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Schumer Statement On New Letter From More Than 100 Economists Including Former Fed Chairs Bernanke And Yellen Calling For Congress To Pass Additional Relief Package To Avoid ‘Prolonged Suffering’ And ‘Stunted Economic Growth’

June 16, 2020

Schumer: When Will Republicans In The Senate Finally Get The Message We Need To Act?”Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer spoke on the Senate floor after receiving a new letter from more than 100 economist calling on Congress to pass an additional relief package to avoid “prolonged suffering.” Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks, which can also be viewed here: “Today, Leader McConnell and I received a letter signed by over 100 economists and scholars, including two more...


Leader Schumer Calls On Postal Service Board Of Governors To Disclose Decision-Making Process For Postmaster General Pick DeJoy, The First In Decades Without Direct Experience Within Postal Service, Now Set To Lead Postal Service Amid Global Pandemic

June 15, 2020

In New Letter To Postal Service Board Chairman Leader Schumer Calls For Greater Transparency From Board Of Governors On Selection Of Postmaster General Pick Louis DeJoy, Demands Delivery Of Key Information And Docs To Congress For Review Leader Schumer Says DeJoy Is First Pick In Decades With No Direct Experience Within Postal Service, May Have Been Forced Through By Trump White House And Treasury Department, And Has Financial Interests In Companies With Ties To more...


Schumer Slams SBA And Trump Administration For Hiding PPP Loan Data From Public

June 12, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer released the following statement today in response to reporting that President Trump’s Small Business Administration is hiding the Payment Protection Program’s loan data from the public: “Given the many problems with the PPP program, it is imperative American taxpayers know if the money is going where Congress intended—to the truly small and unbanked small business. The administration’s resistance to transparency more...


In New Letter To Secretary Mnuchin And SBA Administrator Carranza, Sens. Schumer, Cardin, Brown, And Shaheen Lead All 47 Senate Democrats In Calling For Urgently-Needed Improvements To Streamline And Simplify Current, Onerous Process For Smaller Businesses Applying For PPP Loan Forgiveness

June 12, 2020

In New Letter To Treasury Sec. Mnuchin And SBA Admin. Carranza, All 47 Senate Democrats Urge The Administration To Streamline And Simplify The PPP Loan Forgiveness Process To Ensure The Smallest And Most Underserved Businesses Are Able To Easily Apply Senate Democrats Say Burdensome, Time-Consuming, And Costly Forgiveness Process Hurts The Resource-Strapped Small Businesses, Including Minority-Owned Businesses That Have Faced Long-Standing Economic And Process Fairness Challenges Even more...


Schumer, Warren, Reed, Senate Dems Call On President Trump To Support Bipartisan Proposal In Annual Defense Bill To Rename All Bases & Other Military Assets Named For The Confederacy And Anyone Who Served In The Confederacy

June 11, 2020

Senate Dems Urge President Trump To Take Veto Threat Off The Table & Put Welfare Of U.S. Troops Ahead Of Insisting That U.S. Military Bases Be Named After Confederate Soldiers Who Fought Against The United States To Preserve The Institution of Slavery Text of Letter (PDF)Washington, D.C.— Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), and SASC Ranking Member Jack Reed more...


In New Letter To President Trump And Majority Leader McConnell, Leader Schumer Says Republican Stonewalling On COVID-19 Legislation Harming Communities Of Color Disproportionately Impacted By Pandemic, Calls For Immediate Action On HEROES Act

June 11, 2020

In New Letter To President Trump And Majority Leader McConnell, Leader Schumer Calls For Immediate Action On HEROES Act Legislation, Emphasizing That Continued Inaction Will Further Harm Communities Of Color Disproportionately ImpactedHEROES Act Would Deliver Greater Support For Essential Frontline Workers, Shore Up Rental Assistance And Eviction Protections, Deliver Greater Financial Support To Struggling Americans, Increase Funding For COVID-19 Testing And Tracing, And Deliver Greater more...


