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Majority Leader Schumer Floor Remarks On Senate Democrats’ Continued Efforts To Lower Costs For The American People

Washington, D.C.   Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today spoke on the Senate floor regarding Democrats’ continued efforts to cut costs, build upon on historic jobs growth, and find bipartisan ways to help Americans make ends meet. Senator Schumer contrasted Senate Democrats’ efforts to lower costs with the agenda released by Republican Senator Rick Scott (R-FL), which according to a new analysis could raise taxes by $1,000 on many American families. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks, which can also be viewed here:

A few weeks ago, a member of the Republican leadership released a platform that proposed raising taxes on tens of millions of Americans, focused on fanning the flames of division, and zeroed in on proposals that fail to address the biggest problems of our time.

Today, a new analysis found a plan like that from the junior Senator of Florida could raise taxes on many American families by more than $1,000 in 2022 alone.

Democrats don’t think that we should be raising taxes on working Americans as we recover from COVID, in fact we are working to make sure Americans have more money, not less, in their pockets.

So today, I sent my colleagues a letter outlining how Democrats will keep a laser focus over the next few months on cutting costs, building upon on historic jobs growth, and finding bipartisan ways to help everyday Americans make ends meet.

Democrats are the party offering ideas for how to combat inflation that’s being felt around the world because of COVID.

Democrats are taking aim at capping insulin prices to $35 dollars a month, while making prescription drugs much, much cheaper.

Democrats are working to repair supply-chain bottlenecks that are hurting businesses, including in our seaports.

And Democrats are zeroing in on policies to combat price hikes at the grocery store, including meat prices which the President noted last week.

This week, our caucus will hold our annual DPCC retreat where we will go over our proposals in greater detail. I want to compliment Senator Stabenow for putting this retreat together, and I encourage all of my colleagues to review my letter so we can all continue our work of lowering costs for the American people.