Speeches

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...


Schumer Floor Remarks On The Need To Deliver The Bold Reforms Laid Out In The Justice In Policing Act And Demanding That Majority Leader McConnell Stop Spending The Senate’s Time On Discredited Conspiracy Theories And Put Legislation To Address Policing Reform And The Ongoing Public Health & Economic Crises On The Senate Floor Before July 4

June 9, 2020

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer took to the Senate floor today to highlight the introduction of the Justice in Policing Act and to demand Leader McConnell stop focusing the Senate’s time on discredited conspiracy theories and put policing reform and COVID relief legislation on the Senate floor. Senator Schumer also announced that Senate Democrats have formally requested an investigation of "Project Air Bridge," the Trump administration's opaque medical supply chain more...


Schumer Floor Remarks On The Introduction Of The Justice In Policing Act And Demanding Senator McConnell Put Policing Reform And Coronavirus Relief Legislation On The Senate Floor Before July 4

June 8, 2020

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer took to the Senate floor today to call for action on law enforcement reform and COVID relief legislation to address the current crises Americans are facing and to announce the Justice In Policing Act, legislation that would end police brutality, hold police accountable, and improve transparency in policing through meaningful, structural change. He also called on President Trump to reopen Lafayette Square, a space and symbol of Americans’ more...


Schumer Remarks At Press Conference To Announce The Justice In Policing Act Of 2020

June 8, 2020

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke at a press conference announcing the ‘Justice in Policing Act of 2020’, new legislation to end police brutality, hold police accountable, improve transparency in policing and create meaningful, structural change that safeguards every American’s right to safety and equal justice. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks, which can also be viewed here:Thank you, Speaker Pelosi, and I am so proud to be joined by so many of my colleagues, more...


Schumer Floor Remarks Calling On Leader McConnell To Commit To Senate Vote On Policing Reform Legislation And Rebuking Senate GOP For Pursuing Already Discredited Conspiracy Theories Instead Of Addressing Racial Justice Issues And The Public Health & Economic Crises That Disproportionately Impact African Americans And Other Communities of Color

June 4, 2020

Schumer Condemns Senate GOP Blocking Senate Dems’ Effort To Pass House-Passed Legislation To Reform Paycheck Protection Program And Highlighted Former Defense Secretary Mattis’ Denouncement Of President Trump Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor regarding the need for policing reform and racial justice and rebuked Senate Republicans for chasing conspiracy theories instead of working to address systemic racism or the ongoing COVID public health more...


Schumer Floor Remarks In Advance Of Republican Senator Blocking Senate Dems’ Effort To Pass House-Passed Legislation To Reform Paycheck Protection Program

June 3, 2020

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today took to the Senate floor with Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD), and Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) to attempt to immediately pass the House-passed Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act to extend the program’s loan forgiveness deadline and add more flexibility to the program. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) objected to the unanimous consent motion. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks: In a moment, I will ask consent to pass legislation that makes more...


Schumer Floor Remarks On The Need For Policing Reform And Racial Justice And Decrying Senate GOP For Chasing Already Discredited Conspiracy Theories Instead Of Addressing The Public Health & Economic Crises That Disproportionately Impact African Americans

June 3, 2020

Schumer Rebukes Senate GOP Blocking Resolution To Condemn President Trump’s Unconstitutional Attacks On Peaceful Protesters In Lafayette Square And Reiterates Demand That Leader McConnell Put Law Enforcement Reform Legislation On Senate Floor Before Fourth Of JulyWashington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor regarding the need for policing reform and racial justice and condemned Senate Republicans for chasing conspiracy theories instead of working to more...


Sen. McConnell Blocks Schumer Resolution Supporting Constitutional Right To Peacefully Protest & Condemning President Trump’s Order To Tear Gas Peaceful Protesters Outside The White House Last Night

June 2, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today made a unanimous consent request to immediately pass a resolution expressing the sense that the constitutional rights of Americans must be respected; that violence and looting are unlawful and unacceptable; and that Congress condemns the order to have federal officers use gas and rubber bullets on peaceful protesters. Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) objected to the request. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks:Last night, as more...

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