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In New Letter, Schumer Calls On President Trump To Designate A Senior Military Officer As "Czar" For Both Production And Distribution Of Desperately Needed Medical Equipment; Schumer Says Present Personnel Not Up To The Job

April 2, 2020

In New Letter, Leader Schumer Calls For Designation Of Senior Military Officer To Lead And Implement A Government-Wide Plan For Increased Production, Procurement, And Distribution Of Critical Medical Devices And Equipment Leader Schumer Says Inadequacy Of Administration’s Response Hurting Americans And Requires Immediate Action; Well-Documented Shortages Of Medical Equipment Beyond Acute In NY And Other Hard-Hit Areas, And Expected Soon In Other Parts Of The CountyLeader Schumer To more...


TRANSCRIPT: On MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Sen. Schumer Called On The Administration To Appoint A Military Official As Czar For Production And Distribution Of Desperately Needed Medical Equipment And Demanded The Administration Move Heaven And Earth To Get Unemployment Checks Out

April 2, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today appeared on MSNBC’s Morning Joe. Sen. Schumer called on the Trump administration to appoint a military official as czar for production and distribution of desperately needed medical equipment. He also demanded that the administration move heaven and earth to get unemployment checks out to Americans. Below is a transcript of the interview:Mika Brzezinski: Joining us now, the top-ranking Democrat in the Senate, Minority more...


Schumer, Cardin, Sanders, And Coons Call On Small Business Administration To Quickly Implement CARES Act Programs Designed To Help Small Businesses And Nonprofits Stay Afloat Amid Public Health Crisis

April 2, 2020

In New Letter To SBA Administrator Carranza, Senators Schumer, Cardin, Sanders, And Coons Call For Swift Implementation Of CARES Act Programs Designed To Keep Small Businesses And Nonprofits Afloat During Coronavirus CrisisThe Senators Emphasize That COVID-19 Has Wreaked Havoc On Employers And Their Workers Across Every Industry And Request Release Of Guidance Clarifying SBA’s Plan To Quickly Implement These Urgently Needed ProgramsSchumer, Cardin, Sanders, And Coons to SBA Admin. more...


Schumer: New Unemployment Numbers Show Trump Admin Must Move Heaven And Earth To Quickly Deliver New Expanded Benefits To Americans Who Need It

April 2, 2020

Washington, D.C. — Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today released the following statement after the Labor Department reported more than 6 million people filed for unemployment benefits in the week of March 27: “Today’s jobless report shows the grim reality of the coronavirus’s crippling effect on our economy and working families. The Department of Labor must move heaven and earth to—as quickly as possible—get the expanded unemployment benefits Congress passed last week into the more...


Schumer: President Trump Must Appoint A Military Official As Czar For Both Production And Distribution Of Desperately Needed Medical Equipment; Schumer Says Present Personnel Not Up To The Job

April 1, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today spoke on CNN’s Erin Burnett OutFront about the need for President Trump to fully invoke the Defense Production Act and immediately appoint a military official to coordinate both the production and distribution of desperately needed medical equipment to the states. Leader Schumer also called for giving frontline coronavirus workers hazard pay. Below is a transcript of the interview:Erin Burnett: OutFront now, the more...


TRANSCRIPT: On NPR’s All Things Considered, Schumer Calls For Hazard Pay For Frontline Coronavirus Workers

April 1, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today spoke on NPR’s All Things Considered about the impact of the coronavirus on New York and called for hazard pay for frontline coronavirus workers. Below is a transcript of the interview:Mary Louise Kelly: Let's bring in one of those leaders Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, Democrat of New York. Senator Schumer, welcome.Sen. Schumer: Good afternoon, Mary Louise.Mary Louise Kelly: I know you are joining us on the line more...


TRANSCRIPT: On MSNBC, Schumer Calls For Hazard Pay For Frontline Workers And Urges Trump To Appoint A Military General To Coordinate Mask And Ventilator Distribution To States

April 1, 2020

Schumer Also Calls For Big, Bold, Green Infrastructure Bill And For Trump Admin To Get Funding For Expanded Unemployment Insurance To States Immediately Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today appeared on MSNBC and called for hazard pay for frontline workers and for President Trump to immediately appoint a military general to coordinate personal protective equipment (PPE) and ventilator distribution to states under the Defense Production Act. Below is more...


Schumer, Wyden, Sanders Call On Department Of Labor To Do “Everything Possible” To Expedite Unemployment Benefits

April 1, 2020

Washington, D.C.— Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY), Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Finance, and Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on the Budget Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) sent a letter urging Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia “to do everything” within the power of the Department of Labor to help states rapidly disburse unemployment benefits to millions of Americans in desperate financial need.Due to a record-breaking 3.3 million more...


Schumer, Brown, Wyden Call On Mnuchin To Defend The Creation Of A Special Inspector General For Pandemic Recovery (SIGPR) From Being Undermined By The Trump Administration

March 31, 2020

Senators To Mnuchin: The SIGPR’s Structure Is Your Structure, Defend It Washington, D.C.— Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY), U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, Urban Affairs, and Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Finance today sent a letter to Secretary Mnuchin raising the alarm regarding President Trump’s signing statement for the “Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security more...


Schumer Statement On Appointment Of Acting DOD Inspector General Glenn Fine To Chair Pandemic Response Accountability Committee

March 30, 2020

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today released the following statement regarding the appointment of Department of Defense Acting Inspector General Glenn Fine to chair the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee, one of several accountability and transparency mechanisms Democrats built into the CARES Act:“Democrats built robust, multilayered accountability and transparency mechanisms in the CARES Act to ensure taxpayer funds are properly used to protect workers and more...


