Speeches

Schumer Floor Remarks In Advance Of Senate Moment Of Silence To Recognize The 150,000 Americans Who Have Died From COVID-19

July 30, 2020

Washington, D.C.—Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today spoke on the Senate floor in advance of the Senate observing a moment of silence to recognize the more than 150,000 Americans who have died from COVID-19. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks, which can also be viewed here: The Senate will soon acknowledge a moment of silence for the 150,000 Americans who have now died from COVID-19, more lives than our country lost in World War I.This national tragedy is more more...


Schumer Floor Remarks On The Republican Proposal Prioritizing Corporate Immunity Over Support To Families Struggling Through COVID And Calling For Serious Legislation That Meets The Needs Of The American People

July 29, 2020

Washington, D.C.—Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today spoke on the Senate floor on Senate Republicans’ decision to make corporate immunity a higher priority than support for families that are still struggling through the coronavirus pandemic. Senator Schumer also noted the apparent lack of support for Leader McConnell’s proposal and called for a serious, bipartisan proposal to address the COVID crises and meet the needs of the American people. In addition, he spoke more...


Schumer Remarks At Media Availability With Speaker Pelosi Following Meeting With Trump Administration On Coronavirus Relief Legislation

July 28, 2020

Washington, D.C.— Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and Speaker Nancy Pelosi held a media availability after meeting with Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows on further coronavirus relief legislation.  Below is a full transcript:Speaker Pelosi:  Good afternoon.  We’re going to be very brief because we have work to do. Today, we had sort of a message from the Senate side that seems to me that Senator McConnell really doesn’t want to get an more...


Schumer Floor Remarks On The Need For A Comprehensive, Bipartisan Proposal To Deal With The COVID Crisis And The Ways Senator McConnell’s Proposal Clearly Fails To Meet The Needs Of The American People After Months Of Delays

July 28, 2020

Washington, D.C.—Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today spoke on the Senate floor regarding the urgent need for a comprehensive, bipartisan proposal to address the COVID crisis and how Senator McConnell’s proposal unequivocally fails to meet the immediate needs of the American people. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks, which can also be viewed here: Over the past several months, Senate Democrats have been appalled that our Republican colleagues have refused to work with us more...


Schumer Floor Remarks On The Need For A Comprehensive, Bipartisan Proposal To Deal With The COVID Crisis And The Ways Senator McConnell’s Proposal Clearly Fails To Meet The Needs Of The American People After Months Of Delays

July 27, 2020

Washington, D.C.—Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today spoke on the Senate floor regarding the urgent need for a comprehensive, bipartisan proposal to address the COVID crisis and how Senator McConnell’s proposal unequivocally fails to meet the immediate needs of the American people. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks, which can also be viewed here:Over the past several months, Senate Democrats have been appalled that our Republican colleagues have refused to work with us more...


Schumer Floor Remarks On The Lying In State Of Congressman John Lewis

July 27, 2020

Washington, D.C.—Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today on the Senate floor spoke of the life and legacy of civil rights leader Congressman John Lewis. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks, which can also be viewed here:Now a short time ago, a ceremony honoring the life of the great Rep. John Lewis was held in the Capitol Rotunda, the first time in our nation’s history that an African American lawmaker had laid in state.Last week, I shared my reflections on the life and more...


Schumer Remarks At Press Conference With Speaker Pelosi On The Real And Negative Consequences For American Families From Republicans’ Delays And Dysfunction On Coronavirus Response

July 23, 2020


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Schumer Floor Remarks On The Painful Consequences Of Republicans’ Delays And Dysfunction For American Families Struggling Through The Coronavirus Economic And Public Health Crises

July 23, 2020

Washington, D.C.—Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today spoke on the Senate floor regarding the painful consequences of Republicans’ delays and dysfunction, which are preventing needed assistance to the American families who continue to struggle through the COVID-19 public health and economic crisis. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks, which can also be viewed here: Faced with the greatest economic challenge in seventy five years and the greatest public health threat in more...


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...

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