Press Releases

Schumer Says McConnell-Graham Decision To Move Forward With Judiciary Committee Hearing “Reckless And Dangerous”

October 3, 2020

Brooklyn, N.Y. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) today released the following statement in response to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Lindsay Graham's reckless decision to move forward with the Supreme Court Nomination Hearing: "The decision to recess the Senate for two weeks after at least three Republican Senators have tested positive for COVID-19 makes clear that the Senate cannot proceed with business as usual as the more...

Schumer, Feinstein Statement On Hearing Schedule For Supreme Court Nomination

October 2, 2020

Washington, D.C. — Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) today released the following statement in response to Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) committing to a hearing schedule for the Supreme Court nomination process amid news that individuals involved in the nomination process have contracted coronavirus: “It is premature for Chairman Graham to commit to a hearing schedule when we do not know the more...

Schumer Statement On President Trump Positive COVID Diagnosis

October 2, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) today released the following statement in response to President Trump testing positive for coronavirus: "I wish President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump and any White House staff members who are infected a speedy recovery. I join the nation in praying for the First Family's health and safety. "The infection of the President, First Lady and a close aide require that the White House immediately conduct a contact tracing more...

Schumer Floor Remarks Following Republicans Blocking The Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act

October 1, 2020

Washington, D.C. — Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) today spoke on the Senate floor after Senate Republicans blocked the Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act, which passed the House by voice vote a week ago. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks, which can also be viewed here:


Schumer Statement On Reports That The Trump White House Pressured The CDC To Downplay The Risks Posed To Students And Families By COVID-19 Pandemic

September 29, 2020

Brooklyn, N.Y. — Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) today released the following statement regarding reports that the Trump Administration pressured the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to minimize the virus threats to students and families from rushing to return to full in-person schooling:


SCHUMER: A Vote For Judge Amy Coney Barrett Is A Vote To Eliminate Health Care For Millions In The Middle Of A Pandemic

September 26, 2020

Brooklyn, N.Y. — Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) today released the following statement regarding President Trump’s nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the United States Supreme Court:

The American people should make no mistake—a vote by any Senator for Judge Amy Coney Barrett is a vote to strike down the Affordable Care Act and eliminate protections for millions of Americans with pre-existing conditions. By nominating Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, President Trump has once again put Americans’ healthcare in the crosshairs. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to rage, unabated by this Administration, healthcare was already the number one issue on the ballot in November. President Trump has promised to nominate Supreme Court Justices who will “terminate” our health care law and decimate the health care system for American Indians and Alaska Natives. In Judge Barrett, President Trump has found the deciding vote.


Democrats Call On Republicans To Stand For Science, Support Bill To Stop Trump Administration’s Political Interference In COVID-19 Response

September 22, 2020

Washington, D.C. –  Today, Democratic Leader, Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA), and 32 of their Senate Democratic colleagues introduced the Science and Transparency Over Politics (STOP) Act, legislation to fight back against political interference by the Trump Administration in the work of experts and the nation’s public health agencies to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.


What’s At Stake: A Vote To Confirm Any Trump SCOTUS Nominee Is A Vote To Strike Down Healthcare Coverage And Protections For Millions Of Americans During A Pandemic That Has Killed Nearly 200,000 Americans

September 21, 2020

Then-Candidate Donald Trump: "If I win the presidency, my judicial appointments will do the right thing unlike Bush's appointee John Roberts on ObamaCare."[Verified Twitter, 6/25/15] Then-Candidate Donald Trump: QUESTION: It's January 20, it's President Donald J. Trump. I know you like the sound of that. There are a lot of really old Supreme Court justices. There are a lot of really close, 5-4 Supreme Court decisions: Obamacare, Citizens United, voting rights. Give us a sense of whether or more...

Schumer Statement on the Three-year Anniversary of Hurricane Maria

September 20, 2020

Washington, D.C.- U.S. Democratic Leader Senator Chuck Schumer released the following statement today marking the third anniversary of Hurricane Maria making landfall on Puerto Rico: "Three years ago, we watched in horror as Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, claiming thousands of innocent American lives and causing the longest blackout in U.S. history. Today, after one of the worst natural disasters our nation's ever faced, many Puerto Ricans are still more...

