Speeches

Schumer Floor Remarks On Appropriations, NDAA, And Obtaining All Of Judge Kavanaugh’s Records

August 28, 2018

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today released the following statement regarding the annual appropriations bills, passing the NDAA, and the need to obtain all of Judge Kavanaugh’s records. Below are his remarks which can also be viewed here:Mr. President, as the Senate continues to work on appropriations, I want to thank the chairman, Senator Shelby, the ranking member Senator Leahy for their work. The process so far has been productive and bipartisan in the Senate. Both more...


Schumer Floor Remarks On Senator McCain’s Legacy And The Need To Review All Of Judge Kavanaugh’s Record

August 28, 2018


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Schumer Floor Remarks On The Passing Of Senator John McCain

August 27, 2018

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor [at approximately 4:19 p.m.] regarding the passing of Senator John McCain. Below are his remarks, which can also be viewed here:On Saturday, August 25th, 2018, nine years to the day since the death of his friend Senator Kennedy, our friend and colleague Senator John S. McCain passed away.Knowing his prognosis prepared us for the inevitable, but it has not softened the blow. We feel a great and inexpressible more...


Schumer Floor Remarks On The Need For Republicans To Stand Up To President Trump, Delaying Judge Kavanaugh’s Hearing, And The Danger Of Government Funding Of Guns For Teachers

August 23, 2018

Schumer Floor Remarks On The Need For Republicans To Stand Up To President Trump, Delaying Judge Kavanaugh’s Hearing, And The Danger Of Government Funding Of Guns For Teachers

 

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor [at approx. 10:10 AM EST] regarding the need for Republicans to stand up to the president, delaying Judge Kavanaugh’s hearing at least until his full record becomes public, and the Trump administration’s consideration of diverting federal funding to arm teachers. Below are his remarks which can also be viewed here:

 

Madam President, by any account, this has been a momentous week in the history of the Trump presidency and in the histories of presidencies in general. President Trump’s former campaign manager was convicted on eight counts and still has another trial yet to go. The president’s former personal attorney, his lifelong compadre, plead guilty to multiple violations of bank fraud and campaign finance violations, implicating the President of the United States himself in one of those crimes. Let me just repeat that: President Trump was named as an unindicted co-conspirator in a federal crime.

 

And what did we hear from our Republican friends on the Hill? Was this the moment when Republican leaders finally stood up and said ‘enough’?

 

Amazingly, apparently not. Apparently my Republican colleagues cannot rouse themselves to offer even a word of criticism for a president now implicated in a federal crime, a president who casually tosses around the idea of pardoning his convicted former campaign chairman, a president who speaks favorably of that convicted felon because he didn’t “break” while disparaging a former confidant for collaborating with law enforcement. Sounds like a scene out of The Godfather.

 

Just imagine if President Obama’s campaign manager was convicted of several, serious federal crimes. Do you think my Republican friends would give circumspect quotes to reporters? Or do you think they’d be down here beside me on the floor beside themselves? The answer is obvious.

 

And yet, when it comes to a president of their own party, hardly a word of criticism or censure from our Republican friends. At some point, after the Access Hollywood tape, after Charlottesville, after the Helsinki summit, and now after these most recent revelations, the broad failure of the Republican Party in Congress to condemn the president’s behavior, and what that behavior is doing to the American character, becomes a form of complicity. Without strong voices in his party to tell him when he goes too far, the Republicans have become complicit in bringing down the character of the United States – probably the best thing we have going for us. President Trump keeps destroying, hurting, and gnawing at that character with amazing narcissism, with total ego, with bullying, and with misstatement of truth after truth after truth after truth. And our Republican friends, the only ones who can really stop him -- we can’t -- they just shrug their shoulders. President Trump thinks he can keep testing the boundaries and our Republican friends say, ‘go right ahead, we’re not going to stop you. We’re going to be quiet. We’re going to be silent.’

 

It seems that Republican Party leaders have made the ultimate Faustian bargain: forgoing their duty to the constitution and the country in exchange for a corporate tax cut and stacking the courts. They are willing to ignore the corruption and law breaking so long as they have someone in the White House to sign their tax cuts, to gut health care, which they despise, and to nominate conservative ideologues to the bench.

