Speeches

Schumer Floor Remarks On The Need To Respond To The Ongoing Coronavirus Pandemic Through A Real, Comprehensive National Testing Strategy Instead Of Leader McConnell’s Focus On Right-Wing Nominations

May 5, 2020

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor regarding the nominations of Rep. Ratcliffe to be Director of National Intelligence and Brian Miller to be the Special Inspector General of the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee. Senator Schumer also called on President Trump to immediately and significantly expand coronavirus testing and contact tracing as part of a national, comprehensive testing strategy. In addition, Senator Schumer announced that more...


Schumer Floor Remarks On The Need For The Senate To Focus On The Coronavirus Pandemic Including A Comprehensive National Testing Strategy

May 4, 2020

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor, demanding that the Senate focus on aiding and overseeing coronavirus pandemic response efforts, including a comprehensive national testing strategy. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks, which can also be viewed here:Senate convenes a session this evening during a trying time for our nation. As we speak, millions of our citizens are respecting stay-at-home orders and doing their part to stop the spread of this more...


Schumer Floor Remarks Announcing Interim Coronavirus Legislation That Invests In Needed Testing, Delivers For Our Hospitals And Expands And Protects Small Business Funding

April 21, 2020

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor, announcing the interim coronavirus legislation that invests in desperately-needed testing and supports and protects hospitals and small businesses. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks, which can also be viewed here:In the month since I last addressed this chamber, life for nearly every American has been upended. Stay-at-home orders have swept across the country. The monthly toll of new unemployment claims are more...


TRANSCRIPT: On Press Call, Schumer Announces Senate Dems Will Unveil COVID-19“Heroes Fund” Proposal For Essential Workers On Frontline Of Nation’s Pandemic Response

April 7, 2020

Brooklyn, N.Y. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today held a press call, announcing that Senate Democrats will propose the COVID-19 “Heroes Fund,” a provision of pandemic premium pay to reward, retain, and recruit essential workers. Below is a transcript of Leader Schumer’s opening remarks:Thank you very much and thank you all for getting on the line. I'm proud to be joined by my colleagues, we all put this together: Senators Murray, Casey, Udall, and Peters. Senator Brown is more...


Schumer Floor Remarks In Advance Of Passage Of Historic Bipartisan Coronavirus Response Legislation That Puts Workers And The Health Of Americans First

March 25, 2020

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor in advance of the passage of the historic bipartisan coronavirus response legislation that puts workers and the health of Americans first. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks, which can also be viewed here:The legislation now before us now is historic because it is meant to match a historic crisis. Our health care system is not prepared to care for the sick. Our workers are without work. Our businesses cannot more...


Schumer Floor Remarks Outlining The Bipartisan Agreement On Coronavirus Response Legislation That Puts Workers And Public Health First

March 25, 2020

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor, outlining the bipartisan agreement for coronavirus response legislation that puts workers and the health of the American people first. Senator Schumer also explained significant improvements made to the bill following bipartisan negotiations. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks, which can also be viewed here:I say to the American people, help is on the way. Big help, quick help. Because Democrats insisted on more...


Schumer Floor Remarks Announcing Bipartisan Agreement On Coronavirus Response Legislation That Puts Workers And Public Health First

March 25, 2020

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor, announcing a bipartisan agreement for coronavirus response legislation that puts workers and the public health of Americans first. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks, which can also be viewed here:After five days of arduous negotiations, after sleep-deprived nights and marathon negotiating sessions, we have a bipartisan agreement on the largest rescue package in American history.This is not a moment of more...


Schumer Floor Remarks Providing Update On Coronavirus Response Negotiations And Outlining Democratic Priorities That Put Workers And People First

March 24, 2020

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor to provide an update regarding ongoing negotiations for Phase 3 of the coronavirus response legislation and outlined Democratic priorities, including a Marshall Plan for hospitals and putting workers and people first. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks, which can also be viewed here:I just finished a very productive meeting with Secretary Mnuchin, the White House Congressional liaison Eric Ueland, and Mark more...


Schumer Floor Remarks To Provide Update On Coronavirus Legislative Response Negotiations

March 23, 2020

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor to provide an update on the ongoing coronavirus legislative response negotiations. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks, which can also be viewed here:The Senate is going to adjourn shortly, but that doesn't mean negotiations are slowing down one bit. Secretary Mnuchin just left my office. We have had some very good discussions, and in fact the list of outstanding issues has narrowed significantly. We are going more...


