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Senate Democrats’ Special Committee On The Climate Crisis to Hold First Hearing, Mayors From Across The Country Will Discuss Climate Action At The Local Level

July 16, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. -U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), Chair of the Senate Democrats’ Special Committee on the Climate Crisis, will convene a hearing titled “A Blueprint for Success: U.S. Climate Action at the Local Level” on Wednesday, July 17 at 1:00p.m. ET. The committee, a special committee affiliated with the DPCC, will hear from mayors of five U.S. cities. The mayors will discuss their cities’ efforts to cut carbon pollution and become more resilient to the impacts of climate change. more...


Schumer Statement On House Passage Of Amendment To Require Congressional Approval Before Any Military Funds Could Be Used For A War With Iran

July 12, 2019

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today released the following statement on the House adoption of an amendment by Reps. Ro Khanna and Matt Gaetz to prevent funds in the NDAA to be used for a war with Iran without legislation from Congress authorizing military force against Iran, or if the U.S. is attacked. On June 28, the same amendment was supported by a bipartisan majority in the Senate. "I applaud the House for adopting this important amendment that sends a clear more...


Schumer Urges Sen. McConnell To Hold Senate Vote On House-Passed 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Fix Legislation ASAP

July 12, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today released the following statement urging Sen. McConnell to hold a vote in the Senate on the House-passed 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Fix legislation. "This was an overwhelming expression of bipartisan support for our brave first responders and their families. Sen. McConnell should put the House-passed bill on the Senate floor for a vote ASAP and not let other Republicans push them to the back burner like the last more...


Schumer Statement On President Trump’s Census Defeat

July 11, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today released the following statement in response to the Trump administration's announcement that the citizenship question will not be in the 2020 census. "President Trump is so intent on intimidating communities of color that even when the courts and rule of law thwart him, he still tries to persist in his ham-handed ways. The president's retreat on adding the misguided citizen question to the census was long overdue and is a significant victory more...


Schumer, Merkley, Senate Democrats Introduce Legislation To Stop Cruel And Neglectful Treatment Of Children At Border

July 11, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Oregon's Senator Jeff Merkley, joined by Senate Democratic Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA), Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration Ranking Member Dick Durbin (D-IL), and Senators Mazie Hirono (D-HI) and Bob Menendez (D-NJ), today introduced the Stop Cruelty to Migrant Children Act. This new legislation, more...


Senators Schumer and Whitehouse Lead Senate Democrats To Demand Judicial Crisis Network Release Secret Donor List

July 11, 2019

Senate Democrats Send Letter Demanding Shadowy Conservative Group Pretending To Care About Transparency Release Their Secret Donor List New Letter Comes After JCN Launched A $1.1 Million Ad Campaign Hypocritically Calling For Greater Transparency Senate Democrats Demand Judicial Crisis Network Reveal Secret Donors Who Fund Political Ad Campaigns Supporting Extreme Right-Wing Judges Washington, D.C.- Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), more...


Schumer Calls For Acting CBP Commissioner Morgan And Other Top Leadership At Agency To Be Fired And For A New, Untainted Team To Be Brought In To Begin Reining In Toxic Culture At Border Patrol Agency

July 3, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today released the following statement calling for Acting CBP Commissioner Morgan and other top leadership at the agency to be fired and for a new team to be brought in to begin reigning in the toxic culture at the border patrol agency: “The Inspector General’s report and details of a secret border patrol workers’ Facebook group paint a picture of a toxic culture at U.S. Customs and Border Protection that can only begin to more...


Schumer Statement On Trump Administration’s Decision To Begin Printing Census Without Citizenship Question

July 2, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today released the following statement regarding the Trump administration’s decision to begin printing the census without the citizenship question after the Supreme Court ruled they could not add the question without further explanation: “The exclusion of the citizenship question from the census is a victory for our democracy and for fair representation of all communities in this country. The Trump administration’s more...


Schumer Statement On President Trump’s Reversal on Huawei Ban

June 29, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today released the following statement regarding President Trump's reversal on the Huawei ban: "Huawei is one of few potent levers we have to make China play fair on trade. If President Trump backs off, as it appears he is doing, it will dramatically undercut our ability to change China's unfair trades practices." more...


Schumer Statement On Supreme Court Decision To Take Up DACA Case

June 28, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today released the following statement after the Supreme Court announced it would review the Trump administration's decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. "Immigrant communities across the country have lived in fear for too long after President Trump's decision to rescind DACA and other vital programs for individuals who are American in every way except on paper. The legal grounds for the DACA program have been more...


