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Schumer Floor Statement On Senate Passage Of Hong Kong Human Rights And Democracy Act

November 19, 2019

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today gave the following floor remarks after the United States Senate unanimously passed the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act:I want to sincerely thank my colleagues. This has been a great bipartisan moment on the floor of the Senate for a very important issue. I want to thank particularly my colleagues from Florida, Senator Rubio, Maryland, Senator Cardin, New Jersey, Senator Menendez, and Idaho, Senator Risch, as well as more...


Schumer Floor Remarks On The Need To Examine The Facts In The House Impeachment Inquiry And Lamenting President Trump’s Refusal To Do Anything to Pass Major Bipartisan Infrastructure Legislation

November 19, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor urging Republicans to stop smearing witnesses without evidence or substantiation and instead commit to examining the facts in the House impeachment inquiry. Senator Schumer also called out President Trump for his refusal to work with Democrats on major, bipartisan infrastructure legislation. Below are Senator Schumer's remarks, which can also be viewed here. Now, this morning, the American people will hear more more...


Schumer Calls For Swift Senate Passage Of Bipartisan Legislation Reaffirming American Support For Human Rights And Democracy In Hong Kong

November 19, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor regarding the latest reports regarding the protests in Hong Kong. Senator Schumer called on President Trump and his administration to voice support for the protestors. He also urged Leader McConnell to put the bipartisan Senate bill reaffirming American support for human rights and democracy in Hong Kong up for debate and vote. Below are Senator Schumer's remarks, which can also be viewed here. Over the past few more...


Schumer Statement On New Defense Intelligence Agency Assessment That Says President Trump’s Precipitous Withdrawal From Syria Has Strengthened ISIS

November 19, 2019

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today released the following statement after a new DIA assessment, part of a quarterly report disclosed by the Pentagon's inspector general, confirmed that President Trump's precipitous withdrawal of troops from Syria has strengthened the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS): "This new assessment from the Defense Intelligence Agency confirms many of our worst fears: that the president's precipitous withdrawal of troops from northern more...


Senators Schumer, Hassan, Peters Raise Concerns Over Funding Shortfall To State, Local Cybersecurity Support

November 19, 2019

Senators' Letter Follows Outreach From New Hampshire's Information Technology Commissioner About Department Of Homeland Security Proposed Budget Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH), and Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Ranking Member Gary Peters (D-MI) called on the Department of Homeland Security to resolve the shortfall in funding to the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC) and the more...


Schumer Statement On Department Of Commerce Granting Huawei Another License Extension

November 18, 2019

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today released the following statement after the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) of the U.S. Department of Commerce announced that it will extend the Temporary General License (TGL) to Huawei and its non-U.S. affiliates: "If President Trump and his Commerce Department agree that Huawei is a national security threat, they should start acting like it. Every day President Trump is soft on Huawei, the Chinese Communist Party takes more...


Ahead Of Public Testimony Of Lt. Col. Vindman, Schumer Calls On Pentagon To Protect Military Whistleblowers From Reprisals, And Notify Personnel Of Legal Rights To Make Disclosures To Congress

November 18, 2019

In New Letter To Secretary Of Defense Mark Esper, Leader Schumer Requests That The Defense Department Formally Notify All Civilian And Military Personnel Of Their Legal Rights To Make Protected Disclosures To Congress-Free From Retaliation After Continued Attacks, Leader Schumer Says DOD Officials Must Do More To Protect Whistleblowers Like Lt. Col. Vindman And Cooper, Live Up To Past Commitment To Transparency Leader Schumer To Secretary Esper: They Are Patriots Standing Up For The more...


Schumer Statement On Roger Stone Conviction

November 15, 2019

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today released the following statement after a federal jury convicted Roger Stone, President Trump's longtime confidant, for lying to Congress and witness tampering: "The jury's decision is a victory for truth and sends a powerful and timely message to President Trump and all House and Senate witnesses-past, present, and future-that lying to Congress, witness tampering, and obstruction of Congress are crimes and those who commit crimes do so at more...


Schumer Statement Following The School Shooting In California, Calling For A Vote On The House-Passed Bipartisan Universal Background Checks Legislation

November 14, 2019

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today released the following statement in response the school shooting today in Santa Clarita, California. Senator Schumer also called on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to bring H.R. 8, the house-passed, bipartisan universal background checks legislation, up for a vote: "My heart aches for the victims, survivors, their families, and the entire community impacted by today's school shooting in California. The fact that the shooting occurred more...


Schumer Statement After The Republican-Controlled Senate Confirmed Chad Wolf To Be DHS Under Secretary

November 13, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today released the following statement after the Republican-controlled Senate confirmed Chad Wolf to be Under Secretary for the Office of Strategy, Policy and Plans at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS): "By confirming Chad Wolf to, in effect, serve as acting DHS Secretary, Senate Republicans have subverted the Senate's constitutional duty to advise and consent and potentially robbed the Senate from ever voting on a permanent Secretary of more...


In New Letter To U.S. Army Secretary, Leader Schumer Raises Concerns Regarding Army’s Plan To Use TikTok For Recruitment Given The Unanswered Questions About The China-Owned Company’s Potential National Security Risks

November 12, 2019

Leader Schumer Sends Letter To Secretary McCarthy Expressing Concern About U.S. Army Use Of TikTok Platform Amid Growing Concern From Natl. Security Experts About TikTok Use Of User Data,  And On Heels Of Leader Schumer’s Request For Assessment Of Risks,  And Reports Of CFIUS Investigation Into TikTok Parent Company  Leader Schumer Asks Series Of Key Questions, Including Whether Army Has Consulted The Intelligence Community And Department Of Homeland Security About Security Risks, And Whether more...


