Speeches

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...


Schumer Floor Remarks on the Alexander-Murray Bill, CHIP Reauthorization, the GOP Tax Plan, and American Steel and Aluminum

October 23, 2017

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today delivered remarks on the Senate floor regarding the need to pass the Alexander-Murray bill, CHIP reauthorization, the GOP tax plan, and on American steel and aluminum: Thank you, Mr. President, first, on the issue of health care. Since I last addressed this chamber, the bipartisan agreement reached by Senators Alexander and Murray has amassed enough cosponsors to guarantee its passage. It now has 12 Republican cosponsors and 12 Democratic more...


Schumer Floor Remarks on the Bipartisan Healthcare Deal and the Budget

October 19, 2017

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today delivered remarks on the Senate floor regarding the need to vote on the bipartisan healthcare deal and urging a more bipartisan approach to the budget and tax reform. Below are his remarks: First, on health care. My two friends Senators Alexander and Murray have constructed a good, fair, bipartisan agreement that gives us a way forward on health care. It will offer stability to the markets, it will help lower premiums. We've seen President more...


Schumer Floor Remarks on the Bipartisan Health Care Deal and the Budget

October 18, 2017

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today delivered remarks on the Senate floor regarding the bipartisan health care deal reached yesterday as well as the budget. Below are his remarks: Well, yesterday, the Chairman and the Ranking Member of the HELP Committee came to a bipartisan agreement on a package to stabilize our healthcare law and lower premiums. It was the product of months of difficult negotiations. And like all good negotiations, both sides gave some, both sides got some. more...


Schumer Floor Remarks on the Need for Bipartisanship on Health Care, Tax Reform and the Withdrawal of the Nomination of Rep. Marino

October 17, 2017

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today delivered remarks on the Senate floor regarding the need for bipartisanship on health care, taxes, and the nomination of the next head of the Office of National Drug Control Policy: Well first, Mr. President, a brief word on health care. Senators Alexander and Murray continue to negotiate a bipartisan package of legislation to stabilize our healthcare markets and lower premiums, a process that began over the summer. From what I've heard, more...


Schumer Statement on Bipartisan Healthcare Agreement to Strengthen the Affordable Care Act

October 17, 2017

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today delivered the following remarks at a press conference regarding the bipartisan healthcare agreement to strengthen the Affordable Care Act: Okay, good afternoon everybody. We are here really to talk about the budget which is on the floor Thursday, but of course some new developments occurred. So I am going to say a few words about the healthcare, the general outline agreement that Senators Alexander and Murray have come together on, and more...


Schumer Floor Remarks on President Trump’s Health Care Sabotage, the Republican Tax Plan, the Nomination of Rep. Marino, and the Wildfires out West

October 16, 2017

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today delivered remarks on the Senate floor regarding President Trump's decision to end CSR payments, the Republican tax plan, the nomination of Rep. Marino, and the wildfires out west. Below are his remarks: Now, Madam President, first on the issue of healthcare. Last week, President Trump committed two acts of pointless sabotage of our nation's healthcare system. He signed an executive order that would give insurers more latitude to sell more...


Schumer Remarks on President Trump Ending CSR Payments

October 13, 2017

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today in a press call delivered the following remarks on the Trump administration's decision to stop funding cost sharing payments: The president's decision last night to end the cost sharing payments is going to be devastating for millions of Americans, poor Americans and those in the middle class, and is one of the worst things the president could do to sabotage our health care system. Cost sharing payments have kept premiums and out-of-pocket more...


Schumer Floor Remarks on the Mass Shooting in Las Vegas, Aid for Puerto Rico, and the GOP Tax Plan

October 5, 2017

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today delivered remarks on the Senate floor regarding the need for action on gun safety legislation following the mass shooting in Las Vegas, the need for aid to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Republicans’ tax proposal. Below are his remarks:Now, as we continue to grieve with the people of Las Vegas, the families of the injured and the deceased - and I think of the pictures I see of those beautiful young people, who had the best more...


Schumer Floor Remarks on Aid for Puerto Rico, the Mass Shooting in Las Vegas, and the GOP Tax Plan

October 4, 2017

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today delivered remarks on the Senate floor regarding the Administration’s intent to submit a request for disaster relief for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, the need for the President to bring together Congressional Leaders to act on gun safety legislation, and Republicans’ tax proposal. Below are his remarks: I understand that the Administration intends to submit its first request for disaster aid for Puerto Rico and the US Virgin more...

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