Speeches

Schumer Floor Remarks Calling For The Creation Of A Bipartisan Select Committee On The Climate Crisis

March 26, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor calling for the creation of a bipartisan Senate select committee on the climate crisis. Senator Barraso (R-WY) objected. Below are his remarks, which can also be viewed here: Thank you. First I thank my colleague from Wyoming. Now he knows why I've said bring it on. We are finally getting even people like the Senator from Wyoming to admit that climate change is real, it's caused by human activity, and we should do more...


Schumer Floor Remarks On The Trump Administration’s Latest Effort To Eliminate The Entire Affordable Care Act, GOP Refusal To Meaningfully Confront The Climate Change Crisis And Affirm That Climate Change Is Real, Caused By Humans, And Congress Must Act, And The Need To Make The Mueller Report Public

March 26, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor regarding the Trump administration's latest effort to eliminate the entire Affordable Care Act, GOP refusal to meaningfully confront the climate change crisis and affirm that climate change is real, caused by humans, and Congress must act, and the need to make the Mueller Report public. Below are his remarks, which can also be viewed here: Last night, President Trump's Justice Department issued a letter to the Fifth more...


Schumer Floor Remarks On Senator Udall’s Decision To Not Seek Re-Election In 2020, Challenging Republicans To Take Action On Climate Change, And Request For Senate To Pass The House-Passed Mueller Report Transparency Resolution

March 25, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor regarding Senator Udall's decision to not seek re-election in 2020, challenged Republicans to take action on climate change instead of political stunts, and made a unanimous consent request for the Senate to pass H.Con.Res 24, a bill expressing that the report of Special Counsel Robert Mueller should be made available to the public and Congress. Leader McConnell objected. Below are his remarks, which can also be more...


Schumer Remarks Asking Unanimous Consent For Senate To Pass The House-Passed Mueller Report Transparency Resolution

March 14, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today on the Senate floor called for the Senate to pass H.Con.Res. 24, a bill expressing that the report of Special Counsel Robert Mueller should be made available to the public and Congress. Republican Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) blocked a unanimous consent request to pass this legislation, which was approved earlier today by the House, 420-0. Below are his remarks, which can also be viewed here: Now, Mr. President, this morning, something more...


Schumer Floor Remarks Ahead Of Senate Vote To Terminate President Trump’s National Emergency Declaration

March 14, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor ahead of a Senate vote to terminate President Trump's national emergency declaration. Below are his remarks, which can also be viewed here: M. President, let me begin with a quotation: "Revelations of how power has been abused by high government officials must give rise to concern about the potential exercise, unchecked by the Congress or the American people, of this extraordinary power, [emergency power]. The more...


Schumer Floor Remarks On The Motion To Terminate President Trump’s National Emergency Declaration And Ongoing Trade Negotiations With China

March 14, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor regarding the motion to terminate President Trump's national emergency declaration, and ongoing trade negotiations with China. Below are his remarks, which can also be viewed here: Madam President. I thank my colleague and friend from Tennessee for deferring. First, on Don Stewart. I know Leader McConnell talked about him. Everyone is going to miss him here in the Senate. He was truly somebody who everyone liked. He more...


Schumer Floor Remarks On The Resolution To Terminate President Trump’s National Emergency Declaration, The Trump Budget Cuts To Medicare, Medicaid, And Other Essential Programs, And Ongoing Trade Negotiations With China

March 13, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor regarding the resolution to terminate President Trump's national emergency declaration, the Trump administration's budget proposal, which slashes funding for Medicare, Medicaid, and other essential programs, despite then-candidate Trump's promises to the contrary, and ongoing trade negotiations with China. Below are his remarks, which can also be viewed here: Tomorrow, the Senate will vote on a resolution to more...


Schumer Floor Remarks On The Resolution To Terminate President Trump’s National Emergency Declaration, The Trump Administration’s Budget Proposal, Which Stipulates Deep Funding Cuts To Essential Middle-Class Programs, Republicans’ Refusal To Meaningfully Confront Climate Change, And The Surge In Corporate Stock Buybacks

March 12, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor regarding the resolution to terminate President Trump's national emergency declaration, the Trump administration's budget proposal, Republicans' refusal to meaningfully confront the climate change crisis, and the surge in corporate stock buybacks. Below are his remarks, which can also be viewed here: Now, by the end of this week, the Senate must vote on the resolution to terminate the president's declaration of a more...


Schumer Floor Remarks On The Resolution To Terminate President Trump’s Emergency Declaration, The Trump Administration’s Budget Proposal, Controversial Judicial Nominees, And Trade Negotiations With China

March 11, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor regarding the resolution to terminate President Trump's emergency declaration, the Trump administration's budget proposal, controversial judicial nominees Paul Matey to the Third Circuit and Neomi Rao to the DC Circuit, and urged the president to take a hard line on U.S.-China trade negotiations. Below are his remarks, which can be viewed here. Mr. President, by the end of this week, the Senate will vote on a more...


Schumer Floor Remarks On Republicans’ Refusal To Seriously Confront Climate Change, Three Voting Rights Priorities In The Wake Of Continued Efforts To Curb Voter Access, And The Need For President Trump To Take A Hard Line On U.S.-China Trade Negotiations

March 7, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor regarding Republicans' refusal to seriously confront climate change, three voting rights priorities in the wake of continued efforts to curb voter access, and the need for President Trump to take a hard line on U.S.-China trade negotiations. Below are his remarks, which can also be viewed here: Mr. President, for all of the Senate's vaunted traditions about grand debates, we rarely practice the actual art - the real more...


