Press Releases

ROUNDUP: Amid Trump Administration Failure To Provide Sufficient Coronavirus Testing, Senate Democrats Introduce $30 Billion Plan To Dramatically Ramp Up Testing Nationwide

April 16, 2020

Washington Post: “Schumer And Democratic Sens. Patty Murray, Debbie Stabenow And Dick Durbin Argued … That The Trump Administration Needs To Expand Testing To Give Americans The Confidence To Go Back To Work And Resume Their Normal Lives.” Axios: “Senate Democratic Leadership Announced Wednesday A Plan, Authored By Sen. Patty Murray, That Calls For $30 Billion In Emergency Funds To Bolster National Coronavirus Testing And Contact Tracing.”Seattle Times: Patty Murray And Other Senate more...


TRANSCRIPT: On Press Call, Schumer And Senate Democrats Announce A $30 Billion Comprehensive National Testing Plan

April 15, 2020

Brooklyn, N.Y. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today on a press call with Senate Democratic Leaders, discussed the Trump administration’s failure to rapidly ramp up testing capacity for COVID-19 and urged the administration to execute a comprehensive national testing plan. Below is a transcript of Leader Schumer’s opening remarks:Sen. Schumer: So, let me begin by saying I hope you and your loved ones are healthy during this very difficult time for all of us. It's just utterly more...


Schumer & Rep. Ocasio-Cortez Demand Feds Approve ‘Disaster Funeral & Burial Assistance’ For New York; Families—Many In Low-Income Communities—Continue To See Coronavirus Deaths Rise, Incomes Disappear & Expenses Like A Proper Burial Become Impossible; Feds Must Act Now

April 14, 2020

Standing In Corona Plaza, Ground Zero For Coronavirus Infections and Deaths, Schumer & Rep. Ocasio-Cortez Make The Compelling Case For Feds To Do What They Did After ‘Sandy’ & Deliver Special Funds To NY Families Faced With Coronavirus Funeral Costs They Simply Cannot Afford—From Caskets To Burial New York Application To Green-Light These Critical Payments To Those Now Struggling Awaits A FEMA Decision; And With NY Deaths At More Than 10k & Rising Across NYC Alone, Reps Say more...


In New Letter to Sec. Azar, Sens. Schumer, Murray, And Wyden Call On Trump Admin To Quickly Allocate CARES Act Funds To Hardest-Hit Frontline Health Care Providers, Stop Using Emergency Dollars As A Political Tool

April 14, 2020

In New Letter To Sec. Azar, Sens. Schumer, Murray, And Wyden Call On The Trump Administration To Quickly Allocate Remainder Of Public Health and Social Services Emergency Funding (PHSSEF) To Hardest Hit Frontline Providers As Congress Intended, Targeting Resources To Providers And Areas Of Greatest NeedSenators Schumer, Murray, And Wyden Say Administration Is Using Funds As Political Tool In Order To Cover Up Its Sabotage Of The Affordable Care Act Washington, D.C.—Senate Democratic more...


Schumer And Pelosi Joint Statement On Urgent Priorities For Interim Emergency Coronavirus Relief

April 13, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement on Democrats’ urgent priorities for small businesses, families and working Americans in an interim emergency coronavirus relief package:“Small businesses, hospitals, frontline workers and state and local governments across the country are struggling to keep up with this national crisis. They need more help from the federal government and they need it fast - our nurses, doctors and more...


Senator Cardin Delivers Weekly Democratic Address

April 10, 2020

“The unanimous passage of the CARES Act was one of the most bipartisan moments I have been a part of since I entered the United States Senate,” said Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD). “And while no one knows how long this public health crisis will last, we do know that in order for our small businesses to survive, Congress must find a way back to working in a bipartisan fashion to enact solutions that serve everyone, especially those most in need due to this public health crisis we are more...


