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Following Puerto Rico Earthquakes, Lawmakers Want Changes To Power Authority’s Fiscal Plan

January 24, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Led by United States Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY), thirteen Members of Congress have written the Fiscal Oversight and Management Board (FOMB) for Puerto Rico, calling for it to amend the fiscal plan for the island's power authority. Citing the earthquakes that struck Puerto Rico beginning in late December and continuing into this month, the lawmakers contend that the Puerto Rico Electrical Power Authority's (PREPA) more...


SCHUMER STATEMENT ON CHANGES TO MCCONNELL ORGANIZING RESOLUTION

January 21, 2020

"The public is understanding how unfair Senator McConnell's trial rules are and Republican Senators are beginning to tell him to change them. The real test will be if they pressure Senator McConnell to allow witnesses and documents. "For all of the name-calling and fingerprinting from the president's counsel, we did not hear a single argument on the merits about why there should not be the documents and witnesses we requested in this more...


Schumer Statement On Senator McConnell’s Impeachment Trial Resolution

January 20, 2020

Washington, D.C.— Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer released the following statement in response to Senator McConnell’s Senate impeachment trial resolution proposal:“Senator McConnell repeatedly promised Senators, the public and the press that his rules for the trial would be the same as the rules for President Clinton’s trial. After reading his resolution, it’s clear Senator McConnell is hell-bent on making it much more difficult to get witnesses and documents and intent on rushing more...


Schumer Statement On Opposition To USMCA On Climate Grounds

January 16, 2020

Washington, D.C.- Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer released the following statement in opposition to USMCA because it does not address climate change: "Despite the fact that it includes very good labor provisions, I am voting against USMCA because it does not address climate change, the greatest threat facing the planet. "Instead of advancing global climate security by outlining binding and enforceable climate commitments from all three countries, the Trump administration provides more...


Schumer Statement On GAO Opinion That President Trump Broke The Law By Withholding Aid To Ukraine

January 16, 2020

Washington, D.C.- Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer released the following statement in response to the GAO opinion that President Trump broke the law by withholding aid to Ukraine: "The GAO opinion makes clear that the documents we requested in our letter last month are even more needed now because GAO confirmed the president broke the law. "All Senators will get a chance to vote to obtain these documents next more...


Schumer Statement On HUD’s Release Of Hold On Puerto Rico Funds

January 15, 2020

Washington, D.C.- Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer released the following statement regarding news reports that the Trump administration would lift a hold on long delayed disaster relief funds for Puerto Rico from the Department of Housing and Urban Development: "While the president has heeded our calls to lift the blockade on some of the disaster-aid funding for our fellow Americans in Puerto Rico, it's not nearly enough. We will continue to fight this administration's unnecessary more...


Top Senate Dems Vow Vote To Reverse Trump Decision To Redirect Pentagon Funds To Pay For Border Wall

January 15, 2020

Washington, D.C.- Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, Appropriations Committee Vice Chair Patrick Leahy, Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Jack Reed, Defense Appropriations Subcommittee Vice Chair and Democratic Whip Dick Durbin, and Appropriations Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Subcommittee Ranking Member Tom Udall today released the following statement on President Trump's plan to divert an additional $7.2 billion in Pentagon funds for the border wall. "This continued more...


Senate Democrats Support Puerto Rico’s Request For A Major Disaster Declaration To Respond To Earthquakes

January 14, 2020

Reflecting The Island-Wide Damage From These Earthquakes, Governor Wanda Vázquez Garced Has Requested That The President Declare A Major Disaster In Puerto Rico More Than Two Days After The 6.4-Magnitude Event, More Than One Million Of Our Fellow Americans In Puerto Rico Were Still Without Power Earthquakes Make The Department Of Housing And Urban Development's Inaction In Disbursing The $8.3 Billion Through The Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery Program For more...


Ahead Of “Phase-One” Deal Signing, Schumer Urges President Trump To Stay Tough On China, Says Chinese Gov’t Must Commit To Correcting Harmful Trade Practices And Warns A Weak Agreement Will Undermine American Workers And Businesses

January 14, 2020

In New Letter To President Trump, Leader Schumer Says U.S. Must Secure Commitments From Chinese Gov't To Curtail Practices of Massive Gov't Subsidies, State-Sponsored Cyber-Theft, Inequitable Market Access, And Other Harmful Tactics, And Requests Answers Regarding China's Harmful Trade Policies Reportedly Left Unaddressed In Initial Deal Without Commitments From Chinese Gov't To Make Long-Term Structural Reforms, Leader Schumer Emphasizes That U.S. Innovators Will Continue To Lose Billions, more...


Schumer Statement On The Trump Administration Backing Down From Labeling China As A Currency Manipulator

January 13, 2020

Schumer Statement On The Trump Administration Backing Down From Labeling China As A Currency Manipulator Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today released the following statement regarding the Trump administration's plan to back down from labeling China as a currency manipulator ahead of a U.S.-China trade deal: "China is a currency manipulator-that is a fact. Unfortunately, President Trump would rather cave to President Xi than stay tough on China. When it comes to the president's more...


