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Schumer Hails Inclusion Of Climate Wins In Omnibus Appropriations Bill, Says More Needs To Be Done Under The Biden Administration To Deliver Bold Climate Action

December 21, 2020

Washington, D.C. — Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today issued the following statement lauding the important climate legislation included in the Omnibus Appropriations bill while acknowledging that much more needs to be done under the incoming Biden administration:

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TRANSCRIPT: Remarks By Leader Schumer At Press Conference With Speaker Pelosi On Emergency COVID Relief Agreement

December 20, 2020

Washington, D.C. — Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today at a joint press conference with Speaker Pelosi discussed the emergency coronavirus relief agreement. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks, which can also be viewed here:

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Schumer, Pelosi Joint Statement on Emergency Coronavirus Relief & Omnibus Agreement

December 20, 2020

Washington, D.C. —Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) issued the following statement after reaching agreement on emergency coronavirus relief and omnibus package:

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Leader Schumer, Senate Democrats Announce Significant Additions To The Economic Justice Act, Expanding The Historic Proposal To More Than $435 Billion To Address Systemic Racism And Historic Underinvestment In Communities Of Color

December 18, 2020

Washington, D.C.— Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Senate Democrats today unveiled new additions to the Economic Justice Act, a major legislative proposal that now provides more than $435 billion in immediate and long-term investments in communities of color to address systemic racism and reverse decades of historic underinvestment.  

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Schumer Statement On Biden Naming Key Environment, Energy, And Conservation Officials

December 17, 2020

Washington, D.C. — Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today issued the following statement on President-elect Joe Biden’s announcement naming key members of his environment, energy, and conservation team:  

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Schumer Statement On House And Senate Committee Surprise Billing Agreement

December 11, 2020

Washington, D.C. — Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today released the following statement on the House and Senate committees surprise billing agreement:   

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ICYMI – In New Univision Op-ed, Leader Schumer Calls For An End To Marijuana Prohibition At The Federal Level, Access To Equal Opportunities For Latinos To Marijuana Economic Industry

December 11, 2020

Washington, D.C. — In a new Univision.com op-ed, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) outlined how ending the federal prohibition on marijuana would level the playing field for Latinos and communities of color by providing equal opportunities to the marijuana economy and by lifting the harsh life-long penalizations on marijuana-related sentences. 

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Schumer Statement On Shana Broussard Confirmation

December 9, 2020

Washington, D.C. — Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today released the following statement after the Senate confirmed Shana Broussard to be Commissioner on the Federal Election Commission (FEC), the first African American to serve on the FEC. Leader Schumer recommended Ms. Broussard’s nomination to the White House.

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In New Letter, Leader Schumer, Senator Heinrich And Senate Democrats Write To FBI And DHS Requesting Information On QAnon Threat Posed To America And Abroad

December 8, 2020

Washington, D.C. Today, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Senate Intelligence Committee Member Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM) and Senate Democrats wrote to FBI Director Christopher Wray and Principal Deputy General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Joseph Maher requesting a written assessment to Congress on the threat posed by QAnon, in the United States and abroad. The Senators also request information on the role of foreign influence operations in the inception and amplification of QAnon conspiracy theories. 

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Standing With Reps.-Elect Bowman, Jones & Torres In NYC, Schumer Pushes Plan To Immediately Cancel Up To $50,000 In Student Loan Debt Per Student

December 7, 2020

Senator & Soon-To-Be-Sworn-In Reps Say President Biden Will Have Executive Authority To Cancel Student Loan Debt; Nearly 2.4 Million New Yorkers Owe $89.5 Billion In Federal Student Loans 

Canceling Student Loan Debt Will Relieve A Huge Burden On NY’s Young People, Particularly People Of Color & Families; Student Debt Accounts For Substantial Percentage Of Racial Wealth Gap 

Schumer & Reps-Elect: New Yorkers Need Substantial Relief From Burden Of Student Loans The Pandemic Has Only Made Worse 

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ICYMI - In New Blavity Op-ed, Leader Schumer And Senator Warren Call For The Use Of Executive Branch Authority To Cancel Up To $50,000 In Student Loan Debt On Day One Of The New Administration

December 4, 2020

Brooklyn, N.Y. - In a new Blavity op-ed, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) call for the use of executive branch authority to cancel up to $50,000 in student loan debt on day one of the new administration to help begin to close the racial wealth gap in America. Blavity Op-Ed: Why We, Elizabeth Warren And Chuck Schumer, Believe The Biden-Harris Administration Should Cancel Up To $50K In Student Debt On Day One By: Senate Democratic Leader Chuck more...


