Press Releases

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...


TRANSCRIPT: On MSNBC’s Morning Joe Schumer Discusses Senate Democrats’ Proposal For $30 Billion Plan To Dramatically Expand Coronavirus Testing Nationwide

April 17, 2020

Brooklyn, N.Y. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today appeared on MSNBC’s Morning Joe and discussed the proposed $30 billion comprehensive national coronavirus testing plan and the importance of dramatically expanded coronavirus testing in moving our nation forward. Below is a transcript of the interview:Mika Brzezinski: Senator Schumer, I would like to start by asking you about the president's comments last night, revealing this multi-phased plan to reopen the country. more...


ROUNDUP: Amid Trump Administration Failure To Provide Sufficient Coronavirus Testing, Senate Democrats Introduce $30 Billion Plan To Dramatically Ramp Up Testing Nationwide

April 16, 2020

Washington Post: “Schumer And Democratic Sens. Patty Murray, Debbie Stabenow And Dick Durbin Argued … That The Trump Administration Needs To Expand Testing To Give Americans The Confidence To Go Back To Work And Resume Their Normal Lives.” Axios: “Senate Democratic Leadership Announced Wednesday A Plan, Authored By Sen. Patty Murray, That Calls For $30 Billion In Emergency Funds To Bolster National Coronavirus Testing And Contact Tracing.”Seattle Times: Patty Murray And Other Senate more...


TRANSCRIPT: On Press Call, Schumer And Senate Democrats Announce A $30 Billion Comprehensive National Testing Plan

April 15, 2020

Brooklyn, N.Y. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today on a press call with Senate Democratic Leaders, discussed the Trump administration’s failure to rapidly ramp up testing capacity for COVID-19 and urged the administration to execute a comprehensive national testing plan. Below is a transcript of Leader Schumer’s opening remarks:Sen. Schumer: So, let me begin by saying I hope you and your loved ones are healthy during this very difficult time for all of us. It's just utterly more...


Schumer & Rep. Ocasio-Cortez Demand Feds Approve ‘Disaster Funeral & Burial Assistance’ For New York; Families—Many In Low-Income Communities—Continue To See Coronavirus Deaths Rise, Incomes Disappear & Expenses Like A Proper Burial Become Impossible; Feds Must Act Now

April 14, 2020

Standing In Corona Plaza, Ground Zero For Coronavirus Infections and Deaths, Schumer & Rep. Ocasio-Cortez Make The Compelling Case For Feds To Do What They Did After ‘Sandy’ & Deliver Special Funds To NY Families Faced With Coronavirus Funeral Costs They Simply Cannot Afford—From Caskets To Burial New York Application To Green-Light These Critical Payments To Those Now Struggling Awaits A FEMA Decision; And With NY Deaths At More Than 10k & Rising Across NYC Alone, Reps Say more...


In New Letter to Sec. Azar, Sens. Schumer, Murray, And Wyden Call On Trump Admin To Quickly Allocate CARES Act Funds To Hardest-Hit Frontline Health Care Providers, Stop Using Emergency Dollars As A Political Tool

April 14, 2020

In New Letter To Sec. Azar, Sens. Schumer, Murray, And Wyden Call On The Trump Administration To Quickly Allocate Remainder Of Public Health and Social Services Emergency Funding (PHSSEF) To Hardest Hit Frontline Providers As Congress Intended, Targeting Resources To Providers And Areas Of Greatest NeedSenators Schumer, Murray, And Wyden Say Administration Is Using Funds As Political Tool In Order To Cover Up Its Sabotage Of The Affordable Care Act Washington, D.C.—Senate Democratic more...


Schumer And Pelosi Joint Statement On Urgent Priorities For Interim Emergency Coronavirus Relief

April 13, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement on Democrats’ urgent priorities for small businesses, families and working Americans in an interim emergency coronavirus relief package:“Small businesses, hospitals, frontline workers and state and local governments across the country are struggling to keep up with this national crisis. They need more help from the federal government and they need it fast - our nurses, doctors and more...


Senator Cardin Delivers Weekly Democratic Address

April 10, 2020

“The unanimous passage of the CARES Act was one of the most bipartisan moments I have been a part of since I entered the United States Senate,” said Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD). “And while no one knows how long this public health crisis will last, we do know that in order for our small businesses to survive, Congress must find a way back to working in a bipartisan fashion to enact solutions that serve everyone, especially those most in need due to this public health crisis we are more...


