Speeches

Schumer Floor Remarks on Legislative Priorities to Resolve Before February 8th

January 23, 2018

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor regarding the legislative priorities that must be resolved before the February 8th deadline. Below are his remarks which can also be viewed here: Mr. President, yesterday, the Senate passed a continuing resolution to reopen the government and provide for a six-year reauthorization of the Children's Health Insurance program. The Majority Leader and I were also able to agree on a path forward for DACA more...


Schumer Floor Remarks on the End of the Government Shutdown

January 22, 2018

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor regarding the bipartisan compromise to end the government shutdown and move forward with funding negotiations. Below are his remarks which can also be viewed here: Mr. President, today we enter the third day of the Trump Shutdown, the first ever real shutdown to occur when one party controls the entire legislative process. The Republican Party controls the House, the Senate, and the Presidency, and yet they were more...


Schumer Floor Remarks on Republicans’ Lack of Compromise

January 21, 2018

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor regarding President Trump and Congressional Republicans' lack of willingness to compromise. Below are his remarks which can also be viewed here: Mr. President, we now enter day two of the first real government shutdown ever to take place when one party controlled the Presidency, the House, and the Senate. Under this unified control, it was the Republicans job to govern. It was their job to lead. It was their job more...


Schumer Floor Remarks on Trump Shutdown

January 20, 2018

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor regarding the government shutdown. Below are his remarks which can also be viewed here: Mr. President, I address you in the shadow of a government shutdown, something that nobody wanted and almost everybody strived to avoid. And yet we are here. The CR last night barely received 50 votes, let alone the necessary 60. Several Republicans joined Democrats in rejecting the House CR, which hurts our military, does more...


Schumer Floor Remarks on the Need to Reach a Long-term Spending Agreement

January 18, 2018

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate Floor regarding the need to reach a long-term spending agreement. Below are his remarks which can also be viewed here: The House of Representatives has sent the Senate a continuing resolution constructed by the Republican Speaker and passed without the consultation of House Democrats or Senate Democrats whatsoever. The Republican Leader is now saying to us: take it or leave it. Here's why members from both sides of the more...


Schumer Floor Remarks on the Lack of Bipartisanship Concerning the Continuing Resolution

January 18, 2018

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor regarding the lack of bipartisanship concerning the CR.  Below are his remarks which can also be viewed here:  Before I move to the bulk of my remarks, allow me to respond to the Majority Leader’s comments on CHIP. And first, let me say, I’m a good friend of Leader McConnell, we get along quite nicely. I know what a difficult job he has. But sometime he says things that are just way over the top and I have to more...


Schumer Floor Remarks on Bipartisan DACA Bills and China’s Unfair Trading Policies

January 17, 2018

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor regarding the House and Senate DACA bills and China's unfair trading policies. Below are his remarks which can also be viewed here: First, before I get into the substance of my remarks, let me just answer the Majority Leader here. What leads to problems in this place, what leads to a government shutdown? One side deciding everything and then saying to the other side "you must go along." The proposal that was sent more...


Schumer Floor Remarks on Net Neutrality, FISA Reauthorization, and the Bipartisan Immigration Compromise Presented to President Trump

January 16, 2018

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor regarding net neutrality, FISA reauthorization, and the bipartisan immigration bill presented to President Trump. Below are his remarks which can also be viewed here: First, on the topic of net neutrality. Since the Trump Administration's FCC voted to end net neutrality in December, Democrats have been working to round up enough Senators to overrule the FCC's decision, which places control of the internet in the more...


Schumer Floor Remarks on Unresolved Legislative Issues to Address Before January 19th and the Russia Investigation

January 11, 2018

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor regarding the unresolved legislative issues to address before the January 19th deadline and the Russia investigation. Below are his remarks which can also be viewed here: Mr. President, we are inching ever closer to the government spending deadline of January 19th, when we will also have to address a host of other unresolved issues. We must lift the spending caps, equally for defense and other domestic priorities more...


Schumer Floor Remarks: DACA Ruling Doesn't Diminish Congress' Urgent Need to Act

January 10, 2018

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor regarding legislative priorities that need to be addressed before January 19th, and the that the DACA Ruling doesn't diminish Congress' urgent need to act. Below are his remarks which can also be viewed here: Mr. President, we have barely over a week to negotiate a broad package of must-pass items, including: an extension of government funding, a deal to lift the spending caps for both defense and urgent domestic more...


