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Senate Democrats Defend The Right Of DOD Civilian Workers To Engage In Collective Bargaining

March 4, 2020

Led By Reed & Peters, Senators Warn SecDef Against Eliminating Worker Protections & Collective Bargaining Rights Of Civilian DOD Employees Washington, D.C. - In an effort to stand up for workers' rights and organized labor, the entire Senate Democratic Caucus today sent a letter to Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper urging the Pentagon to uphold workplace protections and safeguard the collective bargaining rights of Department of Defense (DoD) civilian employees. Led by U.S. more...


Schumer Statement On Bipartisan Funding Agreement To Combat Coronavirus

March 4, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today released the following statement regarding the bipartisan funding agreement to combat the spread of coronavirus: "Today, Democrats and Republicans in Congress showed they can come together in a bipartisan way to respond to the coronavirus in a swift, smart and strategic way to keep the American people safe. I'm pleased that this bipartisan agreement rejects the Trump administration's dangerously inadequate proposal and is much more...


Schumer And Sasse Lead Bipartisan Letter Calling For UK To Reconsider Huawei Decision

March 3, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Today, ahead of the House of Commons’ debate on Huawei, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and U.S. Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE) led a bipartisan group of Senators in urging Parliament to reconsider the Johnson government’s decision to allow Huawei to supply some of the United Kingdom’s 5G telecommunications structure. “Given the significant security, privacy, and economic threats posed by Huawei, we strongly urge the United Kingdom to revisit its more...


Schumer, Cotton, Van Hollen & Young Urge Sec. Pompeo And President Trump To Oppose China’s Bid To Lead U.N. World Intellectual Property Org.—Say Persistent Violator Of IP Protections Wrong Pick To Lead Global IP Protection Efforts

March 2, 2020

In New Letter, Sens. Schumer, Cotton, Van Hollen, And Young Urge Sec. Pompeo To Oppose China's Bid To Lead The U.N.'S World Intellectual Property Organization Ahead Of Director General Election This Week The Lawmakers Emphasize That China's Persistent Violations Of Intellectual Property Protections And Failure To Uphold Commitment To Adhere To Rules-Based System Are Disqualifying And Pose A Threat To U.S. Economic And National Security Sens. Schumer, Cotton, Van Hollen, And Young To Sec. more...


Schumer Statement On Supreme Court’s Announcement That They Will Hear Oral Arguments In GOP Healthcare Lawsuit In The Fall

March 2, 2020

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today released the following statement in response to the Supreme Court’s announcement that they will hear oral arguments in a Republican lawsuit against the Affordable Care Act in the fall: “For Americans who care about saving their health care, especially protections for Americans with pre-existing conditions, the Supreme Court’s decision to hear the case is a stark reminder of President Trump’s determination to end those protections—because any more...


Schumer Statement On President Trump’s Plan To Again Nominate Rep. Ratcliffe To Be Director Of National Intelligence

February 28, 2020

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today released the following statement in response to President Trump’s nomination of Rep. Ratcliffe to be the Director of National Intelligence: “Replacing one highly partisan operative with another does nothing to keep our country safe. At a time when the Russians are interfering in our elections, we need a nonpartisan leader at the helm of the Intelligence Community who sees the world objectively and speaks truth to power, more...


Senator Blumenthal Delivers Weekly Democratic Address

February 28, 2020

"I'll be very blunt: my Republican colleagues can either stand with the American people on this issue or stand with the NRA," said Senator Blumenthal (D-CT). "Opponents of gun violence prevention are on the wrong side of the issue, they're on the wrong side of public opinion, and they're on the wrong side of history." Washington, D.C. - Following the one year anniversary of the House-passage of H.R.8., the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019, and a devastating mass shooting that more...


Schumer Statement On The Trump Administration’s Response To The Coronavirus

February 28, 2020

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today released the following statement regarding the Trump Administration's response to the coronavirus: "It appears President Trump and his administration have learned nothing from the Chinese government's failure to quickly and transparently combat the coronavirus. Hiding the truth about the coronavirus and the government's response only increases the likelihood of the virus spreading. For Mick Mulvaney to suggest that Americans turn off their more...


Schumer, Pelosi Joint Statement On Congressional Action To Combat The Coronavirus

February 27, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and Speaker Pelosi today issued the following statement regarding Congressional action to combat the coronavirus: "The United States government must do more to address the spread of the deadly coronavirus in a smart, strategic, and serious way and we stand ready to work in a bipartisan fashion in Congress and with the administration to achieve this necessary goal. Lives are at stake-this is not the time for name-calling or playing more...


Schumer Offers Detailed Proposal For $8.5 Billion In Emergency Coronavirus Funding

February 26, 2020

Leader Schumer Proposes $8.5 Billion In Emergency Funding For CDC, The Public Health And Social Services Emergency Fund, USAID, And NIH To Fight The Spread Of Coronavirus Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today released a detailed proposal for $8.5 billion in emergency funding to fight the spread of coronavirus in the United States. "Congress must act swiftly to confront the threat of this global health crisis," said Leader Schumer. "This proposal brings more...


