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Warren, Schumer, Blumenthal Release New Findings And Documents From Investigation Of Trump-Kushner "Project Air Bridge" Coronavirus Response

June 9, 2020

Formally Request New CARES Act Inspectors General Oversight Committee To Investigate Trump Administration Effort To Expedite The Distribution Of Critical COVID-19 Medical SuppliesTrump Administration Response Marred By Delays, Incompetence, Confusion, & Secrecy Six Private Sector Medical Supply Companies Part Of Project Air Bridge Responded To Questions From Warren and BlumenthalLetter to Pandemic Response Accountability Committee (PDF) Cardinal Response (PDF) | Concordance more...


In New Letter, Schumer And Pelosi Call On President Trump To Immediately Tear Down New Walls And Reopen Lafayette Square To Public; Dem Leaders Say Trump Admin. Has Turned Symbol Of Freedom And Openness Into Oppressive Space Resembling Militarized Zone

June 8, 2020

Leader Schumer And Speaker Pelosi To President Trump: Immediately Reopen Lafayette Square To The Public Washington, D.C.—Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) today sent a letter to President Donald Trump, demanding that he immediately reopen Lafayette Square, a space long used by Americans to freely exercise their First Amendment rights, and recently closed to the public following a wave of peaceful protests.In the letter, Leader Schumer more...


Schumer And Wyden Demand Dept. Of Labor Watchdog Investigate Florida’s Failure To Distribute Expanded Unemployment Benefits To More Than One Million Residents; Say The State Has Processed Only 28% of Applications

June 8, 2020

In New Letter To Dept. Of Labor IG, Sens. Schumer And Wyden Call For Investigation of Florida Department Of Economic Opportunity’s (FLDEO) Failure To Distribute Unemployment Benefits To More Than One Million Residents Despite CARES Act Expansion Of Benefits To Those Traditionally Ineligible For State Unemployment Insurance Senators Say FLDEO Also Failed To Address State Unemployment System’s Deficiencies Pre-COVID, Despite Repeated Warnings; System Now Plagued By Persistent more...


Senator Jones Delivers Weekly Democratic Address

June 5, 2020

“The test we all face today is not only in changing our laws,” said Senator Doug Jones (D-AL). “We must commit ourselves to personal and systemic change. Can we see the dignity and the humanity of those who in some way are not like us? Can we have hope for others and work for their success? We must pass this test together. And we must maintain as a sense of urgency at reforming the laws and institutions that have perpetuated inequality and injustice.” Washington, D.C. - As Americans more...


Schumer Statement On New Jobs Numbers: Now Is Not The Time To Be Complacent

June 5, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer released the following statement today in response to the latest jobs report, warning Republicans that, with unemployment above 13% and an ongoing public health crisis, now is not a time to be complacent:“With nearly 20 million people out of work and unemployment among African Americans increasing, now is not the time to be complacent or take a victory lap.“Thirteen percent unemployment is not ‘joyous’ or ‘stupendous’ as President more...


TRANSCRIPT: On MSNBC, Schumer Reacts To Latest Jobs Numbers, Says Now Is Not Time To Be Complacent And Senate Republicans Must Pass Necessary And Urgent Legislation To Address Ongoing Public Health And Economic Crises; Schumer Also Calls On McConnell To Hold Senate Vote On Law Enforcement Reform Legislation This Month

June 5, 2020

Washington, D.C. -Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today appeared on MSNBC Live and reacted to the latest jobs report, warning Republicans that, with unemployment above 13% and an ongoing public health crisis, now is not a time to be complacent. Senator Schumer also urged Senate Republicans to join Democrats to pass urgent and necessary legislation to address these ongoing crises roiling the lives of tens of millions of Americans and called on Leader McConnell to hold a Senate more...


Schumer, Warren, Rep. Velázquez Lead Democratic Lawmakers In Expressing Concern About The Department Of Education’s Conditions Imposed Upon Puerto Rico’s Access To Governor’s Education Emergency Relief And Elementary And Secondary Emergency Relief Funding

June 4, 2020

Washington, D.C.— Led by United States Senate Democratic Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY), 29 Members of Congress wrote the Department of Education in expressing concern on the conditions imposed upon Puerto Rico’s access to Governor’s Education Emergency Relief (GEER) and Elementary and Secondary Emergency Relief (ESSER) funding. The lawmakers ask that the Department use its authority to immediately disburse funding more...


Schumer Statement On President Trump’s Executive Order To Waive Environmental Review

June 4, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer released the following statement today in response to reporting that President Trump will sign an executive order to waive environmental review on major projects:“Environmental reviews are critical to the protection of public health and one of the last lines of defense to give communities of color, indigenous people and the poor a voice in major infrastructure projects that happen in their backyards. By signing this executive more...


Schumer Statement On Former Defense Secretary Mattis’ Denouncement Of President Trump

June 3, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer released the following statement today in response to the former Defense Secretary James Mattis’ rebuke of President Trump:“That Secretary Mattis, someone who President Trump used to hail as “Mad Dog Mattis”, felt so strongly the need to speak up today further underscores how devastatingly destructive Donald Trump is to our country as more...


TRANSCRIPT: On MSNBC’s All In With Chris Hayes, Sen. Schumer Rebukes Senate Republicans For Blocking Resolution To Condemn President Trump’s Unconstitutional Attacks On Peaceful Protesters

June 2, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today appeared on MSNBC’s All In With Chris Hayes and rebuked Senate Republicans for blocking a resolution that would condemn President Trump’s unconstitutional attack on peaceful protestors. Below is a transcript of the interview:Chris Hayes: Here with me now, Senator Chuck Schumer, Democratic Leader in the Senate, who has been critical of the use of force against peaceful protesters. What do you make of what happened last more...


