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ICYMI – Civil Rights Groups And Other Leading Voices Against Police Violence Express Opposition To Senate Republicans’ Policing Reform Legislation

June 23, 2020

Washington, D.C.— In response to Senate Republicans’ insufficient JUSTICE Act, several leading civil rights groups and attorneys released statements opposing the bill, saying the efforts will do nothing to make much needed changes to our country’s police departments. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Kamala Harris (D-CA) also sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell saying that the bill Senate Republicans have proposed is more...


In New Letter To Sen. McConnell, Sens. Schumer, Booker, And Harris Say Senate GOP Policing Bill Is Threadbare And Not Salvageable; Dems Demand Bipartisan Talks To Get To A Constructive Starting Point

June 23, 2020

In Letter, Sens. Schumer, Booker, And Harris Outline How The Senate GOP Policing Legislation Is Deeply Flawed & Woefully Inadequate The Senate GOP Policing Legislation Fails To Establish Meaningful Accountability Mechanisms For Police Misconduct Or Address Qualified Immunity; Fails To Implement A Natl. Misconduct Registry; Fails To Establish Adequate Use of Force Data Collection; Fails To Create A Natl. Use Of Force Standard; And Fails To Outlaw Harmful Policing Practices, Like more...


Schumer, Feinstein, And Klobuchar Call For Sen. McConnell To Pull Vote On Nomination Of Cory Wilson To The Fifth Circuit; Dems Say Wilson’s Opposition To Protecting Voting Rights And Dismissal Of Voter Suppression Concerns Are Disqualifying

June 22, 2020

In New Letter, Sens. Schumer, Feinstein, And Klobuchar Urge Leader McConnell Not To Advance Fifth Circuit Nominee Cory Wilson And Instead Work With Civil Rights Groups To Identify New Pick Committed To Protecting Voting Rights Of All AmericansSens. Schumer, Feinstein, And Klobuchar Say Wilson Has Embraced Restrictive Voting Measures That Disproportionately Harm Minority Voters, Has Regularly Dismissed Legitimate Concerns From Voting Rights Groups, And Is Vocal Critic Of Voting Rights more...


In New Letter To DOJ IG And Office Of Professional Responsibility, Leader Schumer Calls For Immediate Investigation Into Potentially Corrupt Firing Of U.S. Attorney Berman, The Latest In String Of Purges Of Administration Officials

June 22, 2020

In New Letter To DOJ IG Horowitz And Office Of Professional Responsibility Director Ragsdale, Leader Schumer Requests Joint Investigation Into Firing Of U.S. Attorney Berman To Determine Reasons For Berman’s Removal And To Prevent Further Abuses Of The Administration Of JusticeLeader Schumer Emphasizes That U.S. Attorney Berman’s Firing Cannot Be Explained By Cause, And Requests Determination Of Whether He Was Removed For Partisan Political Purposes, Retaliation, Or To Influence Ongoing more...


On Heels Of President Trump’s Admission That He Directed Officials To Slow Testing To Keep Case Numbers Low And Amid Spike In COVID-19 Cases In Many States Across The Country, Sens. Schumer And Murray Reveal That HHS Has Yet To Spend Nearly $14 Billion Congress Provided For Testing And Tracing, Call On HHS Sec. Azar And Trump Admin. To Immediately Disburse Unspent Funds

June 21, 2020

In New Letter To HHS Sec. Azar, Sens. Schumer And Murray Call For The Immediate Disbursement Of Remainder Of $25 Billion And Other Funds Appropriated By Congress To Ramp Up Testing And Tracing, With Emphasis On Addressing Racial Disparities Sens. Schumer And Murray Say That, Despite Spike In COVID-19 Cases In Numerous States, The Trump Administration Has Not Released Plan To Distribute Remainder Of Appropriated Funds And That Only A Tiny Fraction Of The $2 Billion Set Aside By Congress more...


