Speeches

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...


Schumer Floor Remarks On The Need For A Bipartisan Appropriations Process, Calling On Republicans To Put Country Over Party And Examine The Facts In The House Impeachment Inquiry, And Protecting Hard-Earned Pensions For American Workers

October 31, 2019

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor regarding Leader McConnell's hall-of-mirrors approach to legislating and the need for a bipartisan appropriations process, and called on Republicans to quit their theatrics and examine the facts in the House impeachment inquiry in light of the House resolution today to codify the impeachment process. Senator Schumer also spoke regarding the thousands of Murray Energy workers at risk of losing their pensions after the more...


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

October 30, 2019

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) made the following remarks on a press call today with Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), the Alliance for Justice, NAACP Legal Defense Fund, and American Federation Of Teachers ahead of the Judiciary Committee's Thursday vote on the nomination of Steven Menashi to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. Senator Schumer highlighted Menashi's well-documented hostility to commonsense gun safety and civil rights more...


Schumer Floor Remarks On The Need For A Bipartisan Appropriations Process, Calling For Whistleblower Protections For Lieutenant Colonel Vindman, The Senate Vote On The Trump Administration Rule To Promote Junk Health Care Plans, And The All-Senators Briefing On The Situation In Syria

October 30, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor regarding the need for a bipartisan appropriations process, the Senate vote to overturn the Trump administration's rule to push forward junk health care plans, and the all-Senators briefing from members of the administration on the situation in Northern Syria. Senator Schumer also called on Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy and Chief of Staff of the Army General James C. McConville to ensure that Lt. Colonel more...


TRANSCRIPT: Schumer Remarks Ahead Of Senate Vote To Reverse Harmful Trump Admin. Rule That Could Sabotage Americans’ Health Care And Roll Back Pre-Existing Condition Protections

October 29, 2019

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) and Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) held a press call today ahead of the vote Senate Democrats are forcing on a resolution to roll back the Trump administration's rule to promote junk insurance plans, which the Trump administration is using to sabotage Americans' health care and that could undermine the critical pre-existing condition protections that more than 130 million Americans rely on. Below are more...


Schumer Floor Remarks On The Need For A Bipartisan Appropriations Process, The Upcoming Senate Vote On The Trump Administration’s Rule That Promotes Junk Health Care Plans, And The Future Of Clean Cars

October 29, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor regarding Leader McConnell and Senate Republicans' hall-of-mirrors approach to legislating and the need for a bipartisan appropriations process, the upcoming Senate vote to overturn the Trump administration's rule to push forward junk health care plans, and the future of clean cars in creating jobs. Below are Senator Schumer's remarks, which can also be viewed here: Even as the Senate works through a grouping of more...


Schumer Floor Remarks On The Passing Of Former Senator Kay Hagan, The Death Of ISIS Leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi And The Need For A Comprehensive Plan To Defeat ISIS, The Need for Republicans to Reckon With The Facts Uncovered By the House Impeachment Inquiry, The Upcoming Senate Vote on the Trump Administration’s Rule On Junk Health Care Plans, And The Future Of Clean Cars

October 28, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor on the passing of former Senator Kay Hagan of North Carolina. Senator Schumer also spoke about President Trump neglecting to notify Congressional leaders of U.S. operations to eliminate ISIS Leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, the administration's need to create a strategy to defeat ISIS forces, the need for all members to consider evidence discovered in the course of the House impeachment inquiry, the upcoming Senate vote more...

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