Speeches

Schumer Floor Remarks Calling For Good Faith Appropriations Negotiations And For Leader McConnell To Bring Universal Background Check Legislation To The Floor

September 11, 2019

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor, calling for good faith, bipartisan appropriations negotiations and for Leader McConnell to bring universal background check legislation to the floor for a vote. Below are his remarks, which can also be found here. We have until the end of this work period to figure out a way to continue government funding, and there's good talk of a short-term continuing resolution so the government doesn't run out of more...


Schumer Floor Remarks Commemorating The 18th Anniversary Of The September 11th Attacks

September 11, 2019

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor marking the 18th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks. Below are his remarks, which can also be found here. Eighteen years ago today, on a cloudless Tuesday morning, my city, our country, our world changed forever. In the span of a few hours, the Twin Towers fell, the Pentagon was hit, smoke rose from an empty field in Pennsylvania. More than 3,000 souls were taken from us that day. I more...


Schumer Remarks At The Commemoration Of The 400th Anniversary Of The Arrival Of Enslaved Africans

September 10, 2019

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today spoke at the congressional ceremony to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the first-recorded forced arrival of enslaved African people. Below are his remarks, which can also be found here. First, let me thank Karen Bass and the CBC for putting together this moving and important commemoration. In the midst of civil war, President Lincoln delivered his second inaugural address: "If God wills that [the war] continue," he said, more...


Schumer Floor Remarks On The Need For A Fair, Bipartisan Appropriations Process And For A Debate On The House-Passed, Bipartisan Background Checks Bill, And Today’s White House Meeting Between President Trump And Republicans

September 10, 2019

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor calling for a fair, cooperative, and bipartisan appropriations process, the need for a debate on the House-passed, bipartisan background checks bill, and the opportunity Republicans have today at their meeting at the White House to urge the president to support universal background checks. Below are his remarks, which can also be found here. We have until the end of the month for members of both parties more...


Schumer Announces Senate Democrats Will Soon Force Senate Vote To Terminate The National Emergency Declaration President Trump Is Using To Steal Funds From Military Construction Projects To Pay For Expensive, Ineffective Border Wall He Promised Mexico Would Pay For

September 10, 2019

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer in a floor statement today said Senate Democrats will soon introduce a joint resolution to terminate President Donald Trump's emergency declaration that he has used to steal funding from 127 military projects in an attempt to fund the expensive, ineffective southern border wall that the president repeatedly promised Mexico would pay to build. Leader Schumer said that Senate Democrats will force a vote in the coming weeks to block more...


Schumer Floor Remarks Condemning President Trump’s Summer Of Division And Discord, Foreign Policy Blunders, And Missed Opportunities To Help The Middle Class; Calling On Leader McConnell And President Trump To Help Pass House-Passed Universal Background Check Legislation

September 9, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor regarding President Trump's summer of division and discord, foreign policy blunders, and missed opportunities to help the middle class; calling on Leader McConnell and President Trump to help pass House-passed universal background check legislation. Below are his remarks, which can also be found here. Madame President, let me first welcome my colleagues back from the August state work period. As usual, it was an more...


Schumer Remarks At Press Event With Republican Rep. Peter King Urging Leader McConnell To Put The Bipartisan House-Passed Background Checks Bill On The Senate Floor For A Vote ASAP

August 6, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today held a joint press conference with Republican Rep. Peter King at a Walmart in Westbury, New York, urging Leader McConnell to put the bipartisan House-passed background checks bill on the Senate floor for a vote ASAP. Below are his remarks, which can also be found here. Now we're here today amidst the continued national mourning for the horrible loss of life of Americans in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio. We just learned the death toll more...


Schumer Floor Remarks Urging The Passing Of The Bipartisan Budget Caps Agreement

August 1, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor urging the passing of the bipartisan budget caps agreement. Below are his remarks, which can also be found here. Mr. President, in a short time, the Senate will vote on final passage of a bipartisan agreement to lift the budget caps for two years and extend the debt ceiling. It's an agreement that will strengthen our national security, provide our troops with the resources they need to do a very difficult and often more...


Schumer Floor Remarks Calling For Immediate Passage Of The Bipartisan Budget Caps Agreement, Urging President Trump To Stay Tough On China, The Need For Action On Election Security, The First-Ever Climate Title In A Transportation Reauthorization Bill, And Republican’s Sabotage Of Our Health Care System

July 31, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor calling for the immediate passage of the bipartisan budget caps agreement, urging President Trump to stay tough on China during trade negotiations, the need for action on election security, the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works' passing of the first-ever climate title in a transportation reauthorization bill, and the Republican's sabotage of our health care system. Below are his remarks, which can also more...


Schumer Floor Remarks Urging Immediate Passage Of The Bipartisan Budget Caps Agreement, Election Security Legislation, And Temporary Protected Status For Venezuelans Residing In The U.S.

July 30, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor urging the immediate passage of the bipartisan budget caps agreement, election security legislation, and Temporary Protected Status for Venezuelans residing in the U.S. Below are his remarks, which can also be found here. Now Madame President, the Senate has just a few more days this week to pass legislation to lift the budget caps and extend the debt ceiling before the summer state work period. As the minority more...


