Press Releases

On MSNBC’s ‘All In With Chris Hayes’, Schumer Slams Senate GOP’s Partisan, “Weak Tea” Approach To Addressing COVID-19 Public Health And Economic Crises, Touts House-Passed Heroes Act

July 20, 2020

Washington, D.C.—Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today appeared on MSNBC’s All In With Chris Hayes and railed against the partisan, behind-closed-doors efforts of Leader McConnell and the Senate GOP to draft a lackluster bill to address the coronavirus pandemic and instead called for Senate action on the House-passed Heroes Act. Schumer also decried President Trump’s failures to keep Americans as safe as possible from the coronavirus. Below is a transcript of the interview:Ali more...


Schumer Floor Remarks On The Passing Of Civil Rights Icon Congressman John Lewis And The Work That Still Needs To Be Done

July 20, 2020

Washington, D.C.—Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today spoke on the Senate floor, commemorating the life of civil rights icon Congressman John Lewis and discussing the ongoing fight for racial equality and justice. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks, which can also be viewed here: On Friday, July 17, after six decades as one of our nation’s most preeminent civil rights leaders, Congressman John Lewis, the “Conscience of Congress,” passed away at the age of 80. His trials more...


Schumer Statement On Passing Of Congressman John Lewis

July 20, 2020

Brooklyn, N.Y.— Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today released the following statement on the passing of Congressman John Lewis: “There are very few people who you can say truly changed the world for the better; John Lewis is certainly at the top of that list. “From risking his life in Selma to remaining the ‘Conscience of Congress’ in the House, Representative John Lewis devoted his life to fighting for equality and for the civil rights of every single American, and ensuring a more...


Ahead Of Anticipated Influx Of Mail-In Ballots During November 2020 Elections, Senate Democrats Call For Disclosure Of Postal Service Plan To Maintain Integrity Of U.S. Election Infrastructure

July 20, 2020

Washington, D.C.—Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Senate Committee on Rules and Administration Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Ranking Member Tom Carper (D-DE), Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) today released a letter sent to U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy requesting information on established plans and steps taken by the Postal Service to prepare for the influx of election mail caused by the coronavirus more...


TRANSCRIPT: On Call With Frontline Workers & AFSCME President, Schumer Demands Immediate Senate Action On House-Passed Heroes Act

July 17, 2020

Brooklyn, N.Y.— Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today on a press call with AFSCME President Lee Saunders and front-line workers discussed the urgent need to pass at least $1 trillion in aid to states, cities, and towns upon return from the Senate’s two-week July recess: Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, state and local governments have had to ratchet up their spending, ripping huge holes in their budgets and drawing from their reserves, as they face significant losses of revenue more...


Schumer Blasts Trump Administration for Hiding COVID Data From Public

July 16, 2020

Glens Falls, N.Y.— Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today at a press conference in Glens Falls, NY responded to the Trump administration hiding CDC data on coronavirus cases from the public: “This crisis is the worst health crisis we've had in a hundred years since the Spanish Flu hit America 1919 and 1920. You cannot sweep it under the rug. You cannot hide the facts. Because President Trump says this is nothing, ‘it will go away,’ doesn't mean it goes away. And that's one of more...


Leader Schumer, Senate Democrats Announce Historic Proposal For $350 Billion Investment In Communities Of Color

July 16, 2020

Leader Schumer And Senate Democrats Today Announced The Economic Justice Act, A Major New Proposal To Make $350 Billion In Immediate And Long-Term Investments In Black Communities And Communities Of Color Senate Democrats’ Economic Justice Act Would Seek To Reprogram Hundreds Of Billions Of Unspent CARES Act Funds Given To Dept. Of Treasury To Prop Up Wall Street And Big Corporations Senate Democrats: Congress Has Underfunded Critical Priorities In Communities Of Color more...


Schumer Statement On Trump Plan To Weaken Environmental Standards

July 15, 2020

Washington, D.C.— Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today released following statement in response to the Trump administration’s proposal to weaken environmental standards: “President Trump is once again coddling corporate polluters instead of fighting for the public’s health and clean air and clean water. Environmental reviews under NEPA give communities of color, indigenous people, and the poor a voice to fight back against pollution-creating projects in their backyards. Donald Trump is more...


Schumer Statement On President Trump Commuting The Sentence Of Roger Stone

July 10, 2020

Washington, D.C.— Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today released the following statement in response to President Trump’s commutation of his longtime friend’s prison sentence for felony crimes:“The American ideal of equal justice under the law is once again being undermined by a lawless president who regards the Justice Department as his personal plaything.“By refusing to hold President Trump accountable, the Republican Party bears responsibility for his more...


Schumer Statement On Supreme Court Rulings That President Trump Is Not Above The Law

July 9, 2020

Washington, D.C.— Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today released following statement after the Supreme Court ruled in Trump v. Vance and Trump v. Mazars USA, LLP that no one, not even the president, is above the law:“No matter how much he wishes it to be true, President Trump is not king. In a devastating blow to President Trump and his enablers in the Republican party, the Supreme Court today upheld a fundamental tenet of our democracy that no one is above the law."Sadly, today’s more...


