Speeches

Senator Tester Delivers Weekly Democratic Address

November 22, 2019

"Our nation's veterans have made many sacrifices for the freedoms that we enjoy," said Senator Tester. "And in return for their service, we have an obligation to ensure that these men and women receive the quality benefits that they have earned. But the Trump Administration- while claiming to support our veterans, has turned their backs on them, blocking benefits for those who suffered from illnesses related to the exposure to Agent Orange." Washington, D.C. - As Senate Democrats continue to more...


Schumer Urges Courts To Quickly Resolve Cases Involving Subpoenas For Witnesses In House Impeachment Inquiry, Says Individuals Who Claim To Have Exculpatory Evidence About the President’s Conduct Should Testify Under Oath

November 21, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor, urging courts to quickly resolve cases involving subpoenas for witnesses in the House impeachment inquiry. Below are Senator Schumer's remarks, which can also be viewed here: Yesterday, the Ambassador to the European Union, Gordon Sondland, provided some of the most significant testimony in the House impeachment inquiry to date. Ambassador Sondland asserted a "quid pro quo" linking the offer of a White House more...


Schumer Floor Remarks On The Need For A Bipartisan Appropriations Process & Passage Of The FUTURE Act, New DIA Assessment That Says President Trump’s Precipitous Withdrawal From Syria Has Strengthened ISIS, And Urging Republicans To Include Election Interference Sanctions And Other Key Provisions In The NDAA

November 20, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor regarding the need for a bipartisan appropriations process and blasted Senate Republicans for blocking critical funding for minority-serving institutions. Senator Schumer also spoke regarding the new Defense Intelligence Agency assessment that confirms President Trump's precipitous withdrawal of troops from Syria has strengthened the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). In addition, he urged Senate Republicans to more...


Schumer Floor Remarks On The Need To Examine The Facts In The House Impeachment Inquiry And Lamenting President Trump’s Refusal To Do Anything to Pass Major Bipartisan Infrastructure Legislation

November 19, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor urging Republicans to stop smearing witnesses without evidence or substantiation and instead commit to examining the facts in the House impeachment inquiry. Senator Schumer also called out President Trump for his refusal to work with Democrats on major, bipartisan infrastructure legislation. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks, which can also be viewed here. Now, this morning, the American people will hear more more...


Schumer Calls For Swift Senate Passage Of Bipartisan Legislation Reaffirming American Support For Human Rights And Democracy In Hong Kong

November 19, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor regarding the latest reports regarding the protests in Hong Kong. Senator Schumer called on President Trump and his administration to voice support for the protestors. He also urged Leader McConnell to put the bipartisan Senate bill reaffirming American support for human rights and democracy in Hong Kong up for debate and vote. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks, which can also be viewed here. Over the past few more...


Schumer Floor Remarks Inviting President Trump To Testify Under Oath Before The House Impeachment Inquiry, Urging Leader McConnell To End His Legislative Graveyard, And Demanding The Trump Administration Stop Caving to Special Interests on Guns, Vaping and the Threat Posed to American Security Interests By Huawei

November 19, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor urging that if he wants to present evidence contrary to what the public has already heard from the House impeachment inquiry, President Trump should testify rather than hiding behind Twitter. Senator Schumer also urged Leader McConnell to end his legislative graveyard. In addition, Senator Schumer demanded that the Trump Administration stand up special interests to support the American people by bucking the NRA to more...


Schumer Floor Statement On Senate Passage Of Hong Kong Human Rights And Democracy Act

November 19, 2019

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today gave the following floor remarks after the United States Senate unanimously passed the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act: I want to sincerely thank my colleagues. This has been a great bipartisan moment on the floor of the Senate for a very important issue. I want to thank particularly my colleagues from Florida, Senator Rubio, Maryland, Senator Cardin, New Jersey, Senator Menendez, and Idaho, Senator Risch, as well as all more...


Schumer Floor Remarks Urging Leader McConnell To End His Legislative Graveyard, Supporting The Appeals Court Ruling Reaffirming Congress’ Oversight Authority Of The President’s Tax Returns, Calling On Chief Of Staff Mulvaney To Reverse His Efforts To Deny Comprehensive Health Care To Veterans Affected By Agent Orange, And Outlining A New Report On Trump Mismanagement Of Agriculture Program To Favor Southern Farmers And Foreign Agribusiness Over Small Farmers

November 14, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor urging Leader McConnell to end his legislative graveyard. Senator Schumer also said that the appeals court ruling in Mazars v. Trump should be upheld by the Supreme Court. In addition, Senator Schumer demanded that Acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney reverse course on his efforts to deny comprehensive health coverage to veterans who have suffered from Agent Orange because of their service in the Vietnam War and more...


Schumer Floor Remarks Urging Republicans To Examine The Facts In House Impeachment Inquiry

November 14, 2019

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor regarding the latest revelations in the House impeachment inquiry following the public testimony of George Kent and Ambassador William Taylor during which Taylor testified that an aide heard a phone call during which the president made clear he cared more about Ukraine investigating his political rivals than about helping Ukraine. Senator Schumer also urged Republicans to pay attention and examine the facts so that more...


Schumer Floor Remarks Urging Senators Reject Nomination Of Steven Menashi To The Second Circuit Court Of Appeals In New York

November 14, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor urging his Senate colleagues to reject the nomination of Steven Menashi to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York. Below are Senator Schumer's remarks, which can also be viewed here: Today, the Senate will vote on the confirmation, and in all likelihood vote to confirm, Steven Menashi to serve on the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Menashi is one of the most contemptible nominees to come before the more...


