Press Releases

Schumer Statement On Senator McConnell’s Decision To Reconvene Senate To Confirm More Unqualified, Right-Wing Judges And Protect Big Businesses Over Workers

April 29, 2020

Brooklyn, NY - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today released the following statement regarding Leader McConnell’s decision to reconvene the Senate next week to confirm more unqualified, right-wing judges and protect big businesses over workers:“The GDP just had its biggest drop since the Great Recession, the United States has surpassed one million confirmed positive cases of COVID-19, and we still don’t have adequate testing. Meanwhile, a top administration official is calling more...


TRANSCRIPT: On Press Call, Leader Schumer, Sens. Durbin And Menendez Highlight Role Of Immigrants On The Frontlines Of COVID-19 & Demand Protections For DACA/TPS Holders

April 28, 2020

Brooklyn, NY - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), and Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Ranking Member Bob Menendez (D-NJ), today held a press call with DACA and TPS holders, highlighting the need to protect Dreamers and TPS holders, extend their work authorizations, and honor their essential work—not only during the coronavirus pandemic, but always.While court decisions on DACA and TPS hang in the balance, Dreamers and TPS more...


Senate Democratic Leaders Urge Sen. McConnell To Make Senate’s Focus COVID-19 Related Matters, Including Oversight Of Admin’s Response & Recently Passed Legislation – GOP-Led Senate Currently Has Zero Scheduled Legislative Or Committee Business Related To The Public Health & Economic Emergencies

April 28, 2020

In New Letter To Sen. McConnell, Senate Democrats Demand COVID-19-Related Matters And Oversight Of All COVID-Related Legislation Be Senate Focus When Senate Reconvenes May 4th Senate Democrats Say Oversight Hearings Must Include Look At Nation’s Testing Capabilities, Paycheck Protection Program, Best Ways To Protect Health And Safety Of Frontline Workers, And More Senate Democrats To Leader McConnell: Make Senate Focus COVID-19 Related Matters, Including Oversight Of Admin’s Response more...


TRANSCRIPT: On Press Call With AFSCME, Leader Schumer Calls For Funding For State And Local Government Workers To Continue Providing Essential Services, Rebukes McConnell’s Attempt To Bankrupt States, Gut Needed Worker Protections, And Empower Corporations

April 28, 2020

Brooklyn, N.Y. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer joined a press call hosted by AFSCME President Lee Saunders and public service workers on the frontlines of the coronavirus response, expressing the need for additional funding for state and local governments that provide essential services and rebuking Leader McConnell’s suggestions that states declare bankruptcy and Leader McConnell’s attempts to put corporations ahead of workers. Below is a transcript of his remarks:Thank you, more...


TRANSCRIPT: On MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Schumer Says Sen. McConnell & Senate GOP Must Immediately Begin Vigorous Oversight Hearings Of Trump Admin’s Response To COVID-19, Including On Testing And Small Business Lending Programs

April 28, 2020

Brooklyn, N.Y. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today appeared on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, urging Leader McConnell and Senate Republicans to immediately begin vigorous oversight hearings of the Trump administration’s response to COVID-19, including hearings on testing and small business lending programs, when the Senate returns next week. Below is a transcript of the interview:Joe Scarborough: Let's bring in the top-ranking Democrat in the U.S. Senate, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer more...


Senate Democrats Call On DeVos To Reverse Course And Allow DACA Students To Access Emergency Financial Aid Secured In CARES Act

April 27, 2020

Brooklyn, NY - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today joined Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and 25 colleagues calling on U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to allow Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students to access emergency financial aid grant funding secured in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. “DACA recipients came to this country as children and make extraordinary contributions to our more...


Schumer Calls On Sen. McConnell & Senate GOP To Immediately Begin Vigorous Oversight Hearings Of Trump Admin’s Response To COVID-19

April 27, 2020

Brooklyn, NY - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today released the following statement urging Leader McConnell and Senate Republicans to immediately commence oversight hearings of the Trump administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic:“Now that Leader McConnell has decided the Senate will reconvene next week, he should instruct his Committee Chairs to immediately begin vigorous and desperately needed oversight of the Trump administration’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic more...


Schumer Statement On Appointment Of Robert Westbrooks To Be Executive Director Of Pandemic Response Accountability Council

April 27, 2020

Brooklyn, NY - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today released the following statement on the appointment of Robert A. Westbrooks to be Executive Director of the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee (PRAC), which is one of the multiple layers of oversight established by Leader Schumer and Senate Democrats in the CARES Act to oversee the implementation of all aspects of the federal emergency relief and response for the coronavirus pandemic:“To hold this administration more...


On NPR’s Morning Edition, Schumer Says McConnell Call To Bankrupt States Amid Coronavirus Pandemic Will Increase Bipartisan Momentum To Deliver Needed Aid For State And Local Governments

April 24, 2020

Brooklyn, N.Y. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today appeared on NPR Morning Edition, explaining that Leader McConnell’s assertion that states should be able to declare bankruptcy because of the coronavirus pandemic will increase bipartisan momentum to deliver much needed aid from the federal government to state and local governments. Below is a transcript of the interview:Noel King: Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York is on the line with me. Good morning more...


Senator Shaheen Delivers Weekly Democratic Address

April 24, 2020

“This week, Congress came to an agreement on another bipartisan bill to help get our country through this crisis,” said Senator Shaheen (D-NH). “I joined with Democrats in insisting that this bill provide more to keep small businesses alive and workers on payroll. But the Trump Administration is allowing some large businesses and corporations to receive assistance through small business relief programs. That’s wrong and it must stop.” Washington, D.C. - Following the passage of the more...