Schumer Statement On FEMA Planning To Release Funding For Puerto Rico’s Electric Grid And Education System

September 18, 2020

Washington, D.C.— Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today released the following statement in response to an announcement that FEMA plans to release $9.6 billion for the repairment of Puerto Rico’s electrical grid and $2 billion for its education system:


Senate Democrats Unveil The America LEADS Act To Make Comprehensive Investments In American Workers, Competitiveness, Alliances, And Diplomacy To Confront The Rise of China

September 17, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Senate Foreign Relations Committee ranking member Bob Menendez (D-NJ), and Senate Democrats today introduced the America Labor, Economic competitiveness, Alliances, Democracy and Security (America LEADS) Act, Senate Democrats’ proposal for a new U.S.-China policy. The most comprehensive China legislation to date, the America LEADS Act seeks to recognize that only when we have a vibrant economy here at home can we truly more...

As New School Year Begins, Senators Schumer, Markey, Cantwell, Van Hollen, Bennet, Hassan, Schatz Lead Colleagues In Demanding Urgent Action By FCC To Connect Students To Online Learning

September 17, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Senator Edward J. Markey (D-MA), Ranking Member Maria Cantwell (D-WA), and Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), and Brian Schatz (D-HI) today led 30 of their colleagues in a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) urging it to immediately utilize the E-Rate program to provide internet connectivity to students at home. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, students across more...

Schumer, Warren: The Next President Can And Should Cancel Up To $50,000 In Student Loan Debt Immediately; Democrats Outline Plan For Immediate Action In 2021

September 17, 2020

Washington, D.C. –  Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and their colleagues introduced a resolution today outlining a bold plan for the next President of the United States to use existing authority under the Higher Education Act to cancel up to $50,000 in Federal student loan debt for Federal student loan borrowers. The resolution outlines how the President should use executive authority to cancel student loan debt and ensure there is no tax liability for Federal student loan borrowers resulting from administrative debt cancellation. Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress refuse to provide any immediate student debt cancellation for tens of millions of Americans, but Democrats will be ready to act starting in 2021. Joining the resolution are Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Richard J. Durbin (D-IL), Bernard Sanders (I-VT), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Edward J. Markey (D-MA), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Robert Menendez (D-NJ),  and Ron Wyden (D-OR).


Senate Democrats Call Out Republican Inaction And Hypocrisy On Venezuela TPS

September 16, 2020

Washington, D.C. –  Today, leading Senate Democrats attempted to pass H.R. 549 the Venezuela TPS Act of 2019. The live unanimous consent, requested by Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), was blocked by Republican Senator John Thune (R-SD) on behalf of Republican Senator Mike Lee (R-UT). Today marks the fourth time in the last year that Senate Republicans block legislation to designate Venezuela as a country under the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program.


Schumer, Sanders Call For Special Committee To Ensure Election Security

September 16, 2020

Washington, D.C. In response to the disturbing rise in attacks on the fundamental security and legitimacy of our elections, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT.) sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY.) requesting the formation of a special bipartisan committee to hear testimony from state and local officials, election experts, and others to reassure the American people that the election will go smoothly and reliably. 


Schumer, Pelosi Joint Statement On Trump Urging Republicans To ‘Go For The Much Higher Numbers’ In Coronavirus Negotiations

September 16, 2020

Washington, D.C. – Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and Speaker Nancy Pelosi released this statement following President Trump’s tweet calling on Republicans to “go for the much higher numbers” in the next COVID-19 relief package:


Schumer Statement On DHS Whistleblower Complaint Of Abuse At ICE Detention Centers

September 15, 2020

Washington, D.C.— Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer at a press conference today addressed the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) whistleblower complaint on the abuse of immigrant women at Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention centers. Senator Schumer called on the DHS Inspector General to immediately investigate the complaint:


Schumer Statement On Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15, 2020


Schumer Again Calls On Senate Republicans To Meet Democrats In The Middle To Reach A Compromise On A COVID Relief Bill That Can Become Law

September 14, 2020

"After Senate Republicans spent four months dithering and delaying, last week Leader McConnell pushed a partisan, 'emaciated' COVID relief bill that was designed to fail. And fail it did. Now it is time for Senate Republicans to wake up to the gravity of the crisis in our country and work with Democrats on a comprehensive bill that delivers real help to Americans. Speaker Pelosi and I have already come down $1 trillion from our initial request. Leader McConnell and Senate Republicans must drop more...

Senator Gillibrand Delivers Weekly Democratic Address

September 11, 2020

Washington, D.C. - As we commemorate the 19th anniversary of 9/11 today and as America continues to battle the coronavirus, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) delivers this week's Weekly Democratic Address. Senator Gillibrand begins the address by remembering the selfless and generous spirit Americans exhibited on that terrifying day 19 years ago and underscores that we are seeing the same spirit today as Americans face the coronavirus pandemic. She notes that like the heroes who stepped up on more...

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