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Schumer Statement On White House Retaliation Against LTC Alexander Vindman

February 7, 2020

Washington, D.C.— Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today released the following statement in response to the White House firing of Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman:“As usual, the White House runs away from the truth. Lt. Col. Vindman lived up to his oath to protect and defend our Constitution. This action is not a sign of strength. It only shows President Trump’s more...


Schumer Statement On President Trump’s State Of The Union Address

February 4, 2020

Washington, D.C.— Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today released the following statement in response to President Trump’s State of the Union Address: "The president's speech tonight was much more like a Trump rally than a speech a true leader would give. It was demagogic, undignified, highly partisan and in too many places, untruthful. Perhaps the biggest lie President Trump told tonight was his claim that he will protect patients with pre-existing conditions when his more...


Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s Democratic Response to President Trump’s State of the Union

February 4, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer today delivered the Democratic response to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union. Below is a full transcript of her remarks:Governor Whitmer. Good evening. I’m honored to be here and grateful you’re tuning in. I’m Gretchen Whitmer, the 49th governor of the great state of Michigan. Tonight, I’m at my daughters’ Sherry and Sydney’s public school - East Lansing High. We’re here with family, parents, teachers, and most more...


Democratic Response to President Trump’s State of the Union Delivered by Texas Congresswoman Veronica Escobar

February 4, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Veronica Escobar of Texas, today delivered the Democratic Spanish language response to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union.  Below is a full transcript of her remarks:  Veronica Escobar.  Good evening.  I’m Congresswoman Veronica Escobar and I’m proud to represent El Paso, Texas.  It is an honor to address you tonight from El Paso’s Segundo Barrio, one of our oldest neighborhoods.  Here, at El Centro de Salud Familiar La Fe.  Community clinics more...


Respuesta Demócrata en Español de la Congresista de Texas Veronica Escobar del Presidente Trump ante Estado de la Unión

February 4, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Hoy, Congresista de Texas Veronica Escobar, dio la respuesta demócrata en español al discurso del Presidente Donald Trump del Estado de la Unión. A continuación la trascripción completa de su discurso: Congresista Escobar. Buenas noches. Soy la congresista Veronica Escobar y estoy orgullosa de representar a El Paso, Texas. Es un honor dirigirme a ustedes esta noche desde el Segundo Barrio en El Paso, uno de nuestros vecindarios más antiguos. Aquí, en el Centro more...


Excerpts from Texas Congresswoman Veronica Escobar’s Spanish Democratic Response to President Trump’s State of the Union

February 4, 2020

Here in Texas, Republican leaders have refused to lift a finger to improve access to affordable, quality health care. In my state, the expansion of Medicaid would provide care for hundreds of thousands of Texans. And at the same time, Republicans across the nation are actively fighting to dismantle benefits that save lives, working in the courts to eliminate every last protection of the Affordable Care Act, including protections for the 130 million people with pre-existing conditions. more...


Extractos de la Respuesta Demócrata en Español de la Congresista de Texas Veronica Escobar del Presidente Trump ante Estado de la Unión

February 4, 2020

Aquí en Texas, los líderes republicanos se han negado a mover un dedo para mejorar el acceso a una salud asequible y de calidad. En mi estado, la expansión de Medicaid podría proporcionar atención a cientos de miles de tejanos. A la vez, los republicanos de todo el país luchan activamente para desmantelar los beneficios que salvan vidas, trabajando en las cortes para eliminar hasta la última protección de la Ley del Cuidado de Salud a Bajo Precio, incluyendo protecciones para los more...


Excerpts from Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s Democratic Response to President Trump’s State of the Union

February 4, 2020

During my campaign, people told me to fix the damn roads - because blown tires and broken windshields are downright dangerous.  And car repairs take money from rent, child care, or groceries.And we - the Democrats - are doing something about it.*** I was holding down a new job, caring for my newborn daughter as well as my mom at the end of her brain cancer battle.  I was up all night with a baby and during the day, I had to fight my mom’s insurance company when they wrongly denied more...


Schumer Statement After Senate GOP Blocked Witnesses & Documents In Senate Impeachment Trial

January 31, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer released the following statement after Senate Republicans blocked testimony from key witnesses and documents in the Senate impeachment trial:“To not allow witnesses or documents in an impeachment trial is a grand tragedy, one of the worst tragedies that the Senate has ever overcome. America will remember this day—a day when the United Senate did not live up to its responsibilities, turned away from truth and instead went along more...


Schumer Statement On The Trump Administration’s Latest Proposal To Gut Medicaid And Take Away Health Care Coverage From Millions Of Americans

January 30, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer released the following statement in response to the Trump administration's latest proposal to gut Medicaid and take away health care coverage from millions of Americans: "President Trump has once again broken his promise to the American people and continued his relentless sabotage of our health care system. Even though he vowed not to cut Medicaid, today's announcement by the Trump administration is just another attempt to take away more...


