Press Releases

Schumer Strongly Condemns Trump Administration Taking Money From Important Military Construction Projects In New York, Across The United States, And Around The World To Pay For Ineffective Border Wall

September 3, 2019

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today released the following statement after U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper notified Congressional leaders that the Pentagon will reprogram $3.6 billion in funding intended for military construction projects for our troops to build President Trump's border wall. Schumer said that the lost funding would delay critical construction projects at military installations in New York, such as the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. more...


Schumer Warns China On Response To Hong Kong Protests: The World Is Watching

August 30, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today in a statement warned Chinese President Xi Jinping that the world is watching how China responds to protests in Hong Kong and called on Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell to bring up the Hong Kong Rights and Democracy Act for debate and a vote when Congress returns to send a clear message to President Xi: "China's tightening grip around Hong Kong to strangle democracy and dissent is a desperate act of a brutal authoritarian regime. For more...


Schumer Statement On The Trump Administration’s Illogical, Devastating Rule To Roll Back Regulations On Methane Emissions

August 29, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today released the following statement after the Trump administration's Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it would implement a new illogical and devastating rule to roll back regulations on methane emissions: "This illogical and devastating rule to weaken one of the most important regulations to address greenhouse gas emissions would be a dagger in the heart of efforts to preserve the planet. The Trump administration's proposed more...


Senate Democrats Urge Republican-Controlled Federal Energy Regulatory Commission To Oppose Proposal That Could Raise Electricity Prices For Millions Of Americans, Jeopardize Thousands Of Jobs, And Dramatically Increase Carbon Emissions

August 29, 2019

Washington, D.C.- Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Ranking Member Tom Carper (D-DE), Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Senator Bob Casey Jr. (D-PA), Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI), Senator Chris Coons (D-DE), Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) today sent a letter to Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Chairman Neil Chatterjee condemning the more...


Schumer Statement On Sen. Isakson’s Decision To Resign At The End Of The Year

August 28, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today released the following statement after Senator Johnny Isakson announced that he will resign at the end of 2019: "One of the many fine adjectives to describe Johnny Isakson is a word not used enough in the halls of Congress these days: kind. Not only is Johnny a diligent and successful legislator, he is one of the kindest, most thoughtful senators. Independent of any party or politics, everyone will miss Johnny." more...


Schumer Statement On Trump Administration’s Attempt To Divert Money From FEMA To Continue Efforts To Separate And Jail Migrant Families

August 27, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today released the following statement in response to the Trump administration's attempt to divert money from FEMA at the beginning of hurricane season to continue its efforts to separate and jail migrant families: "The Trump administration's plan to divert money away from FEMA at the start of hurricane season to continue its efforts to separate and jail migrant families is backwards and cruel. Taking these critical funds from disaster more...


Schumer, Reed, Menendez, And Warner To President Trump: President Vladimir Putin And Russian Federation Must Not Be Readmitted To G7

August 27, 2019

Washington, D.C.- Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Senate Committee on Armed Services Ranking Member Jack Reed (D-RI), Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Ranking Member Bob Menendez (D-NJ), and Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Vice Chairman Mark Warner (D-VA) today sent a letter to President Donald Trump expressing strong opposition to the readmission of President Vladimir Putin and the Russian Federation to the Group of 7 (G7), after President Trump indicated that he more...


Schumer Statement On Conclusion Of G-7 Summit

August 26, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today released the following statement at the conclusion of the 45th G-7 summit: "This weekend's G-7 summit was another missed opportunity for President Trump to show America's strength by unifying key global partners to address the numerous challenges facing our planet. As the United States takes on the responsibility of organizing and hosting the next G-7 summit, it is appalling that President Trump appears hell-bent on inviting Vladimir Putin more...


Schumer Statement On President Trump Backing Away From Rescission Threat

August 22, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today released the following statement in response to President Trump's reversal on his plan to cut $4 billion in foreign aid: "It is a good thing that President Trump has backed off his rescission threat. The power of the purse is one of Congress's most fundamental responsibilities. I hope he has learned the lesson not to play games with the budget. more...


Schumer Statement On President Trump Repeatedly Accusing American Jews Who Support Democrats Of “Great Disloyalty”

August 21, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today released the following statement in response to President Trump repeatedly accusing American Jews who support Democrats of "great disloyalty": "To my fellow American Jews, particularly those who support President Trump: When President Trump uses a trope that has been used against the Jewish people for centuries with dire consequences, he is encouraging-wittingly or unwittingly-anti-Semites throughout the country and the world. more...


Schumer Statement On The Trump Administration’s New Rule To Detain Migrant Children Indefinitely

August 21, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today released the following statement after the Trump administration announced it would implement a new rule that would detain migrant children indefinitely: "The cruelty of the Trump administration knows no bounds. Make no mistake: this new rule is about letting President Trump and Stephen Miller keep children in awful conditions for longer periods of time and continue the administration's horrid treatment of innocent migrant families fleeing more...


