Press Releases

Standing With Reps.-Elect Bowman, Jones & Torres In NYC, Schumer Pushes Plan To Immediately Cancel Up To $50,000 In Student Loan Debt Per Student

December 7, 2020

Senator & Soon-To-Be-Sworn-In Reps Say President Biden Will Have Executive Authority To Cancel Student Loan Debt; Nearly 2.4 Million New Yorkers Owe $89.5 Billion In Federal Student Loans 

Canceling Student Loan Debt Will Relieve A Huge Burden On NY’s Young People, Particularly People Of Color & Families; Student Debt Accounts For Substantial Percentage Of Racial Wealth Gap 

Schumer & Reps-Elect: New Yorkers Need Substantial Relief From Burden Of Student Loans The Pandemic Has Only Made Worse 

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ICYMI - In New Blavity Op-ed, Leader Schumer And Senator Warren Call For The Use Of Executive Branch Authority To Cancel Up To $50,000 In Student Loan Debt On Day One Of The New Administration

December 4, 2020

Brooklyn, N.Y. - In a new Blavity op-ed, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) call for the use of executive branch authority to cancel up to $50,000 in student loan debt on day one of the new administration to help begin to close the racial wealth gap in America. Blavity Op-Ed: Why We, Elizabeth Warren And Chuck Schumer, Believe The Biden-Harris Administration Should Cancel Up To $50K In Student Debt On Day One By: Senate Democratic Leader Chuck more...


Schumer Statement On Ending The Federal Prohibition On Marijuana Following The House Passing The MORE Act

December 4, 2020

Brooklyn, N.Y. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today released the following statement on the House passed MORE Act and called for an end to draconian marijuana laws that have contributed to racial inequality. "For too long, draconian marijuana laws have contributed to racial inequality. By passing the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act, the House has taken a historic step towards finally ending the federal prohibition on marijuana. This bill would more...


Schumer, Pelosi Joint Statement On Need For Bipartisan Coronavirus Relief Negotiations

December 2, 2020

Washington, D.C. – Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) today issued the following joint statement on the importance of bipartisan coronavirus relief negotiations:  

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Schumer Calls For An Environmental Justice Leader To Serve As Next Chair Of The White House Council On Environmental Quality (CEQ)

December 2, 2020

Washington, D.C. — Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) released the following statement today urging that the next Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality be someone who will defend environmental safeguards, meaningfully engage with environmental justice communities, and coordinate a bold climate and clean energy agenda that works for everyone, regardless of zip code.

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Schumer Statement On Allison Clements Confirmation To Be FERC Commissioner

November 30, 2020

Washington, D.C. — Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) tonight released the following statement after the Senate confirmed Allison Clements to be Commissioner on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Leader Schumer recommended Ms. Clements nomination to the White House.

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Schumer Statement On Biden National Security And Foreign Policy Appointments

November 23, 2020

Schumer Statement On Biden National Security And Foreign Policy Appointments Brooklyn, N.Y. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today issued the following statement on President-elect Joe Biden's announcement naming key members of his national security and foreign policy team: "President-elect Biden's announcement of key foreign policy and national security officials are exactly what the moment demands. They are all qualified, accomplished individuals with substantial more...


Following Senate Dem Request, Federal Watchdog Releases Report Detailing Trump Administration’s Disgraceful Efforts To Seize Private Land To Build Ineffective Southern Border Wall

November 23, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democrats today announced that following a letter Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) and Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM) wrote to U.S. Comptroller General Gene Dodaro in August 2019 calling for an investigation into the Trump administration's use of eminent domain to seize private land to build an expensive, ineffective southern border wall, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) more...


Schumer Statement On Senator Feinstein’s Announcement Regarding Committee Assignments In The 117th Congress

November 23, 2020

Brooklyn, N.Y. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) released the following statement today regarding Senator Dianne Feinstein's announcement that she will not seek the position of chairman or ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee in the 117th Congress: "I am deeply grateful for Senator Feinstein's leadership and contributions to our caucus and country as the Ranking Member on the Senate Judiciary Committee over the last four years. As a senior member of the Judiciary, more...


In New Letter To FEMA, Leader Schumer Urges A 90-Day Extension On The Deadline To Provide Input On The Environmental Assessment For The Reconstruction Of Puerto Rico’s Electrical Grid

November 20, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) sent a letter to FEMA Administrator Peter Gaynor strongly urging a 90-day extension from the November 22, 2020 deadline for comments on the Programmatic Environmental Assessment for the Utility Repair, Replacement, and Realignment of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. The comment period comes after an almost $10 billion allocation to FEMA to rebuild the Island's electrical grid in the wake of the 2017 hurricane season. Leader more...


