Tag Archives: Chuck Schumer

Senate Votes 61-38 To Increase Federal Debt Ceiling

NPR reports: The Senate has passed a bill to increase the federal debt ceiling, after weeks of tense cross-aisle negotiations regarding the looming threat of the country defaulting on its debt. The legislation was approved Thursday night along party lines, with a simple majority. An earlier procedural vote required Republicans to get to 60 votes. It got 61. House approval …

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Schumer Announces Temporary Deal On Debt Ceiling

ABC News reports: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell blinked after a three-month stalemate with Democrats. Democrats appear to have taken a deal that many in the caucus acknowledge is little more than kicking the can down the road. But as aides and members have made clear to over the course of the last 15 hours, what other choice was there? …

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Infrastructure Deal Expected To Get Final Vote Tonight

Politico reports: President Joe Biden’s bipartisan infrastructure deal cleared its final serious Senate hurdle Sunday night, putting the legislation on a glide path to passage as soon as late Monday. In a 68-29 vote, the Senate closed down debate on a bill negotiated by a bipartisan group of 10 senators that spends $550 billion in new money on the nation’s …

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Senators Unveil $1T Bipartisan Infrastructure Package

The Associated Press reports: After much delay, senators unveiled a nearly $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package, wrapping up days of painstaking work on the inches-thick bill and launching what is certain to be a lengthy debate over President Joe Biden’s big priority. Despite the hurry-up-and-wait during a rare weekend session, emotions bubbled over once the bill was produced Sunday night. …

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Senate Dems Intro Bill To Legalize Weed In Federal Law

CNBC reports: Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer proposed legislation Wednesday to legalize marijuana at the federal level, a move aimed at easing restrictive drug policies that have disproportionally impacted communities of color and the poor. The Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act would remove marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act and introduce regulations to tax cannabis products. “This is monumental. At …

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Schumer: Investigate The NRA For Bankruptcy Fraud

The New York Daily News reports: The National Rifle Association may have committed fraud by trying to declare bankruptcy earlier this year, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said on Sunday, pointing to the gun group’s heavy spending on advertisements. The NRA’s attempt to declare bankruptcy was dismissed in May by a federal judge in Texas who said it was a …

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Schumer, Sanders Push To Expand Medicare Benefits

The New York Daily News reports: Millions of elderly Americans on Medicare would get dental, vision and hearing insurance added to their health benefits under a proposal pushed Sunday by Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT). Americans age 65 and older have since the 1960s received subsidized health care coverage under Medicare — but Schumer said the program’s …

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Schumer: Senate Will Repeal Iraq War Authorization

Politico reports: Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced his support on Wednesday for repealing the 2002 war authorization for Iraq, vowing to hold a vote on scrapping the outdated measure later this year. The announcement from Schumer (D-N.Y.) comes as the House is expected to pass Rep. Barbara Lee’s (D-Calif.) bill on Thursday that would repeal the 2002 law, which …

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Schumer Threatens To Force Vote On Riot Commission

The Hill reports: Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) warned on Friday that he could force a second vote on a House-passed bill setting up a commission to probe the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. Schumer, in a letter to Senate Democrats, signaled that the measure could come back up after most Senate Republicans voted against it in a …

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Schumer: NYC Should Return To 24-7 Subway Service

NY 1 reports: As the city begins to reopen, Senator Chuck Schumer is calling on the MTA to resume its 24-7 subway service immediately. “People work at 2, 3, and 4 in the morning, but subways aren’t working at this point, at 2, 3, 4 in the morning,” Schumer said at a Sunday briefing. “Restaurants and bar restrictions are being …

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Chuck Schumer Trolls Cultists With “Plant-Based Beer”

The Huffington Post reports: Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) threw some shade at Donald Trump’s former economic adviser Larry Kudlow on Sunday. It was a reference to a gaffe on Fox Business last week. Kudlow, who joined the network as a host after leaving the White House, was railing against the Green New Deal proposal to combat climate change …

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Chuck Schumer: Senate Will See Action On Legalizing Weed Nationwide With Or Without Support Of Biden

Politico reports: President Joe Biden has been a conspicuous outlier among Democrats when it comes to supporting marijuana legalization. But Schumer said Biden’s reticence won’t deter the Senate from taking aggressive action to loosen federal restrictions. “I want to make my arguments to him, as many other advocates will,” Schumer said in an interview with POLITICO this week. “But at …

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Schumer Vows Action Over “Despicable” Georgia Bill

The Hill reports: Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Thursday condemned a sweeping elections bill signed into law by Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R), calling the legislation “despicable” and vowing to take action against it. The controversial law, passed by a party-line vote just hours earlier by the GOP-controlled state General assembly, tightens voting laws by limiting the use …

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Schumer And Gillibrand: “Gov. Cuomo Should Resign”

A joint statement from New York’s US senators: Confronting and overcoming the Covid crisis requires sure and steady leadership. We commend the brave actions of the individuals who have come forward with serious allegations of abuse and misconduct. Due to the multiple, credible sexual harassment and misconduct allegations, it is clear that Governor Cuomo has lost the confidence of his …

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Schumer: “We’ll Have The Votes” To Pass COVID Relief

CBS News reports: Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer expressed confidence late on Tuesday that President Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill will pass in the Senate this week, saying the Senate will take up the legislation as early as Wednesday. The Senate is using the budget reconciliation process to pass the bill, which limits time for debate and allows legislation …

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Setback For Democrats On $15 Minimum Wage

NBC News reports: A ruling in the Senate late on Thursday dealt a severe blow to Democrats’ hopes of raising the minimum wage in the Covid-19 relief package, probably dooming the proposal in the legislation that is headed for a vote in Congress. The parliamentarian, the in-house referee, ruled that the provision was not compliant with rules governing the budget …

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Schumer Unveils Rules For Trump’s Senate Trial

Spectrum News reports: Speaking on the floor of the Senate on Monday, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) announced that a deal has been reached with the Republican minority and House Impeachment Managers on the rules for the second impeachment trial of former president Donald Trump. On Tuesday, there will be another debate on the constitutionality of the trial — not …

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Senate Leaders Reach Deal On Dems Taking Power

CNBC reports: Senate leaders reached a deal to transfer control of committees to Democrats, two weeks after the party took control of the chamber, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said Wednesday. The New York Democrat came to a deal with Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., on how to share power in a Senate split 50-50. The two wrangled for weeks over …

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McConnell Relents On Senate Power-Sharing Deal

The Washington Post reports: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Monday night signaled he would step back from an ultimatum over Senate rules that sparked a partisan showdown and threatened to obstruct President Biden’s early legislative agenda. McConnell (R-Ky.) said in a statement that he was ready to move forward with a power-sharing accord with Democrats on how to operate …

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Schumer: Impeachment Trial Will Begin February 8th

Axios reports: The Senate will begin former President Trump’s impeachment trial the week of Feb. 8, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced Friday on the Senate floor. Trump is the only president in U.S. history to be impeached twice for “incitement of insurrection” after a violent pro-Trump mob breached the U.S. Capitol, resulting in five deaths. The day of the insurrection …

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