Press Releases

Updated: Schumer Statement on President Trump’s Glacial Pace in Selecting Nominees for Senate Confirmation

June 5, 2017

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer released the below statement on the Trump Administration's slow pace in nominating Senate confirmable positions: "If the President is looking for someone to blame on the slow pace of confirmations, he needs only to look in the mirror. There are more than 550 Senate confirmable positions considered "key" by the Partnership for Public Service. Even though it is now June, the administration has failed to select a nominee for 442 of them. Of the more...


Schumer Statement on President Trump’s ‘Infrastructure Week’

June 5, 2017

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer released the below statement on the Trump administration's 'infrastructure week': "The entire focus of the President's infrastructure 'proposal' is on privatization, which sounds like a nice word but when you scratch beneath the surface it means much less construction and far fewer jobs, particularly in rural areas. It means Trump tolls from one end of America to the other, and huge profits for financiers who, when they put up the money want more...


Schumer Statement on President Trump’s Decision to Withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement

June 1, 2017

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer released the below statement today following President Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement: "President Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement is a devastating failure of historic proportions. Future generations will look back on President Trump's decision as one of the worst policy moves made in the 21st century because of the huge damage to our economy, our environment and our geopolitical more...


Schumer Statement on President Trump’s Delay in Moving U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem

June 1, 2017

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer released the below statement after President Trump signed a waiver delaying the move of the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem: "As someone who believes that Jerusalem is the undivided capital of Israel, I am deeply disappointed in President Trump's decision. Will those who criticized President Obama for not moving the Embassy make their voices just as loud and just as strong when it comes to President Trump's failure to move more...


New Video From Senate Democrats: Republicans Celebrated Trumpcare Without Knowing What It Does – According to Non-Partisan CBO, Republicans’ Health Care Bill Is A Complete Disaster

May 25, 2017

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senate Democrats today released a new video showing that the Republicans celebrated passage of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) - without knowing just how disastrous the bill would actually be for millions of Americans. The video shows President Trump and House Republicans celebrating the bill's passage in the House of Representatives, contrasted with what we now know from the Congressional Budget Office: this bill would have a devastating effect on millions of more...


Editorials Across the Country Blast Trump Budget That “Leaves Working Class Base Behind” – “This Won’t End Well”

May 24, 2017

Detroit Free Press (MI) Editorial: Trump Budget Leaves Working Class Base Behind "So much for populism. If blue-collar Americans battered by global competition and automation imagined that President Donald Trump would harness the resources of the federal government to improve their lot, the budget the White House plans to propose to Congress today should disabuse them of that delusion. Like the deeply unpopular health care overhaul House Republicans sent to the Senate last month, the more...


50 States, 50 Stories: Across the Country, Local Headlines Slam Trump Budget

May 24, 2017

Alabama WBRC Birmingham: President Trump's Budget Proposal Could Strain Healthcare Providers Alabama hospitals are concerned about a new proposed federal budget. President Donald Trump is proposing a cut of $800 billion out of Medicaid over the next ten years. It's a part of the president's $4.1 trillion budget for 2018. Many hospitals in Alabama take in Medicaid patients for care. Cutting those funds will put additional strain on those healthcare providers. 'Cuts in Medicaid, cuts in more...


What They’re Saying: Republicans Rush to Blast “Draconian” Trump Budget With “Very Harmful” Cuts That “Do Not Make Sense”

May 23, 2017

REPUBLICANS ACROSS THE IDEOLOGICAL SPECTRUM BLAST TRUMP BUDGET; "THEY'RE DEEP, DEEP CUTS" Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA): "I don't think the president's budget is going anywhere." Reporters then asked what signal the president's budget cuts send to the American people. "It is no signal of mine," he responded. [Washington Examiner, 5/23/17] Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA): Sen. Bill Cassidy says Trump's proposed budget contradicts his campaign promises [Vox Twitter, 5/23/17] Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC): more...


New Video: Then-Candidate Donald Trump Promised He Would Not Cut Medicaid; Now, President Trump Has Proposed Budget That Would Devastate Program That Millions Of Americans Rely On

May 23, 2017

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senate Democrats today released a new video showing the difference between the promises then-candidate Donald Trump made regarding Medicaid and the actions he has now taken as president. On the campaign trail, then-candidate Trump promised he would not cut Medicaid funding, and even suggested he might bolster it by bringing more Americans into the program who lacked health insurance. However, President Trump just this week proposed a federal budget that would decimate more...


Schumer, In Call with Director Mulvaney, Urges White House To Provide Secret Lobbyist Waivers to Office of Government Ethics

May 23, 2017

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer released the below statement following a phone call with the Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney: "In a call last night, I asked Director Mulvaney to respect the Office of Government Ethics' request to make public copies of waivers given to former lobbyists to work in the Administration. There is absolutely no excuse for the Administration to keep these waivers from the OGE or the American people. I also expressed to more...


