Speeches

Schumer Floor Remarks On Democratic Efforts To Roll Back The GOP’s Health Care Sabotage This Week & Save Protections For People With Pre-Existing Conditions

October 9, 2018

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor regarding Democratic efforts to roll back the GOP’s health care sabotage this week and save protections for people with pre-existing conditions. Below are his remarks, which can also be viewed here:Now that the Senate has concluded a divisive debate on the Supreme Court, it is time to talk about the number one issue to the American people: health care. We begin that debate tomorrow, when the Senate will take up a more...


Schumer Floor Remarks On The Confirmation Vote On The Nomination Of Judge Brett Kavanaugh To The Supreme Court

October 6, 2018

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor (at approximately 3:25 p.m.) regarding the confirmation vote on the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court of the United States. Below are his remarks, which can also be viewed here: Now, in a short time, the Senate will take a final vote on the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. The road that led us here has been bitter, angry, and partisan; steeped in hypocrisy more...


Schumer Floor Remarks Ahead Of Cloture Vote On Judge Kavanaugh

October 5, 2018

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor [at approx.. 10:04 a.m.] regarding the cloture vote on Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Below are his remarks, which can also be viewed here: Madam President, from start to finish, President Trump’s nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court will go down as one of the saddest, most sordid chapters in the long history of the federal judiciary. The well was poisoned from the outset, more...


Schumer Floor Remarks On Respecting Dr. Ford And The Scope Of The FBI Investigation Into Judge Kavanaugh

October 4, 2018


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Schumer Floor Remarks On Sen. McConnell & Republican Hypocrisy On Supreme Court Nominations, Trump’s Attack On Dr. Ford, And The Need For Clarity In The Kavanaugh FBI Investigation

October 3, 2018


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Schumer Floor Remarks On Sen. McConnell & Republican Hypocrisy On Supreme Court Nominations, And The FBI Investigation Into Judge Kavanaugh

October 2, 2018

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor [at approx.. 10:16 a.m.] regarding the FBI investigation into the allegations regarding Judge Kavanaugh. Below are his remarks, which can also be viewed here:Thank you Madam President. Now, I like the Majority Leader. We get along quite well. He even laughs at my jokes, which sometimes aren’t very good, and we’re very proud that we’re working on the appropriations bills together in a bipartisan way, as this more...


Schumer Floor Remarks On The Need For A Thorough FBI Investigation Into The Allegations Regarding Judge Kavanaugh And Serious Concerns About Judge Kavanaugh’s Credibility

October 1, 2018

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor [at approx.. 3:23 p.m.] regarding on the need for a thorough FBI investigation into the allegations regarding Judge Kavanaugh and serious concerns about Judge Kavanaugh’s credibility. Below are his remarks, which can also be viewed here: Thank you, Mr. President. Now on Friday, Senators Flake and Collins and Murkowski, joined by Democratic Senators Coons, Klobuchar, and others, made the only fair move - to more...


Schumer Floor Remarks On The Need To Reopen Judge Kavanaugh’s FBI Background Investigation

September 26, 2018

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor regarding the need to reopen Judge Kavanaugh’s FBI background investigation. Below are his remarks:Now Madam President, moments ago, another serious allegation of sexual misconduct against Judge Kavanaugh was made public in a sworn affidavit. There are now multiple, credible, serious, and corroborated allegations against Judge Kavanaugh, made under the penalty of perjury.The new affidavit by Mrs. Swetnick more...


Schumer Floor Remarks Regarding How Republican Leadership Has Handled Dr. Ford’s Allegations

September 26, 2018

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor [at approximately 10:25 a.m.] regarding how Republican leaders have handled Dr. Ford’s allegations against Judge Kavanaugh. Below are his remarks, which can also be viewed here: Mr. President, as we approach tomorrow’s hearing with Dr. Ford and Judge Kavanaugh, I want to be very clear about how the Republican leadership has handled these incredibly serious and credible allegations of sexual assault. The more...


Schumer Calls On Leader McConnell To Apologize To Dr. Ford

September 25, 2018


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Schumer Floor Remarks On The Need To Re-Open Judge Kavanaugh’s FBI Background Investigation

September 25, 2018


 

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Schumer Floor Remarks On The Need To Thoroughly Complete Judge Kavanaugh's Hearings

September 18, 2018

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor [at approximately 10:48 a.m.] regarding the importance of not rushing Judge Kavanaugh’s hearings. Below are his remarks, which can also be viewed here:First, let me thank the senator from Florida for his steadfast actions in the Senate for many years, protecting Florida’s waterways which are not only a treasure to Floridians, but to all of us in America. And he deserves to be congratulated on that.Now Madam more...


Schumer Floor Remarks On The Need To Postpone Kavanaugh Vote Until New Allegations Are Investigated, And New Legislation To Address Opioid Epidemic

September 18, 2018

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor [at approximately 4:01 p.m.] regarding the need to postpone the vote on Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination until these new allegations are investigated and new legislation to address the opioid epidemic. Below are his remarks, which can also be viewed here:Madam President, over the past few days, new allegations have come to light about President Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court, Judge Brett Kavanaugh. These more...


Schumer Floor Remarks On The 17th Anniversary Of The 9/11 Attacks And Judge Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court Confirmation Hearing

September 13, 2018

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor [at approximately 4:10 p.m.] regarding the 17th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks and Judge Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing. Below are his remarks, which can also be viewed here:Mr. President, yesterday was the 17th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, an event which changed my city and our country forever. I spent the morning at the 9/11 memorial in Lower Manhattan. Two deep scars in the earth remind us where more...


Schumer Remarks On Judge Kavanaugh’s Hearings

September 6, 2018

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today delivered the following remarks [at approx. 12:18 p.m. EST] regarding Judge Kavanaugh’s hearings and the topics he has refused to provide concrete answers on. Senator Schumer’s remarks can also be viewed here. Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee continues its hearings on Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court. During yesterday’s session, the American people got to see a nominee who refused to answer even the more...


Schumer Floor Remarks On Republican Efforts To Conceal Key Kavanaugh Documents, What’s At Stake With Judge Kavanaugh’s Nomination, And President Trump’s Recent Attempt To Politicize The Department Of Justice

September 5, 2018


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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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