Press Releases

In Letter To President Trump, Leader Schumer, Senator Murray, And Senate Dems Call Administration’s Testing Blueprint Insufficient, Insist Federal Government Must Release And Implement National Plan

May 5, 2020

In New Letter To President Trump, Sens. Schumer, Murray And Senate Democrats Call For Increased Coronavirus Testing Capacity & Release And Full Implementation Of A National Strategic Plan To Allocate Funds, Increase Lab Capacity And Public Health WorkforceSenate Democrats Say Trump Administration Must Ramp Up Testing Capabilities So That Every Person Who Needs A Test Can Get One; Set Expectations For Detailed Plan Required From Trump Administration By May 24th Deadline In Latest more...


TRANSCRIPT: On MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Senator Schumer Says Trump Admin Must Immediately And Significantly Expand Coronavirus Testing And Contact Tracing As A Part of A National, Comprehensive Testing Strategy

May 5, 2020


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TRANSCRIPT: On MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show, Senator Schumer Says That Amid Pandemic, The Senate Should Be Working On Responding To Coronavirus—Not Confirming Right-Wing Judicial Nominees

May 4, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer tonight on The Rachel Maddow Show said that the Senate should focus on coronavirus pandemic response efforts and oversight instead of focusing on confirming unqualified, right-wing judicial nominees. Below is a transcript of the interview:Rachel Maddow: Joining us now for the interview tonight is the top Democrat in the United States Senate, New York’s senior Senator, Chuck Schumer. Senator Schumer, it’s nice to see you. Thank you more...


Schumer Statement On Reports The White House Is Blocking Coronavirus Task Force Members From Testifying Before Congress

May 4, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, who has been demanding Senate Republicans hold oversight hearings with key admin officials this week, released the following statement after reports that the White House is blocking Coronavirus Task Force members from testifying before Congress:“President Trump should learn that by muzzling science and the truth, it will only prolong this health and economic crisis. The president’s failure to accept the truth and then his desire more...


In New Letter To SBA Admin Carranza, Leader Schumer Demands Thorough Review Of Paycheck Protection Program Loans Made To Ashford Inc. And Its Subsidiaries; Schumer Says The Large, Publicly Traded Company May Be Exploiting Program At Expense Of Legitimate Small Businesses In Serious Need Of Support

May 1, 2020

In New Letter To Small Business Administration Admin. Carranza, Leader Schumer Requests That SBA Prioritize Audit Of PPP Loans Made To Ashford, Inc. And Its Subsidiaries—Company May Be Exploiting Program To Detriment Of Small Businesses Struggling To Stay A Float Leader Schumer Says Ashford Inc. And Subsidiaries May Have Exploited Republican-Inserted Provision Of CARES Act To Circumvent $10 Million Per Business Limit, Treating Properties As Separate Legal Entities And Filing 100+ more...


Schumer Statement On Upcoming Senate Coronavirus Oversight Hearings

May 1, 2020

Brooklyn, NY - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today released the following statement on Senate Republicans failing to schedule key bipartisan coronavirus oversight hearings next week requested by Democrats to hold the Trump administration accountable for the federal government’s COVID-19 pandemic response:“The American people deserve to immediately hear from the administration’s top public health and economic officials on why we don’t have enough tests, why so many small more...


TRANSCRIPT: On The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Schumer Says The Senate Must Focus On Oversight & The Trump Admin Must Develop A Detailed National Testing Strategy

May 1, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert last night and discussed the dire need for a national testing strategy as well as the need for the Senate to focus on oversight when it comes back next week. You can watch the interview here. Below is a transcript of the interview:Stephen Colbert: Senator, how are you doing, how are you riding out your quarantine?Sen. Schumer: Yes, I'm in my house in Brooklyn. We finished the COVID more...


Schumer Statement Condemning Trump Administration For Focusing On Bailing Out Big Oil Over Needed Support For Working Americans And State And Local Governments

April 30, 2020

Brooklyn, N.Y. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today released the following statement in response to reports that the Trump administration is focusing its efforts on bailing out oil companies instead of focusing on helping working Americans and state and local governments:“President Trump is rushing to bail out big oil companies after their CEOs donated millions to the Trump campaign, while so many Main Street businesses are still waiting to get help. It’s outrageous that small more...


TRANSCRIPT: On Press Call, Schumer Discusses The Release Of New Senate Report Showing Disproportionate Impact Of The Coronavirus Pandemic On Communities Of Color

April 30, 2020

Brooklyn, N.Y. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today held a press call with Sens. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Kamala Harris (D-CA) to release a report on how COVID-19 disproportionately affects minority communities. You can find the report here. Below is a transcript of his remarks:I want to thank my colleagues, Sen. Stabenow, Senator Harris and Senator Booker for being on the call as well. And I thank Debbie and the DPCC who put together a really important more...


Schumer Criticizes Trump Use Of DPA For Meatpacking Facilitates But Not For National Testing Strategy

April 29, 2020

Brooklyn, N.Y. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today on a press call criticized President Trump for invoking the Defense Production Act to keep meatpacking facilities open but not using it to execute a national testing strategy. Earlier today, Leader Schumer and Sens. Tammy Baldwin (D-IL) and Chris Murphy (D-CT) announced the Medical Supply Transparency and Delivery Act, which would federalize the medical supply chain, increase national production, and create an equitable and more...


