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Schumer Calls On Leader McConnell, Senate GOP Committee Chairmen To Take Immediate Action To Secure Intelligence Community Whistleblower Complaint And Launch Investigation Into Withheld Ukraine Aid; Schumer Outlines Five Actions The Republican-Led Senate Can Take Now To Hold Trump Administration Accountable

September 23, 2019

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell demanding the Republican majority take immediate action to stop President Trump from withholding an "urgent" and "credible" Intelligence Community whistleblower complaint from Congress and to begin an investigation into the Administration's handling of military aid to Ukraine. In the letter, Leader Schumer calls on Senate Republicans to immediately take five specific more...


Schumer Statement On The Two-Year Anniversary of Hurricane Maria

September 20, 2019

Washington, D.C. -U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today released the following statement on the two-year anniversary of Hurricane Maria making landfall on Puerto Rico. Hurricane Maria was one of the worst natural disasters in the island's history, killing almost 3,000 people: "It is shameful that two years after Hurricanes Maria and Irma, Puerto Rico is still unable to access more than $18.4 billion in federally appropriated resources because of the Trump administration's stonewalling. And the more...


Schumer Statement On Report Detailing “Dire Outcomes” For Military Families If GOP Refuses To Stop The Trump Administration’s Plan To Steal Funds For Military Construction Projects To Pay For Border Wall

September 18, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today released the following statement following the report that there will be "dire outcomes" for military families if Republicans refuse to terminate the president's emergency declaration and stop the Trump administration's plan to steal funds for military construction projects in order to pay for the border wall: "No surprise: stealing $3.6 billion from the Department of Defense for an ineffective, expensive southern border wall weakens more...


Senate Dem Leaders Urge Republicans To Negotiate Bipartisan Spending Allocations Instead Of Stealing Much-Needed Funds From Domestic Priorities And Military Construction Projects To Pay For The President's Border Wall

September 17, 2019

Washington, D.C.-Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Assistant Democratic Leader Patty Murray (D-WA), Democratic Policy and Communications Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), and Senate Committee on Appropriations Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) today sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Senate Committee on Appropriations Chairman Richard Shelby (R-AL), urging Republicans to work with Democrats to more...


Schumer Statement On The Passing Of Cokie Roberts

September 17, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today released the following statement on the passing of journalist Cokie Roberts: "Cokie Roberts's passing is a tremendous loss for her friends, her family, her profession, and her country. She was a pioneer who led the way for so many women in journalism who came after her. My prayers are with her husband Steven, her children, and her whole family today. I first met Cokie 50 years ago when she was a producer for 'It's Academic,' a high school more...


What They’re Saying: Editorial Boards Across The Country Slam President Trump For Diverting Military Construction Funds To His Unnecessary, Ineffective Border Wall That He Promised Mexico Would Pay For

September 17, 2019

EDITORIAL BOARDS SAY THE PRESIDENT'S RAID OF MILITARY CONSTRUCTION FUNDS - FOR THE WALL HE INSISTED MEXICO WOULD PAY FOR - THREATENS NATIONAL SECURITY AND HARMS THE MILITARY AND LOCAL COMMUNITIES. Bloomberg Editorial: Trump's Wall Threatens the Nation's Defenses. "Kudos to the Pentagon for shedding more light on an enduring mystery of Donald Trump's administration: Who will pay for building a wall along the 2,000-mile U.S. border with Mexico? The answer: Not Mexico, as the president has more...


Schumer, Cotton Request FCC Conduct Review Of Prior FCC-Granted Licenses Authorizing Two Chinese Telecomm Companies – Owned And Controlled By The Chinese Government – To Operate In The U.S.; Senators’ Letter Follows FCC’s Recent Rejection Of China Mobile USA’s Application For Same Authorization On National Security Grounds

September 16, 2019

Washington, D.C.-Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) today sent a letter to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai, requesting that the FCC open a proceeding to review whether its legacy Section 214 authorizations of Chinese-state owned telecommunications companies China Telecom and China Unicom continue to serve the public interest and, if necessary, should be revoked. The FCC recently voted unanimously to deny Chinese-state owned more...


Schumer, Pelosi Joint Statement on Phone Conversation with President Trump 200 Days Since House Passage of Bipartisan Background Checks Legislation

September 15, 2019

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and Speaker Nancy Pelosi released this joint statement after they spoke to President Donald Trump by phone this morning at their request. The call marked 200 days since the Democratic House passed H.R. 8 and H.R. 1112, bipartisan legislation to expand background checks to include guns sold at gun shows, online and through person-to-person and to close the Charleston loophole that enabled the tragic hate crime at Mother Emanuel more...


Schumer, Gillibrand Denounce Menashi Nomination To New York 2nd Circuit, Cite Long, Disturbing Record

September 11, 2019

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) today released the following statement opposing Steven Menashi's nomination to the United States Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York. The Senators express deep concern with Menashi's long, disturbing record-including his central role in executing Secretary of Education Betsy Devos's crusade to hinder sexual assault victims seeking justice, fund schools brazenly discriminatory to more...


