Press Releases

Schumer And Wyden Call For Investigation Into Potential Undue Influence On IRS Audits Of President Trump

October 8, 2020

Senators Schumer And Wyden Demand Investigation Into IRS Audits of President Trump, Including If White House Contacted IRS Regarding Trump’s Tax Returns Schumer And Wyden Write To Tax Inspector General George and Acting Treasury Inspector General Delmar To Ensure That No Interference Has Been Found In IRS Audits, And If Interference Exists, To Brief Congress And Take Immediate Enforcement Action In New Letter, Schumer And Wyden Seek Information About Whether There Is Evidence Of more...

Schumer Video On Trump Administration’s Forced Sterilization And Child Separation Policy At Detention Centers: “We Demand Accountability And Answers”

October 7, 2020

Brooklyn, NY— Following a New York Times article on an investigative report about the Trump administration’s family separation policy, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) released a video demanding answers and accountability from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) leadership on the appalling conditions at immigration detention facilities.

English video available HERE and Spanish version available HERE. Transcripts below:  


Schumer And Klobuchar Introduce Measure To Improve Health And Safety Around Senate Complex

October 7, 2020

Washington, D.C. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Senate Rules Committee Ranking Member Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) today unveiled S.Con.Res. 49, a resolution to address the health and safety concerns around the Senate. 


Schumer And Murray Slam White House’s Secretive Handling Of COVID-19 Super-Spreader Event As A Public Health Threat, Call For Transparency On Containment Measures

October 6, 2020

Washington, D.C. Today, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) wrote to White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows seeking information on the steps being taking to contain the virus following the COVID-19 super-spreader event that occurred at the White House last week. The Senators write that as this outbreak continues to grow, it is critical that the public and those who may have been exposed have access to accurate and transparent information, and say that to conceal this information is a public health threat that puts all who work at the White House complex in danger. 


Senate Democrats Raise Questions About Trump Administration’s Export Of Potential Missile Materials To China

October 5, 2020

Washington, D.C. - A group of leading national security Democrats today are raising an alarm over an approval by the Trump Administration to export over 227 tons of sensitive material critical to building missiles to the People's Republic of China. In a new letter to Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Senate Foreign Relation Committee Ranking Member Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban more...

Schumer: Republicans Must Halt Increasingly Reckless Supreme Court Nomination Process – Demands Thorough Testing Requirements

October 5, 2020

Brooklyn, N.Y.- Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today released the following statement in response to the Washington Post reporting last night that outside GOP advisors are "suggesting a system in which the committee vote would be held in the Senate chamber, with ill senators voting from the visitors' galleries above the floor so they can maintain distance": "The Republican leadership has truly lost touch with reality if it's contemplating marching COVID-stricken members to the more...

Schumer Says McConnell-Graham Decision To Move Forward With Judiciary Committee Hearing “Reckless And Dangerous”

October 3, 2020

Brooklyn, N.Y. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) today released the following statement in response to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Lindsay Graham's reckless decision to move forward with the Supreme Court Nomination Hearing: "The decision to recess the Senate for two weeks after at least three Republican Senators have tested positive for COVID-19 makes clear that the Senate cannot proceed with business as usual as the more...

Schumer, Feinstein Statement On Hearing Schedule For Supreme Court Nomination

October 2, 2020

Washington, D.C. — Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) today released the following statement in response to Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) committing to a hearing schedule for the Supreme Court nomination process amid news that individuals involved in the nomination process have contracted coronavirus: “It is premature for Chairman Graham to commit to a hearing schedule when we do not know the more...

Schumer Statement On President Trump Positive COVID Diagnosis

October 2, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) today released the following statement in response to President Trump testing positive for coronavirus: "I wish President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump and any White House staff members who are infected a speedy recovery. I join the nation in praying for the First Family's health and safety. "The infection of the President, First Lady and a close aide require that the White House immediately conduct a contact tracing more...

Schumer Floor Remarks Following Republicans Blocking The Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act

October 1, 2020

Washington, D.C. — Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) today spoke on the Senate floor after Senate Republicans blocked the Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act, which passed the House by voice vote a week ago. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks, which can also be viewed here:


Schumer Statement On Reports That The Trump White House Pressured The CDC To Downplay The Risks Posed To Students And Families By COVID-19 Pandemic

September 29, 2020

Brooklyn, N.Y. — Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) today released the following statement regarding reports that the Trump Administration pressured the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to minimize the virus threats to students and families from rushing to return to full in-person schooling:


SCHUMER: A Vote For Judge Amy Coney Barrett Is A Vote To Eliminate Health Care For Millions In The Middle Of A Pandemic

September 26, 2020

Brooklyn, N.Y. — Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) today released the following statement regarding President Trump’s nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the United States Supreme Court:

The American people should make no mistake—a vote by any Senator for Judge Amy Coney Barrett is a vote to strike down the Affordable Care Act and eliminate protections for millions of Americans with pre-existing conditions. By nominating Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, President Trump has once again put Americans’ healthcare in the crosshairs. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to rage, unabated by this Administration, healthcare was already the number one issue on the ballot in November. President Trump has promised to nominate Supreme Court Justices who will “terminate” our health care law and decimate the health care system for American Indians and Alaska Natives. In Judge Barrett, President Trump has found the deciding vote.


