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Schumer Statement On New Jobs Numbers: Now Is Not The Time To Be Complacent

June 5, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer released the following statement today in response to the latest jobs report, warning Republicans that, with unemployment above 13% and an ongoing public health crisis, now is not a time to be complacent:“With nearly 20 million people out of work and unemployment among African Americans increasing, now is not the time to be complacent or take a victory lap.“Thirteen percent unemployment is not ‘joyous’ or ‘stupendous’ as President more...


TRANSCRIPT: On MSNBC, Schumer Reacts To Latest Jobs Numbers, Says Now Is Not Time To Be Complacent And Senate Republicans Must Pass Necessary And Urgent Legislation To Address Ongoing Public Health And Economic Crises; Schumer Also Calls On McConnell To Hold Senate Vote On Law Enforcement Reform Legislation This Month

June 5, 2020

Washington, D.C. -Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today appeared on MSNBC Live and reacted to the latest jobs report, warning Republicans that, with unemployment above 13% and an ongoing public health crisis, now is not a time to be complacent. Senator Schumer also urged Senate Republicans to join Democrats to pass urgent and necessary legislation to address these ongoing crises roiling the lives of tens of millions of Americans and called on Leader McConnell to hold a Senate more...


Schumer, Warren, Rep. Velázquez Lead Democratic Lawmakers In Expressing Concern About The Department Of Education’s Conditions Imposed Upon Puerto Rico’s Access To Governor’s Education Emergency Relief And Elementary And Secondary Emergency Relief Funding

June 4, 2020

Washington, D.C.— Led by United States Senate Democratic Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY), 29 Members of Congress wrote the Department of Education in expressing concern on the conditions imposed upon Puerto Rico’s access to Governor’s Education Emergency Relief (GEER) and Elementary and Secondary Emergency Relief (ESSER) funding. The lawmakers ask that the Department use its authority to immediately disburse funding more...


Schumer Statement On President Trump’s Executive Order To Waive Environmental Review

June 4, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer released the following statement today in response to reporting that President Trump will sign an executive order to waive environmental review on major projects:“Environmental reviews are critical to the protection of public health and one of the last lines of defense to give communities of color, indigenous people and the poor a voice in major infrastructure projects that happen in their backyards. By signing this executive more...


Schumer Statement On Former Defense Secretary Mattis’ Denouncement Of President Trump

June 3, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer released the following statement today in response to the former Defense Secretary James Mattis’ rebuke of President Trump:“That Secretary Mattis, someone who President Trump used to hail as “Mad Dog Mattis”, felt so strongly the need to speak up today further underscores how devastatingly destructive Donald Trump is to our country as more...


TRANSCRIPT: On MSNBC’s All In With Chris Hayes, Sen. Schumer Rebukes Senate Republicans For Blocking Resolution To Condemn President Trump’s Unconstitutional Attacks On Peaceful Protesters

June 2, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today appeared on MSNBC’s All In With Chris Hayes and rebuked Senate Republicans for blocking a resolution that would condemn President Trump’s unconstitutional attack on peaceful protestors. Below is a transcript of the interview:Chris Hayes: Here with me now, Senator Chuck Schumer, Democratic Leader in the Senate, who has been critical of the use of force against peaceful protesters. What do you make of what happened last more...


Joint Schumer, Pelosi Statement On Trump Press Conference & Photo-Op

June 1, 2020

Washington, D.C. -Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement after President Trump tear-gassed peaceful protestors following a press conference in which he ordered troops to “dominate the streets”:“Across our country, Americans are protesting for an end to the pattern of racial injustice and brutality we saw most recently in the murder of George Floyd. “Yet, at a time when our country cries out for unification, this President is ripping it more...


Schumer Statement On Latest Unemployment Numbers And Senate Republicans’ Focus On Chasing Conspiracy Theories

May 28, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer released the following statement today in response to reporting on the latest unemployment numbers:“The cost of Republican inaction grows every day. More than 100,000 Americans have lost their lives and the number that have filed for unemployment has surpassed 40 million, but Senator McConnell and Senate Republicans are still more focused on peddling conspiracy theories to prop up President Trump than they are helping the more...


Schumer Statement On Trump Admin Announcement They Will Set Aside $10 Billion For CDFIs To Participate In The Paycheck Protection Program

May 28, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer released the following statement today after the Treasury Department and Small Business Administration announced they will set aside $10 billion for Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) to participate in the Paycheck Protection Program. Today’s announcement comes after Sen. Schumer has been pushing the administration to do this for months, including in an April letter and on many private phone calls with Secretary more...


Ahead Of The Upcoming Hurricane Season In The Caribbean, Schumer, Rep. Velázquez Lead Democratic Lawmakers In Seeking Answers on How FEMA Is Preparing To Respond To Storms That Hit Puerto Rico And The U.S. Virgin Islands

May 27, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Led by United States Senate Democratic Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) and Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY), 39 Members of Congress wrote the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) ahead of the upcoming hurricane season in the Caribbean, seeking answers to how FEMA is preparing to respond to a storm that hits Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands amidst the numerous other ongoing disasters and recovery efforts.The lawmakers wrote in the letter: “While we deeply hope more...


