Press Releases

What They’re Saying: Republicans Rush to Blast “Draconian” Trump Budget With “Very Harmful” Cuts That “Do Not Make Sense”

May 23, 2017

REPUBLICANS ACROSS THE IDEOLOGICAL SPECTRUM BLAST TRUMP BUDGET; "THEY'RE DEEP, DEEP CUTS" Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA): "I don't think the president's budget is going anywhere." Reporters then asked what signal the president's budget cuts send to the American people. "It is no signal of mine," he responded. [Washington Examiner, 5/23/17] Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA): Sen. Bill Cassidy says Trump's proposed budget contradicts his campaign promises [Vox Twitter, 5/23/17] Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC): more...


New Video: Then-Candidate Donald Trump Promised He Would Not Cut Medicaid; Now, President Trump Has Proposed Budget That Would Devastate Program That Millions Of Americans Rely On

May 23, 2017

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senate Democrats today released a new video showing the difference between the promises then-candidate Donald Trump made regarding Medicaid and the actions he has now taken as president. On the campaign trail, then-candidate Trump promised he would not cut Medicaid funding, and even suggested he might bolster it by bringing more Americans into the program who lacked health insurance. However, President Trump just this week proposed a federal budget that would decimate more...


Schumer, In Call with Director Mulvaney, Urges White House To Provide Secret Lobbyist Waivers to Office of Government Ethics

May 23, 2017

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer released the below statement following a phone call with the Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney: "In a call last night, I asked Director Mulvaney to respect the Office of Government Ethics' request to make public copies of waivers given to former lobbyists to work in the Administration. There is absolutely no excuse for the Administration to keep these waivers from the OGE or the American people. I also expressed to more...


ICYMI: Dems Demand Answers From Trump Administration After Two Weeks of Chaos -- Nearly A Dozen Letters Sent

May 22, 2017

Washington, D.C. - Over the last two weeks of chaos, Senate Democrats have sent nearly a dozen letters to the White House or relevant Administrative agencies regarding the firing of FBI Director James Comey, the President's meeting in the oval office with Russian officials, and the President's tweets suggesting there may be tapes of his conversations with former Director Comey. The letters, sent by leaders and members of the Senate Committees on Judiciary, Homeland Security and Government more...


Fact Check: Congress Can And Should Continue Investigations While Executive Branch Investigations Are Ongoing

May 22, 2017

MYTH: The appointment of a special prosecutor "severely limits" the ability of Congress to investigate Russian interference in the election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign. FACT: During the past three administrations - Democratic and Republican - Congress and federal law enforcement agencies, including the Department of Justice and the FBI, have simultaneously conducted both fact-finding and criminal investigations. Congressional investigations have a different purpose than more...


Schumer Statement on Trump Administration Request for Delay in Cost Sharing Reduction Payments Lawsuit

May 22, 2017

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer released the below statement following the Trump Administration's request for a 90 day delay in the cost sharing reduction payments lawsuit: "Clearly by today's action and their decision to make the next payment, the White House realizes that eliminating cost sharing reduction payments would cause chaos in the markets, and they would get the blame. Unfortunately, by kicking the can down the road once again, the administration is continuing to more...


Schumer Remarks on the Firing of FBI Director James Comey

May 9, 2017

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer delivered the following remarks at a press availability in response to the firing of FBI Director James Comey: Earlier this afternoon, President Trump called me and informed me he was firing Director Comey I told the President, 'Mr. President, with all due respect, you are making a big mistake.' The first question the administration has to answer is: why now? If the administration had objections to the way Director Comey handled the more...


Schumer Recommends Consumer Advocate Rohit Chopra to the President to Serve as FTC Commissioner – Says Chopra is Eminently Qualified and has Been Putting Interests of Consumers First His Entire Career

May 9, 2017

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senate Democratic Leader Charles E. Schumer today announced that he has formally recommended to President Trump that Rohit Chopra be selected to serve as Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Commissioner. Throughout the entirety of his career, Mr. Chopra has consistently put the interests of consumers first, fighting for greater protections for U.S. taxpayers, including veterans and students. Mr. Chopra is currently serving as a Senior Fellow at the Consumer Federation of more...


Entire Democratic Caucus Urges GOP Leadership to Drop Repeal Efforts and Work in Bipartisan Way to Improve America’s Healthcare System

May 9, 2017

Washington, D.C. - In a newly released letter, all 48 Senate Democrats today urged Senate Republican Leaders to drop current repeal efforts and work in a bipartisan way to reform America's healthcare system. The Democrats said that the House of Representatives' recently passed bill was not only rushed through without a CBO score, but the underlying bill could still result in millions of Americans losing health coverage altogether. In addition to raising costs and decreasing care, the bill also more...