Schumer Statement Calling On Jay Clayton To Withdraw His Nomination & For The DOJ IG To Launch An Investigation Into Trump Admin. Efforts To Interfere With SDNY Investigations

June 20, 2020

Washington, D.C.— Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today released following statement in response to the Trump administration’s late night attempted dismissal of the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York and calls for Jay Clayton, the announced new SDNY Attorney nominee, to withdraw his name from consideration for the nomination to the position and for the DOJ Inspector General to launch an investigation into the blatantly corrupt DOJ interference in more...


Schumer Statement On Trump Admin. Reversal Allowing Increased Transparency In Paycheck Protection Program Borrowing

June 19, 2020

Washington, D.C.— Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today released following statement in response to the Trump administration reversal allowing for greater transparency in PPP loan borrowing:“The Treasury Department finally gave in to public pressure from Democrats because their position of hiding which businesses have received PPP loans was untenable. This reversal is a good start and will help us determine if taxpayer money went where Congress intended—to the truly small and more...


Senator Durbin Delivers Weekly Democratic Address

June 19, 2020

“Democrats in the Senate have been working hard to pass legislation to address racial injustice and get the American people the resources they need,” said Senator Durbin. “I just hope the Republican Party will stop its misguided attack on the Affordable Care Act and join us in a bipartisan effort to address the challenges America faces.”Washington, D.C. - As America continues to battle a raging coronavirus, racial injustice, and record unemployment, Senator Durbin delivers this week’s more...


Senators Schumer, Menendez, And Cardin Issue Statement To Express Opposition To The Proposed Unilateral Annexation Of Territory In The West Bank

June 19, 2020

CONTACT: Sue Walitsky (Cardin), sue_walitsky@cardin.senate.govWashington, D.C.—Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Member Bob Menendez (D-NJ), and Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship Ranking Member Ben Cardin (D-MD) today issued the following statement to express opposition to the proposed unilateral annexation of territory in the West Bank: “As strong and dedicated supporters of the U.S.-Israel relationship, more...


Schumer Statement On Victory For DACA, Immigrants At The Supreme Court

June 18, 2020

The Supreme Court Rules Against Trump Administration’s Rescission of DACAWashington, D.C.— Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today released the statement below following the U.S. Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling against the Trump administration’s rescission of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. (You can see the statement in Spanish here):“I cried tears of joy when thinking about the weight lifted off the shoulders of over 700,000 Dreamers. This is a life-altering more...


Schumer Statement On New Revelations In John Bolton’s Book About President Trump’s Actions

June 17, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer released the following statement today in response to new reporting on John Bolton’s forthcoming book:“It was clear then and could not be any clearer now: the vote to convict and remove Donald Trump from office was absolutely the right vote.“The revelations in Mr. Bolton’s book make Senate Republicans’ craven actions on impeachment look even worse—and history will judge them for it." more...


Schumer Statement On New Revelations In John Bolton’s Book About President Trump’s Actions

June 17, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer released the following statement today in response to new reporting on John Bolton’s forthcoming book:“It was clear then and could not be any clearer now: the vote to convict and remove Donald Trump from office was absolutely the right vote.“The revelations in Mr. Bolton’s book make Senate Republicans’ craven actions on impeachment look even worse—and history will judge them for it." more...


Schumer Statement On President Trump’s Executive Order On Policing Reform

June 16, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer released the following statement today in response President Trump’s Executive Order on policing reform:“While the president has finally acknowledged the need for policing reform, one modest executive order will not make up for his years of inflammatory rhetoric and policies designed to roll back the progress made in previous years.“Unfortunately, this executive order will not deliver the comprehensive meaningful change and more...


Schumer Statement On New Letter From More Than 100 Economists Including Former Fed Chairs Bernanke And Yellen Calling For Congress To Pass Additional Relief Package To Avoid ‘Prolonged Suffering’ And ‘Stunted Economic Growth’

June 16, 2020

Schumer: When Will Republicans In The Senate Finally Get The Message We Need To Act?”Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer spoke on the Senate floor after receiving a new letter from more than 100 economist calling on Congress to pass an additional relief package to avoid “prolonged suffering.” Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks, which can also be viewed here: “Today, Leader McConnell and I received a letter signed by over 100 economists and scholars, including two more...