Joint Schumer, Pelosi Statement On Trump Press Conference & Photo-Op

June 1, 2020

Washington, D.C. -Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement after President Trump tear-gassed peaceful protestors following a press conference in which he ordered troops to “dominate the streets”:“Across our country, Americans are protesting for an end to the pattern of racial injustice and brutality we saw most recently in the murder of George Floyd. “Yet, at a time when our country cries out for unification, this President is ripping it more...


Schumer Statement On Latest Unemployment Numbers And Senate Republicans’ Focus On Chasing Conspiracy Theories

May 28, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer released the following statement today in response to reporting on the latest unemployment numbers:“The cost of Republican inaction grows every day. More than 100,000 Americans have lost their lives and the number that have filed for unemployment has surpassed 40 million, but Senator McConnell and Senate Republicans are still more focused on peddling conspiracy theories to prop up President Trump than they are helping the more...


Schumer Statement On Trump Admin Announcement They Will Set Aside $10 Billion For CDFIs To Participate In The Paycheck Protection Program

May 28, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer released the following statement today after the Treasury Department and Small Business Administration announced they will set aside $10 billion for Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) to participate in the Paycheck Protection Program. Today’s announcement comes after Sen. Schumer has been pushing the administration to do this for months, including in an April letter and on many private phone calls with Secretary more...


Ahead Of The Upcoming Hurricane Season In The Caribbean, Schumer, Rep. Velázquez Lead Democratic Lawmakers In Seeking Answers on How FEMA Is Preparing To Respond To Storms That Hit Puerto Rico And The U.S. Virgin Islands

May 27, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Led by United States Senate Democratic Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) and Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY), 39 Members of Congress wrote the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) ahead of the upcoming hurricane season in the Caribbean, seeking answers to how FEMA is preparing to respond to a storm that hits Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands amidst the numerous other ongoing disasters and recovery efforts.The lawmakers wrote in the letter: “While we deeply hope more...


Schumer, Young, Khanna, Gallagher Unveil Endless Frontier Act To Bolster U.S. Leadership In Science And Tech Innovation And Dramatically Increase Investment In Emerging Tech As China Seeks To Leverage The Coronavirus Pandemic For Their Gain; Coronavirus Pandemic Exposed Enduring Consequences Of U.S. Underinvestment In Scientific Research

May 27, 2020

Schumer, Young, Khanna, Gallagher Push ‘Endless Frontier Act’ To Increase Investments In Discovery, Creation, And Commercialization Of Critical Tech To Preserve America’s Global Leadership Into The Middle Of The 21st CenturyBipartisan, Bicameral ‘Endless Frontier Act’ Proposes Expansion Of National Science Foundation, $100 Billion For Strategically Advancing Science and Tech R&D, And $10 Billion For Establishment Of Regional Technology Hubs Across The Country To Launch New more...


In Letter To SBA Administrator And Treasury Secretary, Schumer, Cardin, Shaheen, And Murray Call On Trump Admin To Stop Targeting Critical Health Care Providers Based On Political Ideology, Implement Loan Programs From CARES Act As Congress Intended

May 26, 2020


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Senator Duckworth Delivers Weekly Democratic Address

May 22, 2020

“While Mitch McConnell is trying to slow-walk the next relief package, claiming that he hasn’t yet, quote, ‘felt the urgency of acting immediately,’ the reality is that the folks I’m hearing from aren’t having any trouble feeling that urgency,” said Senator Duckworth (D-IL). “And I don’t know McConnell’s definition, but when more than 90,000 Americans, including more than 1,000 Veterans, have died in just three months, that certainly qualifies as urgent in my book.” Washington, D.C. - more...


Schumer Announces Opposition To Nomination Of Brian Miller To Be Special Inspector General For Pandemic Recovery

May 19, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today released the following statement following his phone conversation with Brian Miller, President Trump’s nominee to be inspector general for pandemic recovery:“Having a genuine watchdog to oversee the Trump administration’s use of unprecedented levels of taxpayer funds in this pandemic is critically important. In my call with Mr. Miller, he did not convince me that he had the necessary independence to do this job. Mr. Miller more...


TRANSCRIPT: On MSNBC, Schumer Calls Trump Announcement He Takes Unproven Drug Reckless, Says Firing Inspectors General Shows Aversion To Truth

May 18, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer tonight appeared on MSNBC and called President Trump’s announcement that he takes the unproven drug, hydroxychloroquine, reckless and says that Trump’s firing of inspectors general shows his aversion to truth. Below is a transcript of the interview:Steve Kornacki: And I am joined by the Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York. Senator, good evening. Thank you for joining us.Sen. Schumer: Good evening, Steve. more...


TRANSCRIPT: On MSNBC, Schumer Says President Trump Needs To Focus On Testing; Schumer Says Pres. Trump Often Has Grandiose Announcements And Then No Follow Up

May 15, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today appeared on MSNBC and emphasized that President Trump needs to focus on ramping up testing and that the president often makes grandiose announcements without following through. Below is a transcript of the interview:Nicole Wallace: Joining our conversation, New York Democratic Senator and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.Sen. Schumer: Good afternoon.Nicole Wallace: Senator Schumer, it's refreshing I guess these days to more...

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