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Schumer Statement On Latest Unemployment Numbers And Senate Republicans’ Focus On Chasing Conspiracy Theories

May 28, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer released the following statement today in response to reporting on the latest unemployment numbers:“The cost of Republican inaction grows every day. More than 100,000 Americans have lost their lives and the number that have filed for unemployment has surpassed 40 million, but Senator McConnell and Senate Republicans are still more focused on peddling conspiracy theories to prop up President Trump than they are helping the more...


Schumer Statement On Trump Admin Announcement They Will Set Aside $10 Billion For CDFIs To Participate In The Paycheck Protection Program

May 28, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer released the following statement today after the Treasury Department and Small Business Administration announced they will set aside $10 billion for Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) to participate in the Paycheck Protection Program. Today’s announcement comes after Sen. Schumer has been pushing the administration to do this for months, including in an April letter and on many private phone calls with Secretary more...


Ahead Of The Upcoming Hurricane Season In The Caribbean, Schumer, Rep. Velázquez Lead Democratic Lawmakers In Seeking Answers on How FEMA Is Preparing To Respond To Storms That Hit Puerto Rico And The U.S. Virgin Islands

May 27, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Led by United States Senate Democratic Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) and Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY), 39 Members of Congress wrote the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) ahead of the upcoming hurricane season in the Caribbean, seeking answers to how FEMA is preparing to respond to a storm that hits Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands amidst the numerous other ongoing disasters and recovery efforts.The lawmakers wrote in the letter: “While we deeply hope more...


Schumer, Young, Khanna, Gallagher Unveil Endless Frontier Act To Bolster U.S. Leadership In Science And Tech Innovation And Dramatically Increase Investment In Emerging Tech As China Seeks To Leverage The Coronavirus Pandemic For Their Gain; Coronavirus Pandemic Exposed Enduring Consequences Of U.S. Underinvestment In Scientific Research

May 27, 2020

Schumer, Young, Khanna, Gallagher Push ‘Endless Frontier Act’ To Increase Investments In Discovery, Creation, And Commercialization Of Critical Tech To Preserve America’s Global Leadership Into The Middle Of The 21st CenturyBipartisan, Bicameral ‘Endless Frontier Act’ Proposes Expansion Of National Science Foundation, $100 Billion For Strategically Advancing Science and Tech R&D, And $10 Billion For Establishment Of Regional Technology Hubs Across The Country To Launch New more...


In Letter To SBA Administrator And Treasury Secretary, Schumer, Cardin, Shaheen, And Murray Call On Trump Admin To Stop Targeting Critical Health Care Providers Based On Political Ideology, Implement Loan Programs From CARES Act As Congress Intended

May 26, 2020


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Senator Duckworth Delivers Weekly Democratic Address

May 22, 2020

“While Mitch McConnell is trying to slow-walk the next relief package, claiming that he hasn’t yet, quote, ‘felt the urgency of acting immediately,’ the reality is that the folks I’m hearing from aren’t having any trouble feeling that urgency,” said Senator Duckworth (D-IL). “And I don’t know McConnell’s definition, but when more than 90,000 Americans, including more than 1,000 Veterans, have died in just three months, that certainly qualifies as urgent in my book.” Washington, D.C. - more...


Schumer Announces Opposition To Nomination Of Brian Miller To Be Special Inspector General For Pandemic Recovery

May 19, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today released the following statement following his phone conversation with Brian Miller, President Trump’s nominee to be inspector general for pandemic recovery:“Having a genuine watchdog to oversee the Trump administration’s use of unprecedented levels of taxpayer funds in this pandemic is critically important. In my call with Mr. Miller, he did not convince me that he had the necessary independence to do this job. Mr. Miller more...


TRANSCRIPT: On MSNBC, Schumer Calls Trump Announcement He Takes Unproven Drug Reckless, Says Firing Inspectors General Shows Aversion To Truth

May 18, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer tonight appeared on MSNBC and called President Trump’s announcement that he takes the unproven drug, hydroxychloroquine, reckless and says that Trump’s firing of inspectors general shows his aversion to truth. Below is a transcript of the interview:Steve Kornacki: And I am joined by the Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York. Senator, good evening. Thank you for joining us.Sen. Schumer: Good evening, Steve. more...


TRANSCRIPT: On MSNBC, Schumer Says President Trump Needs To Focus On Testing; Schumer Says Pres. Trump Often Has Grandiose Announcements And Then No Follow Up

May 15, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today appeared on MSNBC and emphasized that President Trump needs to focus on ramping up testing and that the president often makes grandiose announcements without following through. Below is a transcript of the interview:Nicole Wallace: Joining our conversation, New York Democratic Senator and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.Sen. Schumer: Good afternoon.Nicole Wallace: Senator Schumer, it's refreshing I guess these days to more...


ICYMI: Leader Schumer, Sen. Booker, Rep. Pressley, And 80+ Democratic Colleagues Call For Federal Civil Rights Investigation Into Ahmaud Arbery Murder

May 13, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today joined U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (MA-07), and more than 80 of their colleagues in the House and Senate in calling on the Department of Justice (DOJ) to launch a criminal civil rights investigation into the murder of Ahmaud Arbery and an independent investigation into local authorities’ handling of the case. The lawmakers urged DOJ to investigate these matters swiftly and thoroughly more...