President Trump And His Administration Must Fix These Problems Immediately: Small Business Owners Across The Country Say They Aren’t Getting Needed Funds From Paycheck Protection Program

April 10, 2020

WSJ: SBA Under Fire For Failing To Get Aid To Struggling Small BusinessesNY Times: Small Businesses Wait For Cash As Disaster Loan Program UnravelsWSJ: Small-Business Loans Face Delays Even As Coronavirus Program Expands LINKMain Street Alliance Executive Director Amanda Ballantyne: “There are very few business owners who have successfully gotten the money,” … “Money isn’t flowing yet.” [WSJ, 4/10/20]NY Times: Small Businesses Wait for Cash as Disaster Loan Program Unravels. “The CARES more...


Schumer Statement On Interim Emergency Coronavirus Relief Legislation

April 10, 2020

Washington, D.C.— Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today released the following statement regarding the interim Emergency Coronavirus Relief legislation:“I had a constructive call with Secretary Mnuchin this morning during which he agreed to pursue bipartisan talks with the leadership of House and Senate Democrats and Republicans on interim Emergency Coronavirus Relief legislation. There’s no reason why we can’t come to a bipartisan agreement by early next week.” more...


Schumer And Pelosi Joint Statement On Interim Emergency Coronavirus Relief

April 8, 2020

Washington, D.C. -Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement on Democrats’ priorities for small businesses and working families in an interim emergency coronavirus package:“The heartbreaking acceleration of the coronavirus crisis demands bold, urgent and ongoing action from Congress to protect Americans’ lives and livelihoods. As Democrats have said since Day One, Congress must provide additional relief for small businesses and families, more...


Schumer Statement On President Trump’s Corrupt Action To Sideline Acting IG Glenn Fine As Chair Of The Pandemic Response Accountability Committee

April 7, 2020

Brooklyn, N.Y. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer released the following statement after President Trump took action to sideline Acting Inspector General Glenn Fine as Chair of the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee:“President Trump is abusing the coronavirus pandemic to eliminate honest and independent public servants because they are willing to speak truth to power and because he is so clearly afraid of strong oversight. President Trump’s corrupt action to sideline more...


Senate Democrats Unveil COVID-19“Heroes Fund” Proposal To Provide $25,000 Pay Increase To Essential Workers On Frontline Of Nation’s Pandemic Response

April 7, 2020

Senate Democrats’ Proposed “Heroes Fund,” Introduced By Sens. Schumer, Murray, Brown, Casey, Udall, And Peters, Would Provide Premium Pay To Reward, Retain, And Recruit Essential Frontline Workers Proposed COVID-19 “Heroes Fund” Consists Of Two Major Components—A $25,000 Premium Pay Increase For Essential Workers + A $15,000 Essential Worker Recruitment Incentive To Attract And Secure Workforce Needed To Fight Public Health Crisis Senate Democrats: Essential Frontline Workers Are True more...


Schumer On CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 Calls On President Trump To Appoint A Single Senior Military Official To Lead Production And Distribution Of Medical Supplies And Equipment

April 6, 2020

Brooklyn, N.Y. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today appeared on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360, calling for President Trump to appoint a single senior military official to lead the coordination of medical supplies and equipment to fight the coronavirus. Below is a transcript of the interview:Anderson Cooper: The HHS was not President Trump's only target in that news conference. He attacked Senator Chuck Schumer multiple times well. In fact, last week in a letter, he said in a more...


TRANSCRIPT: On Press Call, Schumer Urges President Trump To Fully Invoke DPA And Appoint A Senior Military Official To Oversee Both Production And Distribution Of Medical Supplies & Equipment; Announces Appointment Of Bharat Ramamurti To Serve On New Congressional Oversight Commission For Pandemic Response

April 6, 2020

Brooklyn, N.Y. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today held a press call, calling on President Trump to fully invoke the Defense Production Act and appoint a senior military official to oversee both production and distribution of medical supplies and equipment. He also announced the appointment of Bharat Ramamurti to serve on the new congressional oversight commission, a transparency and accountability mechanism built into the bipartisan CARE Act. Below is a transcript of Leader more...


