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In New Letter, Senate Dems Demand Administration Kick Into High Gear On-Going Power Restoration Efforts In Puerto Rico & US Virgin Islands – Administration’s Current Lack Of Coordination, Failure To Move Quickly, And Absence Of A Clear Chain Of Command Is Threatening Efforts & Jeopardizing Health And Safety Of Local Communities

October 27, 2017

Washington, DC - U.S. Senate Democrats today released a new letter to administration officials demanding agencies expedite and better coordinate the on-going power restoration efforts in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. The Democrats said the administration's current lack of coordination with local officials, clearances for crews to begin their restoration work, lack of materials and support services, and a clear chain of command on the ground is threatening recovery and rebuilding more...


Schumer Statement on House Passage of the FY2018 Budget

October 26, 2017

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today released the following statement in response to the House passage of the FY2018 budget: "The Trump Republican budget takes a sledgehammer to Medicare and Medicaid while greasing the skids for a tax bill that would raise taxes on middle class families while giving the wealthy and giant corporations a tax break and blowing a huge hole in the deficit. "The struggle Republicans had in passing the budget shows how uncomfortable many of them are more...


Schumer, Pelosi Urge President Trump To Veto Just-Passed Bill That Provides Legal Immunity To The Most Egregious Corporate Actions Of Big Financial Institutions, At The Expense Of Consumers & The Public

October 25, 2017

Washington, D.C. - In a new letter released today, U.S. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and U.S. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) urged President Trump to veto a bill passed by Republicans in the dark of night that strips consumers of critical protections against banks and special interests that have wronged them. Senate and House Republicans voted to support forced arbitration clauses through the repeal of a critical Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) rule, more...


Schumer Statement on CFPB Mandatory Arbitration Rule

October 24, 2017

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today released the following statement regarding the CFPB mandatory arbitration rule: "By attacking this rule, Republicans are throwing consumers under the bus all so that companies like Wells Fargo and Equifax won't be punished for their wrongdoing. "Attacking this rule gives a green light to banks and financial firms to cut corners and wrong consumers, knowing that they won't have to pay a real price on the back end. It's one of the clearest more...


Schumer Statement on Senator Jeff Flake’s Retirement

October 24, 2017

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today released the following statement regarding the retirement of Senator Jeff Flake: "He is one of the finest human beings I've met in politics. He is moral, upright, and strong and he will be missed by just about everybody in the more...


Schumer: That President Trump And Republicans Have Even Considered 401k Tax Shows How Backwards Their Plan Is

October 23, 2017

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today delivered remarks on the Senate floor underscoring how the GOP tax plan would disproportionately advantage the wealthy over the middle class: "The Republicans are so wedded to their desire to give a massive tax break to big corporations and the super-rich, which will blow up the deficit even in their fake math models, that they're searching for new ways to sock it to the middle classes to make up the difference. First, Republicans debated more...


Schumer Statement Regarding Treasury Report Attacking CFPB’s Forced Arbitration Rule

October 23, 2017

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today released the following statement in response to the U.S. Department of Treasury's report criticizing the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's (CFPB) rule restricting mandatory arbitration: "With this report, the Trump administration has twisted itself into a pretzel to try to undermine a rule that protects consumers from unscrupulous actors like Equifax and Wells Fargo. For far too long, big businesses have bullied consumers into mandatory more...


Senate Dems: Trump Admin’s Promise To Crack Down On China’s Trade Practices Should Not Take A Back Seat To GOP’s Tax Plan To The Detriment Of U.S. Aluminum And Steel Workers; Dems Urge Commerce Dept. To Complete Steel/Aluminum Investigation & Present Findings To President Before His November Trip To China

October 23, 2017

Washington, DC - In a new letter to President Trump and Department of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, U.S. Senate Democrats today urged the administration to keep its promise to quickly level the playing field for steel and aluminum workers, rather than delaying action in order to prioritize the GOP's tax proposal. In the letter, the Senate Democrats explain that the Trump administration initially began its critical Sec. 232 investigations - which examine how imports could undermine the more...


With Puerto Rico in Crisis, Schumer & Reps Velàzquez, Serrano Demand White House Appoint Emergency ‘Chief Executive Of Response & Recovery’ With Direct Line To President; 80% Of Island Still Has No Power, Ports Are a Mess; Supplies Can’t Get In; Clean Water Lacking; New Position Would Bring All Fed Agencies Together To Turn Lights Back On, Get Clean Water Flowing, Help Millions Recover

October 22, 2017

Amidst continued crisis from the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer, today, urged the White House to immediately appoint an experienced emergency "CEO of Response & Recovery" to coordinate the federal response in Puerto Rico. Schumer said this individual would have a direct line and access to the President, the Governor of Puerto Rico, all Cabinet Secretaries, members of Congress, and local Puerto Rican officials to help coordinate relief efforts and assist more...


