Speeches

Schumer Floor Remarks On Developments in the House Impeachment Inquiry, Senate Democrats’ Plan To Force Leader McConnell And The Senate To Debate The Issues The American People Care About, And The Cost Of President Trump’s Reckless Decision-Making In Syria And Turkey

October 15, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor regarding developments in the House impeachment inquiry of President Trump; Senate Democrats using the Congressional Review Act to force the Senate floor to debate and vote on legislation that protects people with pre-existing conditions, prevent tax hikes for Middle-class families, address the climate crisis, and protect hard-earned pensions for workers; and the cost of President Trump's reckless decision-making in more...


Schumer Remarks From Press Conference On President Trump’s Reckless Decision-Making In Syria Putting America In Danger

October 10, 2019

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today gave the following remarks at a press conference in New York City on President Trump's reckless decision-making in Syria putting America's national security in danger. Below are his remarks, which can also be found here. I'm here today because President Trump's actions are putting our national security at risk in more ways than one. Today, I want to talk about his reckless and erratic decision making in northern Syria. President more...


Schumer Floor Remarks On The Declassified Whistleblower Complaint, The Need For The Senate To Pass A C.R. To Keep The Government Open, And The Nomination Of Eugene Scalia To Be U.S. Labor Secretary

September 26, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor after the House Intelligence Committee made public the declassified portion of the whistleblower complaint this morning, the need for the Senate to pass a continuing resolution to keep the government open through the end of the November, and urged Senate Republicans to oppose the nomination of Eugene Scalia to be U.S. Labor Secretary. Below are his remarks, which can also be found here. Mr. President, after Speaker more...


Schumer Remarks At Press Conference On House Impeachment Inquiry And The Senate Passage Of Resolution To Terminate President Trump’s National Emergency Declaration

September 25, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today gave the following remarks at a press conference on the House's impeachment inquiry and the Senate's passage of a resolution to terminate President Trump's national emergency declaration. Senator Schumer also discussed today's release of a transcript of a call between President Trump and Ukrainian President Zelensky. Below are his remarks, which can also be found here. So, I'm going to talk about two things. First, what happened in the more...


Schumer Floor Remarks On Today’s Vote To Terminate President Trump’s National Emergency Declaration

September 25, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor regarding the need for Republicans to vote with Democrats to oppose the president's outrageous national emergency declaration, which the Trump administration is using to divert funds from military construction projects to pay for his border wall. Below are his remarks, which can also be found here. The commencing of the impeachment inquiry in the House, while significant, is not the only significant action Congress more...


Schumer Floor Remarks On The Announcement of A Formal House Impeachment Inquiry Of President Trump

September 25, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor regarding the House of Representative's formal impeachment inquiry of President Trump. Below are his remarks, which can also be found here. Last night, Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that the House of Representatives would begin a formal impeachment inquiry of President Trump. I have spoken with her many times over the past few days. I know she did not make this decision lightly and took no pleasure in making it. more...


Schumer Floor Remarks On The Need To Reject The Nomination Of Daniel Jorjani To Serve As Solicitor At The Department Of The Interior

September 24, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor regarding the need to reject the nomination of Daniel Jorjani to serve as Solicitor at the Department of the Interior. Below are his remarks, which can also be found here. Later today, the Senate will vote on the confirmation of Daniel Jorjani to serve as Solicitor at the Department of Interior. By all rights, Leader McConnell should withdraw this vote from the floor. Mr. Jorjani's career is out of step with the more...


Schumer Floor Remarks On This Week’s Vote To Terminate The President’s National Emergency

September 24, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor regarding this week's vote to terminate the president's national emergency, which he has used to steal funds from our military to build a border wall. Below are his remarks, which can also be found here. The national emergency, another issue that involves rule of law and the president's overreach. This week, as early as tomorrow, the Senate will vote on whether or not to terminate the president's national emergency more...


Schumer Floor Remarks On The Senate’s Duty To Investigate Whistleblower’s Complaint And President Trump’s Conduct With Ukrainian President Zelensky

September 23, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor regarding the Senate's duty to investigate the intelligence community whistleblower complaint. Below are his remarks, which can also be found here. Over the weekend, details emerged about President Trump's conduct with the Ukrainian President, Zelensky. Specifically, the president's phone calls with the Ukrainian leader were the subject of an official whistleblower complaint by a member of the intelligence more...


Schumer Floor Remarks On This Week’s Expected Senate Vote To Terminate President Trump’s Emergency Declaration

September 23, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor calling for Republicans to join Democrats to defend the Constitution and vote to terminate President Trump's emergency declaration this week. Below are his remarks, which can also be found here. Again on President Trump's overreach and lack of respect for any rule of law: Senate Republicans will be forced to vote later this week on the president's emergency declaration, which he is using to steal money from our more...


