Speeches

At Senate Rules Committee Hearing On 2020 General Election Preparations, Schumer Demands More Federal Resources In Next COVID-19 Relief Legislation For Localities To Hold Safe Elections In November

July 22, 2020

Washington, D.C.—Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today spoke at the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration Committee hearing on 2020 general election preparations regarding the need for Congress to provide additional federal resources in the next COVID-19 relief legislation to ensure localities can hold safe elections in November. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks, which can also be viewed here: Last week, after six decades as one of our nation’s most pre-eminent civil more...


Schumer Floor Remarks On How Republican Delays And Disarray Are Preventing Needed Assistance To The American People Who Continue To Struggle Through The Coronavirus Economic And Public Health Crisis

July 22, 2020

Washington, D.C.—Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today spoke on the Senate floor, outlining how Republican delays and disarray are preventing needed assistance to the American people who continue to struggle through the public health and economic crises brought forth by COVID-19. Senator Schumer also urged Senate action on the House-passed Heroes Act. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks, which can also be viewed here:  Democratic Senators returned to Washington on Monday more...


Schumer Floor Remarks On Republicans’ Months-Long Delays In Action On The Coronavirus Pandemic And The Need For The Heroes Act

July 21, 2020

Washington, D.C.—Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today spoke on the Senate floor, urging Senate action on the House-passed Heroes Act and condemning the months of needless, partisan delays by Leader McConnell and Senate Republicans. Leader Schumer also called for a serious bipartisan response to the ongoing pandemic while Leader McConnell reportedly drafts an insufficient, partisan, corporations-first bill in his office. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks, which can also more...


Schumer Floor Remarks On The Need To Pass The Heroes Act And Fight The Coronavirus Following Months Of Needless Delays By Senate Republicans

July 20, 2020


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Schumer Floor Remarks On Republicans’ Reckless Denigration Of The Working People Of The District Of Columbia As Not “Real People” And President Trump’s Disturbing Focus On Protecting The Names Of Long-Dead Confederate Generals

July 2, 2020

Washington, D.C.—Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today spoke on the Senate floor regarding the need for representation for D.C. residents and condemned Senate Republicans’ reckless denigration of the working people of the District of Columbia as not “real people.” Senator Schumer also discussed President Trump’s disturbing focus on protecting the names of long-dead confederate generals confederate generals who fought against the United States in support of the preservation more...


Schumer Floor Remarks On President Trump’s Failure To Confront The Coronavirus And Republicans’ Obstruction Of Coronavirus Legislation During Record Number Of New Cases

July 2, 2020

Washington, D.C.—Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today spoke on the Senate floor regarding President Trump’s failure to adequately confront the coronavirus and Senate Republicans’ obstruction of COVID relief legislation during record new outbreaks. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks, which can also be viewed here: Two numbers sum up the state of America today: 52,788, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases yesterday, and 1.4 million, the number of unemployment claims filed more...


At DPCC Hearing On D.C. Statehood, Schumer Calls Out Republicans For Saying D.C. Residents Are Not “Real People,” Says D.C. Statehood Is A Matter of Democracy

July 1, 2020

Washington, D.C.—Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today joined Senate Democrats, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.), Mayor Muriel Bowser, and D.C. residents and officials to discuss the need for representation for D.C. residents and pushed for action on D.C. statehood legislation, the Washington D.C. Admission Act. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks, which can also be viewed here:Thank you Senator Stabenow, and thank you for putting this great thing together. I more...


Schumer Floor Remarks In Advance Of Senate Republicans Blocking The American Dream And Promise Act

July 1, 2020

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today took to the Senate floor with Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) to attempt to immediately pass the bipartisan House-passed American Dream and Promise Act, which would establish a path to citizenship for DACA recipients and immigrants with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) or Deferred Enforced Departure (DED). Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) objected to the unanimous consent motion. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks:I am here to urge my colleagues on the more...


Schumer Floor Remarks On President Trump’s Threat To Veto Defense Legislation To Prevent The Renaming Of United States Military Bases Named After Confederate Generals

July 1, 2020

Washington, D.C.—Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today spoke on the Senate floor regarding President Trump’s threat to veto the National Defense Authorization Act over the renaming of military bases currently named after confederate generals who fought against the United States in support of the preservation of the institution of slavery. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks, which can also be viewed here:Last night, President Trump threatened to veto the National Defense more...


