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Majority Leader Schumer Floor Remarks On Senate Progress To Move Towards A Conference On Legislation To Create Jobs And Improve American Competitiveness

Washington, D.C.   Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today spoke on the Senate floor regarding the progress that the Senate made last night after voting on twenty-six motions to instruct conferees, moving one step closer to finalizing critical jobs and competitiveness legislation. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks:

Last night the Senate took another important step towards finalizing our bipartisan jobs and competition legislation that has been in the works for over a year.

I thank all my colleagues for voting swiftly to process twenty-six motions to instruct the Conference Committee. Many of these were done by voice and I appreciate everyone’s hard work. We sat in our seats. No one at noon yesterday, with 26 motions to instruct, thought we would finish by 10:00 P.M. or even at any point yesterday, but we have. That's good work.

There’s still a lot of work to do before we send a jobs bill to the President’s desk, and I hope we’ll see the same bipartisan, good-faith work in the Conference that we saw last night on the floor of the Senate. We all know that no one is going to get everything they want, but if we keep working together I am confident we can come up with a strong final product.

Our jobs and competition bill is just what the doctor ordered to boost our economy, bring manufacturing jobs back home, and most of all lower costs – lower costs – for American families.

It’s great news for American families who want to see lower costs on daily essentials.

It’s great news for workers who want to see good-paying manufacturing jobs brought back from overseas.

It’s great news for our businesses who need help strengthening supply chains.

And it’s great news for our innovators, workers, scientists, universities, and creators who will help us create new technologies and generate the next wave of good-paying jobs this century.

I thank my colleagues on both sides of the aisle who worked in good faith to help us reach this point.