Schumer Floor Remarks on Pressing Legislative Issues that Need to Be Addressed Before January 19th and the Trump Administration’s Proposal to Cut Border Security Measures to Pay for Wall

January 9, 2018

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor regarding pressing issues that must be addressed before January 19th and the Trump Administration's proposal to cut border security measures to pay for the wall. Below are his remarks which can also be viewed here: Mr. President, there are a number of outstanding matters before the Senate that must be addressed by January the 19th. We must pass an extension of government funding. We must reach a deal to lift the more...


Schumer Floor Remarks on the January Negotiations

January 8, 2018

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor regarding budget negotiations and the legislative priorities that must be included. Below are his remarks which can also be viewed here: Mr. President, we have two weeks until funding for the government runs out. Alongside our talks about extending government funding, we have also been engaged in serious bipartisan negotiations on a number of issues that should coincide with that deadline. We have to lift the more...


Schumer Floor Remarks on the January Negotiations

January 4, 2018

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor regarding the budget agreement and the legislative priorities that must be included. Below are his remarks which can also be viewed here: Mr. President, yesterday the four congressional leaders had a positive and productive meeting with Budget Director Mulvaney and representatives from the White House, including Mr. Short. It was a good first step, but there is still a lot of work to do. Ultimately, the budget more...


Schumer Floor Remarks on Welcoming Newly Sworn In Senators Tina Smith and Doug Jones, Upcoming Legislative Priorities for 2018, and National Security

January 3, 2018

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor regarding the two new members of the Democratic Caucus -Tina Smith and Doug Jones, the upcoming legislative priorities for 2018 and President Trump's handling of foreign policy. Below are his remarks which can also be viewed here: Mr. President, as we begin the second session of the 115th Congress, I welcome all my colleagues back from the holiday break and wish them a Happy New Year and wish our country a wonderful more...


Schumer Floor Remarks on Year-End Issues, the GOP Tax Bill, the Mueller Investigation, and the Republican Senate’s 2017 Record

December 21, 2017

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor regarding year-end issues, the GOP tax bill, the Mueller investigation, and the Republican Senate's 2017 record. Below are his remarks which can also be viewed here: Mr. President, on the year-end issues. We are staring down a litany of unresolved issues and very quickly running out of time to solve them. Not only do we need to pass an extension of government funding, but as I've said many times, we must deal with more...


Schumer Floor Remarks on GOP Tax Bill and End of Year Priorities

December 20, 2017

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor regarding the GOP tax bill and end of year negotiations. Below are his remarks which can also be viewed here: Mr. President, late last night, the Senate passed an awful, partisan rewrite of the tax code. I said a good deal about the bill over the course of the debate and I added my concluding thoughts into the record before the final vote. But let me just more...


Schumer Floor Remarks on End of Year Priorities, Republican Tax Bill, and the Mueller investigation

December 19, 2017

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor regarding the end of year priorities, the Republican tax bill and the Mueller investigation. Below are his remarks which can also be viewed here: Mr. President, the clock is ticking ever closer to the end of the year. We still need to fund the government by Friday. We still need to lift the spending caps, equally for defense and urgent domestic priorities, like combatting the opioid crisis, improving health care more...


Schumer Floor Remarks on Recent Tragedies, Criticism of Special Counsel Mueller, Year-End Budget Negotiations, and the GOP Tax Bill

December 18, 2017

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor regarding the train crash in Seattle, the death of Bob Wilmers, recent criticism of Special Counsel Mueller, year-end budget negotiations, and the release of the final GOP Tax Bill. Below are his remarks: First, Mr. President, our hearts go out to everyone who was affected by the train crash today near Seattle, Washington. Authorities are still investigating the cause of the crash, but we must find out what went more...


Schumer Floor Remarks on Year End Negotiations, the Republican Tax Bill, and the FCC Vote on Net Neutrality

December 14, 2017

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor regarding the year end budget negotiations, the need to hit pause on the Republican tax bill in order to avoid rushing a partisan bill through the Senate, and the consequences of repealing net neutrality. Below are his remarks which can also be viewed here: Mr. President, first, on the year-end negotiations. Negotiations are making headway, that's good, but many issues remain to be resolved. We need to more...


Schumer Floor Remarks on the Election of Doug Jones and Hitting Pause on the GOP Tax Bill

December 13, 2017

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor regarding the election of Doug Jones and the need to hit pause on the GOP tax bill in order to avoid rushing a partisan bill through the Senate before Senator Jones is seated. Below are his remarks which can also be viewed here: Madame President, last night, a Democrat won in the state of Alabama for the first time in a quarter-century. Last night's election of Doug Jones was not only the repudiation of a more...

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