Schumer Statement On Final Passage Of Historic Bipartisan Coronavirus Response Legislation That Puts Workers And Public Health First

March 27, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today released the following statement after the House passed in a bipartisan way the historic Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act:“With this bill, Congress has established strong, comprehensive programs—like a Marshall Plan for our hospitals and health system, help for small businesses, unemployment insurance on steroids, strict oversight, transparency and accountability measures and more—that put workers more...


Senator Peters Delivers Weekly Democratic Address

March 27, 2020

“As cases of coronavirus are skyrocketing, I, along with my Senate Democratic colleagues, are working to protect the health and safety of people across our nation,” said Senator Peters (D-MI). “The sweeping legislation we’ve passed is an important step as we navigate this crisis, but it’s not the last action we’ll need to take. We don’t know how long this pandemic will last, but you can count us to be there every step of the way.”Washington, D.C. - As the coronavirus pandemic continues more...


TRANSCRIPT: On CNN’s New Day Sen. Schumer Outlined The Bipartisan Agreement On Coronavirus Response Legislation That Puts Workers And Public Health First

March 25, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today appeared on CNN’s New Day and discussed the bipartisan agreement on coronavirus response legislation that prioritizes workers and public health. Below is a transcript of the interview:John Berman: Breaking overnight, after five days of negotiations, there is an agreement on a huge $2 trillion rescue package, which is really the largest spending bill in U.S. history. Joining me now is Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of more...


TRANSCRIPT: On CNN’s Situation Room, Schumer Provides Update on Coronavirus Response Legislation Negotiations; Schumer Says US Needs Marshall Plan for Hospitals And Any Stimulus Legislation Must Put Workers And People First

March 21, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today appeared on CNN’s Situation Room and provided an update on negotiations for Phase 3 Coronavirus response legislation. Below is a transcript of the interview:Wolf Blitzer: Joining us now, Chuck Schumer. Senator, thanks so much for joining us, I should call you Leader Schumer. Thank you so much for joining us. So, where do the talks stand right now on this new huge economic stimulus package?Sen. Schumer: Well, I've had two good more...


TRANSCRIPT: On MSNBC’s AM Joy, Schumer Pushes For Coronavirus Response Legislation That Puts Workers And People First

March 21, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today appeared on MSNBC’s AM Joy and discussed the need for Coronavirus response legislation that puts workers and people first. Below is a transcript of the interview:Joy-Ann Reid: Thank you so much, sir. So the challenge that I think those of us are looking at what Republicans seem to be proposing with Steve Mnuchen's support is a one-time check of $1,200, which does nothing to pay monthly bills if this goes longer than a month, more...


Schumer, Warren, And Wyden Unveil Plan To Increase Benefits By $200 Per Month For All Social Security Beneficiaries

March 21, 2020

Washington, D.C.— Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR) today unveiled a plan to increase by $200 the monthly benefit for all Social Security, Veterans, and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) beneficiaries through the end of 2021, which would improve the lives of millions of Americans and help our economy stabilize and recover from the national emergency caused by the spread of the more...


Schumer, Pelosi Joint Statement On Sen. McConnell’s Coronavirus Phase 3 Legislative Proposal

March 19, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi released the following joint statement in response to Leader McConnell’s latest coronavirus proposal:“We are beginning to review Senator McConnell’s proposal and on first reading, it is not at all pro-worker and instead puts corporations way ahead of workers.” more...


Schumer, Pelosi Joint Statement On Coronavirus Phase 3 Legislation

March 19, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi released the following joint statement regarding their vision for new legislation to aid those suffering in response to the coronavirus pandemic:“House and Senate Democrats are united in our commitment to using all tools available to help fight the coronavirus outbreak like the health crisis it is and make sure all workers are protected from the loss of a paycheck or that no family falls into more...


TRANSCRIPT: On MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Schumer Says Congress Must Put Workers First In Any Economic Stimulus Legislation; Says US Needs Marshall Plan For Hospitals, Health Care System To Ensure Testing & Treatment To All Who Need It Due To Coronavirus Outbreak

March 19, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today appeared on MSNBC’s Morning Joe and discussed the need for a Marshall Plan to combat the growing coronavirus crisis. Below is a transcript of the interview:Mika Brzezinski: Let's bring in Senate Minority Leader, Democrat Chuck Schumer of New York. We have a lot to talk to you about, senator. Let's start with the numbers in New York. How do they relate to the number of tests that are out there? Do you have enough tests —Sen. more...


Schumer, Murray, Brown, And Warren Unveil Bold, New Plan To Cancel Student Loan Payments For Duration Of Coronavirus Emergency And Provide Minimum $10K Payoff For All Federal Student Loan Borrowers

March 19, 2020

Sens. Schumer, Murray, Brown, And Warren’s New Proposal Would Provide Immediate, Much-Needed Relief To Federal Student Loan Borrowers Through Minimum $10K In Student Loan Payments New Proposal Would Authorize Congress To Make Monthly Payments On Behalf Of Borrowers For Duration Of National Emergency And Be Followed By 3-Month Grace Period At Program TerminationSchumer, Murray, Brown, And Warren: Borrowers Need Immediate Relief From Financial Strain Of Student Loan Debt Amid Coronavirus more...

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