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Judge Gorsuch’s Record Raises Questions about Ability to be Independent: Shows He is a Republican Loyalist and Proponent of Executive Power

March 21, 2017

The Trump Administration has shown unprecedented disregard for the rule of law and the role of an independent judiciary, making the need for judicial independence greater than ever. Judge Gorsuch's record, however, is of loyal fidelity to conservative, Republican causes. Documents from the Bush Administration show that he was involved in supporting that administration's assertions of broad and unchecked executive power. And on the bench, Judge Gorsuch has eschewed judicial restraint to side more...


Take it From the GOP: Supreme Court Nominees Are Held to a Higher Standard

March 20, 2017

Nominations to our nation's highest court have long warranted and received more scrutiny than any other position. The role of a Supreme Court Justice differs significantly from any other judgeship. As Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley once said, "The Senate's job is not only to provide advice and consent by confirming nominees who are intelligent and accomplished. Our job is to confirm nominees who will be fair and impartial judges, individuals who truly understand the proper role of more...


Myth/Fact: Judge Gorsuch's Record Is Not Extraordinarily Mainstream

March 20, 2017

MYTH: Judge Gorsuch and Republican senators are pointing to the fact that 97% of Judge Gorsuch's cases on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals were decided unanimously, likely trying to argue that he is a mainstream nominee. FACT: A 97% unanimity rate at the circuit court level is not unusual. Appellate courts are required to hear many cases on non-controversial issues of law, which can be, and often are, decided unanimously. Take the 10th Circuit, which averaged 2.3% dissents from 1990-2007. more...


Judge Gorsuch’s Record Suggests He is Not an Independent Voice – He is a Conservative with “the Vision of Donald Trump”

March 17, 2017

Judge Gorsuch may act like a genial, neutral judge, but his record suggests he actually has a radical right-wing agenda and must have met President Trump's pro-life litmus test. Just take it from White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus: Judge Neil Gorsuch "represents a conservative-represents the type of judge that has the vision of Donald Trump and it fulfills the promise that he made to all of you and to all Americans across the country." Judge Gorsuch's most hard-right cheerleaders have more...


Senate Dem Leaders Urge Republicans to Work in Bipartisan Way to Avoid Gov't Shutdown In April - Warn That Poison Pill Riders Including Defunding Planned Parenthood & Border Wall Would Result In Republican Shutdown

March 13, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Democratic Leader Charles E. Schumer, Senators Patrick Leahy, Vice Chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriations, Dick Durbin, Patty Murray and Debbie Stabenow today released a new letter to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Chairman Thad Cochran urging them to adhere to the principles agreed upon in Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, as Congress prepares to begin the 2018 appropriations process. In the letter, the Senators urged Senate Republicans to adhere more...


Schumer Urges Dept. of Justice Inspector General to Launch Immediate Investigation Into Whether There Has Been Any Political Interference With Investigation Into Trump Campaign Ties to Russia

March 6, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Democratic Leader Charles E. Schumer today urged U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Inspector Michael E. Horowitz to launch an immediate investigation into whether there has been any political interference with ongoing DOJ investigations, including those related to President Trump's campaign and transition, the administration's contacts with the Russian Federation, and Russian attempts to interfere with the 2016 U.S. election. In a new letter to the DOJ Inspector more...


Schumer Calls For Attorney General Sessions to Resign, Outlines Three Critical Steps to Ensure Integrity of Investigation Into Ties Between President Trump's Campaign Officials and Russia

March 2, 2017

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today called on Attorney General Sessions to resign and outlined the three necessary steps that would ensure the integrity of the investigation into ties between President Trump's campaign associates and Russia. Below are his remarks: Last night, when I read the revelations regarding Attorney General Sessions' contact with the Russian Ambassador and his decision to mislead Congress about those contacts, I felt a knot in the pit of my more...


Schumer Remarks on Trumpcare: Seniors, Women, Millennials, & those with Disabilities will Pay More for Less Coverage

February 27, 2017

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today delivered remarks during a press conference on how seniors, women, millennials and those with disabilities will pay more for less coverage. Below are his remarks as delivered: Hello everybody, good morning. Thank you for coming, we arranged for some nice weather, even though there are cloudy days ahead if health care passes, if TrumpCare passes. I want to thank everyone for coming. my colleagues, Senators Stabenow and King and our more...


Schumer Prebuttal to President Trump’s Speech to Joint Session of Congress: Populist Platitudes Will Cover Up Hard-Right Agenda

February 27, 2017

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer, alongside House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, offered prebuttal remarks ahead of President Trump's first speech to a joint session of Congress. Below are his remarks: Thank you Leader Pelosi, who continues to be an excellent leader of the Democrats in the House, and thanks to the National Press Club for hosting us this afternoon. Before I get into tomorrow's speech, I want to briefly take a step back and look at the first month of the more...


Schumer, Pelosi Announce Democratic Response to President Trump's Joint Address To Congress

February 24, 2017

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senate Democratic Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi today announced that Steven Beshear, who was the 61st Governor of Kentucky, will deliver the Democratic response to President Donald Trump's first joint address to Congress next week. They also announced that immigration activist and DREAMer, Astrid Silva, will deliver the Spanish language response to the speech. Silva is a DREAMer from Nevada working with DREAM Big more...


