Speeches

Schumer Floor Remarks on the Republican Tax Bill

November 29, 2017

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor regarding the need for bipartisanship on tax reform and the consequences of the Republican tax plan on the middle class. Below are his remarks, which can also be viewed here: Now first, before I get to my main issue of taxes, I just heard the Majority Leader talk about taking away the blue slip. We hear from the other side professing they want to work in a bipartisan way, but every step they take takes away more...


Schumer Floor Remarks on Meeting with President Trump, Republican Tax Bill and the DC Circuit Court Nomination

November 28, 2017

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor regarding his cancelled meeting with President Trump, the Republican tax bill and the DC Circuit Court Nomination. Below are his remarks, which can also be viewed here: I want to thank my friend, former roommate and colleague in leadership for, as usual, his articulate and on-the-money remarks about the tax bill. Mr. President, before the end of the year, we have a long list of things to do and time is running more...


Schumer Floor Remarks on the Year-End Congressional Agenda, the GOP Tax Plan and the Directorship of the CFPB

November 27, 2017

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today delivered remarks on the Senate floor regarding the year-end Congressional agenda, Senate Republicans' tax plan and the procedure for choosing an acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Below are his remarks, which can also be viewed here: Madam President, I welcome you, the Senator from Texas, and all of my colleagues back after the Thanksgiving break. I had my parents, 94 and 89, at our Thanksgiving dinner with all more...


Schumer Floor Remarks on the GOP Tax Plan and Protecting Dreamers

November 16, 2017

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today delivered remarks on the Senate floor regarding both Senate and House Republicans' dangerous tax plans as well as the need to protect Dreamers. Below are his remarks which can also be viewed here: As the Senate Finance Committee continues its markup of the Senate Republican tax bill, the House will take a vote this afternoon on their version of the bill. There are plenty of reasons for House Republicans to vote against this bill. For those more...


Schumer Floor Remarks on Senate Republicans’ Tax Plan

November 15, 2017

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today delivered remarks on the Senate floor regarding Senate Republicans' tax plan and their last-minute decision to include repealing the individual mandate under this legislation. Below are his remarks, which can also be viewed here: The Republican tax plan, even before yesterday, would exacerbate income inequality at a time when it's already spiraling out of control, helping the rich get richer and big corporations get bigger while the middle more...


Schumer Floor Remarks on Senate Republicans’ Tax Plan and President Trump’s Trip to Asia

November 14, 2017

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today delivered remarks on the Senate floor regarding Senate Republicans' tax plan and the need for bipartisanship on tax reform as well as President Trump's embarrassing trip to Asia. Below are his remarks which can also be viewed here: Now first, Senator McConnell always comes down and says, 'I hope Democrats will join us on the tax reform bill.' Mr. Leader, we want to join you, but that doesn't mean you write a bill behind closed doors and then more...


Schumer Floor Remarks on President Trump’s Trip to Asia and the Senate Republican Tax Plan

November 13, 2017

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding President Trump's trip to Asia and the Senate Republican tax plan. You can view Senator Schumer's remarks here. Below are his remarks: Thank you, Madam President, I would like to spend the bulk of my time this afternoon focusing on the Republican tax plan, but first I must address President Trump's trip to Asia. Without exaggeration, the President's trip to Asia has been one of more...


Schumer Remarks on the Unveiling of the Senate GOP Tax Plan

November 9, 2017

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today delivered remarks at a press conference regarding the unveiling of the Senate GOP tax plan. Below are his remarks: So our message is very simple: House suburban Republicans beware, they are setting you up for a big fall. The fact that the Senate bill, by every report, is going to remove the entire deduction for state and local deductibility pulls the rug out from any House Republican who thought they might be able to hide behind the more...


Schumer Floor Remarks on the GOP Tax Plan and EPA Assistant Administrator Nominee William Wehrum

November 9, 2017

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today delivered remarks on the Senate floor regarding Republicans' tax plan and the need for bipartisanship on tax reform as well as the nomination of William Wehrum to be Assistant Administrator of the EPA. Below are his remarks: Later today, the Senate Republicans will release their version of a tax bill. This bill will not include the ideas of a single Democrat in the Senate. Not a single Democrat has had any input into this bill. It was more...


Schumer Floor Remarks on the GOP Tax Plan and NLRB General Counsel Nominee Peter Robb

November 8, 2017

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today delivered remarks on the Senate floor outlining the negative effects the GOP tax plan would have on Americans as well as his opposition to Peter Robb as General Counsel for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Below are his remarks: over the past decade, the American economy has generated enormous wealth for wealth-holders, but painfully less work and less pay, fewer good-paying jobs, for workers. Average folks are having a harder more...