Schumer Announces Resolution To Establish A Senate Select Committee On The Climate Change Crisis, Strongly Urges Rejection Of Chad Readler’s Nomination To The Sixth Circuit

March 6, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today on the Senate floor announced a new resolution to establish a Senate Select Committee on the Climate Crisis and strongly urged colleagues to reject Chad Readler's nomination to the Sixth Circuit. Below are his remarks, which can also be viewed here: Mr. President, maybe Leader McConnell doesn't realize this, but because of the political stunt vote he is planning on his version of the green new deal, for the first time in a long time the more...


Schumer Floor Remarks On Chad Readler’s Nomination To The Sixth Circuit, The Resolution To Terminate President Trump’s National Emergency Declaration, Republicans’ Refusal To Seriously Confront Climate Change, And The Need For President Trump To Take A Hard Line On U.S.-China Trade Negotiations

March 5, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor regarding Chad Readler's nomination to the Sixth Circuit, the resolution to terminate President Trump's national emergency declaration, Republicans' refusal to seriously confront climate change, and the need for President Trump to take a hard line on U.S.-China trade negotiations. Below are his remarks, which can also be viewed here: Just briefly, I heard my good friend the Republican Leader decry HR.1. He called it more...


Schumer Floor Remarks On Chad Readler’s Nomination To The Sixth Circuit Court Of Appeals, The Resolution To Terminate President Trump’s National Emergency Declaration, Republicans’ Silence On Climate Change, And The Need For President Trump To Take A Hard Line On U.S.-China Trade Negotiations

March 4, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor regarding Chad Readler's nomination to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, the resolution to terminate President Trump's national emergency declaration, Republicans' silence on climate change, and the need for the president to take a hard line on U.S.-China trade negotiations. Below are his remarks, which can also be viewed here: M. President, this week the Senate will vote on another of President Trump's hard-right more...


Schumer Floor Remarks On The Departure Of Longtime Senate Staffer Bruce King

February 28, 2019

I wanted to take a moment to pay tribute. You know, we have staffers here, Mr. President, who are just the unsung heroes, they work day-in, day-out. Because of their diligent work, the world, the country, is a better place. And, one of those people who works in quiet dignity, and gets so much done, and is so well respected, is Bruce King. He’s been indispensable to my office, and today, this afternoon, it’s my unfortunate duty to say farewell to Bruce.He’s worked in the Senate in some capacity more...


Schumer Floor Remarks On The Need For President Trump To Take A Hard Line On U.S.-China Trade Negotiations, As He Did With North Korea, The Bipartisan Background Checks Act Of 2019, And Climate Change – A Real, Manmade Threat Requiring Immediate Action

February 28, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor regarding the need for President Trump to take a hard line on U.S.-China trade negotiations, as he did with North Korea, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019, and climate change - a real, manmade threat requiring immediate action. Below are his remarks, which can also be viewed here: M. President, several hours ago, in the middle of the night here in the United States, we received word that the summit in more...


Schumer Floor Remarks On EPA Nominee Andrew Wheeler And Senate Democrats’ New Resolution Affirming Three Things: Climate Change Is Real, Human Activity Contributes To It, And Congress Must Take Immediate Action

February 28, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor regarding S.J.Res. 9, Senate Democrats' resolution affirming three things: climate change is real, human activity contributes to it, and Congress must take immediate action. Below are his remarks, which can also be viewed here: Mr. President, I am joined by a group of my Democratic colleagues this morning to talk about the greatest threat facing our country and our planet: climate change. Despite the gravity and more...


Schumer Floor Remarks On Republicans’ Silence On Climate Change, And Warning President Trump Not To Settle For Weak Agreements With Either North Korea Or China

February 27, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor regarding Republicans' silence on climate change and warned President Trump not to settle for weak agreements with either North Korea or China. Below are his remarks, which can also be viewed here: Now Mr. President I heard Leader McConnell knocking the Green New Deal, I would ask the Leader, and were going to keep asking him, and every Republican in this chamber: what they would do about climate change? So Leader more...


Schumer Floor Remarks On President Trump’s National Emergency Declaration, The U.S.-North Korea Summit, The President Delaying Deadline To Increase Tariffs On Chinese Goods, GOP Legislation To Limit Women’s Reproductive Health Rights, And Reauthorizing The 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund

February 26, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor regarding President Trump’s national emergency declaration, the U.S.-North Korea Summit,  the president delaying the imposition of higher tariffs on China, an upcoming Senate vote to shut down reproductive health care providers, and reauthorizing the Victim Compensation Fund for 9/11 victims and their families. Below are his remarks, which can also be viewed here: M. President, before Congress went out of session more...


Schumer Floor Remarks on the Resolution To Terminate President Trump’s National Emergency Declaration, Legislation To Close Dangerous Loopholes In Firearm Background Checks, The Surge In Corporate Stock Buybacks, Climate Change, And Congressional Authority Over North Korea Sanctions

February 26, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor regarding the resolution to terminate President Trump's national emergency declaration, legislation to close dangerous loopholes in firearm background checks, the surge in corporate stock buybacks, and Congressional authority over North Korea sanctions. Below are his remarks, which can also be viewed here: Madam President, today the House of Representatives will take up a motion to terminate the state of emergency more...


Schumer Floor Remarks On Attorney General Nominee William Barr And The Natural Resources Management Act

February 25, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today spoke on the Senate floor regarding Attorney General nominee William Barr and S.47, the Natural Resources Management Act. Below are his remarks, which can also be viewed here: The Judiciary Committee, I don't know if they voted yet, but if they haven't they will vote shortly on the nomination of William Barr to the Senate. I knew Mr. Barr when he was Attorney General, when he was general counsel to Verizon - that's a New York company that I more...

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