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Majority Leader Schumer Floor Remarks Providing An Update On The National Security Supplemental

Washington, D.C. – Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today spoke on the Senate floor on the national security supplemental. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks:

Conversations are ongoing, and some issues still need resolution, but we are getting very close on the national security supplemental.

The national security supplemental is so important to enabling us to address multiple crises around the globe.

Vladimir Putin has waged war against Ukraine and against Western Democracy for nearly two years, and America must step up. Israel suffered its bloodiest day last fall, at the hands of the terror group Hamas, and millions of innocent Gaza civilians are in need of aid. The Chinese Communist Party threatens to increase tensions in the Indo-Pacific.

And our southern border is in urgent need—in urgent need—of fixing.

Addressing these challenges is not easy. But we cannot simply shirk from our responsibilities just because a task is difficult.

So, for the information of senators, the Senate will be in session and will hold a vote on Monday, February 5th. There is no longer a no-vote day.

While we are respectful of members’ schedules and try to limit inconveniences, these challenges at the border and in Ukraine and the Middle East are just too great, and we will need to be here working.

Next, as I said, discussions are going well, so I want members to be aware that we plan to post the full text of the national security supplemental as early as tomorrow, no later than Sunday.

That will give members plenty of time to read the bill before voting on it.

As for the timing of the vote, I plan to file cloture on the motion to proceed to the vehicle on Monday, leading to the first vote on the national security supplemental no later than Wednesday.