ICYMI: Dems Demand Answers From Trump Administration After Two Weeks of Chaos -- Nearly A Dozen Letters Sent

May 22, 2017

Washington, D.C. - Over the last two weeks of chaos, Senate Democrats have sent nearly a dozen letters to the White House or relevant Administrative agencies regarding the firing of FBI Director James Comey, the President's meeting in the oval office with Russian officials, and the President's tweets suggesting there may be tapes of his conversations with former Director Comey. The letters, sent by leaders and members of the Senate Committees on Judiciary, Homeland Security and Government more...


Fact Check: Congress Can And Should Continue Investigations While Executive Branch Investigations Are Ongoing

May 22, 2017

MYTH: The appointment of a special prosecutor "severely limits" the ability of Congress to investigate Russian interference in the election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign. FACT: During the past three administrations - Democratic and Republican - Congress and federal law enforcement agencies, including the Department of Justice and the FBI, have simultaneously conducted both fact-finding and criminal investigations. Congressional investigations have a different purpose than more...


Schumer Statement on Trump Administration Request for Delay in Cost Sharing Reduction Payments Lawsuit

May 22, 2017

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer released the below statement following the Trump Administration's request for a 90 day delay in the cost sharing reduction payments lawsuit: "Clearly by today's action and their decision to make the next payment, the White House realizes that eliminating cost sharing reduction payments would cause chaos in the markets, and they would get the blame. Unfortunately, by kicking the can down the road once again, the administration is continuing to more...


Schumer Remarks on the Firing of FBI Director James Comey

May 9, 2017

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer delivered the following remarks at a press availability in response to the firing of FBI Director James Comey: Earlier this afternoon, President Trump called me and informed me he was firing Director Comey I told the President, 'Mr. President, with all due respect, you are making a big mistake.' The first question the administration has to answer is: why now? If the administration had objections to the way Director Comey handled the more...


Schumer Recommends Consumer Advocate Rohit Chopra to the President to Serve as FTC Commissioner – Says Chopra is Eminently Qualified and has Been Putting Interests of Consumers First His Entire Career

May 9, 2017

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senate Democratic Leader Charles E. Schumer today announced that he has formally recommended to President Trump that Rohit Chopra be selected to serve as Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Commissioner. Throughout the entirety of his career, Mr. Chopra has consistently put the interests of consumers first, fighting for greater protections for U.S. taxpayers, including veterans and students. Mr. Chopra is currently serving as a Senior Fellow at the Consumer Federation of more...


Entire Democratic Caucus Urges GOP Leadership to Drop Repeal Efforts and Work in Bipartisan Way to Improve America’s Healthcare System

May 9, 2017

Washington, D.C. - In a newly released letter, all 48 Senate Democrats today urged Senate Republican Leaders to drop current repeal efforts and work in a bipartisan way to reform America's healthcare system. The Democrats said that the House of Representatives' recently passed bill was not only rushed through without a CBO score, but the underlying bill could still result in millions of Americans losing health coverage altogether. In addition to raising costs and decreasing care, the bill also more...


Across the Country, Editorial Boards Shred “Disaster” Trumpcare Bill

May 8, 2017

USA Today Editorial: Trumpcare - A Dog's Breakfast Of A Bill. "Although the plan would have life-and-death consequences and reshape a big chunk of the economy, it was slammed through after a mere three hours of debate. No effort at bipartisan compromise was attempted. The GOP measure is both bad policy and, despite Thursday's Rose Garden celebration, bad politics. If adopted by the Senate, it would end health coverage for millions of Americans. It would also force Republicans running in more...


Schumer Statement on President Trump’s 1st Slate of Lower Court Nominees

May 8, 2017

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer released the below statement after President Trump revealed his first slate of judicial nominees: "With this first slate of lower court nominees, it seems that the President is intent on continuing to outsource the judicial selection process to hard right, special interest groups rather than consulting with Senators on a bipartisan basis. Just as he did with the Supreme Court vacancy, the President is taking the Senate's advice and consent more...


Patient Groups, Doctors, and Experts Agree: Amendments to Trumpcare Would Remove Guarantee for Affordable, Quality Health Coverage for Americans with Preexisting Conditions

May 3, 2017

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) Ended Discrimination Against Those With Pre-existing Conditions Before the ACA, people with pre-existing conditions were either offered much more expensive premiums than they would otherwise receive or offered plans that did not cover important benefits. Some were outright denied coverage.[i] The ACA created two provisions to protect people with pre-existing conditions: Community rating provision: stipulates that a health insurer must rate a community as more...


Senate Dem Leaders Sound Alarm on Trump Admin’s Tax Plan to Add Trillions to National Debt, Say Plan is Trojan Horse for GOP to Slash Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and Other Middle-Class Priorities Down the Road

May 1, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leaders today released a new letter to Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Mick Mulvaney expressing concern with the Trump Administration's recent tax proposal, which would add at least $5.5 trillion to the national debt to finance massive tax breaks to the wealthiest Americans while threatening deep cuts to Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and other middle-class priorities. Specifically, Senate Democrats more...

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