Schumer Statement On Next Steps On Impeachment

January 10, 2020

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today released the following statement after Speaker Pelosi announced the next steps on impeachment: "Senate Democrats are ready for the trial to begin and will do everything we can to see that the truth comes more...


Schumer And Velázquez Demand FEMA Dramatically Step Up Response To Recent Earthquakes Given Their Horrible Recovery Efforts After Hurricanes Maria And Irma For Fellow Americans In Puerto Rico

January 9, 2020

Senator Schumer And Congresswoman Velázquez Say That The Emergency Declaration Issued On January 7 Is Welcome, But Merely A Small, First Step, As The Destruction In Impacted Parts Of Puerto Rico Demands A Comprehensive Federal Response Senator Schumer And Congresswoman Velázquez State That Uneven And Inadequate Disaster Response By FEMA, And Other Federal Agencies, In The Wake Of Hurricanes Irma And Maria Make It Even More Crucial That Puerto Rico Receives A Swift, Adequately more...


Senate Democrats Demand Answers From Sec. Esper And General Milley On Scale Of U.S. Troop Deployment To Middle East Following Recent Airstrike

January 8, 2020

In New Letter To Sec. Of Defense Esper And Army General Milley, Senate Dems. Request Regular Congressional Briefings And Documents Detailing Deployment Of U.S. Troops To Middle East Following Recent Airstrike, And Make Clear That Deliberate Targeting Of Iranian Cultural Sites Is Unlawful Senators' Call For Greater Transparency Comes On Heels Of Reported Deployment Of 4,000+ Troops From 82nd Airborne Division And Unknown Number From 75th Ranger Regiment Senate Dems. To Esper And Milley: more...


Schumer Remarks On The Need For A Fair And Honest Impeachment Trial That Includes Key Witnesses And Documents

January 7, 2020

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke at a press conference about the need for a fair Senate impeachment trial including key witnesses and documents, which can also be viewed here: The question looms: will senators stand up for a fair trial - a fair trial with witnesses and documents? Right now, the Republican Leader and I have very different visions about what it means to conduct a fair trial. Democrats believe that a fair trial means that all the relevant facts come out, more...


Schumer Statement On Need To Subpoena Witnesses And Key Documents In Senate Impeachment Trial

January 6, 2020

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today released the following statement after former National Security Advisor John Bolton issued a statement saying he would testify in the Senate impeachment trial, if he is subpoenaed: "Momentum for uncovering the truth in a Senate trial continues. John Bolton correctly acknowledged that he needs to comply with a Senate subpoena to compel his testimony, if issued. It is now up to four Senate Republicans to support bringing in Mr. Bolton, and the more...


Schumer And Menendez Call On President Trump To Declassify Fully The War Powers Act Notification Letter

January 6, 2020

Sens. Schumer And Menendez Say Decisions On Important National Security Matters Must Be Shared With The American People Senators Say No Legitimate Justification For Classifying Entire War Powers Act Notification To Congress Schumer And Menendez To President Trump: Immediately Declassify War Powers Act Notification To Congress, Must Share Important Natl. Security Matters With American People Washington, D.C. - In a letter to President Donald Trump, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and more...


Senator Van Hollen Delivers Weekly Democratic Address

January 3, 2020

“In both previous impeachment trials, the Senate had witnesses testify,” said Senator Van Hollen (D-MD). “In the upcoming trial of President Trump, Democrats have proposed that the Senate hear from four witnesses with knowledge of President Trump’s actions. We are also asking the Senate to request key documents that the President has refused to provide. So far, Senator McConnell has rejected these reasonable requests for witnesses and documents, despite the fact that just this week new more...


Schumer Statement On New Reporting That Further Exposes Details Of President Trump’s Decision To Withhold Military Aid To Ukraine

January 2, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today released the following statement after a report revealed new evidence that further exposes the details of President Trump’s decision to withhold military aid to Ukraine:“The newly-revealed unredacted emails are a devastating blow to Senator McConnell’s push to have a trial without the documents and witnesses we’ve requested. These emails further expose the serious concerns raised by Trump administration officials about more...


2019 In Review: Majority Leader McConnell’s Ever-Expanding Legislative Graveyard

December 31, 2019


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Schumer Briefed By FBI On Monsey Attack; Demands Thorough Fed Investigation Of This Specific Attack & Other Anti-Semitic Attacks In Recent Days

December 29, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Charles Schumer, after a phone briefing by the FBI, released the following statement regarding the horrific attack against the Jewish community in Monsey, New York. Senator Schumer also spoke to New Square Mayor Izzy Spitzer and Rabbi Rottenberg, offering prayers and full support.“Last night’s cowardly and callous attack on the Jewish community in Monsey was one of pure evil. This attack, and other anti-Semitic attacks that have occurred in recent days, more...

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