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In Response To Schumer Request For National Security & Privacy Review Of FaceApp, FBI Says Any App Or Similar Product Developed In Russia – Including FaceApp – Are A Potential Counterintelligence Threat

December 2, 2019

FBI Responds To Leader Schumer July 2019 Request, Says It Considers Apps Like FaceApp To Be A Potential Counterintelligence Threat FBI Emphasizes That The Data Collection, Privacy And Terms Of Use Policies, And Potential For Russian Gov't Access To User Data Make Russia-Based Applications Potential Security Threats To U.S. Leader Schumer: Now That FBI Confirmed FaceApp And Apps Like It Are Potential Counterintelligence Threats To U.S., Americans Should Consider Deleting Apps Like FaceApp more...


Schumer Statement On the Departure of Navy Secretary Spencer

November 24, 2019

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today released the following statement on the departure of Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer from the Trump administration: "I just spoke to former Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer. I told him he's a patriot, that he served the Navy and the nation well and he will be missed. Secretary Spencer did the right thing and he should be proud of standing up to President Trump when he was wrong, something too many in this more...


Schumer Statement On President Trump’s Refusal To Commit To Signing The Hong Kong Human Rights And Democracy Act

November 22, 2019

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today released the following statement after President Trump this morning refused to commit to signing the bipartisan Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act: "Make no mistake: President Trump's words today do not reflect what the American people or the Congress think about President Xi's oppressive policies toward the people of Hong Kong. For a guy who promised to be tough on China, President Trump's reliable deference to President more...


Leader Schumer, Sen. Cotton Lead Bipartisan Letter To President Trump Requesting He Take Immediate Action To Suspend Approval Of Licenses That Allow Some U.S. Companies To Do Business With Huawei

November 21, 2019

In New Letter To President Trump, Bipartisan Group Of Senators Express Concern With Dept. Of Commerce's Reported Issuance Of Export Licenses, Which Allow Some U.S. Firms To Conduct Business With Huawei, But Without Adequate Assessment Of National Security Risks The Senators Say License Approvals Could Leave U.S. Telecommunications Infrastructure Open To Serious Threats And Note That President Trump Said He Had No Interest In Doing Business With Huawei, And That Natl. Security Experts Widely more...


Schumer Applauds House Passage Of Hong Kong Human Rights And Democracy Act; Calls On President Trump To Quickly Sign Legislation Into Law

November 21, 2019

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act sending the legislation to President Trump’s desk for his signature. Senator Schumer called on President Trump to quickly sign the legislation into law:“With the House passage of the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, Congress is sending a strong message to President Xi and the Chinese Communist more...


Schumer Statement On New Defense Intelligence Agency Assessment That Says President Trump’s Precipitous Withdrawal From Syria Has Strengthened ISIS

November 19, 2019

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today released the following statement after a new DIA assessment, part of a quarterly report disclosed by the Pentagon's inspector general, confirmed that President Trump's precipitous withdrawal of troops from Syria has strengthened the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS): "This new assessment from the Defense Intelligence Agency confirms many of our worst fears: that the president's precipitous withdrawal of troops from northern more...


Senators Schumer, Hassan, Peters Raise Concerns Over Funding Shortfall To State, Local Cybersecurity Support

November 19, 2019

Senators' Letter Follows Outreach From New Hampshire's Information Technology Commissioner About Department Of Homeland Security Proposed Budget Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH), and Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Ranking Member Gary Peters (D-MI) called on the Department of Homeland Security to resolve the shortfall in funding to the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC) and the more...


Top Democrats On Key Senate Committees Unveil Principles For Comprehensive Federal Privacy Legislation

November 18, 2019

New Senate Dem Principles - A Framework For Comprehensive Federal Privacy Legislation - Would Strengthen Consumer And Civil Rights, Invigorate Competition, Establish Privacy Safeguards And Impose Real Accountability Led By Senators Maria Cantwell (Commerce Committee), Dianne Feinstein (Judiciary Committee), Sherrod Brown (Banking Committee) And Patty Murray (HELP Committee), Senate Democrats Say New Principles Should Be The Baseline For Any Comprehensive Federal Privacy And Data more...


Schumer Statement On Department Of Commerce Granting Huawei Another License Extension

November 18, 2019

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today released the following statement after the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) of the U.S. Department of Commerce announced that it will extend the Temporary General License (TGL) to Huawei and its non-U.S. affiliates: "If President Trump and his Commerce Department agree that Huawei is a national security threat, they should start acting like it. Every day President Trump is soft on Huawei, the Chinese Communist Party takes more...


Ahead Of Public Testimony Of Lt. Col. Vindman, Schumer Calls On Pentagon To Protect Military Whistleblowers From Reprisals, And Notify Personnel Of Legal Rights To Make Disclosures To Congress

November 18, 2019

In New Letter To Secretary Of Defense Mark Esper, Leader Schumer Requests That The Defense Department Formally Notify All Civilian And Military Personnel Of Their Legal Rights To Make Protected Disclosures To Congress-Free From Retaliation After Continued Attacks, Leader Schumer Says DOD Officials Must Do More To Protect Whistleblowers Like Lt. Col. Vindman And Cooper, Live Up To Past Commitment To Transparency Leader Schumer To Secretary Esper: They Are Patriots Standing Up For The more...


Schumer Statement On Roger Stone Conviction

November 15, 2019

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today released the following statement after a federal jury convicted Roger Stone, President Trump's longtime confidant, for lying to Congress and witness tampering: "The jury's decision is a victory for truth and sends a powerful and timely message to President Trump and all House and Senate witnesses-past, present, and future-that lying to Congress, witness tampering, and obstruction of Congress are crimes and those who commit crimes do so at more...