President Trump And His Administration Must Fix These Problems Immediately: Small Business Owners Across The Country Say They Aren’t Getting Needed Funds From Paycheck Protection Program

April 10, 2020

WSJ: SBA Under Fire For Failing To Get Aid To Struggling Small BusinessesNY Times: Small Businesses Wait For Cash As Disaster Loan Program UnravelsWSJ: Small-Business Loans Face Delays Even As Coronavirus Program Expands LINKMain Street Alliance Executive Director Amanda Ballantyne: “There are very few business owners who have successfully gotten the money,” … “Money isn’t flowing yet.” [WSJ, 4/10/20]NY Times: Small Businesses Wait for Cash as Disaster Loan Program Unravels. “The CARES more...


Schumer Statement On Interim Emergency Coronavirus Relief Legislation

April 10, 2020

Washington, D.C.— Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today released the following statement regarding the interim Emergency Coronavirus Relief legislation:“I had a constructive call with Secretary Mnuchin this morning during which he agreed to pursue bipartisan talks with the leadership of House and Senate Democrats and Republicans on interim Emergency Coronavirus Relief legislation. There’s no reason why we can’t come to a bipartisan agreement by early next week.” more...


Schumer And Pelosi Joint Statement On Interim Emergency Coronavirus Relief

April 8, 2020

Washington, D.C. -Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement on Democrats’ priorities for small businesses and working families in an interim emergency coronavirus package:“The heartbreaking acceleration of the coronavirus crisis demands bold, urgent and ongoing action from Congress to protect Americans’ lives and livelihoods. As Democrats have said since Day One, Congress must provide additional relief for small businesses and families, more...


Schumer Statement On President Trump’s Corrupt Action To Sideline Acting IG Glenn Fine As Chair Of The Pandemic Response Accountability Committee

April 7, 2020

Brooklyn, N.Y. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer released the following statement after President Trump took action to sideline Acting Inspector General Glenn Fine as Chair of the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee:“President Trump is abusing the coronavirus pandemic to eliminate honest and independent public servants because they are willing to speak truth to power and because he is so clearly afraid of strong oversight. President Trump’s corrupt action to sideline more...


Senate Democrats Unveil COVID-19“Heroes Fund” Proposal To Provide $25,000 Pay Increase To Essential Workers On Frontline Of Nation’s Pandemic Response

April 7, 2020

Senate Democrats’ Proposed “Heroes Fund,” Introduced By Sens. Schumer, Murray, Brown, Casey, Udall, And Peters, Would Provide Premium Pay To Reward, Retain, And Recruit Essential Frontline Workers Proposed COVID-19 “Heroes Fund” Consists Of Two Major Components—A $25,000 Premium Pay Increase For Essential Workers + A $15,000 Essential Worker Recruitment Incentive To Attract And Secure Workforce Needed To Fight Public Health Crisis Senate Democrats: Essential Frontline Workers Are True more...


Schumer On CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 Calls On President Trump To Appoint A Single Senior Military Official To Lead Production And Distribution Of Medical Supplies And Equipment

April 6, 2020

Brooklyn, N.Y. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today appeared on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360, calling for President Trump to appoint a single senior military official to lead the coordination of medical supplies and equipment to fight the coronavirus. Below is a transcript of the interview:Anderson Cooper: The HHS was not President Trump's only target in that news conference. He attacked Senator Chuck Schumer multiple times well. In fact, last week in a letter, he said in a more...


TRANSCRIPT: On Press Call, Schumer Urges President Trump To Fully Invoke DPA And Appoint A Senior Military Official To Oversee Both Production And Distribution Of Medical Supplies & Equipment; Announces Appointment Of Bharat Ramamurti To Serve On New Congressional Oversight Commission For Pandemic Response

April 6, 2020

Brooklyn, N.Y. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today held a press call, calling on President Trump to fully invoke the Defense Production Act and appoint a senior military official to oversee both production and distribution of medical supplies and equipment. He also announced the appointment of Bharat Ramamurti to serve on the new congressional oversight commission, a transparency and accountability mechanism built into the bipartisan CARE Act. Below is a transcript of Leader more...

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