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Schumer Statement On Appointment Of Acting DOD Inspector General Glenn Fine To Chair Pandemic Response Accountability Committee

March 30, 2020

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today released the following statement regarding the appointment of Department of Defense Acting Inspector General Glenn Fine to chair the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee, one of several accountability and transparency mechanisms Democrats built into the CARES Act:“Democrats built robust, multilayered accountability and transparency mechanisms in the CARES Act to ensure taxpayer funds are properly used to protect workers and more...


Schumer Statement On Final Passage Of Historic Bipartisan Coronavirus Response Legislation That Puts Workers And Public Health First

March 27, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today released the following statement after the House passed in a bipartisan way the historic Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act:“With this bill, Congress has established strong, comprehensive programs—like a Marshall Plan for our hospitals and health system, help for small businesses, unemployment insurance on steroids, strict oversight, transparency and accountability measures and more—that put workers more...


Senator Peters Delivers Weekly Democratic Address

March 27, 2020

“As cases of coronavirus are skyrocketing, I, along with my Senate Democratic colleagues, are working to protect the health and safety of people across our nation,” said Senator Peters (D-MI). “The sweeping legislation we’ve passed is an important step as we navigate this crisis, but it’s not the last action we’ll need to take. We don’t know how long this pandemic will last, but you can count us to be there every step of the way.”Washington, D.C. - As the coronavirus pandemic continues more...


TRANSCRIPT: On CNN’s Situation Room, Schumer Provides Update on Coronavirus Response Legislation Negotiations; Schumer Says US Needs Marshall Plan for Hospitals And Any Stimulus Legislation Must Put Workers And People First

March 21, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today appeared on CNN’s Situation Room and provided an update on negotiations for Phase 3 Coronavirus response legislation. Below is a transcript of the interview:Wolf Blitzer: Joining us now, Chuck Schumer. Senator, thanks so much for joining us, I should call you Leader Schumer. Thank you so much for joining us. So, where do the talks stand right now on this new huge economic stimulus package?Sen. Schumer: Well, I've had two good more...


TRANSCRIPT: On MSNBC’s AM Joy, Schumer Pushes For Coronavirus Response Legislation That Puts Workers And People First

March 21, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today appeared on MSNBC’s AM Joy and discussed the need for Coronavirus response legislation that puts workers and people first. Below is a transcript of the interview:Joy-Ann Reid: Thank you so much, sir. So the challenge that I think those of us are looking at what Republicans seem to be proposing with Steve Mnuchen's support is a one-time check of $1,200, which does nothing to pay monthly bills if this goes longer than a month, more...


Schumer, Warren, And Wyden Unveil Plan To Increase Benefits By $200 Per Month For All Social Security Beneficiaries

March 21, 2020

Washington, D.C.— Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR) today unveiled a plan to increase by $200 the monthly benefit for all Social Security, Veterans, and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) beneficiaries through the end of 2021, which would improve the lives of millions of Americans and help our economy stabilize and recover from the national emergency caused by the spread of the more...


Schumer, Pelosi Joint Statement On Sen. McConnell’s Coronavirus Phase 3 Legislative Proposal

March 19, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi released the following joint statement in response to Leader McConnell’s latest coronavirus proposal:“We are beginning to review Senator McConnell’s proposal and on first reading, it is not at all pro-worker and instead puts corporations way ahead of workers.” more...


Schumer, Pelosi Joint Statement On Coronavirus Phase 3 Legislation

March 19, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi released the following joint statement regarding their vision for new legislation to aid those suffering in response to the coronavirus pandemic:“House and Senate Democrats are united in our commitment to using all tools available to help fight the coronavirus outbreak like the health crisis it is and make sure all workers are protected from the loss of a paycheck or that no family falls into more...


Schumer, Murray, Brown, And Warren Unveil Bold, New Plan To Cancel Student Loan Payments For Duration Of Coronavirus Emergency And Provide Minimum $10K Payoff For All Federal Student Loan Borrowers

March 19, 2020

Sens. Schumer, Murray, Brown, And Warren’s New Proposal Would Provide Immediate, Much-Needed Relief To Federal Student Loan Borrowers Through Minimum $10K In Student Loan Payments New Proposal Would Authorize Congress To Make Monthly Payments On Behalf Of Borrowers For Duration Of National Emergency And Be Followed By 3-Month Grace Period At Program TerminationSchumer, Murray, Brown, And Warren: Borrowers Need Immediate Relief From Financial Strain Of Student Loan Debt Amid Coronavirus more...


TRANSCRIPT: On CNN, Sen. Schumer Calls For A Marshall Plan For Hospitals, Health Care System To Test And Treat All Who Need It Due To Coronavirus Outbreak

March 18, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today appeared on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 and discussed the need for a Marshall Plan to combat the growing coronavirus crisis. Below is a transcript of the interview:Anderson Cooper: Joining us now Senate Minority Leader and New Yorker, Chuck Schumer. Senator Schumer, thank you for being with us. Just in layman’s terms, can you just talk about the tangible effects Americans might expect to see from this bill that’s passed?Sen. more...


