Press Releases

Schumer Statement On Planned November Reopening Of Northern Border

October 13, 2021

New York, N.Y.  Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today released the following statement after the Biden administration and Department of Homeland Security announced plans to reopen the U.S.-Canadian border to nonessential vaccinated travelers by early November.

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Schumer, Murray, Blumenthal, Durbin Joint Statement On House Passage Of The Women’s Health Protection Act

September 24, 2021

New York, N.Y. – Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education Labor & Pensions, Senator Richard Blumenthal, Lead Sponsor of the Women’s Health Protection Act, and Senator Richard Durbin, Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee released the following joint statement on House passage of the Women’s Health Protection Act.

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The Senate GOP Rationale For Forcing A First-Ever US Default Is Dishonest – They’re Finally Getting Called Out For It

September 20, 2021

The chief argument from Senator Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans - that they will vote to default on the debt because of potential future legislative action to expand health care, improve child care, and tackle the climate crisis - just isn’t true.

In fact, the debt ceiling must be lifted because of spending under current law. According to the Wall Street Journal, “"Raising the debt limit wouldn’t facilitate future spending, and Congress would still need to raise the debt limit this fall even if no new major spending programs are enacted.” The Journal also notes that raising the debt limit doesn’t authorize new spending, but rather allows the Treasury Department to issue new debt to cover spending that Congress has already authorized, including payments to bondholders, Social Security recipients and veterans.”

Furthermore, according to Treasury Department, the total new debt incurred in the entirety of the four years of the Trump-McConnell leadership was approx. $8 trillion, which includes the $5.446 trillion of new debt the Trump admin incurred since the last time the debt limit was suspended in August 2019 through the final day of the Trump admin (Jan 20, 2021).

Senate Republicans know that a default on the national debt would be a “disaster” – but they are refusing to act on the debt ceiling to hurt the Biden administration, no matter the harm to the American economy. 

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Schumer, Pelosi Joint Statement on Continuing Resolution and Debt Limit Legislation

September 20, 2021

Washington, D.C. – Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi released the following statement on the upcoming Continuing Resolution legislation to keep government open, which includes a suspension of the debt limit, emergency disaster relief and funding to help resettle Afghan evacuees:

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Schumer: Deeply Disappointed By Parliamentarian’s Decision – Vows To Continue Fight, Will Pursue Alternate Proposals In Budget Reconciliation

September 19, 2021

Brooklyn, NY  Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) released the following statement today regarding the Senate Parliamentarian’s decision:

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Senator McConnell, Senate GOP Know Forcing A Default On The Debt “Would Be A Disaster” For Our Economy – But They’re Pushing For It Anyway Because They’re 100% Focused On Hurting The Biden Administration

September 17, 2021

Republicans led by Senator McConnell appear intent on pushing America toward a first-ever, catastrophic default that they know would be a “disaster,” pushing our economy back toward a recession, hurting every American. The debt ceiling needs to be suspended to pay the bills from existing programs, including those that passed with Republican support, after more than $8 trillion in new debt was added during the Trump administration. Republicans know their actions could lead to serious damage to our economy – possibly including canceled or delayed Social Security checks and pay for our military – but they are pushing us towards the first-ever default because, as Senator McConnell said earlier this year, 100% percent of their focus is on stopping the Biden administration. 

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Declaración Del Senador Schumer Sobre El Mes De La Herencia Hispana

September 15, 2021

Washington, D.C. – El líder de la mayoría del Senado Chuck Schumer (D-NY) emitió la siguiente declaración el día de hoy en reconocimiento al Mes de la Herencia Hispana en el 2021:

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Schumer Statement On Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15, 2021

Washington, D.C.  Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today released the following statement in recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month 2021:

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TRANSCRIPT: Majority Leader Schumer Remarks On Press Call To Discuss How The Build Back Better Bill Will Help The American People

September 8, 2021

New York, NY   Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today delivered remarks on a press call with Democratic Policy and Communications Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), and Chair of the Senate Budget Committee, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), laying out how the budget reconciliation package will help the American people by creating jobs, lowering costs, and delivering the largest tax cut for American families in a generation. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks:

