waiting for Senate action. We should be doing that, not rushing through this nomination while people are voting, and want their choice listened to, not the Republican Senate choice,” said Senator Schumer.

 

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Schumer Floor Remarks On Senate Republicans Jamming Through A Supreme Court Nominee Who Will Take Away Americans’ Health Care While Ignoring The Needs Of The American People Struggling Through The Worsening Coronavirus Pandemic

October 24, 2020

Washington, D.C. — Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today spoke on the Senate floor about Senate Republicans ramming through a Supreme Court Justice days before a presidential election and after 50 million Americans have already voted while ignoring essential legislation that would help American families struggling due to the pandemic. He also asked his Republican colleagues to allow this critical legislation to come to the floor for debate. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks, which can also be viewed here:

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Schumer Floor Remarks On Moving the Senate To A Closed Session Before Senate Republicans Make A Colossal And Historic Mistake By Confirming Judge Amy Coney Barrett To The Supreme Court Days Before A Presidential Election Day

October 23, 2020

Washington, D.C. — Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today spoke on the Senate floor and moved the Senate to a rare closed session. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks: 

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TRANSCRIPT: At Press Conference With Judiciary Committee Democrats Boycotting Illegitimate SCOTUS Markup, Schumer Lays Out Dire Consequences Judge Barrett’s Nomination Poses To Americans’ Health Care And Fundamental Rights

October 22, 2020

Washington, D.C.— Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today at a press conference spoke about the Senate Judiciary Committee markup on the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. Senator Schumer outlined how Judge Barrett’s nomination poses a threat to Americans’ health care and fundamental rights and that the Senate majority should not move forward with this illegitimate process. A transcript can be found below:

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Leader Schumer And Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats Release Statement On Decision To Boycott Illegitimate Supreme Court Markup

October 21, 2020

Washington, D.C. – Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats today released a statement on their decision to boycott tomorrow’s markup of Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court:

 

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