Speeches

Schumer Floor Remarks In Advance Of House Passage Of The Justice In Policing Act And Demanding A Serious And Bipartisan Response To The Spiking Coronavirus Pandemic

June 25, 2020

Washington, D.C.—Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today on the Senate floor spoke in advance of the House passage of the Justice in Policing Act and demanded a serious and bipartisan response to the spiking coronavirus pandemic. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks, which can also be viewed here: Today, the House of Representatives will pass the Justice in Policing Act, a comprehensive, strong bill to bring lasting change to police departments across America; and tackle the more...


Schumer Floor Remarks In Opposition To Senate GOP’s Irrevocably Flawed Policing Bill; Schumer Demands Bipartisan Talks To Produce Meaningful Policing Reform Legislation

June 24, 2020

Washington, D.C.—Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today spoke on the Senate floor in opposition to the Senate Republican’s irrevocably flawed policing bill. Senator Schumer also demanded bipartisan talks to produce meaningful policing reform legislation that meets the moment. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks, which can also be viewed here: The names of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery continue to ring in the nation’s ears, a searing reminder of the more...


Schumer Floor Remarks On The Need For Serious Policing Reform And The Shortcomings Of the Republican Policing Bill

June 23, 2020

Washington, D.C.—Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today spoke on the Senate floor, laying out the shortcomings of the Republican policing reform proposal and called for bipartisan talks on a real legislative solution. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks, which can also be viewed here: The past few months have been among the most wrenching and tumultuous in recent memory. The deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, as well as the COVID-19 pandemic, more...


Schumer Floor Remarks Demanding A Full Investigation Into The Firing Of US Attorney For SDNY Geoffrey Berman

June 22, 2020

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor, demanding a full investigation into false statements made by Attorney General Barr and the Trump administration’s firing of the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Geoffrey Berman. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks, which can also be viewed here:On another matter—there’s so much trouble this administration is in it’s hard to count, and you probably need several hours to document and talk more...


Schumer Floor Remarks Calling For The Withdrawal Of Circuit Court Judicial Nominee Cory Wilson Over Anti-Civil Rights Record

June 22, 2020

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor, urging the withdrawal of Circuit Court Judicial Nominee Cory Wilson over his anti-civil rights record. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks, which can also be viewed here:Finally, today, Leader McConnell will move forward with the nomination of Mr. Cory Wilson to serve a lifetime appointment on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.Mr. Wilson is an avowed opponent of the nation’s health care law, calling it more...


Schumer Floor Remarks On President Trump’s Refusal To Reckon With The Facts Of The Coronavirus Pandemic As States Face New Outbreaks And The Failure Of The Administration To Spend $14 Billion On Contact Tracing And COVID Testing

June 22, 2020

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor regarding President Trump’s remarks that he told his administration he wants to “slow the testing down,” and the administration’s failure to use the $14 billion in congressionally-appropriated funding for contact tracing and coronavirus testing. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks, which can also be viewed here:Over the past several weeks, there has been an alarming increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in more...


Schumer Floor Remarks On Senate Republicans’ Police Reform Legislation

June 22, 2020

Washington, D.C.—Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today spoke on the Senate floor regarding the Senate Republicans’ police reform legislation, and laid out the shortcomings of the Republican proposal. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks, which can also be viewed here:The American people are crying out for major, significant changes in policing in this country. Being killed by the police is now the sixth-leading cause of death for young men in America, and young Black men more...


Sen. Schumer Remarks On Juneteenth

June 19, 2020

Washington, D.C.—Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today delivered the following remarks in a virtual Juneteenth JusticeCon celebration hosted by Greater Allen A.M.E. where he discussed the importance of Juneteenth and the work House and Senate Democrats are doing to work towards progress. Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery:I want to thank the Reverend Dr. Elaine Flake for inviting me to be a part of today's celebration. It's truly an honor to be here, and an more...


Schumer Floor Remarks As Republicans Block Passage Of Legislation To Remove Confederate Statues From U.S. Capitol

June 18, 2020

Washington, D.C.— Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today took to the Senate floor with Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) to attempt to immediately pass unanimous consent to pass the Confederate Monument Removal Act to remove Confederate statues from the United States Capitol. Senator Blunt (R-MO) objected to the unanimous consent motion. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks:First, I want to thank my dear friend, the Senator from New Jersey. Our caucus and the American people are lucky to more...


On Senate Floor, Schumer Says New Senate GOP Bill On Policing Does Not Meet The Moment; Schumer Also Discusses Trump’s Egregious Judicial Nominees Walker And Wilson

June 18, 2020

Washington, D.C.—Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today spoke on the Senate floor explaining why the Republican policing bill does not meet the moment and discussed Senate Republicans’ continued efforts to confirm Trump’s egregious radical judges who oppose both healthcare law and voting rights. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks, which can also be viewed here: Two weeks ago, the House and Senate Democrats introduced a bill—the Justice in Policing Act—to bring more...