Schumer Floor Remarks Urging An Immediate Return To A Bipartisan Appropriations Process, Celebrating Increased Transparency In Agricultural Relief Programs, And Urging Republicans To Stand Up To The NRA To Pass Bipartisan Gun Safety Legislation

September 19, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor regarding the Senate's refusal yesterday to divert military construction funding to pay for President Trump's border wall, provisions in the continuing resolution that will increase oversight of funds in the Commodity Credit Corporation, and called on Republican leaders and President Trump to stand up to the NRA and support commonsense bipartisan gun safety legislation . Below are his remarks, which can also be found more...


Schumer Remarks After Sen. McConnell, Senate GOP Relent On Election Security Funding

September 19, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today in a statement on the Senate floor announced that Senate Republicans have finally relented to Democrats' pressure and taken a step in the right direction by agreeing to add $250 million dollars for election security funding to the Financial Services and General Government (FSGG) Appropriations bill. Senator Schumer pointed out that this new funding is not a substitute for passing the comprehensive bipartisan election security legislation that more...


Schumer Floor Remarks On The Need For A Bipartisan Appropriations Process, Election Security, The Trump EPA’s Terrible Decision To Block States From Setting Their Own Climate Standards, And The Nomination Of Robert Destro

September 18, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor on the need for a bipartisan appropriations process, the need for Republicans to join Democrats in voting to terminate the president's emergency declaration, the harmful Trump administration decision to block states from setting their own environmental standards, and the need for the Senate to vote no on the nomination of Robert Destro to be the Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor. more...


Schumer Joins Colleagues On Senate Floor To Call On Republicans To Join Democrats In Working To Pass Meaningful Legislation To Address The Gun Violence Epidemic

September 18, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer spoke last night on the Senate floor joining more than twenty Senate Democrats to call on Republicans to pass meaningful gun safety legislation including universal background checks supported by 93% of Americans. Below are his remarks, which can also be found here. I rise tonight to join the chorus of Democratic senators in this chamber demanding action to address the American gun violence epidemic. We stand here tonight on behalf of the tens of more...


Schumer Floor Remarks On The Need For A Bipartisan Appropriations Process And Calling On Republicans To Join Democrats In Working To Pass Meaningful Gun Safety Legislation

September 17, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor calling for a bipartisan appropriations process and for Republicans to join Democrats in working to pass meaningful gun safety legislation including universal background checks supported by 93% of Americans. Below are his remarks, which can also be found here. As negotiations continue on a continuing resolution to keep the government open past next week, we should be laying the groundwork to process the twelve more...


Schumer Floor Remarks On Republicans’ Effort To Divert Military Funding For The President’s Wall, Urging President Trump To Endorse House-Passed Bipartisan Background Check Legislation, And Calling On The FCC To Review Prior Authorizations Of Chinese State-Owned Telecomm Companies In The U.S.

September 16, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor regarding Republicans' proposal to take funding from the military to fund the president's wall, urging the president to endorse House-passed bipartisan background check legislation and calling on the FCC to review the previously authorized presence of Chinese state-owned Telecom companies China Telecom and China Unicom in the U.S. Below are his remarks, which can also be found here. I listened to Leader McConnell's more...


Schumer Floor Remarks Urging A Bipartisan Appropriations Process, For Leader McConnell To Bring The House-Passed Bipartisan Universal Background Checks Legislation To The Senate Floor, And For The Trump Administration To Stay Tough On Huawei In Negotiations With China, And Commending The FDA For Its Plan To Ban Flavored E-Cigarettes

September 12, 2019

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor calling for a fair, bipartisan appropriations process, for Leader McConnell to move forward with a debate on H.R. 8, the bipartisan, House-passed universal background checks bill, and for the Trump administration to stay tough on Huawei in negotiations with China, and commending the FDA for its plan to ban flavored e-cigarettes. Below are his remarks, which can also be found here. There are two possible more...


Schumer Floor Remarks Calling For Good Faith Appropriations Negotiations And For Leader McConnell To Bring Universal Background Check Legislation To The Floor

September 11, 2019

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor, calling for good faith, bipartisan appropriations negotiations and for Leader McConnell to bring universal background check legislation to the floor for a vote. Below are his remarks, which can also be found here. We have until the end of this work period to figure out a way to continue government funding, and there's good talk of a short-term continuing resolution so the government doesn't run out of more...


Schumer Floor Remarks Commemorating The 18th Anniversary Of The September 11th Attacks

September 11, 2019

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor marking the 18th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks. Below are his remarks, which can also be found here. Eighteen years ago today, on a cloudless Tuesday morning, my city, our country, our world changed forever. In the span of a few hours, the Twin Towers fell, the Pentagon was hit, smoke rose from an empty field in Pennsylvania. More than 3,000 souls were taken from us that day. I more...


Schumer Remarks At The Commemoration Of The 400th Anniversary Of The Arrival Of Enslaved Africans

September 10, 2019

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer today spoke at the congressional ceremony to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the first-recorded forced arrival of enslaved African people. Below are his remarks, which can also be found here. First, let me thank Karen Bass and the CBC for putting together this moving and important commemoration. In the midst of civil war, President Lincoln delivered his second inaugural address: "If God wills that [the war] continue," he said, more...

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