Schumer Statement On New Senate Foreign Relations Committee Report On President Trump’s Decision To Terminate Temporary Protected Status (TPS)

November 7, 2019

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today released the following statement in response to a new report released by Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Member Bob Menendez (D-NJ) detailing the role the U.S. Department of State under President Trump played in terminating TPS designations for El Salvador, Honduras, and Haiti: "This damning investigation shows that in their political mad dash to punish immigrants no matter the cost, President Trump and his administration defied more...


Ahead Of Pres. Trump’s Meeting With Erdogan, Schumer & Top Senate Democrats Send Letter To POTUS Demanding Congress Be Provided With A Comprehensive Plan That Addresses A Number Of Key Unanswered Questions About Trump Admin.’s Efforts To Counter The Resurging ISIS Threat

November 7, 2019

Ahead Of Pres. Trump's Meeting With Erdogan, Amid Secretary Pompeo's Ongoing Refusal To Brief Senators, On Heels Of The Special Democratic Caucus Meeting With Former Special Presidential Envoy For The Global Coalition To Counter ISIS, Brett McGurk, And Following President Trump's Disastrous Decision To Precipitously Withdraw From Syria And Desert The Syrian Kurds, Schumer And Top Senate Democrats Send New Letter To President Trump Demanding Comprehensive Plan To Counter ISIS Threat Top more...


Schumer Demands DOE Inspector General And OGE Director Investigate Faulty Ethics Program Managed By Nominee For FERC Commissioner James Danly

November 5, 2019

Prior To Danly's Confirmation Hearing, Leader Schumer Sends Letter To Department Of Energy Inspector General Donaldson And Office Of Government Ethics Director Rounds Urging An Investigation Of The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's Ethics Program, Which Has Provided Inconsistent And Inaccurate Ethics Advice Leader Schumer Expresses Serious Concern With Consequences Of Faulty Ethics Advice Under General Counsel Danly, Including Delays To Important Energy Projects, Exposure Of Previous more...


In Senator Mitch McConnell’s Legislative Graveyard, Senate Republicans Block Commonsense Legislation To Secure Our Elections, Protect Americans’ Health Care, And Safeguard Pensions Earned By Working Americans

November 5, 2019

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans have turned the Senate into a legislative graveyard, refusing to take action on critical legislation that already has bipartisan support. More than 250 House-passed bills are buried in Leader McConnell's legislative graveyard, and that number continues to grow. "Republicans have kept the Senate at a standstill while urgently needed bills to protect our elections against the threat of foreign interference, protect Americans' health care, more...


In Senator Mitch McConnell’s Legislative Graveyard, Senate Republicans Block Commonsense Legislation To Secure Our Elections, Protect Americans’ Health Care, And Safeguard Pensions Earned By Working Americans

November 5, 2019

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans have turned the Senate into a legislative graveyard, refusing to take action on critical legislation that already has bipartisan support. More than 250 House-passed bills are buried in Leader McConnell's legislative graveyard, and that number continues to grow. "Republicans have kept the Senate at a standstill while urgently needed bills to protect our elections against the threat of foreign interference, protect Americans' health care, more...


Schumer Statement In Response To Reports Of U.S. Government Investigation Into The National Security Risks Posed By TikTok-Owner ByteDance’s Acquisition Of Musical.ly App

November 1, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today released the following statement, following reports that the U.S. government is investigating TikTok-owner ByteDance's acquisition of the Musical.ly app for potential national security risks. This investigation comes after Senators Chuck Schumer and Tom Cotton (R-AR) sent a letter last week to the Acting Director of National Intelligence requesting an assessment of the national security risks posted by TikTok and other China-based content more...


Schumer Statement On Report That President Trump Again Surrendered To NRA And Will Not Support Meaningful Legislation To Address Gun Violence Epidemic

November 1, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today released the following statement in response to a report that President Trump is abandoning his commitment to pass background checks legislation to combat gun violence after a string of mass shootings this summer: "President Trump has no one to blame but himself for breaking his promise to strengthen background checks and curb gun violence in a meaningful way. Despite our skepticism - based on past experiences - that the president was more...


Schumer Blasts OMB For Abysmal Response To Senate Democrats’ Questions On Continued Delays To Puerto Rico Disaster Funding

October 30, 2019

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today released the following statement after receiving a written response from the Office and Management and Budget (OMB) to a September 12th letter from Schumer and Senate Committee on Appropriations Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) to the heads of OMB and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) regarding Puerto Rico’s inability to access more than $18.4 billion in federally appropriated resources to assist with rebuilding disaster-devastated areas. more...


Schumer Calls On Secretary Of The Army To Protect Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman, Key Witness In House Impeachment Inquiry, From Professional And Personal Retaliation For Testifying Before Congress

October 30, 2019

Leader Schumer Requests Top Army Leaders Ensure Lt. Colonel Alexander Vindman Is Protected Both Professionally And Personally From Retaliation After He Testified To Congress About President Trump's July 25 Call With The President Of Ukraine Schumer Asks Army Secretary And Army Chief Of Staff To Provide Update On Steps The Army Is Taking To Protect Lt. Colonel Vindman In The Coming Weeks And Months From Retribution For Testifying To Congress Schumer To Top Army Leadership: Speak Out In more...

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