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Majority Leader Schumer Floor Remarks On Moving Forward With An Organizing Resolution So The Senate Can Get To Work

Washington, D.C.   Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today spoke on the Senate floor regarding progress on agreeing to an organizing resolution. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks, which can also be viewed here:

Since the last time I addressed this chamber, there has been notable progress in my discussions with the Republican Leader about organizing the Senate. Last night, the Republican Leader dropped his demand for additional provisions on the organizing resolution and will agree to the 2001 rules that last governed a 50-50 Senate, exactly what Democrats proposed from the start. I’m glad the Republican Leader finally relented. And we can move forward now to organize the Senate, set up committees, chairs and ranking members, and a process for moving bills and nominees to the floor from committees with an evenly divided number of members.

I’m glad we are finally able to get the Senate up and running. My only regret is that it took so long, because we have a great deal we need to accomplish over the next several weeks and months.