Schumer, Cardin, And Brown Call On SBA Inspector General To Investigate Reports That Some Paycheck Protection Program Lenders Have Prioritized Larger, Wealthier Clients Over Hard-Hit Small Businesses In Urgent Need

April 24, 2020

In New Letter To Small Business Admin IG Ware, Sens. Schumer, Cardin, And Brown Call For Immediate Investigation Of Reports That Some Paycheck Protection Program Lenders Have Prioritized Larger, Wealthier Clients—Even Doling Out Special Treatment And ‘Concierge Services’—To The Detriment Of Hard-Hit, Truly Small Businesses The Senators Say Hard-Hit And Underserved Small Businesses—Including Rural, Minority-Owned, And Women-Owned—Must Receive Help Fast From Eligible Lenders Senators more...


On MSNBC Live, Sen. Schumer Says Sen. McConnell’s Suggestion That States Declare Bankruptcy Are So Far Out Of Mainstream That He’ll Have To Walk Them Back

April 23, 2020

Brooklyn, N.Y. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today appeared on MSNBC Live, explaining why states require aid from the federal government and predicting that Leader McConnell will walk back his assertion that states should be able to declare bankruptcy because of the coronavirus pandemic. Below is a transcript of the interview:Nicole Wallace: We are joined now by the Minority Leader in the United States Senate, New York Senator Chuck Schumer. Senator Schumer, can you imagine more...


Schumer, Pelosi Joint Statement On Agreement With Administration On Interim Emergency Package

April 21, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement after an agreement was reached with the Administration on an interim emergency relief package:“Congressional Democrats are proud to have secured an agreement on an interim emergency funding package that has been transformed to provide real support for the lives and livelihoods of the American people.“Democrats flipped this emergency package from an insufficient Republican plan that more...


Amidst Global Fight Against COVID-19, Senate Democrats Urge Trump Administration Against Upending U.S. Relationship With WHO

April 20, 2020

“Just As There Was Confusion And Shortcomings Domestically In Response To The Outbreak, There May Be Lessons To Be Learned From The WHO’s Response To COVID-19.” “The Solution To Countering Chinese Influence At The WHO Is American Leadership And Engagement, Not America Absenteeism.”Washington D.C. - Senate Democrats today urged the Trump Administration to reconsider its treatment of the World Health Organization (WHO) during the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. In a letter more...


In Call With Chairman Powell, Schumer Urges Federal Reserve To Open Lending Program Up To Nonprofits & Cities And Counties

April 20, 2020

Brooklyn, N.Y. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today released the following statement after speaking with Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell urging him to make the Fed’s lending programs accessible to nonprofit organizations as well as more counties, cities and localities:“Nonprofit entities that millions of Americans rely on are under great financial strain because of the coronavirus pandemic. During a call this afternoon, I strongly urged Fed Chair Powell to allow more...


TRANSCRIPT: On CNN’s State Of The Union, Schumer Calls For $30 Billion Plan For Comprehensive Natl. Testing Strategy, Improvements To Small Business Lending Programs, And More Funding For Hospitals And State And Local Governments In Ongoing Interim Emergency Relief Negotiations

April 19, 2020

Brooklyn, N.Y. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today joined CNN’s State of the Union with Jake Tapper, and continued to call for Democrats’ $30 billion plan for a comprehensive national testing strategy, improvements to small business lending programs, and more funding for hospitals and state and local governments in ongoing interim emergency relief negotiations. Below is a transcript of the interview: Jake Tapper: As Secretary Mnuchin and congressional leaders are more...


TRANSCRIPT: On CNN’s State Of The Union, Schumer Calls For $30 Billion Plan For Comprehensive Natl. Testing Strategy, Improvements To Small Business Lending Programs, And More Funding For Hospitals And State And Local Governments In Ongoing Interim Emergency Relief Negotiations

April 19, 2020

Brooklyn, N.Y. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today joined CNN’s State of the Union with Jake Tapper, and continued to call for Democrats’ $30 billion plan for a comprehensive national testing strategy, improvements to small business lending programs, and more funding for hospitals and state and local governments in ongoing interim emergency relief negotiations. Below is a transcript of the interview: Jake Tapper: As Secretary Mnuchin and congressional leaders are more...


Schumer, Van Hollen, Warren, Brown Urge Fed To Fix Rules That Block City, County Governments From Receiving DIRECT COVID-19 Relief

April 18, 2020

Under Current Criteria New Lending Program will Directly Benefit only 15 Counties and 10 Cities Across the United StatesWASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass), and Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) have sent a letter to Federal Reserve (Fed) Chairman Jerome Powell expressing serious concern with the arbitrary population thresholds used to determine eligibility for cities and counties to receive more...


Schumer, Cardin, Shaheen, & Wyden Press Administration To Provide Taxpayers With Data On How Small Business Relief Funds Are Being Distributed

April 17, 2020

Washington, D.C.— Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY), Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship Ranking Member Ben Cardin (D-MD), Senate Small Business Committee Senior Member Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), and Senate Committee on Finance Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR) today sent a letter to U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Jovita Carranza and U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin urging the administration officials to provide more...


Senate Dems Push For Increased Transparency And Oversight Of CARES Act Funding

April 17, 2020

Lawmakers Say The Administration Must Ensure That Money Goes To Those Who Need It MostWashington, D.C.— Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY), Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Ranking Member U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Sen. Catherine Cortez-Masto (D-NV), Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI), and Sen. Tina Smith (D-MN) today sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Federal Reserve Chairman more...

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