 

The mantra of the Republican majority in the 115th Congress is ‘put your head in the sand.’ The symbol of the Republican Party – the elephant – is being replaced with the ostrich, the animal that just puts its head in the sand whenever trouble occurs.

 

Put your head in the sand, they must tell themselves, we want to pass a corporate tax cut.

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Schumer Floor Remarks Calling On the Senate Judiciary Committee To Delay Judge Kavanaugh’s Hearing

August 22, 2018


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Schumer Floor Remarks On His Upcoming Meeting With Judge Kavanaugh And The Need To Protect Americans With Pre-existing Conditions

August 21, 2018


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Schumer Floor Remarks On Republican Efforts To Block Access To Judge Kavanaugh's Full Record, Democrats’ Request To Chairman Grassley For All Kavanaugh Documents In The Judiciary Committee’s Possession, And The Trump Administration's Decision To Revoke Former CIA Director John Brennan's Security Clearance

August 20, 2018

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor [at approx. 3:30 p.m.] regarding Republican efforts to block access to Kavanaugh's  full record, Democrats’ request to Chairman Grassley for all Kavanaugh documents in the Judiciary Committee’s possession, and the Trump administration's decision to revoke former CIA Director John Brennan's security clearance. Below are his remarks, which can also be viewed here:As we continue to review the nomination of Brett more...


Schumer Floor Remarks On The Need To Obtain All Of Judge Kavanaugh’s Records And Junk Health Insurance Plans

August 1, 2018

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor [at approx. 10:47 a.m.] regarding the need to obtain all of Judge Kavanaugh’s records and short-term health care plans. Below are his remarks, which can also be viewed here: Now for several weeks, our Republican colleagues have been stonewalling our efforts to gain access to Judge Kavanaugh’s full record on behalf of the Senate and more importantly on behalf of the American people. In doing so, more...


Schumer Floor Remarks On Republicans’ Refusal To Request Judge Kavanaugh’s Full Record, The Trump Administration’s New Tax Cuts For The Wealthy, North Korea’s Nuclear Program, And Ghost Guns

July 31, 2018

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor [at approx. 10:24 a.m.] regarding Republicans’ refusal to request Judge Kavanaugh’s full record, the Trump administration considering additional tax cuts for the wealthy, North Korea’s expanding nuclear program, and the need to regulate 3D printed guns. Below are his remarks which can also be viewed here:Madam President, the Senate has a duty and responsibly to methodically review a Supreme Court nominee’s record. more...


Schumer Floor Remarks On Republicans’ Refusal To Request Judge Kavanaugh’s Full Record And Judicial Nominee Judge Britt Grant’s Extreme Legal Positions

July 30, 2018

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor [at approx. 3:30 p.m.] regarding Republicans’ refusal to request key Kavanaugh documents and judicial nominee Judge Britt Grant’s extreme legal positions. Below are his remarks which can also be viewed here:Mr. President, on Friday, Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, Chuck Grassley, sent a letter to the George W. Bush Library requesting only a small portion of Judge Kavanaugh’s records. Traditionally, letters from more...


Schumer Floor Remarks On The Need For Judge Kavanaugh’s Documents, President Trump’s Bailout Of Farmers, and President Trump’s Continued Refusal To Stand Up To President Putin

July 25, 2018

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor [at approx. 10:59 a.m.] regarding the need for the Senate to review Judge Kavanaugh’s documents, President Trump’s bailout of farmers hurt by his administration’s tariffs, and President Trump’s continued refusal to stand up to President Putin. Below are his remarks which can also be viewed here:Mr. President, eight years ago, when Elena Kagan was nominated to the Supreme Court, Senate Republicans said we must get all more...


Schumer Floor Remarks On The Failure Of The Bipartisan Senate Resolution Reaffirming That Russia Interfered In U.S. Elections And The Upcoming Vote On A Resolution Affirming Congress’ Opposition To Allowing Putin To Question U.S. Officials

July 19, 2018

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor [at approx. 12:09 p.m.] regarding the failure of a bipartisan resolution reaffirming that Russia interfered in our elections and the upcoming vote on a resolution affirming Congress’ opposition to allowing the Russian government to question U.S. officials:Madame President, first before I talk about the resolution that Senators Menendez, Schatz and myself have authored that will be voted on at 1:45 p.m., I’d like to more...