Schumer Statement on President Trump’s Plan for Mass Deportations

February 21, 2017

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today released the below statement in response to a recently released Department of Homeland Security memo detailing updated guidance on immigration enforcement: "No matter how much they deny it, it is clear that the White House is setting in motion their mass deportation plan, directing immigration agents to round up and quickly deport anyone who is undocumented. "We can all agree that violent criminals should be removed, but it is more...


By The Numbers: Republicans Shy Away From Defending President Trump's Conflict-of-Interest Laden, Dangerous, Inexperienced Swamp Cabinet Nominees

February 17, 2017

Washington, D.C. - Democratic Leader Charles E. Schumer today released data revealing that Senate Republicans have avoided defending President Trump's cabinet nominations on the Senate floor. In fact, while Senate Democrats have delivered 262 floor speeches opposing the eight most contentious nominees, Republicans have only come to their defense on the floor 75 more...


Schumer, Senate Democrats Demand Investigations into the Trump Administration’s Ties to Russia

February 15, 2017

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer joined by Senators Warner, Feinstein and Cardin today delivered remarks outlining Senate Democrats' demand that an investigation into President Trump's administration and their ties to Russia be conducted in light of recent reports revealing connections between Russian intelligence and top officials in the Trump campaign, administration and transition team. Below are his remarks: Good afternoon. I am very pleased to be joined by my colleagues more...


Schumer, Senate Democrats Demand Investigations into the Trump Administration’s Ties to Russia

February 15, 2017

For Immediate Release Date: February 15, 2017 CONTACT: Matt House, (202) 224-2939 Schumer, Senate Democrats Demand Investigations into the Trump Administration's Ties to Russia Senate Democrats Demand Public Testimony, Record Preservation and that Attorney General Sessions Recuse Himself Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer joined by Senators Warner, Feinstein and Cardin today delivered remarks outlining Senate Democrats' demand that an investigation into President more...


Schumer Calls for Independent Investigation into Former National Security Adviser Flynn, Expects AG Sessions to Recuse Himself

February 14, 2017

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today spoke at the weekly Democratic address, calling for an independent investigation into former National Security Adviser Lieutenant General Michael Flynn. Below are his remarks: Look, I usually hold these stakeouts with a few of my colleagues, but I have a lot to say about what transpired last night. General Flynn's resignation is not the end of the story, it is merely a beginning. It is not the last chapter of this saga, but only the more...


New Video From Senate Dems: President Trump’s Broken Promise To Stand Up To Wall Street

February 13, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Democrats today released a new video highlighting how President Trump has already broken his promise to stand up to Wall Street and fight for middle and working class families. In the video, Senators Charles E. Schumer, Bernie Sanders, Sherrod Brown, and Elizabeth Warren cite President Trump's selection of billionaires and bankers, including former Hedge Fund Manager Steve Mnuchin for Treasury Secretary, his intention to roll back important Wall Street reforms, his more...


Schumer: President Trump Should Withdraw His Nomination of Andrew Puzder for Secretary of Labor

February 9, 2017

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today delivered remarks outlining his concerns regarding the nomination of Andrew Puzder for Secretary of Labor. Below are his remarks: If you go to the Department of Labor website, you're going find a very good posted mission statement. Here it is, I'm quoting, "to foster, promote and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers and retirees of the United States." To quote, these are all quotes, "to improve working conditions, to more...


Schumer Statement On Republican Proposal To Force Middle Class, Not Mexico, To Pay For Border Wall

January 26, 2017

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today released the below statement following statements from the White House proposing a tariff on goods imported from Mexico to fund the President's border wall: "Instead of having Mexico pay for the wall, President Trump, Speaker Ryan and Washington Republicans would have the American middle class pay for the wall. The costs for everything from groceries, to cars, to office supplies would go up by 20%, making it harder for middle-class more...


Democratic Senators Announce Major, $1 Trillion Infrastructure Proposal – Ask President Trump To Support Plan That Would Rebuild Roads, Bridges And Other Critical Infrastructure

January 24, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Tuesday, January 24, 2017, Democratic Leader Senator Charles E. Schumer and top Senate Democrats held a press conference to unveil a major infrastructure proposal. The Democratic Senators announced their proposal, A Blueprint to Rebuild America's Infrastructure and Create 15 Million Jobs, which includes a historic $1 trillion investment and would create more than 15 million jobs over the next 10 years. This comprehensive blueprint would provide billions for funding more...


Schumer, Cardin Announce Legislation To Make Any Proposed Changes By President Trump To Nation’s Russian Sanctions Regime Subject To A Vote In Congress

January 22, 2017

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Charles E. Schumer and Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Ranking Member Ben Cardin today announced new legislation that would make any proposed changes by President Donald Trump to the U.S.'s Russian sanctions regime subject to a vote in Congress. The Senators noted that the U.S. Sanctions regime in place for the last three years is comprehensive and has had a crippling impact on the Russian economy and has seriously weakened Vladimir Putin's more...

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