Washington, D.C. – Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today gave the following remarks after the Senate passed S.Con.Res.5 – a budget resolution that will provide the Senate with the legislative tools to quickly deliver emergency COVID-19 relief to the American people. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks:
Madam Vice President, thank you so much for being part of this first big step to putting our country back on the road to recovery, and we very much appreciate your being here.
I am so thankful that our caucus stayed together in unity. We had no choice given the problems facing America and the desire to move forward. And we have moved forward.
Many bipartisan amendments were adopted, so this was a bipartisan activity. In fact, the first amendment which will help the restaurants was done by Senators Sinema and Wicker. But we cannot underscore enough how much help America needs during this awful crisis, and we cannot miss the point that we still have a long way to go.
This was a giant first step, a step in concord. And we're so grateful that President Biden put together a plan with input from so many of us, from both sides of the aisle, to bring America back, to overcome this horrible crisis and then move America forward so that Americans once again feel the hope and opportunity that has been so, so much part of this land but we seem to have lost over the last four years, and particularly with the pandemic.
So we will keep working as hard as we can to pass this legislation through the House, through the Senate as we go through the reconciliation process and hopefully put it on the President's desk.
A month ago today two Senators from Georgia, two Democratic Senators, were elected and just a month from that day we have taken a giant step to begin to fulfill our promise to the American people that a Democratic Senate, a Democratic House and President Biden will have their back and move them forward during this awful crisis.