Sens. Schumer, Feinstein, And Warner Call On FBI Director Wray And DNI Ratcliffe To Publicly Release Any Information Supporting President Trump’s Inflammatory Claims Related To Protests Against The Police Killing Of George Floyd; Senate Dems. Say President’s Unsubstantiated Claims Appear Intended To Justify Wrongful Use Of Military Intervention And Excessive Force Against Peaceful Protests

June 10, 2020

In New Letter, Sens. Schumer, Feinstein, And Warner Call On Director Wray and DNI Ratcliffe To Promptly Inform The Public Of Any Information Supporting President Trump’s Recent, Inflammatory Claims Related To Protests Of The Police Killing Of George Floyd, Including His Characterization Of Peaceful Protests As “Acts Of Domestic Terror” Sens. Schumer, Feinstein, And Warner Emphasize That The President’s Claims Appear Intended To Frame Peaceful Protests As Terrorist Threats In Order To more...


Warren, Schumer, Blumenthal Release New Findings And Documents From Investigation Of Trump-Kushner "Project Air Bridge" Coronavirus Response

June 9, 2020

Formally Request New CARES Act Inspectors General Oversight Committee To Investigate Trump Administration Effort To Expedite The Distribution Of Critical COVID-19 Medical SuppliesTrump Administration Response Marred By Delays, Incompetence, Confusion, & Secrecy Six Private Sector Medical Supply Companies Part Of Project Air Bridge Responded To Questions From Warren and BlumenthalLetter to Pandemic Response Accountability Committee (PDF) Cardinal Response (PDF) | Concordance more...


In New Letter, Schumer And Pelosi Call On President Trump To Immediately Tear Down New Walls And Reopen Lafayette Square To Public; Dem Leaders Say Trump Admin. Has Turned Symbol Of Freedom And Openness Into Oppressive Space Resembling Militarized Zone

June 8, 2020

Leader Schumer And Speaker Pelosi To President Trump: Immediately Reopen Lafayette Square To The Public Washington, D.C.—Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) today sent a letter to President Donald Trump, demanding that he immediately reopen Lafayette Square, a space long used by Americans to freely exercise their First Amendment rights, and recently closed to the public following a wave of peaceful protests.In the letter, Leader Schumer more...


Schumer And Wyden Demand Dept. Of Labor Watchdog Investigate Florida’s Failure To Distribute Expanded Unemployment Benefits To More Than One Million Residents; Say The State Has Processed Only 28% of Applications

June 8, 2020

In New Letter To Dept. Of Labor IG, Sens. Schumer And Wyden Call For Investigation of Florida Department Of Economic Opportunity’s (FLDEO) Failure To Distribute Unemployment Benefits To More Than One Million Residents Despite CARES Act Expansion Of Benefits To Those Traditionally Ineligible For State Unemployment Insurance Senators Say FLDEO Also Failed To Address State Unemployment System’s Deficiencies Pre-COVID, Despite Repeated Warnings; System Now Plagued By Persistent more...


Senator Jones Delivers Weekly Democratic Address

June 5, 2020

“The test we all face today is not only in changing our laws,” said Senator Doug Jones (D-AL). “We must commit ourselves to personal and systemic change. Can we see the dignity and the humanity of those who in some way are not like us? Can we have hope for others and work for their success? We must pass this test together. And we must maintain as a sense of urgency at reforming the laws and institutions that have perpetuated inequality and injustice.” Washington, D.C. - As Americans more...


Schumer Statement On New Jobs Numbers: Now Is Not The Time To Be Complacent

June 5, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer released the following statement today in response to the latest jobs report, warning Republicans that, with unemployment above 13% and an ongoing public health crisis, now is not a time to be complacent:“With nearly 20 million people out of work and unemployment among African Americans increasing, now is not the time to be complacent or take a victory lap.“Thirteen percent unemployment is not ‘joyous’ or ‘stupendous’ as President more...