Schumer Statement Following The School Shooting In California, Calling For A Vote On The House-Passed Bipartisan Universal Background Checks Legislation

November 14, 2019

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today released the following statement in response the school shooting today in Santa Clarita, California. Senator Schumer also called on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to bring H.R. 8, the house-passed, bipartisan universal background checks legislation, up for a vote: "My heart aches for the victims, survivors, their families, and the entire community impacted by today's school shooting in California. The fact that the shooting occurred more...


Schumer Statement After The Republican-Controlled Senate Confirmed Chad Wolf To Be DHS Under Secretary

November 13, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today released the following statement after the Republican-controlled Senate confirmed Chad Wolf to be Under Secretary for the Office of Strategy, Policy and Plans at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS): "By confirming Chad Wolf to, in effect, serve as acting DHS Secretary, Senate Republicans have subverted the Senate's constitutional duty to advise and consent and potentially robbed the Senate from ever voting on a permanent Secretary of more...


In New Letter To U.S. Army Secretary, Leader Schumer Raises Concerns Regarding Army’s Plan To Use TikTok For Recruitment Given The Unanswered Questions About The China-Owned Company’s Potential National Security Risks

November 12, 2019

Leader Schumer Sends Letter To Secretary McCarthy Expressing Concern About U.S. Army Use Of TikTok Platform Amid Growing Concern From Natl. Security Experts About TikTok Use Of User Data,  And On Heels Of Leader Schumer’s Request For Assessment Of Risks,  And Reports Of CFIUS Investigation Into TikTok Parent Company  Leader Schumer Asks Series Of Key Questions, Including Whether Army Has Consulted The Intelligence Community And Department Of Homeland Security About Security Risks, And Whether more...


Schumer Statement On New Senate Foreign Relations Committee Report On President Trump’s Decision To Terminate Temporary Protected Status (TPS)

November 7, 2019

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today released the following statement in response to a new report released by Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Member Bob Menendez (D-NJ) detailing the role the U.S. Department of State under President Trump played in terminating TPS designations for El Salvador, Honduras, and Haiti: "This damning investigation shows that in their political mad dash to punish immigrants no matter the cost, President Trump and his administration defied more...


Ahead Of Pres. Trump’s Meeting With Erdogan, Schumer & Top Senate Democrats Send Letter To POTUS Demanding Congress Be Provided With A Comprehensive Plan That Addresses A Number Of Key Unanswered Questions About Trump Admin.’s Efforts To Counter The Resurging ISIS Threat

November 7, 2019

Ahead Of Pres. Trump's Meeting With Erdogan, Amid Secretary Pompeo's Ongoing Refusal To Brief Senators, On Heels Of The Special Democratic Caucus Meeting With Former Special Presidential Envoy For The Global Coalition To Counter ISIS, Brett McGurk, And Following President Trump's Disastrous Decision To Precipitously Withdraw From Syria And Desert The Syrian Kurds, Schumer And Top Senate Democrats Send New Letter To President Trump Demanding Comprehensive Plan To Counter ISIS Threat Top more...


Schumer Demands DOE Inspector General And OGE Director Investigate Faulty Ethics Program Managed By Nominee For FERC Commissioner James Danly

November 5, 2019

Prior To Danly's Confirmation Hearing, Leader Schumer Sends Letter To Department Of Energy Inspector General Donaldson And Office Of Government Ethics Director Rounds Urging An Investigation Of The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's Ethics Program, Which Has Provided Inconsistent And Inaccurate Ethics Advice Leader Schumer Expresses Serious Concern With Consequences Of Faulty Ethics Advice Under General Counsel Danly, Including Delays To Important Energy Projects, Exposure Of Previous more...


In Senator Mitch McConnell’s Legislative Graveyard, Senate Republicans Block Commonsense Legislation To Secure Our Elections, Protect Americans’ Health Care, And Safeguard Pensions Earned By Working Americans

November 5, 2019

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans have turned the Senate into a legislative graveyard, refusing to take action on critical legislation that already has bipartisan support. More than 250 House-passed bills are buried in Leader McConnell's legislative graveyard, and that number continues to grow. "Republicans have kept the Senate at a standstill while urgently needed bills to protect our elections against the threat of foreign interference, protect Americans' health care, more...


In Senator Mitch McConnell’s Legislative Graveyard, Senate Republicans Block Commonsense Legislation To Secure Our Elections, Protect Americans’ Health Care, And Safeguard Pensions Earned By Working Americans

November 5, 2019

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans have turned the Senate into a legislative graveyard, refusing to take action on critical legislation that already has bipartisan support. More than 250 House-passed bills are buried in Leader McConnell's legislative graveyard, and that number continues to grow. "Republicans have kept the Senate at a standstill while urgently needed bills to protect our elections against the threat of foreign interference, protect Americans' health care, more...


Schumer Statement In Response To Reports Of U.S. Government Investigation Into The National Security Risks Posed By TikTok-Owner ByteDance’s Acquisition Of Musical.ly App

November 1, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today released the following statement, following reports that the U.S. government is investigating TikTok-owner ByteDance's acquisition of the Musical.ly app for potential national security risks. This investigation comes after Senators Chuck Schumer and Tom Cotton (R-AR) sent a letter last week to the Acting Director of National Intelligence requesting an assessment of the national security risks posted by TikTok and other China-based content more...

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