Schumer Floor Remarks On The Importance Of Seeking The Facts In The House Impeachment Inquiry, Pres. Trump’s Meeting With President Erdogan, Senate Dems’ Report On How Trump Administration Mismanaged Aid Program Favoring Southern Farmers And Foreign Agribusiness Over Small Farmers, And Calling On Chief Of Staff Mulvaney To Reverse Decision Denying Comprehensive Health Care To Veterans Affected By Agent Orange Exposure

November 13, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor regarding the new phase of the House impeachment inquiry, urging Republicans to examine the facts and not pre-judge the results of the probe. Senator Schumer also criticized President Trump's decision to reward Turkish President Erdogan with a meeting at the White House, detailed Senate Democrats' new report detailing how the Trump administration mismanaged aid to farmers affected by the president's turbulent trade more...


Schumer Calls On Acting Chief Of Staff Mick Mulvaney To Reverse His Decision Denying Comprehensive Health Care To Veterans Suffering From Illnesses Due To Agent Orange Exposure

November 12, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor regarding Trump Administration Acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney's efforts to deny comprehensive health coverage to veterans who have suffered from Agent Orange because of their service in the Vietnam War. Below are Senator Schumer's remarks, which can also be viewed here: Finally, about our veterans and Agent Orange. Yesterday, our nation observed Veterans Day, a chance for all of us to say thank you to the more...


Schumer Floor Remarks On The Supreme Court Oral Arguments On President Trump’s Termination Of DACA And The Upcoming Senate Votes On Chad Wolf And Steven Menashi

November 12, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor regarding the Supreme Court hearing oral arguments on President Trump's disastrous decision to terminate the DACA program and the upcoming Senate votes on Chad Wolf to effectively be Acting DHS Secretary and Steven Menashi to a lifetime judgeship on the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. Below are Senator Schumer's remarks, which can also be viewed here: Today, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case more...


Senate Republican Blocks Schumer Attempt To Pass Legislation Requiring The Trump Administration Present A Comprehensive Plan To Counter The Threat Posed By ISIS

November 7, 2019

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today went to the Senate floor to make a unanimous consent request to immediately pass S2755, a bill requiring the Trump administration to submit a report on the plan to secure the enduring defeat of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Senator Rick Scott (R-FL) objected to the request, blocking this critical national security legislation, even after ongoing tensions in Northeast Syria, including the escape of at least one more...


Schumer Floor Remarks Calling For A Bipartisan Appropriations Process, On The Necessity Of Protecting The Identity Of Whistleblowers, And Demanding The Trump Administration Present A Comprehensive Plan To Counter The Resurgent ISIS Threat

November 7, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor calling for a bipartisan appropriations process, urging Senate Republicans to join Senate Democrats to pass a resolution to protect the identity of whistleblowers and asking Republicans to examine the facts in the House impeachment inquiry. Senator Schumer also called on the Trump administration to submit a comprehensive strategy to counter the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), ahead of President Trump's more...


Schumer Floor Remarks On The Senate Judiciary Committee Vote On Steven Menashi, President Trump’s Radical Nominee To The Second Circuit Court Of Appeals In New York

November 7, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor regarding the nomination of Steven Menashi to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York, urging the Senate Judiciary Committee to vote against him. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks, which can also be viewed here: In a few minutes, maybe as of now, the Judiciary will be holding a vote on a nominee who is dangerously unfit to serve on the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, Mr. Steven Menashi of New York. His more...


Senate Republican Blocks Attempt By Sens. Schumer And Hirono To Pass Senate Resolution Recognizing The Duty Of Congress And Executive Branch To Protect The Identity Of Whistleblowers And Safeguard Them From Retaliation

November 6, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer, joined by Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI), today went to the Senate floor to make a unanimous consent request to immediately pass S. Res. 408, a resolution expressing the sense of the Senate that Congress, the Executive Branch, and the president have a duty to protect the identity of whistleblowers and ensure that they are not retaliated against. Senate Republican Rand Paul (R-KY) blocked the unanimous consent request to pass this resolution, which more...


Schumer Floor Remarks Urging Republicans To Examine The Facts And Not Pre-Judge The Results Of The Impeachment Inquiry And On The Need For Senate Republicans To Join Senate Dems In Passing A Resolution Recognizing The Duty Of Congress And Executive Branch To Protect All Whistleblowers

November 6, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor, calling on Republicans to examine the facts in the House impeachment inquiry and not pre-judge the results of the impeachment inquiry. Senator Schumer also spoke on the need for Senate Republicans to join Senate Democrats to pass a resolution offered by Senator Hirono (D-HI) recognizing the duty of Congress and the Executive Branch to protect all whistleblowers. Below are Senator Schumer's remarks, which can also more...


Schumer Floor Remarks On President Trump’s Long List Of Unqualified And Radical Judicial Nominees

November 6, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor regarding President Trump's long list of unqualified and radical judicial nominees. Below are Senator Schumer's remarks, which can also be viewed here: Later today, President Trump will give remarks from the White House on the judiciary, presumably to give himself one big pat on the back for the federal bench. He's good at that. He likes doing that. He does that almost more than governing. As a Senator, I have now more...


Schumer Floor Remarks Calling On Republicans To Examine The Facts In The House Impeachment Inquiry, The Need To Protect Whistleblowers, President Trump’s Abandonment Of His Promise To Act On Background Checks, And President Trump’s Dangerous Decision To Formally Withdraw The U.S. From The Paris Climate Agreement

November 5, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor, calling on Republicans to examine the facts in the House impeachment inquiry, the need to protect whistleblowers amid calls from Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) and President Trump to disclose the IC whistleblower's identity, President Trump's abandonment of his commitment to pass background checks legislation, and the president's official notification that the United States will withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement. more...

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