Press Releases

Schumer Statement on Preserving Judicial Blue Slip Process In the Senate

October 11, 2017

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today released the following statement in response to Senator McConnell’s dismissal of the use of blue slips:“The Senate has fewer and fewer mechanisms that create bipartisanship and bring people to an agreement. The blue slips are one of them. It’s just a shame that Senator McConnell is willing to abandon it for circuit court judges. “We hope that Chairman Grassley, who has always believed in the traditions of the Senate, more...


Schumer Statement on the Repeal of the Clean Power Plan

October 10, 2017

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today released the following statement in response to the EPA’s decision to repeal the Clean Power Plan:“At a time when Americans are experiencing extreme and dangerous weather more frequently than ever before, the last thing we should do is roll back actions to combat climate more...


Schumer and Pelosi Joint Statement on Trump Administration's Immigration Principles

October 8, 2017

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi issued the following joint statement after the Trump Administration released immigration principles Sunday evening:“The Administration can't be serious about compromise or helping the Dreamers if they begin with a list that is anathema to the Dreamers, to the immigrant community and to the vast majority of Americans.“We told the President at our meeting that we were open to reasonable border more...


Schumer Statement on Trump Administration’s Move to Roll Back Access to Birth Control

October 6, 2017

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today released the below statement following the Trump Administration’s decision to roll back the Affordable Care Act birth control mandate:“This outrageous decision rips a fundamental right away from millions of hard working women in the workplace, risking their access to the critical healthcare coverage they depend on and have earned. We have long turned the page on the days when a boss could stand in between a woman and her own healthcare more...


Schumer Remarks on State and Local Tax Deductions In GOP Tax Plan

October 5, 2017

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today delivered remarks during a press conference regarding the state and local tax deductions in the GOP tax plan:Okay, good afternoon everybody. And as you know I’ve been focused on tax reform for the last few weeks. And today, I want to talk about something that I think is the Achilles heel - one of them - but the first to be prominent, of the Republican tax plan. And that is the repeal of state and local deducibility. First, I’d like to show more...


Schumer Statement on Administration’s Natural Disaster Supplemental Request

October 4, 2017

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today released the following statement regarding the administration’s natural disaster supplemental request:“This funding request is a good start, but those affected by Maria, Harvey, Irma and wildfires still have a long and difficult road ahead. “In order to speed up the road to recovery and rebuilding from the storms and wildfires, it’s imperative that Congress quickly pass additional aid including Community Development Block Grants to help more...


Schumer Statement on the Reauthorization of CHIP

October 4, 2017

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today released the following statement regarding the reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program:“Now that the Senate Finance committee has reauthorized the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), Leader McConnell should immediately put this bill to the Senate floor for a vote and include much-needed bipartisan provisions to stabilize the markets, lower premiums in 2018, and renew funding for community health centers and numerous more...


In New Letter To President Trump, Senate & House Democrats Urge The President To Keep his Promise & Reject Proposed GOP Budgets That Cut Critical Medicare & Medicaid Programs In Order To Fund Tax Cuts For The Wealthy

October 4, 2017

Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Senate and House Democrats today wrote a letter to President Donald Trump urging him to reject the GOP’s proposed budget that would cut vital programs like Medicare and Medicaid in order to finance tax cuts for the wealthy. During his presidential campaign, then President-elect Trump vowed he would not touch such critical programs that middle class Americans rely on when they are in most need. Democrats urged the President to keep this promise and reject the GOP’s more...


Schumer Statement on the DACA Hearing in Senate Judiciary Committee

October 3, 2017

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today released the following statement in response to the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program:“If Republicans continue to insist on measures outside of the Dream Act and sensible border security that excludes the wall, they’re going to risk ruining a bipartisan agreement to protect the Dreamers. Rather than trying to build up a deportation force, we hope Republicans in Congress will work more...


Schumer Statement on the Nomination of FCC Chairman, Mr. Ajit Pai

October 2, 2017

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer submitted the following statement into the Congressional record regarding the nomination of FCC Chairman, Mr. Ajit Pai: Mr. President, shortly the Senate will vote on the nominee to be Chairman of the FCC, Mr. Ajit Pai.I cannot support this nominee for the office of Chairman. The FCC is tasked with the critical role of protecting consumers and promoting innovation in the telecommunications and technological fields that are becoming more and more more...