Schumer Floor Remarks Urging Leader McConnell To Stop Blocking Efforts To Pass Bipartisan Election Security Legislation, Opposing The Nomination Of Rep. Ratcliffe To Be Director Of National Intelligence, Supporting Continued Pressure On China And The Need To Pass Commonsense Gun Safety Legislation

July 29, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor regarding Leader McConnell's continued resistance to pass bipartisan election security legislation, opposition to the nomination of President Trump's blind supporter Rep. Ratcliffe to be Director of National Intelligence, the importance of maintaining pressure on China and the need for commonsense gun safety legislation. Below are his remarks, which can also be found here. Now, a few minutes ago, the majority more...


Leader McConnell Blocks Schumer Attempt To Pass Bipartisan, House- Passed Legislation To Secure U.S. Elections

July 25, 2019

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today went to the Senate floor to make a unanimous consent request to immediately pass the Securing America's Federal Elections Act (SAFE Act) HR2722, which is bipartisan, House-passed election security legislation necessary to secure our democracy ahead of the 2020 elections. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) objected to the request blocking this critical election security legislation, even after Special Counsel Robert more...


Schumer Floor Remarks On Senate Republicans Blocking Bipartisan Election Security Legislation, Republican Deficit Hypocrisy, Senator Whitehouse’s 250th Speech On Climate Change, And The Resignation Of Puerto Rico’s Governor

July 25, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor regarding Senate Republicans blocking bipartisan election security legislation, Republican deficit hypocrisy, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse's 250th speech on the subject of climate change, and the resignation of Puerto Rico's governor. Below are his remarks, which can also be found here. Now yesterday, as we all know, former Counsel Mueller testified before two House committees. I believe it was crucial for the more...


Schumer Floor Remarks On The Senate Passage Of A Permanent Reauthorization Of The 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund And The Need To Bring Bipartisan Election Security Legislation To The Floor

July 24, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor regarding the passage of a permanent reauthorization of the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller's testimony, and the need to bring bipartisan election security legislation to the floor. Below are his remarks, which can also be found here. Well it's the morning after, and it's a happy morning after because the 9/11 bill passed. And now it's on its way to the president's desk. My more...


Schumer Remarks Following Senate Passage Of Permanent Authorization For The 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund

July 23, 2019

Washington, D.C. -U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke at a press conference with 9/11 first responders, survivors, and their families following the Senate 97-2 vote to pass the legislation to permanently extend the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund. Below are his remarks, which can also be found here. "Thank you Senator Gillibrand, and let me thank you for the amazing job you have done. She worked the floor endlessly, getting names that we never thought, like Cotton and Cruz, who could be on more...


Schumer Floor Remarks On Senate Democrats’ Visit To Southern Border Facilities, Bipartisan Budget Caps Agreement, And Upcoming Senate Vote On 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Fix Legislation

July 23, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor regarding Senate Democrats’ visit to southern border facilities, the bipartisan budget caps agreement, and an upcoming Senate vote on the House-passed 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund fix legislation. Below are his remarks, which can also be found here. Last Friday, I went with a group of Senate Democrats to visit several detention centers at our southern border, including the Border Patrol facility at McAllen and more...


Schumer Floor Remarks Urging The Senate To Permanently Reauthorize the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund

July 23, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor regarding the upcoming Senate vote on the legislation to permanently extend the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund. Below are his remarks, which can also be found here. M. President, I'm speaking on the bill as well as the amendments. In a short time, the Senate will vote on and pass a permanent reauthorization of the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund. In my short time here on the floor, I can't do justice to the years upon more...


Schumer Floor Remarks On President Trump’s Campaign Rally Last Night, Leader McConnell’s Legislative Graveyard, Calling For An Investigation Into The Dangers Of FaceApp, And An Upcoming Trip By Democratic Senators To View Conditions At The Border

July 18, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor regarding President Trump's statements insulting Democratic Congresswomen at his rally in North Carolina last night, the Senate's failure to pass the 9/11 Victim Fund legislation due to Sen. Rand Paul's actions, the dangers of FaceApp, and an upcoming trip by Democratic Senators to view conditions at the border. Below are his remarks, which can also be found here. Now Madam President, last night we saw the more...


Schumer Remarks After Republican Senator Blocked House-Passed 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Legislation

July 17, 2019

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today blasted Republican Senator Rand Paul's objection to Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's (D-NY) request for the Senate to pass the House-passed 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Legislation. In his remarks, Schumer urged Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to put the bill, which passed the House of Representatives last week with more than 400 votes, on the floor for a vote immediately. First, let me thank my friend, the Senator from New more...


Schumer Floor Remarks On The Passing Of Justice John Paul Stevens And Leader McConnell’s Refusal To Act On Climate Change, Health Care, Voting Rights, And Other Important Legislation, Turning The Senate Into A Legislative Graveyard

July 17, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor regarding the passing and legacy of Justice John Paul Stevens and Leader McConnell's refusal to act on climate change, health care, voting rights, and other critical legislation, turning the Senate into a legislative graveyard. Below are his remarks, which can also be found here. Last night we received the news, the sad news, that Justice John Paul Stevens passed away at the age of ninety-nine. A son of the greatest more...

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