Schumer Floor Remarks Providing Update on Coronavirus Legislative Response Negotiations and Outlining Democratic Priorities that Put Workers and People First

March 22, 2020


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Schumer Floor Remarks Providing Update On Coronavirus Response Legislation Negotiations; Schumer Outlines Democratic Priorities For Phase 3 Legislation

March 21, 2020

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor to provide an update on Coronavirus response legislation negotiations and outline Democratic priorities for Phase 3 legislation. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks, which can also be viewed here:Negotiations on the third phase of coronavirus legislation went late into the night last night and continue through the day today. I have spoken to Speaker Pelosi and Secretary Mnuchin several times, as well as more...


Schumer Floor Remarks On The Need For Any Coronavirus Response Bill To Address The Public Health Crisis & Put Workers First; Schumer Also Discussed Call With POTUS & How Sen. McConnell’s Proposal Is Insufficient

March 20, 2020

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor, urging that any Senate legislation to address the coronavirus outbreak addresses the public health needs of Americans and puts workers first. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks, which can also be viewed here:The coronavirus continues to challenge our nation in extraordinary ways that were unimaginable a few weeks ago. Our public health systems are coming under enormous strain. Our hospitals and other more...


Schumer Floor Remarks On Five Democratic Pillars For Upcoming Coronavirus Response Legislation

March 19, 2020

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor after Senate Republicans introduced their coronavirus response plan, demanding that any bill put American workers first. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks, which can also be viewed here:I'm glad now that the Republican Leader and his caucus now have a plan, and we look forward to working with them to come up with a bipartisan product as soon as we can because this crisis grows worse every day. And we believe more...


Schumer Outlines Senate Democrats’ Priorities For Third Coronavirus Response Legislation; Says Any Economic Stimulus Bill Must Put Workers First

March 19, 2020

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor, outlining Senate Democrats’ priorities for a third coronavirus response package and demanding that any plan puts American workers first. Senator Schumer also detailed the need for a “Marshall Plan” for our public health system to put workers first in response to the coronavirus outbreak. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks, which can also be viewed here:In the space of less than twenty-four hours yesterday, more...


Schumer Floor Remarks On Immediate Need To Pass Legislation To Address Coronavirus Outbreak And Impact On Health Of Americans And Economy

March 18, 2020

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor, urging the Senate to immediately pass the House coronavirus bill and pass additional legislation to address the coronavirus outbreak and its impact on Americans’ health and the economy. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks, which can also be viewed here:The coronavirus pandemic continues to test our nation in new and difficult ways. There is now a confirmed case of the coronavirus in all fifty states and the more...


Schumer Floor Remarks Laying Out Senate Democrats’ Proposal To Put The American People First And Demanding The Senate To Pass The Bipartisan House Coronavirus Bill Today

March 17, 2020

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor, laying out Senate Democrats’ proposal of at least $750 billion to wage war against the coronavirus and the economic crisis facing Americans. Senator Schumer also urged his Senate colleagues to pass the House-passed coronavirus legislation proposal today. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks, which can also be viewed here:Our country is facing an unprecedented public health emergency with severe and potentially more...


Schumer Floor Remarks Outlining New Proposal To Provide At Least $750 Billion In Federal Funding To Wage War Against Coronavirus & Economic Crisis Facing Americans

March 16, 2020

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor, calling for swift passage of the House-passed coronavirus legislation and announcing that Senate Democrats will lay out a further proposal of at least $750 billion to wage war against the coronavirus and the economic crisis facing Americans. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks, which can also be viewed here:First, let me thank the staff who is here today under these difficult circumstances: here at the desk, more...


At Press Conference In NYC, Schumer Urges Senator McConnell To Immediately Pass House-Passed Coronavirus Legislation As Is

March 14, 2020

New York, NY - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today delivered the following remarks at a press conference in New York City to discuss the House-Passed Families First Coronavirus Response Act and urge Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to pass the bill as is immediately in the Senate. Senator McConnell recessed the Senate for the weekend before the House passed this much-needed legislation. We just heard of the first death here in New York.This virus, the coronavirus, while it may not look more...


Schumer Floor Remarks Urging Senate To Reject The Nomination Of James Danly To Be a FERC Commissioner

March 12, 2020

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor urging his Senate colleagues to reject the nomination of James Danly to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Below are Senator Schumer's remarks, which can also be viewed here: Today, the Senate will vote on the nomination of James Danly to serve on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Less than a decade out of law school, Mr. Danly lacks the experience of past nominees and it seems his major more...


Schumer Floor Remarks On President Trump’s Failure To Address Testing Problems In His Remarks On Coronavirus And The Need To Pass The House Legislation To Help The American People

March 12, 2020

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor regarding President Trump's address to the nation on the coronavirus outbreak and his administration's failure to adequately make coronavirus test kits available across the United States. Senator Schumer urged the Senate to act as soon as possible to pass legislation to help the American people dealing with the coronavirus epidemic, which the House is set to vote on today. Below are Senator Schumer's remarks, which more...

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