Leader Schumer Calls On Postal Service Board Of Governors To Disclose Decision-Making Process For Postmaster General Pick DeJoy, The First In Decades Without Direct Experience Within Postal Service, Now Set To Lead Postal Service Amid Global Pandemic

June 15, 2020

In New Letter To Postal Service Board Chairman Leader Schumer Calls For Greater Transparency From Board Of Governors On Selection Of Postmaster General Pick Louis DeJoy, Demands Delivery Of Key Information And Docs To Congress For Review Leader Schumer Says DeJoy Is First Pick In Decades With No Direct Experience Within Postal Service, May Have Been Forced Through By Trump White House And Treasury Department, And Has Financial Interests In Companies With Ties To more...


Schumer Slams SBA And Trump Administration For Hiding PPP Loan Data From Public

June 12, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer released the following statement today in response to reporting that President Trump’s Small Business Administration is hiding the Payment Protection Program’s loan data from the public: “Given the many problems with the PPP program, it is imperative American taxpayers know if the money is going where Congress intended—to the truly small and unbanked small business. The administration’s resistance to transparency more...


In New Letter To Secretary Mnuchin And SBA Administrator Carranza, Sens. Schumer, Cardin, Brown, And Shaheen Lead All 47 Senate Democrats In Calling For Urgently-Needed Improvements To Streamline And Simplify Current, Onerous Process For Smaller Businesses Applying For PPP Loan Forgiveness

June 12, 2020

In New Letter To Treasury Sec. Mnuchin And SBA Admin. Carranza, All 47 Senate Democrats Urge The Administration To Streamline And Simplify The PPP Loan Forgiveness Process To Ensure The Smallest And Most Underserved Businesses Are Able To Easily Apply Senate Democrats Say Burdensome, Time-Consuming, And Costly Forgiveness Process Hurts The Resource-Strapped Small Businesses, Including Minority-Owned Businesses That Have Faced Long-Standing Economic And Process Fairness Challenges Even more...


Schumer, Warren, Reed, Senate Dems Call On President Trump To Support Bipartisan Proposal In Annual Defense Bill To Rename All Bases & Other Military Assets Named For The Confederacy And Anyone Who Served In The Confederacy

June 11, 2020

Senate Dems Urge President Trump To Take Veto Threat Off The Table & Put Welfare Of U.S. Troops Ahead Of Insisting That U.S. Military Bases Be Named After Confederate Soldiers Who Fought Against The United States To Preserve The Institution of Slavery Text of Letter (PDF)Washington, D.C.— Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), and SASC Ranking Member Jack Reed more...


In New Letter To President Trump And Majority Leader McConnell, Leader Schumer Says Republican Stonewalling On COVID-19 Legislation Harming Communities Of Color Disproportionately Impacted By Pandemic, Calls For Immediate Action On HEROES Act

June 11, 2020

In New Letter To President Trump And Majority Leader McConnell, Leader Schumer Calls For Immediate Action On HEROES Act Legislation, Emphasizing That Continued Inaction Will Further Harm Communities Of Color Disproportionately ImpactedHEROES Act Would Deliver Greater Support For Essential Frontline Workers, Shore Up Rental Assistance And Eviction Protections, Deliver Greater Financial Support To Struggling Americans, Increase Funding For COVID-19 Testing And Tracing, And Deliver Greater more...


Sens. Schumer, Feinstein, And Warner Call On FBI Director Wray And DNI Ratcliffe To Publicly Release Any Information Supporting President Trump’s Inflammatory Claims Related To Protests Against The Police Killing Of George Floyd; Senate Dems. Say President’s Unsubstantiated Claims Appear Intended To Justify Wrongful Use Of Military Intervention And Excessive Force Against Peaceful Protests

June 10, 2020

In New Letter, Sens. Schumer, Feinstein, And Warner Call On Director Wray and DNI Ratcliffe To Promptly Inform The Public Of Any Information Supporting President Trump’s Recent, Inflammatory Claims Related To Protests Of The Police Killing Of George Floyd, Including His Characterization Of Peaceful Protests As “Acts Of Domestic Terror” Sens. Schumer, Feinstein, And Warner Emphasize That The President’s Claims Appear Intended To Frame Peaceful Protests As Terrorist Threats In Order To more...

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