In New Amicus Brief, Entire Senate Dem Caucus Fights To Protect Americans’ Health Care & Slams Republican Efforts To Rip Coverage From Millions Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

May 13, 2020

All 47 Senate Democrats Say The Affordable Care Act’s Individual Mandate Is Constitutional, Highlight Bipartisan Agreement That Congress Did Not Intend To Repeal The ACA—Consequences of Republican Goal To Repeal The Affordable Care Act Would Be Catastrophic, Destroying Critical Pre-Existing Conditions Protections For More Than 100 Million, And Could Increase Uninsured Rate By 65%Washington, D.C. - The entire Senate Democratic caucus, led by Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), more...


Schumer Statement In Support Of The Heroes Act, House Democrats’ New, Urgently-Needed Emergency Coronavirus Relief Legislation

May 12, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today released the following statement in support of The Heroes Act, House Democrats’ new, urgently-needed emergency coronavirus relief legislation:“The American people need their government to act strongly, boldly and wisely, and this new legislation is just what this crisis demands.“Senator McConnell and Senate Republicans ought to heed the lessons of U.S. history and not repeat the mistakes made by President Hoover that helped more...


Schumer Statement On Sen. McConnell Saying GOP Feels No Urgency To Act Immediately To Address Health And Economic Crises

May 11, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer released the following statement after Senator McConnell said that Senate Republicans have “yet to feel the urgency of acting immediately” to address the health and economic crises, despite record unemployment numbers and widespread reports of families going hungry and not being able to afford rent:“For Senator McConnell to say Republicans have not ‘yet felt the urgency of acting immediately’ shows they are trapped in an alternate more...


In New Letter To SBA Administrator, Schumer, Cardin, And Shaheen Call On SBA To Reverse Policy That Limits Economic Disaster Loan Program (EIDL) Loans To $150k And Demand SBA Open Up Program To Non-Farm Applicants; Senators Say SBA’s Mismanagement Of Critical Program Harms Small Businesses And Demand Greater Transparency

May 9, 2020

In New Letter To SBA Admin. Carranza, Sens. Schumer, Cardin, And Shaheen Outline Significant Shortfalls In SBA’s Management Of EIDL Program, Including SBA’s Recent Decision To Limit EIDL To $150,000, Leaving 4 Million Applicants In Limbo On Expected Amount Of Assistance; Senators Also Express Deep Concern With Closure Of Program To All Non-Farm Small Businesses, Delays In Funding Disbursement, And $1,000 Per Employee Cap On EIDL Emergency Grants; Say Policies Hurt Small Businesses And more...


Schumer Statement On SBA IG Report On PPP Implementation

May 8, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today issued the following statement after the SBA IG released a report highlighting deficiencies in how the Small Business Administration implemented the Paycheck Protection Program. The report came at the request of Leader Schumer, Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship Ranking Member Ben Cardin (D-MD), and Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Ranking Member Sherrod Brown (D-OH):“The more...


Senator Menendez Delivers Weekly Democratic Address

May 8, 2020

“It’s never been clearer that our nation’s wealth depends on our nation’s health,” said Senator Menendez (D-NJ). “No matter how quickly we want to rejoin society, reopen our economy, and return to normal, the reality is, folks just aren’t going to venture out until they know for sure that they are COVID-free and anyone else they come in contact with is okay as well.” Washington, D.C. - Following the Senate’s return this week, Senator Menendez (D-NJ), delivers this week’s Weekly more...


Schumer Statement On Record High Unemployment In April

May 8, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today released the following statement on today’s record high 14.7% unemployment rate and 20.5 million jobs lost in April:“This jobs report shows the devastating impact of the coronavirus pandemic on our economy. No one could look at today’s jobs report, the highest unemployment since the Great Depression, and say we should hit the pause button on further government action, as Leader McConnell, Leader McCarthy and the Trump more...


TRANSCRIPT: On CNN’s Erin Burnett OutFront, Sen. Schumer Calls For Congress To Take Big, Bold Action Address Health And Economic Crises Caused By Coronavirus Pandemic; Schumer Also Condemns Trump-GOP Plan To Dismantle Health Care Law

May 6, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer tonight on CNN’s Erin Burnett OutFront called for a big, bold plan to address the health and economic crises caused by the coronavirus pandemic and condemned President Trump’s call to repeal the Affordable Care Act amid an ongoing health crisis. Below is a transcript of the interview:Erin Burnett: And I want to go now to the Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. Senator, I appreciate your time.Sen. Schumer: Good evening, Erin.Erin more...


Following Recent Puerto Rico Earthquakes, Schumer, Rep. Velázquez Lead Democratic Lawmakers In Calling For FEMA Extension Of Incident Period

May 5, 2020

In New letter To FEMA, Members Call For The Major Disaster Declaration In Puerto Rico To Include Damages Caused By May EarthquakesWashington, D.C. - Led by United States Senate Democratic Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) and Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY), 24 Members of Congress wrote the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today requesting Administrator Pete T. Gaynor extend the incident period for the major disaster declaration in Puerto Rico to cover the most more...


In Letter To President Trump, Leader Schumer, Senator Murray, And Senate Dems Call Administration’s Testing Blueprint Insufficient, Insist Federal Government Must Release And Implement National Plan

May 5, 2020

In New Letter To President Trump, Sens. Schumer, Murray And Senate Democrats Call For Increased Coronavirus Testing Capacity & Release And Full Implementation Of A National Strategic Plan To Allocate Funds, Increase Lab Capacity And Public Health WorkforceSenate Democrats Say Trump Administration Must Ramp Up Testing Capabilities So That Every Person Who Needs A Test Can Get One; Set Expectations For Detailed Plan Required From Trump Administration By May 24th Deadline In Latest more...

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