Schumer Statement On Ending The Federal Prohibition On Marijuana Following The House Passing The MORE Act

December 4, 2020

Brooklyn, N.Y. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today released the following statement on the House passed MORE Act and called for an end to draconian marijuana laws that have contributed to racial inequality. "For too long, draconian marijuana laws have contributed to racial inequality. By passing the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act, the House has taken a historic step towards finally ending the federal prohibition on marijuana. This bill would more...


Schumer, Pelosi Joint Statement On Need For Bipartisan Coronavirus Relief Negotiations

December 2, 2020

Washington, D.C. – Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) today issued the following joint statement on the importance of bipartisan coronavirus relief negotiations:  

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Schumer Calls For An Environmental Justice Leader To Serve As Next Chair Of The White House Council On Environmental Quality (CEQ)

December 2, 2020

Washington, D.C. — Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) released the following statement today urging that the next Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality be someone who will defend environmental safeguards, meaningfully engage with environmental justice communities, and coordinate a bold climate and clean energy agenda that works for everyone, regardless of zip code.

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Schumer Statement On Allison Clements Confirmation To Be FERC Commissioner

November 30, 2020

Washington, D.C. — Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) tonight released the following statement after the Senate confirmed Allison Clements to be Commissioner on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Leader Schumer recommended Ms. Clements nomination to the White House.

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Schumer Statement On Biden National Security And Foreign Policy Appointments

November 23, 2020

Schumer Statement On Biden National Security And Foreign Policy Appointments Brooklyn, N.Y. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today issued the following statement on President-elect Joe Biden's announcement naming key members of his national security and foreign policy team: "President-elect Biden's announcement of key foreign policy and national security officials are exactly what the moment demands. They are all qualified, accomplished individuals with substantial more...


Following Senate Dem Request, Federal Watchdog Releases Report Detailing Trump Administration’s Disgraceful Efforts To Seize Private Land To Build Ineffective Southern Border Wall

November 23, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democrats today announced that following a letter Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) and Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM) wrote to U.S. Comptroller General Gene Dodaro in August 2019 calling for an investigation into the Trump administration's use of eminent domain to seize private land to build an expensive, ineffective southern border wall, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) more...


Schumer Statement On Senator Feinstein’s Announcement Regarding Committee Assignments In The 117th Congress

November 23, 2020

Brooklyn, N.Y. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) released the following statement today regarding Senator Dianne Feinstein's announcement that she will not seek the position of chairman or ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee in the 117th Congress: "I am deeply grateful for Senator Feinstein's leadership and contributions to our caucus and country as the Ranking Member on the Senate Judiciary Committee over the last four years. As a senior member of the Judiciary, more...


In New Letter To FEMA, Leader Schumer Urges A 90-Day Extension On The Deadline To Provide Input On The Environmental Assessment For The Reconstruction Of Puerto Rico’s Electrical Grid

November 20, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) sent a letter to FEMA Administrator Peter Gaynor strongly urging a 90-day extension from the November 22, 2020 deadline for comments on the Programmatic Environmental Assessment for the Utility Repair, Replacement, and Realignment of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. The comment period comes after an almost $10 billion allocation to FEMA to rebuild the Island's electrical grid in the wake of the 2017 hurricane season. Leader more...


As COVID-19 Cases Continue To Climb, Leader Schumer And Senators Murray, Peters, Baldwin, And Murphy Unveil The Protect Our Heroes Act Of 2020 To Increase Production Of Critical PPE And Address N-95 Mask Shortages Facing Health Care Workers

November 18, 2020

Washington, D.C. –  Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Gary Peters (D-MI), Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), and Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) today unveiled the Protect Our Heroes Act of 2020, a bill that will increase the production of critical personal protective equipment (PPE) like N-95 masks and improve the transparency of the supply and distribution of medical supplies needed to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

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