In New Letter To Justice Department, Leader Schumer Calls For Investigation Into Reports Acting Intel Chief Grenell Failed To Disclose Prior Work As Foreign Agent

February 26, 2020

Leader Schumer Says That Reports That Acting Director Of National Intelligence Grenell Failed To Report To DOJ Work For Numerous Foreign Entities-Including Vladimir Plahotniuc, A Moldovan Official Who Was Recently Sanctioned By The U.S.-Must Be Investigated Immediately Leader Schumer Emphasizes That Acting DNI Grenell's Oversight Of And Access To The Most Sensitive Nat'l Security Intel + Alleged Failure To Report Work For Foreign Entities Could Leave Him Vulnerable To Blackmail And Other more...


Schumer Statement On Administration's Request For Emergency Coronavirus Funding

February 24, 2020

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today released the following statement in response to President Trump’s coronavirus budget request:“Too little too late. That President Trump is trying to steal funds dedicated to fight Ebola—which is still considered an epidemic in the Democratic Republic of the Congo—is indicative of his towering incompetence and further proof that he and his administration aren’t taking the coronavirus crisis as seriously as they need to be. We’ve seen no more...


Schumer, Menendez, Brown Demand Secretaries Mnuchin And Pompeo Use Authority Congress Granted Them In 2017 And Executive Orders To Immediately Impose New Sanctions On Russia For Reported Ongoing Efforts To Interfere In U.S. 2020 Election

February 24, 2020

In New Letter To Secretaries Mnuchin And Pompeo, Senators Schumer, Menendez, And Brown Urge President Trump To Act On Reported Intelligence Community Consensus That Russia Is Actively Engaged In Election Interference + Identify And Target For Sanctions Those Responsible The Senators' Letter Comes On Heels Of President Trump's Reported Rejection Of Intelligence Community Consensus That Russia Is Engaged In Election Interference, And His Refusal To Impose Needed Sanctions Senate Dems. Say more...


Senator Stabenow Delivers Weekly Democratic Address

February 14, 2020

"Our country's budget is a reflection of who we are and what we care about and who we care about. President Trump's budget betrays American families and our seniors," said Senator Stabenow (D-MI). "Senate Democrats strongly oppose this budget. We understand that you and your family deserve a fair shot to work hard and get ahead. I want you to know that Democrats will continue putting the needs of hard-working families first." Washington, D.C. - Following the release of the Trump more...


Schumer, Pelosi Joint Statement on Trump’s Latest Attempt to Steal Military Funding for Wasteful, Ineffective Wall

February 13, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement on the Trump Administration's reprogramming of National Guard and military procurement funding for border wall construction: "Congress has repeatedly voted in a bipartisan way to refuse funding the President's wasteful, ineffective border wall. This latest effort to steal Congressionally-appropriated military funding undermines our national security and the separation of powers enshrined more...


Schumer Remarks Following Senate Passage Of War Powers Resolution

February 13, 2020

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke at a press conference after the Senate passed Senator Kaine's bipartisan War Powers resolution on Iran, which would reaffirm Congress' role in matters of war and peace. Below are Senator Schumer's remarks, which can also be viewed here: I want to thank my colleagues here. I want to salute Tim Kaine. This has been a passion of his for decades, or years? Or somewhere in between decades and years. And Tammy Duckworth, Dick Durbin, Tom more...


Schumer Calls For DOJ Inspector General Investigation Into Potential Improper Political Interference Regarding Sentencing Recommendation For Roger Stone

February 11, 2020

Washington, D.C.- Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today sent a letter to Department of Justice Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz formally requesting an investigation into the reduced sentencing recommendation for Roger Stone who was convicted in federal court in November for obstructing Congress and witness tampering. The full text of Sen. Schumer's letter is available below and here: The Honorable Michael E. Horowitz Inspector General U.S. Department of Justice Washington, more...


Senate Republicans Block Democrats’ Requests To Consider Election Security Legislation

February 11, 2020

Senators Schumer, Warner, Wyden, and Blumenthal spoke on the Senate floor to request that the Senate immediately pass critical legislation to better safeguard our elections against foreign interference Washington, D.C. - Today, following the Senate’s bipartisan rebuke of President Trump’s attempts to interfere in the upcoming 2020 election, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer announced a new effort by Senate Democrats to pass legislation to safeguard our upcoming elections against outside more...


Schumer: Trump Admin Budget Again Cuts Funding Aimed At Fighting Corruption In Ukraine Further Proving Linchpin Of Trump Defense In Impeachment Trial Was Total Fabrication

February 10, 2020

Washington, D.C.— Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today released the following statement regarding the Trump administration’s budget proposal that again cuts funding aimed at fighting corruption in Ukraine. Specifically, the Trump administration’s latest budget again proposes a cut of $17 million in support for anti-corruption efforts in Ukraine from the International Narcotics Control and Law Enforcement program and more than a $100 million cut in support for anti-corruption more...


Senate Democrats Demand Housing Agency Remove Unprecedented Obstructions Of Puerto Rico Disaster Funds

February 10, 2020

"HUD's actions make it more difficult for our fellow Americans on the island to receive desperately needed assistance to protect their homes and communities from future disasters" WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), Senator Edward J. Markey (D-MA), Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and Senator more...

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