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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...


Schumer Warns China On Response To Hong Kong Protests: The World Is Watching

August 30, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today in a statement warned Chinese President Xi Jinping that the world is watching how China responds to protests in Hong Kong and called on Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell to bring up the Hong Kong Rights and Democracy Act for debate and a vote when Congress returns to send a clear message to President Xi: "China's tightening grip around Hong Kong to strangle democracy and dissent is a desperate act of a brutal authoritarian regime. For more...


Schumer Statement On The Trump Administration’s Illogical, Devastating Rule To Roll Back Regulations On Methane Emissions

August 29, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today released the following statement after the Trump administration's Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it would implement a new illogical and devastating rule to roll back regulations on methane emissions: "This illogical and devastating rule to weaken one of the most important regulations to address greenhouse gas emissions would be a dagger in the heart of efforts to preserve the planet. The Trump administration's proposed more...


Senate Democrats Urge Republican-Controlled Federal Energy Regulatory Commission To Oppose Proposal That Could Raise Electricity Prices For Millions Of Americans, Jeopardize Thousands Of Jobs, And Dramatically Increase Carbon Emissions

August 29, 2019

Washington, D.C.- Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Ranking Member Tom Carper (D-DE), Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Senator Bob Casey Jr. (D-PA), Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI), Senator Chris Coons (D-DE), Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) today sent a letter to Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Chairman Neil Chatterjee condemning the more...


Schumer Statement On Sen. Isakson’s Decision To Resign At The End Of The Year

August 28, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today released the following statement after Senator Johnny Isakson announced that he will resign at the end of 2019: "One of the many fine adjectives to describe Johnny Isakson is a word not used enough in the halls of Congress these days: kind. Not only is Johnny a diligent and successful legislator, he is one of the kindest, most thoughtful senators. Independent of any party or politics, everyone will miss Johnny." more...


Schumer Statement On Trump Administration’s Attempt To Divert Money From FEMA To Continue Efforts To Separate And Jail Migrant Families

August 27, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today released the following statement in response to the Trump administration's attempt to divert money from FEMA at the beginning of hurricane season to continue its efforts to separate and jail migrant families: "The Trump administration's plan to divert money away from FEMA at the start of hurricane season to continue its efforts to separate and jail migrant families is backwards and cruel. Taking these critical funds from disaster more...


Schumer, Reed, Menendez, And Warner To President Trump: President Vladimir Putin And Russian Federation Must Not Be Readmitted To G7

August 27, 2019

Washington, D.C.- Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Senate Committee on Armed Services Ranking Member Jack Reed (D-RI), Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Ranking Member Bob Menendez (D-NJ), and Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Vice Chairman Mark Warner (D-VA) today sent a letter to President Donald Trump expressing strong opposition to the readmission of President Vladimir Putin and the Russian Federation to the Group of 7 (G7), after President Trump indicated that he more...


Schumer Statement On Conclusion Of G-7 Summit

August 26, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today released the following statement at the conclusion of the 45th G-7 summit: "This weekend's G-7 summit was another missed opportunity for President Trump to show America's strength by unifying key global partners to address the numerous challenges facing our planet. As the United States takes on the responsibility of organizing and hosting the next G-7 summit, it is appalling that President Trump appears hell-bent on inviting Vladimir Putin more...

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