Press Releases

ICYMI: Leader Schumer, Sen. Booker, Rep. Pressley, And 80+ Democratic Colleagues Call For Federal Civil Rights Investigation Into Ahmaud Arbery Murder

May 13, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today joined U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (MA-07), and more than 80 of their colleagues in the House and Senate in calling on the Department of Justice (DOJ) to launch a criminal civil rights investigation into the murder of Ahmaud Arbery and an independent investigation into local authorities’ handling of the case. The lawmakers urged DOJ to investigate these matters swiftly and thoroughly more...


In New Amicus Brief, Entire Senate Dem Caucus Fights To Protect Americans’ Health Care & Slams Republican Efforts To Rip Coverage From Millions Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

May 13, 2020

All 47 Senate Democrats Say The Affordable Care Act’s Individual Mandate Is Constitutional, Highlight Bipartisan Agreement That Congress Did Not Intend To Repeal The ACA—Consequences of Republican Goal To Repeal The Affordable Care Act Would Be Catastrophic, Destroying Critical Pre-Existing Conditions Protections For More Than 100 Million, And Could Increase Uninsured Rate By 65%Washington, D.C. - The entire Senate Democratic caucus, led by Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), more...


Schumer Statement In Support Of The Heroes Act, House Democrats’ New, Urgently-Needed Emergency Coronavirus Relief Legislation

May 12, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today released the following statement in support of The Heroes Act, House Democrats’ new, urgently-needed emergency coronavirus relief legislation:“The American people need their government to act strongly, boldly and wisely, and this new legislation is just what this crisis demands.“Senator McConnell and Senate Republicans ought to heed the lessons of U.S. history and not repeat the mistakes made by President Hoover that helped more...


Schumer Statement On Sen. McConnell Saying GOP Feels No Urgency To Act Immediately To Address Health And Economic Crises

May 11, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer released the following statement after Senator McConnell said that Senate Republicans have “yet to feel the urgency of acting immediately” to address the health and economic crises, despite record unemployment numbers and widespread reports of families going hungry and not being able to afford rent:“For Senator McConnell to say Republicans have not ‘yet felt the urgency of acting immediately’ shows they are trapped in an alternate more...


In New Letter To SBA Administrator, Schumer, Cardin, And Shaheen Call On SBA To Reverse Policy That Limits Economic Disaster Loan Program (EIDL) Loans To $150k And Demand SBA Open Up Program To Non-Farm Applicants; Senators Say SBA’s Mismanagement Of Critical Program Harms Small Businesses And Demand Greater Transparency

May 9, 2020

In New Letter To SBA Admin. Carranza, Sens. Schumer, Cardin, And Shaheen Outline Significant Shortfalls In SBA’s Management Of EIDL Program, Including SBA’s Recent Decision To Limit EIDL To $150,000, Leaving 4 Million Applicants In Limbo On Expected Amount Of Assistance; Senators Also Express Deep Concern With Closure Of Program To All Non-Farm Small Businesses, Delays In Funding Disbursement, And $1,000 Per Employee Cap On EIDL Emergency Grants; Say Policies Hurt Small Businesses And more...


Schumer Statement On SBA IG Report On PPP Implementation

May 8, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today issued the following statement after the SBA IG released a report highlighting deficiencies in how the Small Business Administration implemented the Paycheck Protection Program. The report came at the request of Leader Schumer, Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship Ranking Member Ben Cardin (D-MD), and Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Ranking Member Sherrod Brown (D-OH):“The more...


Senator Menendez Delivers Weekly Democratic Address

May 8, 2020

“It’s never been clearer that our nation’s wealth depends on our nation’s health,” said Senator Menendez (D-NJ). “No matter how quickly we want to rejoin society, reopen our economy, and return to normal, the reality is, folks just aren’t going to venture out until they know for sure that they are COVID-free and anyone else they come in contact with is okay as well.” Washington, D.C. - Following the Senate’s return this week, Senator Menendez (D-NJ), delivers this week’s Weekly more...


Schumer Statement On Record High Unemployment In April

May 8, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today released the following statement on today’s record high 14.7% unemployment rate and 20.5 million jobs lost in April:“This jobs report shows the devastating impact of the coronavirus pandemic on our economy. No one could look at today’s jobs report, the highest unemployment since the Great Depression, and say we should hit the pause button on further government action, as Leader McConnell, Leader McCarthy and the Trump more...


TRANSCRIPT: On CNN’s Erin Burnett OutFront, Sen. Schumer Calls For Congress To Take Big, Bold Action Address Health And Economic Crises Caused By Coronavirus Pandemic; Schumer Also Condemns Trump-GOP Plan To Dismantle Health Care Law

May 6, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer tonight on CNN’s Erin Burnett OutFront called for a big, bold plan to address the health and economic crises caused by the coronavirus pandemic and condemned President Trump’s call to repeal the Affordable Care Act amid an ongoing health crisis. Below is a transcript of the interview:Erin Burnett: And I want to go now to the Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. Senator, I appreciate your time.Sen. Schumer: Good evening, Erin.Erin more...


Following Recent Puerto Rico Earthquakes, Schumer, Rep. Velázquez Lead Democratic Lawmakers In Calling For FEMA Extension Of Incident Period

May 5, 2020

In New letter To FEMA, Members Call For The Major Disaster Declaration In Puerto Rico To Include Damages Caused By May EarthquakesWashington, D.C. - Led by United States Senate Democratic Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) and Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY), 24 Members of Congress wrote the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today requesting Administrator Pete T. Gaynor extend the incident period for the major disaster declaration in Puerto Rico to cover the most more...