TRANSCRIPT: On MSNBC, Schumer Reacts To Latest Jobs Numbers, Says Now Is Not Time To Be Complacent And Senate Republicans Must Pass Necessary And Urgent Legislation To Address Ongoing Public Health And Economic Crises; Schumer Also Calls On McConnell To Hold Senate Vote On Law Enforcement Reform Legislation This Month

June 5, 2020

Washington, D.C. -Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today appeared on MSNBC Live and reacted to the latest jobs report, warning Republicans that, with unemployment above 13% and an ongoing public health crisis, now is not a time to be complacent. Senator Schumer also urged Senate Republicans to join Democrats to pass urgent and necessary legislation to address these ongoing crises roiling the lives of tens of millions of Americans and called on Leader McConnell to hold a Senate more...


Schumer, Warren, Rep. Velázquez Lead Democratic Lawmakers In Expressing Concern About The Department Of Education’s Conditions Imposed Upon Puerto Rico’s Access To Governor’s Education Emergency Relief And Elementary And Secondary Emergency Relief Funding

June 4, 2020

Washington, D.C.— Led by United States Senate Democratic Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY), 29 Members of Congress wrote the Department of Education in expressing concern on the conditions imposed upon Puerto Rico’s access to Governor’s Education Emergency Relief (GEER) and Elementary and Secondary Emergency Relief (ESSER) funding. The lawmakers ask that the Department use its authority to immediately disburse funding more...


Schumer Statement On President Trump’s Executive Order To Waive Environmental Review

June 4, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer released the following statement today in response to reporting that President Trump will sign an executive order to waive environmental review on major projects:“Environmental reviews are critical to the protection of public health and one of the last lines of defense to give communities of color, indigenous people and the poor a voice in major infrastructure projects that happen in their backyards. By signing this executive more...


Schumer Statement On Former Defense Secretary Mattis’ Denouncement Of President Trump

June 3, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer released the following statement today in response to the former Defense Secretary James Mattis’ rebuke of President Trump:“That Secretary Mattis, someone who President Trump used to hail as “Mad Dog Mattis”, felt so strongly the need to speak up today further underscores how devastatingly destructive Donald Trump is to our country as more...


TRANSCRIPT: On MSNBC’s All In With Chris Hayes, Sen. Schumer Rebukes Senate Republicans For Blocking Resolution To Condemn President Trump’s Unconstitutional Attacks On Peaceful Protesters

June 2, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today appeared on MSNBC’s All In With Chris Hayes and rebuked Senate Republicans for blocking a resolution that would condemn President Trump’s unconstitutional attack on peaceful protestors. Below is a transcript of the interview:Chris Hayes: Here with me now, Senator Chuck Schumer, Democratic Leader in the Senate, who has been critical of the use of force against peaceful protesters. What do you make of what happened last more...


Joint Schumer, Pelosi Statement On Trump Press Conference & Photo-Op

June 1, 2020

Washington, D.C. -Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement after President Trump tear-gassed peaceful protestors following a press conference in which he ordered troops to “dominate the streets”:“Across our country, Americans are protesting for an end to the pattern of racial injustice and brutality we saw most recently in the murder of George Floyd. “Yet, at a time when our country cries out for unification, this President is ripping it more...


Schumer Statement On Latest Unemployment Numbers And Senate Republicans’ Focus On Chasing Conspiracy Theories

May 28, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer released the following statement today in response to reporting on the latest unemployment numbers:“The cost of Republican inaction grows every day. More than 100,000 Americans have lost their lives and the number that have filed for unemployment has surpassed 40 million, but Senator McConnell and Senate Republicans are still more focused on peddling conspiracy theories to prop up President Trump than they are helping the more...


Schumer Statement On Trump Admin Announcement They Will Set Aside $10 Billion For CDFIs To Participate In The Paycheck Protection Program

May 28, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer released the following statement today after the Treasury Department and Small Business Administration announced they will set aside $10 billion for Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) to participate in the Paycheck Protection Program. Today’s announcement comes after Sen. Schumer has been pushing the administration to do this for months, including in an April letter and on many private phone calls with Secretary more...

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