Schumer Floor Remarks On Congressional Action To Address President Trump’s Refusal To Stand Up To President Putin And The Trump Administration’s Sabotage Of Our Health Care System

July 19, 2018

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor [at approx. 10:30 a.m.] regarding how Congress must respond to President Trump’s refusal to stand up to President Putin, and the Trump administration’s ongoing sabotage of our health care system. Below are his remarks which can also be viewed here:Madame President, in the three days since the president returned from his humiliating display of obsequiousness in Helsinki, he has offered numerous explanations for his more...


Schumer Floor Remarks On The President’s Insincere Attempt To Walk Back His Remarks From The Helsinki Summit And Judge Kavanaugh’s Concerning Views Regarding The Independent Counsel Law

July 18, 2018

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor [at approx. 10:22 a.m. EST] regarding President Trump’s attempt to walk back his denial of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and on Judge Kavanaugh’s concerning views regarding the constitutionality of the independent counsel law. Below are his remarks which can also be viewed here:Yesterday, President Trump went through a “walk back.” President Trump’s “walk back” performance was pathetic, weak, more...


Schumer Floor Remarks On President Trump’s Refusal To Stand Up To President Putin And SCOTUS Nominee Judge Kavanaugh

July 17, 2018

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor [at approx. 3:53 p.m. EST] regarding President Trump’s refusal to confront President Putin and hold him accountable, and SCOTUS nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Below are his remarks which can also be viewed here:Well Mr. President, like any patriotic American, Democratic or Republican or Independent, I was appalled by the press conference that capped off the president’s trip to Europe this morning. President Trump more...


Schumer Remarks Following Trump-Putin Summit And Press Conference

July 16, 2018

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today held a media availability following the Trump-Putin summit and joint press conference. Below are his remarks:Good afternoon everybody. Sorry I’m a bit late.Now, in the entire history of our country, Americans have never seen a president of the United States support an adversary the way President Trump has supported President Putin.For the president of the United States to side with President Putin against American law enforcement, American more...


Schumer Floor Remarks On What’s At Stake For Americans’ Health Care With Judge Kavanaugh’s Nomination

July 11, 2018

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor [at approx. 10:24 AM] regarding President Trump’s Supreme Court pick, Judge Kavanaugh and what’s at stake for Americans with his nomination. Below are his remarks which can also be viewed here:Mr. President, first let me thank my friend and colleague from Illinois. He’s a lamp of light in this horrible moment when children are separated from parents and we don’t even know who they are, don’t even know where their more...


Schumer Floor Remarks On Importance Of NATO Alliance

July 10, 2018

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor regarding the importance of the NATO alliance. Below are his remarks:Mr. President, President Trump is on his way today to attend the annual summit of NATO leaders in Brussels. The president should use the occasion to reinforce and build up the transatlantic alliance rather than tearing it down.Since its founding nearly 70 years ago, NATO has become the most powerful and successful security partnership ever created. more...


Schumer Floor Remarks On President Trump’s SCOTUS Nominee, Judge Kavanaugh

July 10, 2018

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor regarding President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Below are his remarks which can also be viewed here:Now, Madam President, last night, President Trump selected Judge Brett Kavanaugh as his nominee for the upcoming vacancy on the Supreme Court.In selecting Judge Kavanaugh, President Trump did exactly what he said he would do on the campaign trail - nominate someone who will overturn women’s more...


Schumer Floor Remarks On The SCOTUS Vacancy, North Korea, And Rising Health Care Costs

July 9, 2018

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor regarding the SCOTUS vacancy, North Korea, and rising health care costs. Below are his remarks which can also be viewed here:Mr. President, as everyone knows, later tonight, President Trump will announce his nomination for the upcoming vacancy on the Supreme Court.Whoever fills Justice Kennedy’s seat will join an otherwise evenly divided court and immediately obtain the ability to affect the laws of the United States more...

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