Schumer Statement On Senator McConnell’s Decision To Reconvene Senate To Confirm More Unqualified, Right-Wing Judges And Protect Big Businesses Over Workers

April 29, 2020

Brooklyn, NY - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today released the following statement regarding Leader McConnell’s decision to reconvene the Senate next week to confirm more unqualified, right-wing judges and protect big businesses over workers:“The GDP just had its biggest drop since the Great Recession, the United States has surpassed one million confirmed positive cases of COVID-19, and we still don’t have adequate testing. Meanwhile, a top administration official is calling more...


TRANSCRIPT: On Press Call, Leader Schumer, Sens. Durbin And Menendez Highlight Role Of Immigrants On The Frontlines Of COVID-19 & Demand Protections For DACA/TPS Holders

April 28, 2020

Brooklyn, NY - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), and Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Ranking Member Bob Menendez (D-NJ), today held a press call with DACA and TPS holders, highlighting the need to protect Dreamers and TPS holders, extend their work authorizations, and honor their essential work—not only during the coronavirus pandemic, but always.While court decisions on DACA and TPS hang in the balance, Dreamers and TPS more...


Senate Democratic Leaders Urge Sen. McConnell To Make Senate’s Focus COVID-19 Related Matters, Including Oversight Of Admin’s Response & Recently Passed Legislation – GOP-Led Senate Currently Has Zero Scheduled Legislative Or Committee Business Related To The Public Health & Economic Emergencies

April 28, 2020

In New Letter To Sen. McConnell, Senate Democrats Demand COVID-19-Related Matters And Oversight Of All COVID-Related Legislation Be Senate Focus When Senate Reconvenes May 4th Senate Democrats Say Oversight Hearings Must Include Look At Nation’s Testing Capabilities, Paycheck Protection Program, Best Ways To Protect Health And Safety Of Frontline Workers, And More Senate Democrats To Leader McConnell: Make Senate Focus COVID-19 Related Matters, Including Oversight Of Admin’s Response more...


TRANSCRIPT: On Press Call With AFSCME, Leader Schumer Calls For Funding For State And Local Government Workers To Continue Providing Essential Services, Rebukes McConnell’s Attempt To Bankrupt States, Gut Needed Worker Protections, And Empower Corporations

April 28, 2020

Brooklyn, N.Y. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer joined a press call hosted by AFSCME President Lee Saunders and public service workers on the frontlines of the coronavirus response, expressing the need for additional funding for state and local governments that provide essential services and rebuking Leader McConnell’s suggestions that states declare bankruptcy and Leader McConnell’s attempts to put corporations ahead of workers. Below is a transcript of his remarks:Thank you, more...


TRANSCRIPT: On MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Schumer Says Sen. McConnell & Senate GOP Must Immediately Begin Vigorous Oversight Hearings Of Trump Admin’s Response To COVID-19, Including On Testing And Small Business Lending Programs

April 28, 2020

Brooklyn, N.Y. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today appeared on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, urging Leader McConnell and Senate Republicans to immediately begin vigorous oversight hearings of the Trump administration’s response to COVID-19, including hearings on testing and small business lending programs, when the Senate returns next week. Below is a transcript of the interview:Joe Scarborough: Let's bring in the top-ranking Democrat in the U.S. Senate, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer more...


Senate Democrats Call On DeVos To Reverse Course And Allow DACA Students To Access Emergency Financial Aid Secured In CARES Act

April 27, 2020

Brooklyn, NY - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today joined Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and 25 colleagues calling on U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to allow Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students to access emergency financial aid grant funding secured in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. “DACA recipients came to this country as children and make extraordinary contributions to our more...


Schumer Calls On Sen. McConnell & Senate GOP To Immediately Begin Vigorous Oversight Hearings Of Trump Admin’s Response To COVID-19

April 27, 2020

Brooklyn, NY - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today released the following statement urging Leader McConnell and Senate Republicans to immediately commence oversight hearings of the Trump administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic:“Now that Leader McConnell has decided the Senate will reconvene next week, he should instruct his Committee Chairs to immediately begin vigorous and desperately needed oversight of the Trump administration’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic more...


Schumer Statement On Appointment Of Robert Westbrooks To Be Executive Director Of Pandemic Response Accountability Council

April 27, 2020

Brooklyn, NY - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today released the following statement on the appointment of Robert A. Westbrooks to be Executive Director of the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee (PRAC), which is one of the multiple layers of oversight established by Leader Schumer and Senate Democrats in the CARES Act to oversee the implementation of all aspects of the federal emergency relief and response for the coronavirus pandemic:“To hold this administration more...


On NPR’s Morning Edition, Schumer Says McConnell Call To Bankrupt States Amid Coronavirus Pandemic Will Increase Bipartisan Momentum To Deliver Needed Aid For State And Local Governments

April 24, 2020

Brooklyn, N.Y. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today appeared on NPR Morning Edition, explaining that Leader McConnell’s assertion that states should be able to declare bankruptcy because of the coronavirus pandemic will increase bipartisan momentum to deliver much needed aid from the federal government to state and local governments. Below is a transcript of the interview:Noel King: Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York is on the line with me. Good morning more...


Senator Shaheen Delivers Weekly Democratic Address

April 24, 2020

“This week, Congress came to an agreement on another bipartisan bill to help get our country through this crisis,” said Senator Shaheen (D-NH). “I joined with Democrats in insisting that this bill provide more to keep small businesses alive and workers on payroll. But the Trump Administration is allowing some large businesses and corporations to receive assistance through small business relief programs. That’s wrong and it must stop.” Washington, D.C. - Following the passage of the more...

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