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Schumer: Trump Admin Budget Again Cuts Funding Aimed At Fighting Corruption In Ukraine Further Proving Linchpin Of Trump Defense In Impeachment Trial Was Total Fabrication

February 10, 2020

Washington, D.C.— Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today released the following statement regarding the Trump administration’s budget proposal that again cuts funding aimed at fighting corruption in Ukraine. Specifically, the Trump administration’s latest budget again proposes a cut of $17 million in support for anti-corruption efforts in Ukraine from the International Narcotics Control and Law Enforcement program and more than a $100 million cut in support for anti-corruption more...


Senate Democrats Demand Housing Agency Remove Unprecedented Obstructions Of Puerto Rico Disaster Funds

February 10, 2020

"HUD's actions make it more difficult for our fellow Americans on the island to receive desperately needed assistance to protect their homes and communities from future disasters" WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), Senator Edward J. Markey (D-MA), Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and Senator more...


State Of The 116th Congress: Majority Leader McConnell’s Legislative Graveyard Continues To Grow As A National Embarrassment

February 10, 2020

Leader McConnell and Senate Republicans have transformed the Senate into a legislative graveyard, refusing to take action on critical legislation to help the American people. Since the beginning of 2019, more than 350 House-passed bills-including hundreds that have bipartisan support-have been buried by Leader McConnell in his legislative graveyard. "There are two reasons why the Senate isn't passing commonsense legislation that the American people back overwhelmingly: Majority Leader Mitch more...


Schumer Statement On The Trump Administration’s Budget Proposal

February 10, 2020

Washington, D.C.- Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today released the following statement regarding the Trump administration's budget proposal: "With his latest budget proposal, it's hard to imagine that President Trump could do any more to double-cross the very American workers and middle-class families he promised to help just last week in his State of the Union address. As typical, President Trump's budget shows his State of the Union address was lie upon lie to the American more...


Following White House Retaliation Against LTC Vindman And Others, Schumer Calls On Defense Department Inspector General And All 74 Federal IGs To Investigate Any And All Retaliation Against Whistleblowers Who Disclose Presidential Misconduct

February 10, 2020

Asks 74 IGs To Defend The Rights Of Federal Employees To Report Wrongdoing, Mismanagement, And Corruption In Letters, Schumer Demands Inspectors General Protect Those Who Make Disclosures To Congress Or IGs Schumer To Inspectors General: Fight For Those Who Come Forward To Tell The Truth Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, following President Trump's dismissal of Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman and his brother Lt. Col. Eugene Vindman from their positions with the National more...


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...

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