In Letter To President Trump, Leader Schumer, Senator Murray, And Senate Dems Call Administration’s Testing Blueprint Insufficient, Insist Federal Government Must Release And Implement National Plan

May 5, 2020

In New Letter To President Trump, Sens. Schumer, Murray And Senate Democrats Call For Increased Coronavirus Testing Capacity & Release And Full Implementation Of A National Strategic Plan To Allocate Funds, Increase Lab Capacity And Public Health WorkforceSenate Democrats Say Trump Administration Must Ramp Up Testing Capabilities So That Every Person Who Needs A Test Can Get One; Set Expectations For Detailed Plan Required From Trump Administration By May 24th Deadline In Latest more...


TRANSCRIPT: On MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Senator Schumer Says Trump Admin Must Immediately And Significantly Expand Coronavirus Testing And Contact Tracing As A Part of A National, Comprehensive Testing Strategy

May 5, 2020


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TRANSCRIPT: On MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show, Senator Schumer Says That Amid Pandemic, The Senate Should Be Working On Responding To Coronavirus—Not Confirming Right-Wing Judicial Nominees

May 4, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer tonight on The Rachel Maddow Show said that the Senate should focus on coronavirus pandemic response efforts and oversight instead of focusing on confirming unqualified, right-wing judicial nominees. Below is a transcript of the interview:Rachel Maddow: Joining us now for the interview tonight is the top Democrat in the United States Senate, New York’s senior Senator, Chuck Schumer. Senator Schumer, it’s nice to see you. Thank you more...


Schumer Statement On Reports The White House Is Blocking Coronavirus Task Force Members From Testifying Before Congress

May 4, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, who has been demanding Senate Republicans hold oversight hearings with key admin officials this week, released the following statement after reports that the White House is blocking Coronavirus Task Force members from testifying before Congress:“President Trump should learn that by muzzling science and the truth, it will only prolong this health and economic crisis. The president’s failure to accept the truth and then his desire more...


In New Letter To SBA Admin Carranza, Leader Schumer Demands Thorough Review Of Paycheck Protection Program Loans Made To Ashford Inc. And Its Subsidiaries; Schumer Says The Large, Publicly Traded Company May Be Exploiting Program At Expense Of Legitimate Small Businesses In Serious Need Of Support

May 1, 2020

In New Letter To Small Business Administration Admin. Carranza, Leader Schumer Requests That SBA Prioritize Audit Of PPP Loans Made To Ashford, Inc. And Its Subsidiaries—Company May Be Exploiting Program To Detriment Of Small Businesses Struggling To Stay A Float Leader Schumer Says Ashford Inc. And Subsidiaries May Have Exploited Republican-Inserted Provision Of CARES Act To Circumvent $10 Million Per Business Limit, Treating Properties As Separate Legal Entities And Filing 100+ more...


Schumer Statement On Upcoming Senate Coronavirus Oversight Hearings

May 1, 2020

Brooklyn, NY - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today released the following statement on Senate Republicans failing to schedule key bipartisan coronavirus oversight hearings next week requested by Democrats to hold the Trump administration accountable for the federal government’s COVID-19 pandemic response:“The American people deserve to immediately hear from the administration’s top public health and economic officials on why we don’t have enough tests, why so many small more...


TRANSCRIPT: On The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Schumer Says The Senate Must Focus On Oversight & The Trump Admin Must Develop A Detailed National Testing Strategy

May 1, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert last night and discussed the dire need for a national testing strategy as well as the need for the Senate to focus on oversight when it comes back next week. You can watch the interview here. Below is a transcript of the interview:Stephen Colbert: Senator, how are you doing, how are you riding out your quarantine?Sen. Schumer: Yes, I'm in my house in Brooklyn. We finished the COVID more...


Schumer Statement Condemning Trump Administration For Focusing On Bailing Out Big Oil Over Needed Support For Working Americans And State And Local Governments

April 30, 2020

Brooklyn, N.Y. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today released the following statement in response to reports that the Trump administration is focusing its efforts on bailing out oil companies instead of focusing on helping working Americans and state and local governments:“President Trump is rushing to bail out big oil companies after their CEOs donated millions to the Trump campaign, while so many Main Street businesses are still waiting to get help. It’s outrageous that small more...


TRANSCRIPT: On Press Call, Schumer Discusses The Release Of New Senate Report Showing Disproportionate Impact Of The Coronavirus Pandemic On Communities Of Color

April 30, 2020

Brooklyn, N.Y. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today held a press call with Sens. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Kamala Harris (D-CA) to release a report on how COVID-19 disproportionately affects minority communities. You can find the report here. Below is a transcript of his remarks:I want to thank my colleagues, Sen. Stabenow, Senator Harris and Senator Booker for being on the call as well. And I thank Debbie and the DPCC who put together a really important more...


Schumer Criticizes Trump Use Of DPA For Meatpacking Facilitates But Not For National Testing Strategy

April 29, 2020

Brooklyn, N.Y. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today on a press call criticized President Trump for invoking the Defense Production Act to keep meatpacking facilities open but not using it to execute a national testing strategy. Earlier today, Leader Schumer and Sens. Tammy Baldwin (D-IL) and Chris Murphy (D-CT) announced the Medical Supply Transparency and Delivery Act, which would federalize the medical supply chain, increase national production, and create an equitable and more...

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