Washington, D.C. – Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today spoke on the Senate floor regarding the progress that the Senate made last week on many bipartisan efforts, including the bipartisan Postal Service Reform Act, the Emmett Till Antilynching Act, and the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. He also spoke on welcoming Ukrainian President Zelenskyy for a virtual address on Wednesday. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks, which can also be viewed here:
Last week was an exceedingly productive week for the Senate: we funded the government, passed postal reform, kept our promise to the Ukrainian people, revived VAWA, and unanimously passed anti-lynching legislation.
President Biden is going to be busy this week signing a lot of bipartisan bills into law that will impact the lives of millions of Americans, and I thank my colleagues on both sides of the aisle for their good work.
Today we are picking up right where we left off, confirming more of the President’s nominees, maintaining our laser focus on lowering costs for American families, and continuing to explore how we can help Ukraine in their war against the evil Mr. Putin.
First, on this last point: earlier today, the Speaker and I announced that President Zelenskyy will deliver a virtual address to members of the House and Senate this Wednesday, March 16th, at 9 a.m.
It is one of the highest honors of any Congress to welcome remarks by foreign heads of state, but it is nearly unheard of in modern times that we hear from a leader fighting for his life, fighting for his country’s survival, and fighting to preserve the very idea of democracy.
Let me say that again: it is one of the highest honors of any Congress to welcome remarks by foreign heads of state, but it is nearly unheard of—unheard of—in modern times that we hear from a leader fighting for his life, fighting for his country’s survival, and fighting to preserve the idea of democracy, something Americans cherish.
As war intensifies in Ukraine, we have all been inspired by the courage of President Zelenskyy and that of the Ukrainian people. President Zelenskyy can rest assured that he will always have friends in Congress ready to listen, to stand in his corner, and we are honored to have him speak to us later this week.