Schumer Remarks On New Schumer-Wyden Legislation To Extend Expanded Unemployment Insurance & Require Program Continue Providing Benefits Until Each State’s Economic Conditions Improve

July 1, 2020

Schumer Also Discussed Senate Democrats’ Successful Efforts to Secure Senate-Passage Of Legislation To Extend PPP Program Through Aug. 8Washington, D.C.—Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today spoke on the Senate floor, introducing a bold new plan to extend unemployment insurance in times of economic calamity. Senator Schumer also discussed Senate Democrats’ successful efforts to secure the Senate passage of legislation to extend the Payment Protection Program through August more...


Schumer Remarks After Senate Dems Secure Senate-Passage Of Legislation To Extend PPP Program Through August 8

June 30, 2020

Washington, D.C.—Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today spoke on the Senate floor shortly after Senate Democrats successfully pushed through legislation that would extend the Paycheck Protection Program through August 8th. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks, which can also be viewed here:And let me salute Senator Cardin and Senator Shaheen for bringing this measure to the floor and forcing our colleagues on the other side of the aisle to relent, who originally, of more...


Schumer Floor Remarks Calling For Urgent And Necessary Action On Coronavirus Legislation Following Months Of Republican

June 30, 2020

Washington, D.C.—Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today spoke on the Senate floor calling for urgent and necessary action on coronavirus relief legislation following months of Republican obstruction. Senator Schumer also announced that Senate Democrats will attempt to immediately pass desperately-needed funding for election security, education, and nursing homes. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks, which can also be viewed here: The number of new COVID-19 cases more...


Schumer Floor Remarks Demanding Immediate Answers From The Trump Admin On Reports Of Russian Bounties On U.S. Troops In Afghanistan And When The President Was First Told This Information

June 30, 2020

Washington, D.C.—Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today spoke on the Senate floor, demanding immediate answers from the Trump administration following public reporting on intelligence that Russia placed bounties on U.S. troops in Afghanistan. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks, which can also be viewed here: Today, there are thousands, thousands, of American service members in Afghanistan defending us from terrorist organizations and their sponsors. They are joined by more...


Schumer Floor Remarks As Republican Senator Blocks Needed Assistance To State And Local Governments To Continue Essential Services Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

June 29, 2020

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today took to the Senate floor with Senate Democrats to attempt to immediately pass desperately-needed assistance to state and local governments struggling to provide essential services amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) objected to the unanimous consent motion. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks, which can also be viewed here:Now, we are a long way off from beating COVID-19, and our communities need federal relief as soon as more...


Schumer Floor Remarks On Republicans’ Unnecessary And Harmful Delays Of Further Action On The Coronavirus Pandemic And Policing Reform

June 29, 2020

Washington, D.C.—Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today spoke on the Senate floor, denouncing Senate Republicans for their failed sense of urgency to address the coronavirus health and economic crises and public outcry necessitating bold and comprehensive policing reform legislation. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks, which can also be viewed here:Now, finally on COVID-19. Unfortunately, COVID-19 continues to surge in several states. Florida, Texas, and Arizona are more...


Schumer Floor Remarks Demanding Answers & An All Senators Briefing On Reports Of Russian Bounties On U.S. Troops In Afghanistan

June 29, 2020

Washington, D.C.—Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today spoke on the Senate floor, demanding all Senators receive an immediate briefing following public reporting that Russia placed bounties on U.S. troops in Afghanistan and calling for public answers as to the extent of President Trump’s knowledge of this reported intelligence. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks, which can also be viewed here:Now on Russia. On Friday, the New York Times and other media outlets reported more...


Schumer Floor Remarks On Supreme Court Decision Striking Down Louisiana Anti-Abortion Law

June 29, 2020

Washington, D.C.— Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor, discussing the Supreme Court decision to block Louisiana’s restrictive abortion law. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks, which can also be viewed here:This morning, the Supreme Court struck down a Louisiana law that would have restricted abortion providers so severely that Louisiana would have been left with only a single clinic. These types of laws have popped up in state after state as a more...


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...

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