Democrats Call On Republicans To Stand For Science, Support Bill To Stop Trump Administration’s Political Interference In COVID-19 Response

September 22, 2020

Washington, D.C. –  Today, Democratic Leader, Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA), and 32 of their Senate Democratic colleagues introduced the Science and Transparency Over Politics (STOP) Act, legislation to fight back against political interference by the Trump Administration in the work of experts and the nation’s public health agencies to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.


What’s At Stake: A Vote To Confirm Any Trump SCOTUS Nominee Is A Vote To Strike Down Healthcare Coverage And Protections For Millions Of Americans During A Pandemic That Has Killed Nearly 200,000 Americans

September 21, 2020

Then-Candidate Donald Trump: "If I win the presidency, my judicial appointments will do the right thing unlike Bush's appointee John Roberts on ObamaCare."[Verified Twitter, 6/25/15] Then-Candidate Donald Trump: QUESTION: It's January 20, it's President Donald J. Trump. I know you like the sound of that. There are a lot of really old Supreme Court justices. There are a lot of really close, 5-4 Supreme Court decisions: Obamacare, Citizens United, voting rights. Give us a sense of whether or more...

Schumer Statement on the Three-year Anniversary of Hurricane Maria

September 20, 2020

Washington, D.C.- U.S. Democratic Leader Senator Chuck Schumer released the following statement today marking the third anniversary of Hurricane Maria making landfall on Puerto Rico: "Three years ago, we watched in horror as Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, claiming thousands of innocent American lives and causing the longest blackout in U.S. history. Today, after one of the worst natural disasters our nation's ever faced, many Puerto Ricans are still more...

Schumer Statement On FEMA Planning To Release Funding For Puerto Rico’s Electric Grid And Education System

September 18, 2020

Washington, D.C.— Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today released the following statement in response to an announcement that FEMA plans to release $9.6 billion for the repairment of Puerto Rico’s electrical grid and $2 billion for its education system:


Senate Democrats Unveil The America LEADS Act To Make Comprehensive Investments In American Workers, Competitiveness, Alliances, And Diplomacy To Confront The Rise of China

September 17, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Senate Foreign Relations Committee ranking member Bob Menendez (D-NJ), and Senate Democrats today introduced the America Labor, Economic competitiveness, Alliances, Democracy and Security (America LEADS) Act, Senate Democrats’ proposal for a new U.S.-China policy. The most comprehensive China legislation to date, the America LEADS Act seeks to recognize that only when we have a vibrant economy here at home can we truly more...

As New School Year Begins, Senators Schumer, Markey, Cantwell, Van Hollen, Bennet, Hassan, Schatz Lead Colleagues In Demanding Urgent Action By FCC To Connect Students To Online Learning

September 17, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Senator Edward J. Markey (D-MA), Ranking Member Maria Cantwell (D-WA), and Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), and Brian Schatz (D-HI) today led 30 of their colleagues in a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) urging it to immediately utilize the E-Rate program to provide internet connectivity to students at home. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, students across more...

Schumer, Warren: The Next President Can And Should Cancel Up To $50,000 In Student Loan Debt Immediately; Democrats Outline Plan For Immediate Action In 2021

September 17, 2020

Washington, D.C. –  Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and their colleagues introduced a resolution today outlining a bold plan for the next President of the United States to use existing authority under the Higher Education Act to cancel up to $50,000 in Federal student loan debt for Federal student loan borrowers. The resolution outlines how the President should use executive authority to cancel student loan debt and ensure there is no tax liability for Federal student loan borrowers resulting from administrative debt cancellation. Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress refuse to provide any immediate student debt cancellation for tens of millions of Americans, but Democrats will be ready to act starting in 2021. Joining the resolution are Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Richard J. Durbin (D-IL), Bernard Sanders (I-VT), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Edward J. Markey (D-MA), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Robert Menendez (D-NJ),  and Ron Wyden (D-OR).


Senate Democrats Call Out Republican Inaction And Hypocrisy On Venezuela TPS

September 16, 2020

Washington, D.C. –  Today, leading Senate Democrats attempted to pass H.R. 549 the Venezuela TPS Act of 2019. The live unanimous consent, requested by Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), was blocked by Republican Senator John Thune (R-SD) on behalf of Republican Senator Mike Lee (R-UT). Today marks the fourth time in the last year that Senate Republicans block legislation to designate Venezuela as a country under the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program.


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