Speeches

Schumer Floor Remarks On The Killing Of George Floyd, The Need For Bold Action On Systemic Racism And Demanding Leader McConnell Put A Law Enforcement Reform Bill On The Senate Floor Before The Fourth of July

June 1, 2020

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor regarding the killing of George Floyd, the need for bold action on systemic racism and demanded Leader McConnell to put a law enforcement reform bill on the Senate floor before the Fourth of July. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks, which can also be viewed here:One week ago today, a white police officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota knelt on the neck of an African American man named George Floyd, pinning him to more...


Schumer Floor Remarks On Senate GOP Pursuing Conspiracy Theories Instead Of Working To Address The Ongoing Economic And Public Health Crises And Announcing His Opposition To The Nomination Of Rep. Ratcliffe For DNI

May 21, 2020

Schumer Also Requests President Trump To Half Staff Flags To Honor Lives Lost When COVID-19 Death Toll Reaches 100,000 Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor regarding Senate Republicans’ focus on right-wing conspiracy theories instead of addressing the ongoing economic and public health crises caused by the coronavirus pandemic and urged them to pursue bipartisan talks to address the problem. Senator Schumer also announced his opposition to the more...


Schumer Floor Remarks On Senate GOP Chasing Conspiracy Theories Instead Of Working To Address The Economic And Public Health Crises Caused By Coronavirus

May 20, 2020

Schumer Also Says Trump’s Celebration Of 1.5 Million Positive COVID-19 Tests Is Sick And An Insult To Every American Who Has Lost A Loved One To Evil DiseaseWashington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor calling on Senate Republicans to drop their focus on right-wing conspiracy theories to instead pursue bipartisan talks that address the public health and economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks, which can more...


Schumer Floor Remarks Ahead Of Chairman Powell’s Testimony Before The Senate Banking Committee And The Senate GOP Pushing Conspiracy Theories Instead Of Focusing On Addressing The Ongoing Economic And Public Health Crises

May 19, 2020

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor regarding Federal Reserve Chairman Powell’s testimony before the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. He also discussed how Senate Republicans are pushing right-wing conspiracy theories instead of addressing the ongoing economic and public health crises caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks, which can also be viewed here:The Senate Banking Committee will more...


Schumer Floor Remarks On Senate GOP Pushing Conspiracy Theories Instead Of Pursuing Bipartisan Talks To Help Address Public Health & Economic Crises Caused By Coronavirus And On GOP Complacency Over Trump IG Firings

May 18, 2020

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor calling on Senate Republicans to drop their focus on right-wing conspiracy theories and instead pursue bipartisan talks to address the public health and economic crisis caused by the coronavirus. He also condemned the complacency of Senate Republicans in response to President Trump’s string of inspector general removals. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks, which can also be viewed here:For the third week in a more...


Schumer Floor Remarks On Senate Republicans’ Refusal To Take Seriously The Urgent And Necessary Action The Senate Must Take To Respond To The Coronavirus Economic And Public Health Crisis

May 14, 2020

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor denouncing Senate Republicans’ refusal to take seriously the urgent and necessary action the Senate must take to respond to the coronavirus economic and public health crisis. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks, which can also be viewed here:It has been two weeks since Leader McConnell called us back into session. In that time, it was announced that 30 million Americans filed for unemployment. Just this more...


TRANSCRIPT: On MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports, Schumer Demands Senate Take Urgent And Necessary Action To Further Respond To Coronavirus Economic And Public Health Crisis, Decries Republicans’ Decision To Focus On Biden Conspiracy Theories Instead Of The Coronavirus

May 13, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today appeared on MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports and demanded immediate action to respond to the urgent coronavirus economic and public health crisis and denounced Senate Republicans’ decision to focus on Biden conspiracies rather than responding to the coronavirus pandemic. Below is a transcript of the interview:Andrea Mitchell: And Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer joins me now. Senator, thank you very much for being with more...


Senate Republican Blocks Schumer Resolution Calling For Immediate Release Of Uncensored CDC Guidelines On Reopening

May 13, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today made a unanimous consent request to immediately pass S.Res 572, expressing the sense of the Senate that the report of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention entitled, “Guidance For Implementing The Opening Up America Again” framework be released uncensored immediately. Senator Mike Braun (R-IN) objected to the request. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks, which can also be viewed here:Last week, Americans learned more...


Schumer Floor Remarks Supporting The Urgently-Needed HEROES Act And Rebuking Sen. McConnell’s Comments That GOP Has Yet To Feel Urgency To Act Immediately On Further Relief For Families Facing Coronavirus

May 13, 2020

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor in support of The Heroes Act, House Democrats’ new, urgently-needed emergency coronavirus relief legislation to help Americans suffering from the current health and economic crisis. Senator Schumer also spoke regarding Leader McConnell’s comments that Senate Republicans have “yet to feel the urgency of acting immediately” to address the health and economic crises, despite record unemployment numbers and more...


Schumer Floor Remarks On The Need For Big, Bold Legislation To Address Health And Economic Crises Caused By Coronavirus And Sen. McConnell’s Comments That GOP Has Yet To Feel Urgency To Act Immediately

May 12, 2020

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor urging that the Senate focus on a big, bold plan to help Americans suffering from the current health and economic crisis and called for a nationwide expansion of testing. Senator Schumer also spoke regarding Leader McConnell’s comments that Senate Republicans have “yet to feel the urgency of acting immediately” to address the health and economic crises, despite record unemployment numbers and more...


