Speeches

Schumer Calls For Secretary Acosta’s Resignation Amid New Epstein Sex Trafficking Indictment And Multiple Reports Of Acosta’s Gross Mishandling Of Epstein Case

July 9, 2019

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today on the Senate floor called for Secretary Acosta's resignation, urged the DOJ's office of Professional Responsibility to make public the results of its review of Acosta's handling of the Epstein case, and demanded President Trump answer for the statements he has made about his relationship with Mr. Epstein-first approving of Epstein, then later, through a spokesperson, denying any relationship. Below are his remarks, which can also more...


Schumer Floor Remarks Ahead Of 5th Circuit Oral Argument In Texas V. United States, The Increasingly Horrid Conditions At Border Facilities And President Trump’s Awful Record On The Environment

July 8, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor regarding Texas v. United States, the increasingly disturbing situation at border facilities and President Trump's awful record on the environment. Below are his remarks which can also be found here. Tomorrow the Fifth Circuit will hear oral argument in the case of Texas v the United States. The fate of our entire health care system hangs in the balance. This challenge to the Affordable Care Act, brought by more...


Schumer Invites U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team To U.S. Senate To Celebrate World Cup Victory, Calls On Sen. McConnell To Take Up Equal Pay Legislation

July 8, 2019

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today during remarks on the Senate floor, invited the United States Women's National Soccer Team to the United States Senate to celebrate their historic and inspiring victory in the 2019 Women's World Cup. Leader Schumer also called on Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell to bring legislation to ensure all women earn equal pay up for a vote in the United States Senate. Below are his remarks, which can also be found here. Now, Madam more...


Schumer Floor Remarks Urging The Senate To Vote Yes On The Iran Amendment To The NDAA And President Trump’s G-20 Meetings With President Putin and President Xi Jinping

June 27, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor urging the Senate to vote yes on the Iran amendment to the NDAA and calling on President Trump to stay tough in his G-20 meetings with President Putin and President Xi Jinping. Below are his remarks which can also be found here. Thank you, Mr. President. As the Leader and I announced yesterday, we have an agreement in place to vote on passage of the defense authorization bill today and then on an amendment to the more...


Schumer Floor Remarks On Leader McConnell’s Commitment To Vote On 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Legislation And On The Iran Amendment To The NDAA And The Need To Improve Conditions At The Border

June 26, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor regarding Leader McConnell's commitment to move legislation to reauthorize the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund before the August recess, his commitment that the Senate would vote on the Iran amendment to the NDAA, and the dire need to improve conditions at the border. Below are his remarks which can also be found here. Mr. President, I begin this morning with some welcome news. After meeting with a group of the 9/11 more...


Schumer Floor Remarks On Leader McConnell’s Meeting With 9/11 First Responders, The Need For Votes On Amendments To The NDAA, Democrats’ Commonsense Border Solutions, And The Anniversary Of The Shelby V. Holder Decision

June 25, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor regarding the need for Senator McConnell to commit to hold a stand-alone vote on 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund legislation, the need for a vote on an amendment to the NDAA concerning possible conflict with Iran, Democrats' commonsense solutions to grapple with challenges at the border, and the sixth anniversary of the Supreme Court's disastrous Shelby v. Holder decision. Below are his remarks, which can also be found more...


Schumer Floor Remarks Calling On Senator McConnell To Commit To Hold A Stand-Alone Vote On 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Legislation Immediately After House Passage, Escalating Tensions With Iran, And The Trump Administration’s Failed Approach To Immigration

June 24, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor regarding the need for Senator McConnell to commit to hold a stand-alone vote on 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund legislation, escalating tensions with Iran, and the need for a discussion about commonsense policy changes that would adequately address the situation at the border. Below are his remarks, which can also be found here. Mr. President, tomorrow, my friend John Feal and fellow survivors who were first more...


Schumer Floor Remarks On Escalating Tensions With Iran, The Need For Debate On Saudi Arms Sales, Calling For An Investigation Into The Trump Administration’s Delay In Putting Harriet Tubman On The $20 Note, And Urging Leader McConnell To Allow Votes on Background Check Legislation And Election Security

June 20, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor regarding escalating tensions in Iran, the need for at least a debate on U.S. arms sales to Saudi Arabia, his request to for an investigation into the Trump Administration's delay in putting Harriet Tubman on the $20 note, and urging Leader McConnell to allow votes on legislation to close loopholes in our background check system and improve election security. Below are his remarks which can also be found here. Over more...


Schumer Floor Remarks On The Chaos In The Trump Administration, Support For The New York State Climate Leadership And Community Protection Act, And Urging Republican Senators To Not Confirm Matthew Kacsmaryk

June 19, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor regarding the chaos within the Trump Administration - in its border policy, its foreign policy and the Trump Administration itself - his support for the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act in New York, and urging Republican Senators to not confirm Matthew Kacsmaryk to be the United States District Judge for the Northern District of Texas. Below are his remarks which can also be found here. Now, if more...


Schumer Floor Remarks On The Trump Administration’s Plan To Send Additional Troops To The Middle East, Senate Democrats’ Commonsense Border Policies, And The Need For Leader McConnell To Bring Bipartisan Election Security Legislation To The Floor

June 18, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor regarding the Trump administration's plan to send 1,000 additional troops to the Middle East, Senate Democrats' common sense policies to handle the humanitarian crisis at our southern border, and the need for Leader McConnell to bring bipartisan election security legislation to the floor for a vote. Below are his remarks which can also be found here. Thank you Mr. President. Now, last night, the Defense Department more...


