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Majority Leader Schumer Floor Remarks On The Important Work Done During This Productive Work Period

Washington, D.C.   Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today spoke on the Senate floor on the Senate’s many accomplishments over the past six weeks, including passage of the postal reform bill, a robust government funding package, emergency aid for Ukraine, the Emmett Till Anti-Lynching bill, and now the expected historic confirmation of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson as the 116th Justice of the Supreme Court. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks, which can also be viewed here:

Finally, I want to close with a few thoughts on what the Senate has accomplished over the past six weeks.

There are two words that I believe perfectly summarize the work period we are about to conclude: productive, bipartisan.

In this work period alone, we passed a major postal reform bill over a decade in the making.

We passed a bold and robust government funding package which will help millions of Americans in thousands of different ways.

We passed critical emergency aid for the people of Ukraine.

We passed the Emmett Till Anti-Lynching bill, after a century of waiting.

And topping it all off, we will confirm the 116th Justice of the United States Supreme Court. 

Meanwhile, before I yield, I also want to applaud the Administration’s action in extending the pause on payments and interest of federal student loans. The pandemic continues to impact families economically, that is why this extension is critical for so many borrowers.

And while the extension provides relief, I continue to urge the President to use his existing authority and cancel up to $50,000 in debt in order to provide immediate relief to millions of borrowers, boost our economic recovery, and help narrow the racial wealth gap in our country.

So it’s been a very busy April, it's been a very busy March and work period. And when we come back in May, it’s going to be very busy again; we have a whole lot to do.