Sen. Schumer Announces Appointment Of Bharat Ramamurti To Serve On New Congressional Oversight Commission, One Of The Key Transparency And Accountability Mechanisms Dems Built Into Bipartisan CARES Act

April 6, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today announced plans to appoint Bharat Ramamurti to the Congressional Oversight Commission, one of multiple, critical layers of oversight Democrats fought to include in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Bharat Ramamurti most recently served as Deputy Policy Director for Economic Policy on the presidential campaign of U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), where he helped develop Senator more...


On MSNBC Schumer Slams President Trump’s Firing Of Intelligence Community IG And Renews Call For Appointment Of Top Military Officer To Oversee Both Production And Distribution Of Medical Equipment And Supplies To Help Fight Coronavirus

April 4, 2020

New York, N.Y. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today in an interview with Alicia Menendez on MSNBC strongly criticized President Trump’s firing of the Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson and renewed his call for the Trump administration to appoint a top military official to lead the federal government’s production and distribution effort to get equipment and medical supplies to the frontline health care workers and first responders who need them. Below is more...


Schumer Statement on Nomination of Brian Miller to be Special Inspector General for Pandemic Recovery

April 4, 2020

Washington, D.C. — Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer released the following statement after President Trump announced his intent to nominate Brian Miller to be Special Inspector General for Pandemic Recovery:“This oversight position, which will be responsible for overseeing hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars, requires complete independence from the president and any other interested party to assure the American people that all decisions are made without fear or favor. To more...


Today On CNN, Schumer Renews Call For The Trump Administration To Fully Invoke Defense Production Act And Appointment Of Top Military Official To Oversee Both Production And Distribution Of Medical Equipment And Supplies To Help Fight Coronavirus

April 4, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today in an interview with CNN’s Fredricka Whitfield renewed his call for the Trump administration to fully invoke the Defense Production Act (DPA) and to appoint a top military official to lead the federal government’s production and distribution effort to get equipment and medical supplies to the frontline health care workers and first responders who need them. Below is a transcript of Leader Schumer’s CNN more...


Schumer Statement on President Trump Firing the Intelligence Community Inspector General

April 3, 2020

Washington, D.C. — Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer released the following statement after President Trump fired Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson:“Whether it’s Lt. Col. Vindman, Captain Crozier, or Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson: President Trump fires people for telling the truth.“Michael Atkinson is a man of integrity who has served our nation for almost two decades. Being fired for having the courage to speak truth to power more...


TRANSCRIPT: On Press Call Amid Coronavirus Pandemic And Unprecedented Unemployment Claims, Leader Schumer Urges Trump Admin To—Within Two Weeks—Deliver Expanded “Unemployment Insurance On Steroids” To Laid-Off; Demands Hazard Pay For Frontline Workers Fighting Coronavirus

April 3, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Senate Committee on Finance Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR) today held a press call, urging the Trump administration to work with states to quickly distribute urgently needed unemployment benefits to Americans. The Senators’ call comes on the heels of a record surge in unemployment claims. Below is a transcript of Leader Schumer’s opening remarks:Sen. Schumer: Thank you and good morning everyone, I hope everyone is more...


TRANSCRIPT: On MSNBC’s All In With Chris Hayes, Schumer Calls On President Trump To Demonstrate Leadership And Fully Invoke The Defense Production Act To Increase Supply Of Needed Ventilators And PPE

April 2, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer appeared today on MSNBC’s All In With Chris Hayes, calling on President Trump to demonstrate leadership and entirely invoke the Defense Production Act to increase the supply of desperately needed ventilators and PPE to combat the coronavirus. Below is a transcript of the interview:Chris Hayes: Joining me now, someone who did call for early action, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer of New York who back on January 26th called more...

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