Following Senate Dem Request, Federal Watchdog Says They Will Investigate Trump Admin’s Efforts To Seize Privately Held Land To Build Southern Border Wall

September 11, 2019

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democrats today announced that the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) will investigate the Trump administration's efforts to use eminent domain to "take the land" of private landowners by any means necessary to build an expensive, ineffective southern border wall after Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), Senator Tom Udall (D-NM), and Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM) first requested the investigation in an August 2019 more...


President Trump Promised Mexico Would Pay For His Expensive, Ineffective Border Wall – Instead, American Families Are Footing The Bill

September 10, 2019

President Trump promised, again and again, that Mexico would pay for the vanity project that is his expensive, ineffective southern border wall. Instead, American families are paying the steep price, as the president has diverted much-needed funds intended for schools, military facilities, child care centers, hurricane recovery, and other critical projects in communities across the country to pay for his costly vanity project. Senate Democrats are releasing a new video highlighting the price more...


What They’re Saying: Editorial Boards Across The Country Continue To Call On President Trump And Senator Mitch McConnell To Take Action On Universal Background Checks.

September 10, 2019

EDITORIAL BOARDS ARE CALLING ON PRESIDENT TRUMP AND SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH MCCONNELL TO STOP BLOCKING UNIVERSAL BACKGROUND CHECK LEGISLATION SUPPORTED BY MORE THAN 90% OF AMERICANS Washington Post Editorial: No, Sens. McConnell and Blunt. You're the Ones Who Need to Step Up. "The House has passed bipartisan gun legislation that includes expanding federal background checks. A new Post-ABC News Poll shows overwhelming support for the reform, across party and demographic lines. House more...


Schumer Statement On Report That Republicans’ Healthcare Sabotage Has Resulted In Millions Fewer People With Healthcare Insurance Coverage And Skyrocketing Costs

September 10, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today released the following statement in response to the report that the Republicans' healthcare sabotage has resulted in millions fewer people with health insurance coverage and skyrocketing costs for American families: "The relentless effort by Republicans to sabotage our healthcare system has resulted in millions of fewer Americans with health insurance and skyrocketing costs for American families. The American people want Congress to protect more...


Schumer Statement On President Trump Firing National Security Advisor John Bolton

September 10, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today released the following statement after President Trump fired National Security Advisor John Bolton: "Today's action by the president is just the latest example of his government-by-chaos approach and his rudderless national security policy. When Ambassador Bolton's extreme views aren't enough for you, the United States is headed for even more chaotic more...


Schumer Statement On Report That Secretary Of Commerce Wilbur Ross Threatened Firings At NOAA After The Agency Contradicted President Trump’s Erroneous Claims

September 9, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today released the following statement in response to the report that Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross threatened to fire employees at NOAA after the agency's Birmingham office contradicted President Trump's claim that Hurricane Dorian would impact Alabama: "Secretary Ross appears to be learning all the wrong lessons from President Trump's friends President Putin and Chairman Kim. What started as an embarrassment from the president has snowballed more...


Leader Schumer And Speaker Pelosi Send Letter To President Trump Calling On President To Support House-Passed Bipartisan Background Checks Act And Help Save Lives

September 9, 2019

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) today sent a letter to President Trump urging him to publicly support the House-passed, Bipartisan Background Checks Act, H.R.8., noting his recent show of support for stronger background checks. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) stated in early September that "if the president took a position on a bill, so that we knew we would actually be making a law, and not just having serial more...


Senate Democrats Urge President Trump To Push For Action Against North Korea For Violation Of U.N. Security Resolutions And To Redouble Efforts To Build Pragmatic Path To Verifiable Denuclearization

September 6, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Ranking Member Bob Menendez (D-NJ), U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations Ranking Member Patrick Leahy (D-VT), U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Ranking Member Sherrod Brown (D-OH), U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services more...


Schumer Statement On President Trump Raiding $771 Million From Program To Counter Russian Aggression To Pay For Unnecessary Wall He Said Mexico Would Pay For

September 5, 2019

Washington, D.C. - Today, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) issued the following statement after President Trump's Department of Defense outlined the programs and projects it plans to defund in order to pay for President Trump's unnecessary wall, defying Congress's power of the purse. In addition to the funds stolen from state and local economies around the country, President Trump is taking $771 million from the European Defense Initiative, which is a program requested by our more...


Schumer Statement On Reports That Odessa, TX Shooter Purchased Rifle At Private Sale, Bypassing Background Check

September 3, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today released the following statement after reports that the gunman who killed seven people in Odessa, Texas purchased his murder weapon at a private sale, bypassing a federal background check: "If the House-passed background checks bill would have been signed into law, this tragedy could have been avoided. Leader McConnell-you have no excuse. The Senate must vote on the House bill next week-not a diluted bill, not a bill on other matters. We more...


Schumer Strongly Condemns Trump Administration Taking Money From Important Military Construction Projects In New York, Across The United States, And Around The World To Pay For Ineffective Border Wall

September 3, 2019

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today released the following statement after U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper notified Congressional leaders that the Pentagon will reprogram $3.6 billion in funding intended for military construction projects for our troops to build President Trump's border wall. Schumer said that the lost funding would delay critical construction projects at military installations in New York, such as the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. more...

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