Schumer Statement On Supreme Court Rulings That President Trump Is Not Above The Law

July 9, 2020

Washington, D.C.— Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today released following statement after the Supreme Court ruled in Trump v. Vance and Trump v. Mazars USA, LLP that no one, not even the president, is above the law:“No matter how much he wishes it to be true, President Trump is not king. In a devastating blow to President Trump and his enablers in the Republican party, the Supreme Court today upheld a fundamental tenet of our democracy that no one is above the law."Sadly, today’s more...


Senate Democrats Demand Full Implementation & Enforcement Of The Death In Custody Reporting Act

July 7, 2020

Washington, D.C.— Senate Democrats today wrote Attorney General William Barr, calling for the immediate, full implementation and enforcement of the Death in Custody Reporting Act.“One stark, staggering fact is that there exists no reliable metric on the number of law enforcement-related deaths that occur each year because DOJ has failed to implement and enforce the DCRA,” the senators wrote. “To be clear, the DCRA will not alone solve the underlying problem. We acknowledge that the data more...


Schumer Statement On SBA Public Release Of Some Paycheck Protection Program Borrowing Information

July 6, 2020

Washington, D.C.— Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today released following statement after the Small Business Administration publicly released some data about businesses and non-profits that received loans from the Paycheck Protection Program:“While it’s a good start that the administration has finally started to make public some information about which small businesses received PPP loans, it’s a shame it took this long and so much pressure from Democrats for it to happen. Make no more...


Senator Carper Delivers Weekly Democratic Address

July 3, 2020

“If President Trump refuses to lead, then he should at the very least stop actively trying to sabotage the health care on which millions are more dependent than ever,” said Senator Carper (D-DE). “Today, our message is simple: stop attacking Delawareans and Americans’ life-saving care because we simply can’t overcome this public health crisis without access to quality care.”Washington, D.C. - Following the Trump administration asking the Supreme Court to strike down the Affordable Care more...


Senators Schumer, Warren, Reps. Chuy García And Lee Introduce Legislation To Extend Nation-Wide Moratorium On Evictions

July 2, 2020

The Protecting Renters From Evictions And Fees Act Would Extend And Expand The Eviction Moratorium For Renters That Ends On July 24, 2020 Unless ExtendedLawmakers Urge Congress To Pass Their Bill To Help Mitigate The Hardship Many Americans Continue To Or Will Experience Due To The Economic Ramifications Of The Coronavirus CrisisBill Text (PDF) | Bill Summary (PDF)Washington, DC - United States Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), along with Senator Elizabeth Warren more...


Schumer Statement On CBO Projection Of Long-Term Economic Damage Caused By Coronavirus Pandemic

July 2, 2020

Washington, D.C.— Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today released following statement in response to the CBO projection of the long-term economic damage caused by the coronavirus pandemic:“Today’s CBO projection makes clear that absent additional action from Congress, millions of Americans, particularly people of color and lower-wage workers, will remain out of work for years to come. As new COVID cases rise, businesses close once again, and workers face painful layoffs for a more...


Schumer, Pelosi Joint Statement Following Gang Of 8 Briefing On Russian Bounties On U.S. Troops In Afghanistan

July 2, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement following a classified Gang of 8 briefing on reports of Russian bounties on U.S. troops serving in Afghanistan:“Force protection is a primary purpose of intelligence. It should have the same importance to the Commander-in-Chief. Any reports of threats on our troops must be pursued relentlessly. “These reports are coming to light in the context of the President being soft on more...


Schumer Statement On New Jobs Report

July 2, 2020

Washington, D.C.— Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today released following statement in response to the latest jobs report, warning that unless President Trump and Republicans finally work with Democrats to provide additional federal fiscal relief, the economic pain in America will only worsen:“Today’s jobs report may just be a slight peak in a much larger valley, and unless President Trump demonstrates real leadership in fighting the health crisis and Senate Republicans get more...


Sens. Schumer, Booker, Peters Introduce Resolution Defending USPS, Urging More Funding To Offset COVID-19 Losses

July 1, 2020

The USPS Provides Vital Services For Millions Of Americans, But Currently Lacks The Funding Needed To Stay AfloatWashington, D.C.— Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), and U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, introduced a resolution outlining the importance of the U.S. Postal Service and urging increased funding in the next COVID-19 relief package to help the key more...


Leader Schumer And Ranking Member Wyden Introduce Bold, New Legislation To Extend Expanded Unemployment Insurance & Require Program Continue Providing Benefits Until Each State’s Economic Conditions Improve

July 1, 2020

Sens. Schumer And Wyden Call For Long-Term Unemployment Insurance Support As States Grapple With Sharp Rise In COVID-19 Cases New Proposal Would Take Politics Out Of Extending Unemployment Insurance And Protect Working Families’ Living StandardsWashington, D.C.—Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Senate Committee on Finance Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR) today introduced the American Workforce Rescue Act, bold, new legislation that would establish “automatic more...

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