On CBS’ Face The Nation, Schumer Calls Elimination of State and Local Deduction First Achilles Heel of Republican Tax Plan; Schumer Also Says President’s Hurricane Maria Relief Efforts in Puerto Rico Have Been Slow-Footed, Disorganized, and Not Adequate – Urges President to Roll Up His Sleeves And Get to Work

October 1, 2017

On CBS’ Face the Nation, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today called the elimination of the state and local tax deduction the first Achilles heel of the Republican tax plan and said it will be a real test for the Congressional Republicans who represent the states that would be hurt most by the elimination of this deduction. Leader Schumer also called President Trump’s Hurricane Maria relief efforts in Puerto Rico slow-footed, disorganized and not adequate and urged the President more...


Schumer Statement on Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price’s Resignation

September 29, 2017

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer released the below statement following Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price’s resignation:“The mission of the Health and Human Services secretary should be to support Americans’ health care, not take it away. The next HHS secretary must follow the law when it comes to the Affordable Care Act instead of trying to more...


Schumer Responds to President Trump’s Speech on Taxes Before National Association of Manufacturers

September 29, 2017

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer released the below statement following President Trump’s speech regarding taxes:“Time and time again Republicans have argued that tax cuts for big business and the wealthy will grow the economy, but each time that promise has proven to ring hollow. Cutting taxes for the wealthiest Americans and giant corporations leads to bigger CEO bonuses, more stock buybacks and dividends for shareholders - not jobs and higher wages.“Rather than proposing more...


Schumer Statement on Senate Republican Budget

September 29, 2017

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer released the following statement regarding the recently released Senate Republican budget: “The Senate Republican budget is the clearest sign yet that Republicans are intent on pursuing a tax plan that would blow a huge hole in the deficit and stack up debt, leading to cuts in programs that middle-class Americans rely on. This budget would green light a tax scheme that could very well put Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid on the more...


Schumer Statement on Justice Gorsuch’s Speech at the Trump Hotel

September 28, 2017

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer released the following statement regarding Justice Gorsuch’s speech at the Trump hotel: “Justice Gorsuch speaking to a conservative group in the Trump Hotel, where the President continues to hold a financial stake, is everything that was wrong with his nomination. There's a reason we questioned his independence during his confirmation more...


Schumer Calls on Administration to Back An Independent Kurdish State

September 27, 2017

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today released the following statement in support of an independent Kurdish State after an overwhelming 93% of Kurds voted Monday in favor of independence from Iraq:“Monday’s historic vote in Iraqi Kurdistan should be recognized and respected by the world, and the Kurdish people of northern Iraq have my utmost support. I believe the Kurds should have an independent state as soon as possible and that the position of the United States more...


Schumer Statement on Senator Corker’s Retirement

September 26, 2017

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer released the following statement regarding Senator Corker’s retirement announcement: “Bob Corker is a friend and a fine, conscientious, and hard-working senator. His thoughtfulness and dedication to the job make him a model Senator. We all regret him more...


After Call With Puerto Rico’s Governor, Schumer Calls for Immediate Aid to Puerto Rico

September 26, 2017

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today delivered remarks at a press conference regarding the urgent need for the Senate to pass an aid package for Puerto Rico. Below are his remarks:A couple of hours ago, I spoke again with the Governor of Puerto Rico, as they and the US Virgin Islands are recovering from significant damage after Hurricane Maria. It is impossible, impossible, to overstate the seriousness of the situation on the island. I’ve never seen any disaster take a more...


Schumer Statement on Graham-Cassidy and Future of Health Care Repeal Effort

September 26, 2017

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today released the below statement following Senate Republicans’ decision not to hold a vote on Graham-Cassidy:“President Trump and our Republican colleagues should learn that the American people do not want to cut health care. If they try it a third time, they will fail again for the simple reason that the public is against what they want to do. “Instead of trying to cut health care, we Democrats are ready, willing and eager more...


Schumer Calls for Pivot Away from Graham-Cassidy, Back to Bipartisan Process

September 25, 2017

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer released the following statement calling for a pivot away from the Graham-Cassidy bill, and back to the bipartisan process:“A number of Republican senators have expressed their opposition to this bill, most recently Senator Collins. To Senator Collins, and to the rest of my Republican colleagues, I want to say this: once repeal is off the table, we want to work with you to improve the existing system. Once this bill goes down, we are ready to more...

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