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Schumer, Pelosi Joint Statement Following Gang Of 8 Briefing On Russian Bounties On U.S. Troops In Afghanistan

July 2, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement following a classified Gang of 8 briefing on reports of Russian bounties on U.S. troops serving in Afghanistan:“Force protection is a primary purpose of intelligence. It should have the same importance to the Commander-in-Chief. Any reports of threats on our troops must be pursued relentlessly. “These reports are coming to light in the context of the President being soft on more...


Schumer Statement On New Jobs Report

July 2, 2020

Washington, D.C.— Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today released following statement in response to the latest jobs report, warning that unless President Trump and Republicans finally work with Democrats to provide additional federal fiscal relief, the economic pain in America will only worsen:“Today’s jobs report may just be a slight peak in a much larger valley, and unless President Trump demonstrates real leadership in fighting the health crisis and Senate Republicans get more...


Sens. Schumer, Booker, Peters Introduce Resolution Defending USPS, Urging More Funding To Offset COVID-19 Losses

July 1, 2020

The USPS Provides Vital Services For Millions Of Americans, But Currently Lacks The Funding Needed To Stay AfloatWashington, D.C.— Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), and U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, introduced a resolution outlining the importance of the U.S. Postal Service and urging increased funding in the next COVID-19 relief package to help the key more...


Leader Schumer And Ranking Member Wyden Introduce Bold, New Legislation To Extend Expanded Unemployment Insurance & Require Program Continue Providing Benefits Until Each State’s Economic Conditions Improve

July 1, 2020

Sens. Schumer And Wyden Call For Long-Term Unemployment Insurance Support As States Grapple With Sharp Rise In COVID-19 Cases New Proposal Would Take Politics Out Of Extending Unemployment Insurance And Protect Working Families’ Living StandardsWashington, D.C.—Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Senate Committee on Finance Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR) today introduced the American Workforce Rescue Act, bold, new legislation that would establish “automatic more...


Leader Schumer And Speaker Pelosi Demand Sen. McConnell End Republican Inaction On Heroes Act; Dem Leaders Call For Immediate Bipartisan, Bicameral Negotiations To Address Public Health & Economic Crises

June 29, 2020

Today Marks 45 Days Since The House Of Representatives Passed Heroes Act - Leader Schumer And Speaker Pelosi Say Senate Republicans’ Callous, Deliberate Inaction On Legislation To Address Public Health And Economic Crises Is Harming American People Washington, D.C.—In a new letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) today called for immediate bipartisan, bicameral negotiations on more...


Schumer Statement On Ninth Circuit Court Ruling Against Trump’s Misuse Of Congressionally Appropriated Funds For Ineffective, Wasteful Southern Border Wall

June 26, 2020

Washington, D.C.— Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today released following statement in response to the Ninth Circuit Court ruling that President Trump cannot divert congressionally appropriated funds to his ineffective, wasteful southern border wall:“The Ninth Circuit’s decision today is a victory for the separation of powers doctrine that is the cornerstone of our democracy. The court makes clear that the Trump administration’s attempt, supported by Senate Republican enablers, more...


Schumer Statement On House Passage Of D.C. Statehood Legislation

June 26, 2020

Washington, D.C.— Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today released following statement in response to the House passing a bill to make the District of Columbia a state:“It is past time to end the historic disenfranchisement of hundreds of thousands of U.S. citizens and make D.C. a state. As one of my top priorities when it comes to voting rights and democracy reform, I will keep working in the Senate to secure statehood, full voting rights and full home rule, for D.C. in this more...


Schumer Statement On Trump Administration Asking The Supreme Court To Repeal The Affordable Care Act

June 26, 2020

Washington, D.C.— Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today released following statement in response to the Trump administration-backed legal effort at the Supreme Court to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in Texas v. U.S. lawsuit:“Americans should look at what the Trump administration and Republicans do—not what they say—on health care. Republicans remain unflinching in their cruel and callous campaign to eliminate Americans’ health care coverage, even as the country faces down more...


Following GAO Report, Schumer Demands Robust Oversight Of CARES Act Funds

June 25, 2020

Washington, D.C.— Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today released following statement demanding robust oversight of CARES Act funds after the Government Accountability Office (GAO) announced this morning that $1.4 billion of relief checks were sent to dead people:“The Government Accountability Office this morning announced that $1.4 billion of relief checks were sent to people who were dead. Where's the Republican oversight? This is a $3 trillion package. And every small bit of more...


ICYMI – Congressional Black Caucus, Civil & Human Rights Groups, Other Leading Voices Against Police Violence Call For Senate To Vote Against GOP Policing Legislation

June 24, 2020

Washington, D.C.— In response to Senate Republicans’ insufficient policing legislation, the Congressional Black Caucus, several leading civil and human rights groups and attorneys representing families of individuals killed by police released statements opposing the bill, saying the efforts will do nothing to make much needed changes to our country’s police departments. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has called on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to engage more...


ICYMI – Congressional Black Caucus Opposes Senate Republicans’ Police Reform Bill, 138 Civil Rights Groups Send Letter Demanding Senators Vote Against The Bill & Say Effort Falls Far Short Of What Is Needed To Protect Black Communities & Hold Police Accountable

June 23, 2020

Washington, D.C.— Today, the Congressional Black Caucus sent a letter expressing opposition to the Senate Republicans’ Justice Act and calling for the Senate to pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, which meets the historic moment our country faces and will finally answer the police violence plaguing Black communities. Additionally, 138 civil rights groups, led by the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, sent a letter to the Senate strongly opposing the Senate more...