Schumer Floor Remarks After Republican Blocked Legislation To Make It A Presidential Campaign’s Legal Duty To Report To The FBI When A Foreign Power Offers Assistance

June 13, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor regarding the need for legislation that makes it a presidential campaign's legal duty to report to the FBI when a foreign power offers assistance. Below are his remarks which can also be found here. I want to thank my friend from Virginia for offering this unanimous consent request, and express my severe, severe disappointment in our friends on the Republican side blocking it. The bottom line is very simple: when a more...


Schumer Floor Remarks On The Failure Of The Republican Tax Bill And Urging The United States Navy To Name A Ship After Senior Chief Petty Officer Shannon Kent

June 13, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor regarding the failure of the Republican tax bill and urging the United States Navy to name a ship after New York Native and American hero, Senior Chief Petty Officer Shannon Kent. Below are his remarks, which can also be found here. Madam President, a year and a half ago, as the Senate debated the Republican tax bill, and Democrats predicted that giving an enormous tax cut to big corporations and the super-rich more...


Schumer Blasts Republican Leader McConnell For Blocking Election Security Legislation In Wake Of Trump Comments Supporting Foreign Interference In Elections, Says Senate Democrats Today Will Attempt To Pass A Bill To Make It A Campaign’s Legal Duty To Report To The FBI When A Foreign Power Offers Assistance

June 13, 2019

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today blasted Republican Leader Mitch McConnell for continuing to block Senate action on critical legislation to protect our elections from foreign interference after President Trump said on ABC News that he would "listen" to information about a political opponent from a foreign source in the next election. Senator Schumer also said that Senate Democrats will today attempt to pass Senator Mark Warner's (D-VA) Foreign Influence Reporting more...


Schumer Pleads With Sen. McConnell To Commit To Hold Stand-Alone Vote On 9/11 Victim’s Compensation Fund Fix Legislation Immediately After It Passes The Full House

June 12, 2019

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today pleaded with Senate Majority Mitch McConnell to commit to bringing up legislation to fix the September 11th Victims Compensation Fund for a vote in the United States Senate as a stand-alone bill the week after it passes the full House. The Victims Compensation Fund, authorized by Congress in 2010 and again in 2015, provides compensation to firefighters, police officers, construction workers and others who courageously responded to more...


Schumer Floor Remarks Calling For Sen. McConnell To Pass Pay Equity Legislation And Acting OMB Director Vought’s Concerning Push To Delay Implementation Of Actions Against Huawei

June 11, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor regarding the need for the Senate to pass legislation that aims to end gender-based wage discrimination and Acting Director of the Office of Management and Budget Russell Vought's concerning push for a two-year delay to the implementation of key portions of a law intended to protect U.S. agencies and government contractors from Chinese telecom technology-chiefly Huawei. Below are his remarks, which can also be found more...


Schumer Floor Remarks On President Trump’s Ineffective Foreign Policy, Senate Democratic Legislation to Address the Situation at the Southern Border, And Leader McConnell’s Refusal To Bring Bipartisan Election Security Bills To The Senate Floor

June 10, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor regarding President Trump's supposed deal with Mexico, the potential consequences of his ineffective approach to foreign policy, Senate democratic legislation to address the situation at the southern border and Leader McConnell's refusal to bring bipartisan election security bills to the Senate floor. Below are his remarks, which can also be found here. First, Madam President, on my way coming down to Washington, I more...


Schumer Floor Remarks On President Trump’s Proposed Tariffs On Mexico, Democrats’ Legislation To Address the Root Causes of Migration from Central America, Bipartisan Legislation to Block Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia, And The Need For The Chamber Of Commerce To Push For Real Action On the Climate Crisis

June 5, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor regarding President Trump's proposed tariffs on Mexico, the Democrat's legislation to address the root causes of migration from Central America, bipartisan legislation to block arms sales to Saudi Arabia, and the need for the Chamber of Commerce to push for real action on the climate crisis. Below are his remarks, which can also be viewed here: Now Mr. President, I said yesterday here on the floor that I don't more...


Schumer Floor Remarks On The Anniversary Of The Passage Of The 19th Amendment In The Senate And The Need To Schedule An All-Senators Briefing On Election Security ASAP

June 4, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today gave the following floor remarks regarding the anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment in the U.S. Senate and the need to schedule an all-senators briefing on election security as soon as possible. Below are his remarks, which can also be viewed here: Today, we observe the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment by the United States Senate: a critical step in a long march for equality that began at the very founding of our country, more...


Schumer: I Don’t Believe That President Trump Will Actually Go Through With Mexico Tariffs Given His Habit Of Talking Tough And Retreating; Schumer Says Senate Democrats Will Push For Additional Aid To Central American Countries To Address Root Causes Of Humanitarian Crisis At Southern Border

June 4, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today gave the following floor remarks regarding President Trump's proposed tariffs on Mexico and Senate Democrats' proposal to include additional aid to Central American countries to help address the humanitarian crisis at the southern border. Below are his remarks, which can also be viewed here: Now, Madam President, too much of our conversation about migrants seeking to enter at the southern border has to do with what happens when they get more...


Schumer Floor Remarks Calling on Sen. McConnell to Hold Votes on Universal Background Checks And Election Security Legislation, The Trump Administration’s Failed Immigration Policies, and the Death of Senator Thad Cochran

June 3, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today gave the following floor remarks calling on Sen. McConnell to hold votes on universal background checks and election security legislation, the Trump administration's vindictive and chaotic southern border strategy and the death of Senator Thad Cochran. Below are his remarks, which can also be viewed here: Mr. President, it's with great sadness that last week we learned of the death of our friend and former colleague, Thad Cochran of more...

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