Schumer Floor Remarks On The Need For Big, Bold Senate Action On Coronavirus Pandemic Including Nationwide Expansion Of Testing And Demanding Secretary DeVos Reverse Course On Restricting COVID Aid To Dreamers

May 11, 2020

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor urging that the Senate focus on a big, bold plan to help Americans suffering from the current health and economic crisis and called for a nationwide expansion of testing. He also demanded that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos immediately end her efforts to restrict COVID aid from Dreamers. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks, which can also be viewed here:The United States has well over a million confirmed cases more...


Schumer Floor Remarks On The Need For Big, Bold And Swift Action To Respond To The Health And Economic Crisis Caused By The Coronavirus Pandemic Including Help For Truly Small Businesses And A National, Comprehensive Testing Strategy

May 7, 2020

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor to push for a big and bold plan to help Americans through the struggling economy, calling on the Trump administration to immediately and significantly expand coronavirus testing and contact tracing as part of a national, comprehensive testing strategy. Senator Schumer also urged the administration to set aside money being returned by big publicly traded companies to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) for more...


Schumer Floor Remarks Opposing Senate Republicans’ Focus On The Nomination Of Justin Walker To The DC Circuit Court Of Appeals Instead Of Addressing the Ongoing Coronavirus Pandemic And The Need For Oversight Of The Trump Admin’s Response To The Crisis

May 6, 2020

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor regarding the nomination of Justin Walker to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals and demanded Leader McConnell to focus on the ongoing coronavirus pandemic instead of his focus on right-wing nominees. Senator Schumer also spoke regarding the need for oversight of the Trump administration’s response to the coronavirus outbreak amid reports of its failures and attempts to hide the truth. Below are Senator more...


Schumer Floor Remarks In Advance Of Republican Senator Blocking Senate Dems’ Effort To Pass Additional Oversight For Coronavirus Related Small Business Lending Programs

May 5, 2020

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today took to the Senate floor with Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD), Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), and Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) to attempt to immediately pass legislation for desperately-needed oversight of the new small business lending program. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) objected to the unanimous consent motion. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks:  Over the past few months, both parties have worked together to provide historic levels of more...


Schumer Floor Remarks On The Need To Respond To The Ongoing Coronavirus Pandemic Through A Real, Comprehensive National Testing Strategy Instead Of Leader McConnell’s Focus On Right-Wing Nominations

May 5, 2020

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor regarding the nominations of Rep. Ratcliffe to be Director of National Intelligence and Brian Miller to be the Special Inspector General of the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee. Senator Schumer also called on President Trump to immediately and significantly expand coronavirus testing and contact tracing as part of a national, comprehensive testing strategy. In addition, Senator Schumer announced that more...


Schumer Floor Remarks On The Need For The Senate To Focus On The Coronavirus Pandemic Including A Comprehensive National Testing Strategy

May 4, 2020

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor, demanding that the Senate focus on aiding and overseeing coronavirus pandemic response efforts, including a comprehensive national testing strategy. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks, which can also be viewed here:Senate convenes a session this evening during a trying time for our nation. As we speak, millions of our citizens are respecting stay-at-home orders and doing their part to stop the spread of this more...


Schumer Floor Remarks Announcing Interim Coronavirus Legislation That Invests In Needed Testing, Delivers For Our Hospitals And Expands And Protects Small Business Funding

April 21, 2020

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor, announcing the interim coronavirus legislation that invests in desperately-needed testing and supports and protects hospitals and small businesses. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks, which can also be viewed here:In the month since I last addressed this chamber, life for nearly every American has been upended. Stay-at-home orders have swept across the country. The monthly toll of new unemployment claims are more...


TRANSCRIPT: On Press Call, Schumer Announces Senate Dems Will Unveil COVID-19“Heroes Fund” Proposal For Essential Workers On Frontline Of Nation’s Pandemic Response

April 7, 2020

Brooklyn, N.Y. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today held a press call, announcing that Senate Democrats will propose the COVID-19 “Heroes Fund,” a provision of pandemic premium pay to reward, retain, and recruit essential workers. Below is a transcript of Leader Schumer’s opening remarks:Thank you very much and thank you all for getting on the line. I'm proud to be joined by my colleagues, we all put this together: Senators Murray, Casey, Udall, and Peters. Senator Brown is more...


Schumer Floor Remarks In Advance Of Passage Of Historic Bipartisan Coronavirus Response Legislation That Puts Workers And The Health Of Americans First

March 25, 2020

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor in advance of the passage of the historic bipartisan coronavirus response legislation that puts workers and the health of Americans first. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks, which can also be viewed here:The legislation now before us now is historic because it is meant to match a historic crisis. Our health care system is not prepared to care for the sick. Our workers are without work. Our businesses cannot more...


Schumer Floor Remarks Outlining The Bipartisan Agreement On Coronavirus Response Legislation That Puts Workers And Public Health First

March 25, 2020

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor, outlining the bipartisan agreement for coronavirus response legislation that puts workers and the health of the American people first. Senator Schumer also explained significant improvements made to the bill following bipartisan negotiations. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks, which can also be viewed here:I say to the American people, help is on the way. Big help, quick help. Because Democrats insisted on more...

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