ICYMI – Civil Rights Groups And Other Leading Voices Against Police Violence Express Opposition To Senate Republicans’ Policing Reform Legislation

June 23, 2020

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ICYMI – Civil Rights Groups And Other Leading Voices Against Police Violence Express Opposition To Senate Republicans’ Policing Reform Legislation

June 23, 2020

Washington, D.C.— In response to Senate Republicans’ insufficient JUSTICE Act, several leading civil rights groups and attorneys released statements opposing the bill, saying the efforts will do nothing to make much needed changes to our country’s police departments. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Kamala Harris (D-CA) also sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell saying that the bill Senate Republicans have proposed is more...


In New Letter To Sen. McConnell, Sens. Schumer, Booker, And Harris Say Senate GOP Policing Bill Is Threadbare And Not Salvageable; Dems Demand Bipartisan Talks To Get To A Constructive Starting Point

June 23, 2020

In Letter, Sens. Schumer, Booker, And Harris Outline How The Senate GOP Policing Legislation Is Deeply Flawed & Woefully Inadequate The Senate GOP Policing Legislation Fails To Establish Meaningful Accountability Mechanisms For Police Misconduct Or Address Qualified Immunity; Fails To Implement A Natl. Misconduct Registry; Fails To Establish Adequate Use of Force Data Collection; Fails To Create A Natl. Use Of Force Standard; And Fails To Outlaw Harmful Policing Practices, Like more...


Schumer, Feinstein, And Klobuchar Call For Sen. McConnell To Pull Vote On Nomination Of Cory Wilson To The Fifth Circuit; Dems Say Wilson’s Opposition To Protecting Voting Rights And Dismissal Of Voter Suppression Concerns Are Disqualifying

June 22, 2020

In New Letter, Sens. Schumer, Feinstein, And Klobuchar Urge Leader McConnell Not To Advance Fifth Circuit Nominee Cory Wilson And Instead Work With Civil Rights Groups To Identify New Pick Committed To Protecting Voting Rights Of All AmericansSens. Schumer, Feinstein, And Klobuchar Say Wilson Has Embraced Restrictive Voting Measures That Disproportionately Harm Minority Voters, Has Regularly Dismissed Legitimate Concerns From Voting Rights Groups, And Is Vocal Critic Of Voting Rights more...


In New Letter To DOJ IG And Office Of Professional Responsibility, Leader Schumer Calls For Immediate Investigation Into Potentially Corrupt Firing Of U.S. Attorney Berman, The Latest In String Of Purges Of Administration Officials

June 22, 2020

In New Letter To DOJ IG Horowitz And Office Of Professional Responsibility Director Ragsdale, Leader Schumer Requests Joint Investigation Into Firing Of U.S. Attorney Berman To Determine Reasons For Berman’s Removal And To Prevent Further Abuses Of The Administration Of JusticeLeader Schumer Emphasizes That U.S. Attorney Berman’s Firing Cannot Be Explained By Cause, And Requests Determination Of Whether He Was Removed For Partisan Political Purposes, Retaliation, Or To Influence Ongoing more...


On Heels Of President Trump’s Admission That He Directed Officials To Slow Testing To Keep Case Numbers Low And Amid Spike In COVID-19 Cases In Many States Across The Country, Sens. Schumer And Murray Reveal That HHS Has Yet To Spend Nearly $14 Billion Congress Provided For Testing And Tracing, Call On HHS Sec. Azar And Trump Admin. To Immediately Disburse Unspent Funds

June 21, 2020

In New Letter To HHS Sec. Azar, Sens. Schumer And Murray Call For The Immediate Disbursement Of Remainder Of $25 Billion And Other Funds Appropriated By Congress To Ramp Up Testing And Tracing, With Emphasis On Addressing Racial Disparities Sens. Schumer And Murray Say That, Despite Spike In COVID-19 Cases In Numerous States, The Trump Administration Has Not Released Plan To Distribute Remainder Of Appropriated Funds And That Only A Tiny Fraction Of The $2 Billion Set Aside By Congress more...


Schumer Statement Calling On Jay Clayton To Withdraw His Nomination & For The DOJ IG To Launch An Investigation Into Trump Admin. Efforts To Interfere With SDNY Investigations

June 20, 2020

Washington, D.C.— Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today released following statement in response to the Trump administration’s late night attempted dismissal of the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York and calls for Jay Clayton, the announced new SDNY Attorney nominee, to withdraw his name from consideration for the nomination to the position and for the DOJ Inspector General to launch an investigation into the blatantly corrupt DOJ interference in more...


Schumer Statement On Trump Admin. Reversal Allowing Increased Transparency In Paycheck Protection Program Borrowing

June 19, 2020

Washington, D.C.— Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today released following statement in response to the Trump administration reversal allowing for greater transparency in PPP loan borrowing:“The Treasury Department finally gave in to public pressure from Democrats because their position of hiding which businesses have received PPP loans was untenable. This reversal is a good start and will help us determine if taxpayer money went where Congress intended—to the truly small and more...


Senator Durbin Delivers Weekly Democratic Address

June 19, 2020

“Democrats in the Senate have been working hard to pass legislation to address racial injustice and get the American people the resources they need,” said Senator Durbin. “I just hope the Republican Party will stop its misguided attack on the Affordable Care Act and join us in a bipartisan effort to address the challenges America faces.”Washington, D.C. - As America continues to battle a raging coronavirus, racial injustice, and record unemployment, Senator Durbin delivers this week’s more...

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