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Schumer Statement On Biden Administration Request For Emergency Disaster Relief

September 7, 2021

Washington, D.C.  Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today released the following statement on the Biden Administration’s request for emergency disaster relief to be included in an extension in government funding:

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Schumer Recommends Groundbreaking Slate Of Three Progressive Women Candidates To Fill Judicial Vacancies On Prestigious Southern & Eastern District Of New York Fed Courts

September 1, 2021

New York, N.Y. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) announced today that he has recommended three exceptional women attorneys to serve as judges on the prestigious United States District Courts for the Southern District and Eastern Districts of New York. Schumer has forwarded the names of Jessica Clarke for the Southern District of New York and Nusrat Choudhury and Nina Morrison for the Eastern District to the administration of President Joe Biden. Schumer has also more...


Schumer Statement On Terror Attacks In Afghanistan

August 26, 2021

Washington, D.C.  Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today released the following statement after being briefed by Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin on the terror attacks in Afghanistan:

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Schumer Statement Following President Biden’s Remarks On Afghanistan

August 16, 2021

Washington, D.C.  Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) released the following statement on President Biden’s remarks on Afghanistan:

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Schumer, Warren, Pressley Statement On Biden Administration Extending Student Loan Payment Pause

August 6, 2021

Washington, D.C.   Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Representative Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) today released the following statement on the Biden administration extending the pause on federally-held student loan payments:

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Schumer Statement On CDC Decision To Extend The Federal Eviction Moratorium For 60 Days

August 3, 2021

Washington, D.C.  Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) released the following statement regarding the CDC’s decision to extend the eviction moratorium for 90% of the country for sixty days:

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Schumer Statement On Two Years Since El Paso Shooting

August 3, 2021

Washington, D.C.  Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) released the following statement today marking two years since the El Paso shooting:


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ICYMI: USA Today Opinion - Biden Should Extend Student Loan Payment Pause And Cancel $50,000 For Borrowers: Schumer

July 27, 2021

By Chuck Schumer and Natalia AbramsCanceling student loan debt would be a bold step toward opportunity for millions, and reverse decades of economic injustice for people of color.Wilson Montoya immigrated to New York from Colombia and went to college to become a social worker helping vulnerable people in his community. But like many others, in order to make that dream possible, Wilson was left with $70,000 in student debt that kept getting higher as he tried to pay it off. “I struggle … more...


TRANSCRIPT: Majority Leader Schumer Remarks At Press Conference On The First Day Of Child Tax Credit Payments Thanks To The American Rescue Plan: Democrats Are The Party Of Tax Cuts For The Middle Class

July 15, 2021

Washington, D.C.   Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today delivered remarks at a press conference with Senate Democratic Policy and Communications Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Senate Finance Committee Chair Ron Wyden (D-OR), Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee Chairman Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO), Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Senator Reverend Raphael Warnock (D-GA) on the Child Tax Credit payments secured by the Democrats in the American Rescue Plan that began going out today to American families. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks, which can also be viewed here:

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TRANSCRIPT: Majority Leader Schumer Remarks At Senate Judiciary Committee Introducing Myrna Pérez, His Recommendation To The Second Circuit Court Of Appeals

July 14, 2021

Washington, D.C.   Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today delivered remarks at the Senate Judiciary Committee introducing Myrna Pérez, his recommendation to be a Judge on the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks, which can also be viewed here:

 

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Majority Leader Schumer, Senate Finance Committee Chair Wyden And Senator Booker Release Discussion Draft Of Cannabis Administration And Opportunity Act, Legislation To End The Federal Cannabis Prohibition And Unfair Targeting Of Communities Of Color

July 14, 2021

Washington, D.C.— Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Senate Finance Committee Chair Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) today released a discussion draft of the Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act, proposed legislation that would help put an end to the unfair targeting and treatment of communities of color by removing cannabis from the federal list of controlled substances and empowering states to implement their own cannabis laws.

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