Schumer Statement On Senate’s Bipartisan Vote On Amendment To Require Congressional Approval Before Any Military Funds Could be Used For A War With Iran

June 28, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today released the following statement regarding the bipartisan Senate vote on an amendment to require Congressional approval before any military funds could be used for a war with Iran: "A bipartisan majority of the Senate today sent an important message to President Trump: you do not have a blank check to pursue another endless war in the Middle East. "Just last week, the world saw that the president was just minutes away from more...


Schumer, Cotton, Bipartisan Cosponsors Announce Senate Passage Of Fentanyl Sanctions Act, The First-Ever Bill To Hold China’s Government Accountable For Commitment To Crack Down On Illicit Trafficking And Provide More Tools To Combat Synthetic Opioid Trafficking

June 27, 2019

Bipartisan Fentanyl Sanctions Act, Included In Senate National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) For Fiscal Year 2020, Would Direct The Trump Administration To Identify And Sanction Foreign Traffickers Of Synthetic Opioids On An Annual Basis, Authorize New Funding For Law Enforcement And Intelligence Agencies' Sanctions Efforts, And Pressure China, Mexico, And Other Synthetic Opioid Trafficking Countries To Crack Down On Traffickers Dramatic Rise In Fentanyl Overdose Deaths Represents The more...


Schumer Statement On The Supreme Court Gerrymandering Decision

June 27, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today released the following statement after the Supreme Court's decision on gerrymandering: "Today's decision to allow hyper-partisan gerrymandering is a devastating blow to our democracy, and the American people, particularly communities of color, will greatly suffer because of more...


Schumer Statement On The Supreme Court Decision Blocking The Citizenship Question In The Census

June 27, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today released the following statement after the Supreme Court's decision blocking the citizenship question in the census: "When even this conservative court determines that the Trump administration's argument is odious and dishonest, you know the administration's motivation behind adding the citizenship question in the first place was an abhorrent one. The lower court must, for the sake of our democracy and fair representation for all more...


After Schumer Request, Treasury Department Inspector General Agrees To Review Trump Administration’s Decision To Delay Redesign Of $20 Bill Picturing Harriet Tubman

June 24, 2019

In New Letter To Schumer, U.S. Treasury Department Inspector General Confirms Plan To Conduct Review Of The Trump Administration's Decision To Delay Release Of Redesigned $20 Note Until 2028 Treasury IG's Review Comes After Schumer Requested Last Week That The IG Look Into Whether Trump Administration Officials Allowed Political Considerations To Infect The Process For Redesigning Twenty-Dollar Bill Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today released a new letter from more...


Ahead Of Sen. McConnell’s Meeting With First Responders, Schumer Calls For Sen. McConnell To Commit To Hold Stand-Alone Vote On 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Fix Legislation Immediately After It Passes The House

June 24, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today released the following statement ahead of Senator Mitch McConnell's scheduled meeting with first responders: "These brave warriors, who rushed to the towers on and after 9/11, and their families have waited long enough. By the end of Senator Mitch McConnell's meeting with these first responders tomorrow, he should commit to put the bill on the floor for a stand-alone vote immediately following House passage. We cannot tolerate any more more...


What They’re Saying: Editorial Boards Across The Country Call On Leader McConnell To Act On Election Security

June 24, 2019

Despite repeated warnings from the Intelligence Community about foreign attempts to meddle in our elections, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans are refusing to consider any legislation to improve election security. Meanwhile, editorial boards across the country are calling on the Senate to act. Election security is too important to become just another tombstone in Leader McConnell's legislative graveyard. USA Today Editorial: 'Grim Reaper' Mitch McConnell Buries Plans To more...


Schumer Remarks Following White House Briefing On Iran

June 20, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today made the following remarks following the White House briefing on the ongoing situation in Iran. "I told the president that these conflicts have a way of escalating. The president may not intend to go to war here, but we are worried that he and the administration may bumble into a war. We told the room that the Democratic position is that Congressional approval must be required before funding any conflict in Iran. One of the best ways to more...


The Trump-McConnell Tax Law Has Failed The American People

June 20, 2019

The Trump-McConnell Tax Law Has Failed The American People At the end of 2017, Republicans jammed through a tax law that President Trump promised would be a "middle-class miracle," despite all indications to the contrary. Now, new reports show that while the benefits to corporations and the wealthiest few are even larger than anticipated, workers saw little to no benefit. Even worse, big corporations touted by President Trump and Sen. McConnell as tax law success stories are now laying off more...


Never-Ending Chaos Continues To Define President Trump’s Administration

June 20, 2019

Major Nominations Withdrawn Or Defeated For Radical Views, Scandalous Behavior, Absence Of Qualifications, And Lack Of Bipartisan Support. Many nominees to high-ranking executive branch positions have been forced to withdraw once their past controversies have come to light. Some of President Trump's judicial nominees have been forced to withdraw due to a clear lack of qualifications or views that are wildly out of the mainstream. Since the start of his administration, more than 70 of President more...

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