In New Letter to Secretary Pompeo, Schumer Says He Will Vigorously And Vociferously Oppose Any Potential U.S.-U.K. Trade Deal That Undermines The Good Friday Agreement Or A Return To A Hard Border

August 19, 2019

Washington D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warning that he will strongly oppose any U.S.-U.K. Trade deal that undermines the Good Friday Agreement. In the letter, Leader Schumer also tells the Trump administration to stop over-promising an unconditional and unrealistic post-Brexit trade agreement with the United Kingdom. Leader Schumer additionally makes clear in the letter that he will work with Speaker of the House more...


Schumer Statement On President Trump Backing Away From Supporting Meaningful Background Checks Legislation

August 19, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today released the following statement after President Trump appeared to again back away from supporting meaningful background checks legislation: "We've seen this movie before: President Trump, feeling public pressure in the immediate aftermath of a horrible shooting, talks about doing something meaningful to address gun violence, but inevitably, he backtracks in response to pressure from the NRA and the hard-right. These retreats from President more...


Schumer Statement On Israel’s Decision To Deny Entry To Members Of The United States Congress

August 15, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today released the following statement in response to Israel's decision to deny entry to members of the United States Congress: "Denying entry to members of the United States Congress is a sign of weakness, not strength. It will only hurt the U.S.-Israeli relationship and support for Israel in America. No democratic society should fear an open debate. Many strong supporters of Israel will be deeply disappointed in this decision, which the Israeli more...


Senators Schumer And Leahy Call On President Trump To Fully Withdraw $5 Billion Budget Request For Expensive, Ineffective Border Wall, Instead Use Requested Funds For Other Pressing Needs, Such As Proven Initiatives To Address Threat Of Gun Violence And White Supremacist Extremism

August 14, 2019

Washington, D.C.- On the heels of separate mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Vice Chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriations Patrick Leahy (D-VT) today sent a letter to President Trump urging him to fully withdraw his Department of Homeland Security budget request for $5 billion to pay for an expensive, ineffective border wall, and instead use the requested funds to address other pressing issues, such as the gun more...


Schumer Statement On Trump Administration’s Expected Proposal To Weaken Clean Air Protections

August 14, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today released the following statement in response to the Trump administration's expected proposal to weaken clean air protections: "The Trump administration's weakening of clean air protections is yet another disgraceful giveaway to corporate polluters at the expense of the public's health, our environment, and the fight to combat climate change. The current rules represent a decades-long fight against air pollution to reduce these harmful more...


Senators Schumer, Durbin, Udall, And Heinrich Call For Investigation Of Trump Admin’s Efforts To Use Eminent Domain To Seize Privately Held Land To Build Ineffective And Expensive Southern Border Wall

August 14, 2019

Senators Schumer, Durbin, Udall, And Heinrich Call For Investigation Of Trump Admin’s Efforts To Use Eminent Domain To Seize Privately Held Land To Build Ineffective And Expensive Southern Border Wall Senate Democrats Send Letter To Comptroller General Requesting That The U.S. Government Accountability Office Investigate Trump Admin. Efforts To Use Power Of Eminent Domain To Seize Privately Held Land To Build Border Wall Senate Democrats Ask For Specific Information Regarding Amount Of more...


Schumer Statement On Trump Administration’s Decision To Significantly Weaken Protections For Endangered Species

August 12, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today released the following statement in response to the Trump Administration's announcement that it will change the way the Endangered Species Act is applied, resulting in significantly weaker protections for wildlife: "The Trump Administration's shortsighted decision to significantly weaken the Endangered Species Act is a slap in the face to those fighting to address the climate crisis and undermines four decades of wildlife conservation more...


Schumer, Pelosi Joint Statement On Conversations With President Trump On House-Passed Background Checks Legislation Today

August 8, 2019

Washington, D.C. -Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and Speaker Nancy Pelosi released this joint statement after they each separately spoke to President Donald Trump by phone this afternoon. President Trump called the leaders individually after Speaker Pelosi sent him a letter Thursday afternoon asking the President to call Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and the full U.S. Senate back to Washington immediately to consider bipartisan House-passed gun violence prevention more...


Schumer Statement On Republican Efforts To Pursue Only So-Called “Red Flag” Laws Without Passing Universal Background Checks Legislation

August 7, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today released the following statement on Republican efforts to pursue only so-called "red-flag" laws without passing universal background checks legislation: "The notion that passing a tepid version of an Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO) bill-alone-is even close to getting the job done in addressing rampant gun violence in the U.S. is wrong and would be an ineffective cop out. "First, even the strongest ERPO legislation won't be fully more...

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