On Senate Floor, Schumer Says New Senate GOP Bill On Policing Does Not Meet The Moment; Schumer Also Discusses Trump’s Egregious Judicial Nominees Walker And Wilson

June 18, 2020

Washington, D.C.—Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today spoke on the Senate floor explaining why the Republican policing bill does not meet the moment and discussed Senate Republicans’ continued efforts to confirm Trump’s egregious radical judges who oppose both healthcare law and voting rights. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks, which can also be viewed here: Two weeks ago, the House and Senate Democrats introduced a bill—the Justice in Policing Act—to bring more...


On Senate Floor, Schumer Says John Bolton’s Book Further Confirms President Trump Is Weak On China

June 18, 2020

Washington, D.C.—Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today spoke on the Senate floor regarding published excerpts from John Bolton’s forthcoming book, which recount President Trump making concessions to President Xi in an effort to benefit himself politically. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks, which can also be viewed here: My colleagues know how long I have pressed administrations of both parties to be tougher on China’s rapacious economic policies. For a time, I even more...


On Senate Floor, Schumer Responds To Supreme Court Decision Blocking Trump Admin Bid To End Protections For Dreamers

June 18, 2020


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Schumer Floor Remarks On The Need For Dramatic Improvement To The Republican Policing Bill And Decrying Republican Attempts To Push Through Radical Judges With Anti-Civil Rights Records

June 17, 2020

Washington, D.C.—Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today spoke on the Senate floor regarding the need to dramatically improve the Senate Republicans’ policing reform legislative proposal and condemned Senate Republicans’ attempts to push through radical right-wing judges with anti-civil rights records amid historic protests. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks, which can also be viewed here:This morning is a tale of two chambers.The House of Representatives is starting the more...


Schumer Floor Remarks Calling For Passage Of The Equality Act, Demanding That Leader McConnell Bring Policing Reform Before the Fourth of July, And On The Need For Further Action Now to Combat the Ongoing Coronavirus Economic and Public Health Crisis

June 16, 2020

Washington, D.C.—Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today spoke on the Senate floor calling for the passage of the Equality Act, demanding Leader McConnell to bring the Justice in Policing Act to the Senate floor before the Fourth of July, and laying out the immediate need for further action on the coronavirus economic and public health crises. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks, which can also be viewed here:Yesterday, the Supreme Court ruled that the Civil Rights Act of more...


Schumer Floor Remarks Demanding Senator McConnell Put The Justice In Policing Act On The Floor Before July Fourth, Condemning Pres. Trump & Senate GOP For Their Refusal To Take Further Action On The COVID Crises, And Denouncing Republicans’ Decision To Instead Spend The Senate’s Time Confirming Radical Amid Historic Protests

June 15, 2020

Washington, D.C.—Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today spoke on the Senate floor, demanding Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell put policing reform on the Senate floor before the Fourth of July, criticizing President Trump and Senate Republicans for their months-long refusal to take further urgent and necessary action to address the ongoing coronavirus health and economic crisis, instead focusing on confirming right-wring judges amid historic protests. Below are Senator more...


Schumer Floor Remarks On Landmark Supreme Court Ruling In Bostock v. Clayton County That Federal Non-Discrimination Laws Protect LGBTQ Americans From Employment Discrimination

June 15, 2020

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor regarding the Supreme Court’s decision in Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia in which the court ruled that federal employment discrimination protections extend to LGBTQ employees. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks, which can also be viewed here:This morning, the long march for equality for LGBTQ Americans took a step forward. The Supreme Court handed down a landmark decision that federal employment more...


Schumer Floor Remarks On The Need For Comprehensive Policing Reform, Calling For A Briefing With Dr. Fauci And Dr. Birx Amid A Troubling Resurgence In Coronavirus, And Decrying Republicans’ Plans To Confirm Judges With Anti-Civil Rights Records Amid Historic Protests

June 11, 2020

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor regarding the need for comprehensive policing reform. Senator Schumer also called for a briefing with Dr. Fauci and Dr. Birx amid a troubling resurgence in coronavirus cases around the country. In addition, he condemned Senate Republicans for focusing on debunked conspiracy theories and confirming judges with anti-civil rights records amid historic protests. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks, which can also be more...


On Senate Floor, Schumer Slams Republicans For Attempting Empty Rhetorical Stunts Instead Of Taking Real Action On Racial Justice

June 10, 2020

Sen. Cotton Also Blocked Schumer Attempt To Pass Resolution To Force Senate To Debate The Justice In Policing Act Of 2020 After House PassageWashington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today took to the Senate floor to blast Senate Republicans for attempting empty rhetorical stunts instead of taking real, meaningful action to address systemic racial injustice in America. Sen. Schumer also attempted to force the Senate to debate the Justice in Policing Act of 2020, but more...


Schumer Floor Remarks On The Need For Comprehensive And Not Piecemeal Racial Justice And Police Transparency Legislation And Calling For An Investigation Of Potential Voting Rights Violations In The Georgia Primary Elections

June 10, 2020

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor and demanded that Leader McConnell stop focusing the Senate’s time on discredited conspiracy theories and put comprehensive, not piecemeal, policing reform and COVID-relief legislation on the Senate floor. Senator Schumer also urged President Trump to apologize to a 75-year-old peaceful protester for his vicious attack on Twitter and called for an investigation of potential voting rights violations in more...

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