Schumer Remarks At Press Conference Calling For At Least $750 Billion In Federal Funds To Wage War Against COVID-19 & Economic Crisis Facing Americans

March 17, 2020

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke at a press conference, calling for at least $750 billion in federal funds to wage war against the coronavirus and the economic crisis facing Americans. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks, which can also be viewed here:Okay, thank you all for coming. We all know how serious this crisis is; we know it in our states, we know it with our families. My wife and daughter, and daughter, and daughter in law, and grandson are all together more...


Schumer Statement On New Coronavirus Relief Legislation Agreement

March 13, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today released the following statement regarding the new agreement on the coronavirus relief legislation:“I'm extremely pleased that the ‘Families First Coronavirus Response Act’ includes the people-focused initiatives Speaker Pelosi and I outlined earlier in the week, including paid sick leave, food security assistance, free testing for those who need it, emergency unemployment insurance, major new investments in Medicaid and more...


Schumer Statement On President Trump Declaring Coronavirus A National Emergency

March 13, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today released the following statement in response to President Trump declaring coronavirus a national emergency:“I'm pleased the president heeded our calls to invoke the Stafford Act to extend vital financial assistance to help keep communities safe from the coronavirus outbreak. I urge New York and other states to immediately request these newly available funds and for the Trump administration to approve these requests without more...


Senator Murray Delivers Weekly Democratic Address

March 13, 2020

“Democrats understand the urgency of this moment in no uncertain terms—and we are going to work to do everything we can, as fast as we can, to protect you, your loved ones, and all our communities,” said Senator Murray (D-WA). “We are in this together, and we will get through it together.” Washington, D.C. - As the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread and American lives are disrupted, Senator Murray (D-WA) delivers this week’s Weekly Democratic Address. In the address, Senator more...


Republican Senator Blocks Attempts By Schumer And Murray To Pass Bills To Immediately Provide Paid Sick Leave, Emergency Unemployment Insurance, And Additional Medicaid Funding To Help American People In Wake Of Coronavirus Outbreak

March 12, 2020

Washington, D.C.—Today, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Senate HELP Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) delivered the below remarks ahead of Senate Democrats’ effort to pass legislation to provide paid sick leave, emergency unemployment insurance, and additional Medicaid funding to help the American people in wake of the coronavirus outbreak. Republican Senator Deb Fischer (R-NE) blocked Senate Democrats’ attempts to pass these bills. Shortly after these more...


Schumer, Pelosi Statement On President Trump’s Coronavirus Address

March 11, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi released the following joint statement after President Trump delivered an address to the nation on the coronavirus outbreak: “We have a public health crisis in this country and the best way to help keep the American people safe and ensure their economic security is for the president to focus on fighting the spread of the coronavirus itself. Alarmingly, the president did not say how the more...


Senate Democrats Call On President Trump To Invoke Stafford Act And Consider Disaster Declarations To Utilize FEMA’s $40+ Billion In Disaster Relief Funds To Aid State & Local Gov’t Response To Growing Coronavirus Outbreak

March 11, 2020

In New Letter, Senators Schumer, Murray, And Peters Lead 36 Senate Dems in Urging President Trump To Immediately Consider Disaster Declarations That Allow FEMA To Utilize $40+ Billion Disaster Relief Fund To Aid State And Local Gov'ts Responding To Coronavirus Outbreak The Senators Emphasize That Use Of Funds Could Alleviate Strain On Local Gov'ts And Would Help Mitigate Disease Spread, Save Lives, And Protect Public Health And Safety Washington, D.C.-Senate Democratic Leader Chuck more...


Schumer Remarks At Press Conference To Announce Targeted New Economic & Community Relief Proposal To Help States With Coronavirus Outbreaks

March 11, 2020

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke at a press conference announcing a new economic and community relief proposal to help states with coronavirus outbreaks. Below are Senator Schumer's remarks, which can also be viewed here: I'm proud to be joined by my colleagues who are here, who are leading the charge to help deal with this crisis and get the support they need to weather the public health crisis. So, Senate Democrats, today, are introducing a series of measures more...


Senate Democratic Leaders Announce Targeted New Economic & Community Relief Proposal To Help States With Coronavirus Outbreaks

March 11, 2020


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Schumer, Murray, And Wyden Send Letter To Vice President Pence Demanding Answers On The Alarming Lack Of Access To Coronavirus Testing, Patients Need Assurances That Testing Will Be Free For Those Who Need It

March 10, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Senate HELP Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA), and Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR) sent a letter today to Vice President Pence regarding the mass confusion and lack of clarity around the availability of coronavirus testing and out-of-pocket costs associated with getting tests and treatment. Senators Schumer, Murray and Wyden today sent a letter to Vice President Pence demanding the Trump more...

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