Schumer Responds to Leader McConnell Comments on Murray-Alexander Healthcare Bill

October 22, 2017

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today released the following statement regarding the bipartisan Murray-Alexander healthcare legislation: "The president holds the key to preventing premiums from going up. Now that Leader McConnell has made it clear he will put the Murray-Alexander bill on the floor as soon as the president supports it, the president should say that he does. But even if the president doesn't offer his support, I would respectfully urge Leader McConnell to put it more...


Schumer Statement on FY2017 Budget Deficit

October 20, 2017

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer released the following statement regarding the impact the GOP budget would have on the national deficit: "With the deficit as large and growing as quickly as it is, Republicans pursuing a reckless plan that would blow a huge hole in the deficit and put Medicare and Medicaid at risk is the height of irresponsibility. Instead, Republicans should work with Democrats on tax reform that is deficit neutral and focused on the middle more...


Schumer Statement on Republican Proposal to Hike Taxes on Americans Saving for Retirement

October 20, 2017

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today released the following statement in response to a report indicating the GOP tax proposal may include a cap on the amount of pretax money families can contribute to retirement plans: "Republicans are so determined to cut taxes on the wealthy that they're willing to tax the retirement accounts of millions of middle class Americans. The GOP's total devotion to millionaires and billionaires comes at the expense of every family using a 401k to more...


Schumer Statement on the Budget

October 19, 2017

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today released the following statement on the Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Resolution: "This nasty and backwards budget green lights cuts to Medicare and Medicaid in order to give a tax break to big corporations and the wealthiest Americans. It shifts the burden from the wealthy and puts it squarely on the back of the middle class, and blows a hole in the deficit to boot. "I think it will go down in history as one of the worst budgets Congress has more...


Schumer Urges Leader McConnell to Put Murray-Alexander Deal on the Floor

October 19, 2017

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today released the following statement urging Leader McConnell to bring the bipartisan healthcare deal reached by Senators Patty Murray and Lamar Alexander to the Senate floor: "I want to thank Senators Murray and Alexander for their hard work, and unwavering commitment to bipartisan solutions when it comes to health care. "Now that a number of Republican Senators have come forward to support this sensible, bipartisan package, I strongly urge more...


Schumer Statement on Rep. Marino’s Drug Czar Nomination Withdrawal

October 17, 2017

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today released the below statement following the announcement that Congressman Tom Marino has withdrawn his nomination as drug czar: "Rep. Marino's decision to withdraw from consideration as drug czar is the right decision, though the fact that he was nominated in the first place is further evidence that when it comes to the opioid crisis, the Trump administration talks the talk, but refuses to walk the walk. "The opioid crisis demands that the more...


Schumer in Response to VP Pence’s Visit to Buffalo on Tuesday

October 16, 2017

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today released the following statement in response to Vice President Pence's visit to Buffalo: "When Vice President Pence arrives in Buffalo tomorrow, I hope he's prepared to explain why he wants to hike taxes on thousands of middle-class families in the Buffalo area and across the country. It hurts the middle class; it hammers the New York economy; and it undermines property values. In the three districts in the Western New York area, nearly more...


Schumer Statement on President Trump's Comments On Health Care

October 16, 2017

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today released the following statement in response to President Trump's comments on health care: "For many months, Democrats have been pushing to stabilize the markets and working towards a bipartisan agreement that would keep premiums down for millions of Americans. "I'm hopeful that we are nearing an agreement that makes clear that we have no intention of supporting the President's efforts at sabotage. If he's now supportive of an agreement more...


Schumer Statement on Reports of Military Skirmishes Between Iraqi Government and Kurdish Forces

October 16, 2017

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today released the following statement on reports of military skirmishes between the Iraqi Government and Kurdish Forces "Every ounce of energy and resources the Iraqi government and the Kurdish Peshmerga spend fighting each other should instead be spent fighting ISIS and terrorism in the region. This is especially true when those resources are those sent by the United States I urge the administration to immediately initiate a dialogue between the more...


Editorials Across the Country – Even in Red States – Blast President Trump’s Moves to Undermine the Affordable Care Act

October 16, 2017

USA Today Editorial: Trump sells out your health insurance "Trump's actions are a blatant effort to do himself what Congress refused to do this summer: sabotage the health insurance markets that millions of individual Americans have come to rely on to cover themselves and their families…. Trump's spiteful actions are full of pettiness and partisanship. If his goal is to force congressional Democrats to the bargaining table on health care, he is playing a dangerous game with people's more...


The Trump Administration Is Using Fake Math To Push Tax Cuts for the Wealthiest Americans and Corporations

October 16, 2017

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities: "The evidence indicates that most of the benefits from a corporate rate cut would go to those at the top, with only a small share flowing to low- and moderate-income families. Mainstream estimates conclude that more than one-third of the benefit of corporate rate cuts flows to the top 1 percent of Americans, and 70 percent flows to the top fifth. Corporate rate cuts could even hurt most Americans since they must eventually be paid for with other tax more...

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