TRANSCRIPT: Schumer Remarks Ahead Of Senator Questions In Senate Impeachment Trial

January 29, 2020

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer spoke today at a press conference ahead of Senators’ questions in the Senate impeachment trial. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks, which can also be viewed here: Yesterday, as you know, the president's counsel ended their defense of the president. Up until the very end, Mr. Sekulow kept making the argument that the case against the president lacked eyewitnesses, knowing full well that his client, the president, was blocking the very more...


Bicameral Congressional Leaders Call On The Ninth Circuit To Uphold Protections For Immigrant Children In Flores Amicus Brief

January 28, 2020

Washington, D.C.- U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, along with U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley, Senate Judiciary Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein, Immigration Subcommittee Ranking Member Dick Durbin, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, Immigration and Citizenship Subcommittee Chairwoman Zoe Lofgren, Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chairman Joaquin Castro, and U.S. Representative Veronica Escobar, led 113 of their colleagues in more...


Schumer Statement on an Israeli-Palestinian Peace Plan ahead of Trump Administration Plan Release

January 27, 2020

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer released the following statement on an Israeli-Palestinian peace plan ahead of the Trump administration plan release:

"We need a plan that will improve the prospects for peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians. Any such plan must start by assuring Israeli security in a region where the threats are real and wars, like the conflict in Syria, are on Israel’s doorstep. I continue to believe that the goal must be a negotiated two-state solution with mutually agreed upon land swaps, a solution that ensures a safe and secure Israel can live side-by-side in peace with a demilitarized Palestinian state that provides self-determination for the Palestinian people. A sustainable peace deal must be negotiated directly between the Israelis and the Palestinians. Both sides should come to the negotiating table. Unilateral action taken by either side in response to the release of the Trump administration’s plan will diminish the prospects of a future peace. Real diplomacy via direct negotiations, while a long and arduous road, is the only path for a durable peace between the Israelis and Palestinians."

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Following Puerto Rico Earthquakes, Lawmakers Want Changes To Power Authority’s Fiscal Plan

January 24, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Led by United States Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY), thirteen Members of Congress have written the Fiscal Oversight and Management Board (FOMB) for Puerto Rico, calling for it to amend the fiscal plan for the island's power authority. Citing the earthquakes that struck Puerto Rico beginning in late December and continuing into this month, the lawmakers contend that the Puerto Rico Electrical Power Authority's (PREPA) more...


SCHUMER STATEMENT ON CHANGES TO MCCONNELL ORGANIZING RESOLUTION

January 21, 2020

"The public is understanding how unfair Senator McConnell's trial rules are and Republican Senators are beginning to tell him to change them. The real test will be if they pressure Senator McConnell to allow witnesses and documents. "For all of the name-calling and fingerprinting from the president's counsel, we did not hear a single argument on the merits about why there should not be the documents and witnesses we requested in this more...


Schumer Statement On Senator McConnell’s Impeachment Trial Resolution

January 20, 2020

Washington, D.C.— Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer released the following statement in response to Senator McConnell’s Senate impeachment trial resolution proposal:“Senator McConnell repeatedly promised Senators, the public and the press that his rules for the trial would be the same as the rules for President Clinton’s trial. After reading his resolution, it’s clear Senator McConnell is hell-bent on making it much more difficult to get witnesses and documents and intent on rushing more...


Schumer Statement On Opposition To USMCA On Climate Grounds

January 16, 2020

Washington, D.C.- Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer released the following statement in opposition to USMCA because it does not address climate change: "Despite the fact that it includes very good labor provisions, I am voting against USMCA because it does not address climate change, the greatest threat facing the planet. "Instead of advancing global climate security by outlining binding and enforceable climate commitments from all three countries, the Trump administration provides more...


Schumer Statement On GAO Opinion That President Trump Broke The Law By Withholding Aid To Ukraine

January 16, 2020

Washington, D.C.- Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer released the following statement in response to the GAO opinion that President Trump broke the law by withholding aid to Ukraine: "The GAO opinion makes clear that the documents we requested in our letter last month are even more needed now because GAO confirmed the president broke the law. "All Senators will get a chance to vote to obtain these documents next more...


Schumer Statement On HUD’s Release Of Hold On Puerto Rico Funds

January 15, 2020

Washington, D.C.- Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer released the following statement regarding news reports that the Trump administration would lift a hold on long delayed disaster relief funds for Puerto Rico from the Department of Housing and Urban Development: "While the president has heeded our calls to lift the blockade on some of the disaster-aid funding for our fellow Americans in Puerto Rico, it's not nearly enough. We will continue to fight this administration's unnecessary more...


Top Senate Dems Vow Vote To Reverse Trump Decision To Redirect Pentagon Funds To Pay For Border Wall

January 15, 2020

Washington, D.C.- Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, Appropriations Committee Vice Chair Patrick Leahy, Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Jack Reed, Defense Appropriations Subcommittee Vice Chair and Democratic Whip Dick Durbin, and Appropriations Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Subcommittee Ranking Member Tom Udall today released the following statement on President Trump's plan to divert an additional $7.2 billion in Pentagon funds for the border wall. "This continued more...

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