Across the Country, Editorial Boards Shred “Disaster” Trumpcare Bill

May 8, 2017

USA Today Editorial: Trumpcare - A Dog's Breakfast Of A Bill. "Although the plan would have life-and-death consequences and reshape a big chunk of the economy, it was slammed through after a mere three hours of debate. No effort at bipartisan compromise was attempted. The GOP measure is both bad policy and, despite Thursday's Rose Garden celebration, bad politics. If adopted by the Senate, it would end health coverage for millions of Americans. It would also force Republicans running in more...


Schumer Statement on President Trump’s 1st Slate of Lower Court Nominees

May 8, 2017

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer released the below statement after President Trump revealed his first slate of judicial nominees: "With this first slate of lower court nominees, it seems that the President is intent on continuing to outsource the judicial selection process to hard right, special interest groups rather than consulting with Senators on a bipartisan basis. Just as he did with the Supreme Court vacancy, the President is taking the Senate's advice and consent more...


Patient Groups, Doctors, and Experts Agree: Amendments to Trumpcare Would Remove Guarantee for Affordable, Quality Health Coverage for Americans with Preexisting Conditions

May 3, 2017

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) Ended Discrimination Against Those With Pre-existing Conditions Before the ACA, people with pre-existing conditions were either offered much more expensive premiums than they would otherwise receive or offered plans that did not cover important benefits. Some were outright denied coverage.[i] The ACA created two provisions to protect people with pre-existing conditions: Community rating provision: stipulates that a health insurer must rate a community as more...


Senate Dem Leaders Sound Alarm on Trump Admin’s Tax Plan to Add Trillions to National Debt, Say Plan is Trojan Horse for GOP to Slash Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and Other Middle-Class Priorities Down the Road

May 1, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leaders today released a new letter to Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Mick Mulvaney expressing concern with the Trump Administration's recent tax proposal, which would add at least $5.5 trillion to the national debt to finance massive tax breaks to the wealthiest Americans while threatening deep cuts to Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and other middle-class priorities. Specifically, Senate Democrats more...


President Trump's First 100 Days: A Budget Of Broken Promises

April 28, 2017

President Trump made big promises to "Make American Great Again," but in his first 100 days, he proposed a budget that breaks those promises and would make American families struggle even more. PRESIDENT TRUMP'S BUDGET BROKEN PROMISES: NATIONAL SECURITY PROMISE: SAFETY AT HOME Then-Candidate Donald Trump: "My plan will begin with safety at home - which means safe neighborhoods, secure borders, and protection from terrorism." [Politico, 7/21/16] BROKEN: PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS more...


Special Report: President Trump’s Broken Promises On Health Care

April 26, 2017

As a candidate, President Trump promised that, in replacing the Affordable Care Act, he would create a better health care system with lower costs, "insurance for everybody," making all groups better off, and no changes to Medicare. One hundred days into his presidency, President Trump has broken each and every one of these key health care promises - instead he would make our health care system much worse. Trumpcare would result in higher health costs for families, 24 million more uninsured more...


Schumer Remarks at Fight for $15 Rally

April 26, 2017

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today delivered remarks in support of legislation raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour. Below are his remarks: Thank you, thank you and I want to thank my colleagues Senator Sanders and Senator Murray for being here. I want to thank all of you for being here. I want to say hello to CWA, my mother-in-law was in CWA and they got her good health care, good wages, and a good pension before she passed away. Now, today is the 97th day more...


Schumer Statement on President Trump’s Tax Outline

April 26, 2017

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today released the statement in response to President Trump's tax outline: "At a time when income distribution is getting even worse in America, the President's outline clearly makes life easier for the wealthy and special interests and makes life harder for middle class and lower income Americans. It couldn't come at a worse time. "Clearly, the President and those at his level of wealth would benefit while tens of millions of American more...


Schumer Statement on Net Neutrality

April 26, 2017

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer released the below statement following news FCC Chairman Ajit Varadaraj Pai seeks to reverse net neutrality law: "Today, the FCC chairman announced a dramatic step in the wrong direction for the future of the internet with his plans to unravel net neutrality. Chairman Pai's action will do nothing to invigorate our economy or spark innovation. Instead, it just creates an aggravating experience for consumers and potentially bank-breaking more...


Schumer Statement on Health Care Payments and Omnibus Negotiations

April 26, 2017

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer released the below statement regarding current spending bill negotiations: "It is good that once again the president seems to be backing off his threat to hold health care and government funding hostage. These payments are essential to ensuring that millions of Americans won't see their premiums skyrocket, and they won't be kicked off their plan. Like the withdrawal of money for the wall, this decision brings us closer to a bipartisan more...


Schumer Statement on Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn

April 25, 2017

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer delivered the below statement following revelations that former national security adviser Michael Flynn violated the law while working on behalf of a foreign government: "The disturbing news that General Flynn may have violated the law in connection with his security clearance may be just the tip of the iceberg. These revelations highlight the importance of the intelligence committee working in a bipartisan way to request and receive more...

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