Schumer, Young, Khanna, Gallagher Unveil Endless Frontier Act To Bolster U.S. Leadership In Science And Tech Innovation And Dramatically Increase Investment In Emerging Tech As China Seeks To Leverage The Coronavirus Pandemic For Their Gain; Coronavirus Pandemic Exposed Enduring Consequences Of U.S. Underinvestment In Scientific Research

May 27, 2020

Schumer, Young, Khanna, Gallagher Push ‘Endless Frontier Act’ To Increase Investments In Discovery, Creation, And Commercialization Of Critical Tech To Preserve America’s Global Leadership Into The Middle Of The 21st CenturyBipartisan, Bicameral ‘Endless Frontier Act’ Proposes Expansion Of National Science Foundation, $100 Billion For Strategically Advancing Science and Tech R&D, And $10 Billion For Establishment Of Regional Technology Hubs Across The Country To Launch New more...


In Letter To SBA Administrator And Treasury Secretary, Schumer, Cardin, Shaheen, And Murray Call On Trump Admin To Stop Targeting Critical Health Care Providers Based On Political Ideology, Implement Loan Programs From CARES Act As Congress Intended

May 26, 2020


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Senator Duckworth Delivers Weekly Democratic Address

May 22, 2020

“While Mitch McConnell is trying to slow-walk the next relief package, claiming that he hasn’t yet, quote, ‘felt the urgency of acting immediately,’ the reality is that the folks I’m hearing from aren’t having any trouble feeling that urgency,” said Senator Duckworth (D-IL). “And I don’t know McConnell’s definition, but when more than 90,000 Americans, including more than 1,000 Veterans, have died in just three months, that certainly qualifies as urgent in my book.” Washington, D.C. - more...


Schumer Announces Opposition To Nomination Of Brian Miller To Be Special Inspector General For Pandemic Recovery

May 19, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today released the following statement following his phone conversation with Brian Miller, President Trump’s nominee to be inspector general for pandemic recovery:“Having a genuine watchdog to oversee the Trump administration’s use of unprecedented levels of taxpayer funds in this pandemic is critically important. In my call with Mr. Miller, he did not convince me that he had the necessary independence to do this job. Mr. Miller more...


TRANSCRIPT: On MSNBC, Schumer Calls Trump Announcement He Takes Unproven Drug Reckless, Says Firing Inspectors General Shows Aversion To Truth

May 18, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer tonight appeared on MSNBC and called President Trump’s announcement that he takes the unproven drug, hydroxychloroquine, reckless and says that Trump’s firing of inspectors general shows his aversion to truth. Below is a transcript of the interview:Steve Kornacki: And I am joined by the Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York. Senator, good evening. Thank you for joining us.Sen. Schumer: Good evening, Steve. more...


TRANSCRIPT: On MSNBC, Schumer Says President Trump Needs To Focus On Testing; Schumer Says Pres. Trump Often Has Grandiose Announcements And Then No Follow Up

May 15, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today appeared on MSNBC and emphasized that President Trump needs to focus on ramping up testing and that the president often makes grandiose announcements without following through. Below is a transcript of the interview:Nicole Wallace: Joining our conversation, New York Democratic Senator and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.Sen. Schumer: Good afternoon.Nicole Wallace: Senator Schumer, it's refreshing I guess these days to more...


ICYMI: Leader Schumer, Sen. Booker, Rep. Pressley, And 80+ Democratic Colleagues Call For Federal Civil Rights Investigation Into Ahmaud Arbery Murder

May 13, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today joined U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (MA-07), and more than 80 of their colleagues in the House and Senate in calling on the Department of Justice (DOJ) to launch a criminal civil rights investigation into the murder of Ahmaud Arbery and an independent investigation into local authorities’ handling of the case. The lawmakers urged DOJ to investigate these matters swiftly and thoroughly more...


In New Amicus Brief, Entire Senate Dem Caucus Fights To Protect Americans’ Health Care & Slams Republican Efforts To Rip Coverage From Millions Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

May 13, 2020

All 47 Senate Democrats Say The Affordable Care Act’s Individual Mandate Is Constitutional, Highlight Bipartisan Agreement That Congress Did Not Intend To Repeal The ACA—Consequences of Republican Goal To Repeal The Affordable Care Act Would Be Catastrophic, Destroying Critical Pre-Existing Conditions Protections For More Than 100 Million, And Could Increase Uninsured Rate By 65%Washington, D.C. - The entire Senate Democratic caucus, led by Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), more...


Schumer Statement In Support Of The Heroes Act, House Democrats’ New, Urgently-Needed Emergency Coronavirus Relief Legislation

May 12, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today released the following statement in support of The Heroes Act, House Democrats’ new, urgently-needed emergency coronavirus relief legislation:“The American people need their government to act strongly, boldly and wisely, and this new legislation is just what this crisis demands.“Senator McConnell and Senate Republicans ought to heed the lessons of U.S. history and not repeat the mistakes made by President Hoover that helped more...


Schumer Statement On Sen. McConnell Saying GOP Feels No Urgency To Act Immediately To Address Health And Economic Crises

May 11, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer released the following statement after Senator McConnell said that Senate Republicans have “yet to feel the urgency of acting immediately” to address the health and economic crises, despite record unemployment numbers and widespread reports of families going hungry and not being able to afford rent:“For Senator McConnell to say Republicans have not ‘yet felt the urgency of acting immediately’ shows they are trapped in an alternate more...

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