Schumer Floor Remarks on the GOP Tax Plan

November 7, 2017

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today delivered remarks on the Senate floor underscoring how the GOP tax plan will ultimately lead to a tax increase for the middle class. Below are his remarks: Later this week, the House will begin marking up the Republican tax plan - record speed, no hearings, no real discussion - and unfortunately Senate Republicans are mimicking the House in trying to rush through their bill, as well. The Senate Republicans will likely unveil a plan of their more...


Schumer Floor Remarks on the GOP Tax Plan

November 2, 2017

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today delivered remarks on the Senate floor regarding the GOP tax plan. Below are his remarks: Later this morning, after months of hemming and hawing and delay, House Republicans will finally release some legislative details about their tax plan. It may not even include all the details. The on-again, off-again nature of these deliberations should concern every member of both chambers. It's not how you construct sound policy, especially with more...


Schumer Floor Remarks on Janus v. AFSCME

November 1, 2017

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the Janus v. AFSCME court case: Mr. President, labor unions and strong labor laws helped build the middle-class in America and protect the rights of workers for generations. In the 1970's, union participation was around 30%, and it was a golden era for the American middle class. Wages went up. Families had benefits and vacations. Parents could pay for college and put food on the more...


Schumer Floor Remarks on the Act of Terror in New York

November 1, 2017

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today delivered remarks on the Senate floor regarding the recent act of terror that killed 8 and injured at least 11 in New York City. Below are his remarks: I rise this morning with a heavy heart. A city - my dear city of New York - no stranger to terrorism was once again its victim yesterday. Yesterday afternoon, a man deliberately drove a rented truck into groups of pedestrians and cyclists, killing 8 and injuring about a dozen more. Some of more...


Schumer Floor Remarks on the Special Counsel Investigation Indictments and the GOP Tax Plan

October 31, 2017

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today delivered remarks on the Senate floor regarding Special Counsel Robert Mueller's indictments of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Rick Gates, as well as the need for bipartisanship on tax reform. Below are his remarks: Yesterday morning, we learned that two members of the Trump Campaign - Mr. Manafort, onetime campaign chairman, and Mr. Gates, a close associate of his - were indicted on a dozen charges as a part of Special more...


Schumer Floor Remarks on the Special Counsel’s Investigation, Circuit Court Nominations, and the GOP Tax Plan

October 30, 2017

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the special counsel's investigation, circuit court nominations, and the GOP tax plan: This morning, Mr. President, the former Chairman of the Trump Campaign for President and a close associate turned themselves in to federal authorities on a dozen charges, including acting as unregistered agents of a foreign power and conspiracy against the United States. The indictments of Mr. more...


Schumer Floor Remarks on the Bipartisan Healthcare Deal, the Budget, and the GOP Tax Plan

October 26, 2017

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today delivered remarks on the Senate floor urging a vote on the Murray-Alexander healthcare deal, against the passage of the budget, and regarding the need for bipartisanship on tax reform. Below are his remarks: Yesterday afternoon, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office came out with a score for the bipartisan Alexander-Murray bill. The CBO report confirms that the Alexander-Murray bill is a great deal for the American people. It does more...


Schumer Floor Remarks on Sen. Flake’s Retirement, the Budget and the GOP Tax Plan

October 25, 2017

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today delivered remarks on the Senate floor regarding Senator Jeff Flake's retirement and urging against the passage of the budget. Below are his remarks: Yesterday we all learned that our colleague Senator Flake would be retiring at the end of his term. After Sen. Corker's announcement a few weeks ago, it was another blow to this body. Senators Flake and Corker are both men of principle, decency, and conscience. In his address here on the floor more...


Schumer Floor Remarks on the CFPB Mandatory Arbitration Rule

October 24, 2017

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the CFPB mandatory arbitration rule: Thank you, Mr. President. I want to first thank my colleagues, particularly Sherrod Brown, our ranking member of the committee, and Senators Whitehouse, Blumenthal, and Franken and so many others who have spoken so eloquently on this issue. I don't think it's a coincidence that many members on our side have spoken and very few on the other side. It more...


Schumer Floor Remarks on the Bipartisan Healthcare Deal, the GOP Tax Plan, and the Need for Aid to Puerto Rico and Regions Affected by Wildfires

October 24, 2017

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today delivered remarks on the Senate floor urging President Trump to assert publicly his support for the Murray-Alexander healthcare deal, the need to work across the aisle on tax reform, and the need for aid in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands following Hurricane Maria as well as regions recently affected by wildfires. Below are his remarks: Before I get into everything, I've just seen that President Trump has resumed his twitter war more...

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