As COVID-19 Cases Continue To Climb, Leader Schumer And Senators Murray, Peters, Baldwin, And Murphy Unveil The Protect Our Heroes Act Of 2020 To Increase Production Of Critical PPE And Address N-95 Mask Shortages Facing Health Care Workers

November 18, 2020

Washington, D.C. –  Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Gary Peters (D-MI), Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), and Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) today unveiled the Protect Our Heroes Act of 2020, a bill that will increase the production of critical personal protective equipment (PPE) like N-95 masks and improve the transparency of the supply and distribution of medical supplies needed to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Schumer Statement On Bipartisan Senate Vote Against Judy Shelton’s Nomination To Federal Reserve Board

November 17, 2020

Washington, D.C. — Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today issued the following statement on the bipartisan vote against Judy Shelton’s nomination to the Federal Reserve Board:

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Schumer, Pelosi Demand Sen. McConnell Finally Come To Negotiating Table This Week To Produce Bipartisan, Bicameral Comprehensive COVID-19 Relief Agreement That Meets The Needs Of Country

November 17, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) today sent a new letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) requesting he join them at the negotiating table this week to produce a bipartisan, bicameral COVID-19 relief agreement that meets the needs of the country.In the letter, Leader Schumer and Speaker Pelosi note that earlier this year during negotiations with Secretary Mnuchin and Chief of Staff Meadows, Democrats more...


Joint Readout Of President-Elect Biden’s Call With Congressional Leaders

November 12, 2020

Washington, D.C. – President-elect Joe Biden spoke with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer.  The president-elect thanked them for their congratulations and expressed his commitment to uniting the country after a hard-fought campaign.

The president-elect, the Speaker, and the Leader spoke about the intensifying COVID-19 pandemic and the growing economic pain facing so many Americans across this country. 

They discussed the urgent need for the Congress to come together in the lame duck session on a bipartisan basis to pass a bill that provides resources to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, relief for working families and small businesses, support for state and local governments trying to keep frontline workers on the payroll, expanded unemployment insurance, and affordable health care for millions of families.

They also discussed the importance of finding bipartisan solutions to create millions of good-paying union jobs, including through investments in infrastructure, manufacturing, research and development, and clean energy.

They will stay in close touch in the days ahead.

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TRANSCRIPT: Schumer Remarks At Press Conference With Speaker Pelosi

November 12, 2020

Washington, D.C.— Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today at a press conference spoke about the importance of coming together to find a solution to the Covid-19 pandemic and the Republicans’ failure to recognize the results of the election. A transcript can be found below:

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Schumer, Pelosi Joint Statement On Supreme Court Oral Arguments For Trump-GOP Lawsuit To Strip Health Care Coverage From Millions Of Americans

November 10, 2020

Washington, D.C. –Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) today issued the following joint statement on the Supreme Court hearing of the Trump-Republican backed lawsuit to strip away health care protections from millions of Americans during a global pandemic: 

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Schumer Announces Senate Democratic Leadership Team For The 117th Congress

November 10, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader-elect Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today announced the Senate Democratic Leadership for the 117th Congress following Senate Democratic leadership elections. "I am humbled to be chosen by my colleagues to continue leading Senate Democrats as we work with the Biden-Harris administration to address the unprecedented challenges facing our country and deliver much-needed help to working families," said Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY). "The American more...


Senate Democrats Deliver Weekly Democratic Address

November 9, 2020

“It's the greatest economic crisis in 75 years, the greatest healthcare crisis in 100 years,” said Leader Schumer. “We need something that meets that, that rises to that occasion and meets the moment, and we will fight for it.

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Schumer Statement On 3rd Quarter GDP Report

October 29, 2020

Brooklyn, N.Y. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today released the following statement in response to the GDP report on the third quarter of 2020: "Today's GDP report provides some good news and some bad news. "The good news is that the assistance provided in the CARES Act, secured by Senate Democrats, accounts for a large percentage of the GDP growth in the third quarter, helped stabilize our economy and has begun to propel our nation's recovery. "The bad news is, President more...


Senators Schumer, Wyden And Brown Demand Transparency And Answers On President Trump’s Chinese Bank Account

October 28, 2020

Washington, D.C. Today, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Senate Banking Committee Ranking Member Sherrod Brown (D-OH) wrote to Alan Garten, the Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer of the Trump Organization, demanding answers about President Trump’s Chinese bank account and private business interests in China. In light of the President’s refusal to release his tax returns and divest from his financial holdings, they write it is imperative that Congress and the American people have a full understanding of any potential financial conflicts of interest that the President has with other nations, especially with China, one of the America’s most important economic competitors and strategic adversaries.  

Senators Schumer, Wyden and Brown note that, according to press reports, President Trump has maintained a bank account in China since 2013 with an undisclosed financial institution in the country. The President also has previously undisclosed foreign bank accounts in Great Britain and Ireland. The Senators call for answers no later than November 11, 2020 on how the President’s financial dealings may be influencing U.S. foreign policy and trade negotiations with China, which is a clear and urgent matter of national security.

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