Charles Schumer Ellis ( / / SHOO -mər ; nacido el 23 de noviembre de, 1950) es un político americano que sirve como líder de la mayoría del Senado desde el 20 de enero de 2021.  Un miembro del Partido Demócrata , Schumer es el alto Senador de los Estados Unidos por Nueva York , cargo que ocupa desde 1999. Es el decano de la delegación del Congreso de Nueva York.
|Líder de la mayoría del Senado|
|Asumió el cargo |
el 20 de enero de 2021
|Precedido por||Mitch McConnell|
|Líder de la minoría del Senado|
|En el cargo|
del 3 de enero de 2017 al 20 de enero de 2021
|Precedido por||Harry Reid|
|Presidente del Caucus Demócrata del Senado|
|Asumió el cargo |
el 3 de enero de 2017
|Precedido por||Harry Reid|
|Senador de los Estados Unidos por Nueva York|
|Asumió el cargo |
el 3 de enero de 1999
Sirviendo con Kirsten Gillibrand
|Precedido por||Al D'Amato|
|Presidente del Comité de Política Democrática del Senado|
|En el cargo|
del 3 de enero de 2011 al 3 de enero de 2017
|Precedido por||Byron Dorgan|
|Vicepresidente del Caucus Demócrata del Senado|
|En el cargo|
del 3 de enero de 2007 al 3 de enero de 2017
|Precedido por||Oficina establecida|
|Presidente del Comité de Reglas del Senado|
|En el cargo|
del 3 de enero de 2009 al 3 de enero de 2015
|Precedido por||Dianne Feinstein|
|Presidente del Comité de Campaña Senatorial Demócrata|
|En el cargo|
del 3 de enero de 2005 al 3 de enero de 2009
|Precedido por||Jon Corzine|
|Miembro de la Cámara de Representantes de Estados Unidos de Nueva York|
|En el cargo desde|
el 3 de enero de 1981 al 3 de enero de 1999
|Precedido por||Elizabeth Holtzman|
|Miembro de Asamblea del Estado de Nueva Yorkdel distrito 45|
|En el cargo desde|
el 1 de enero de 1975 hasta el 31 de diciembre de 1980
|Precedido por||Stephen Solarz|
|Sucesor||Daniel L. Feldman|
Charles Ellis Schumer
23 de noviembre de 1950
Brooklyn , Nueva York , EE. UU.
( m. 1980 )
|Parientes||Amy Schumer (prima)|
|Educación||Universidad de Harvard ( AB , JD )|
|Sitio web||Sitio web del Senado|
Un nativo de Brooklyn y se graduó de la Universidad de Harvard y la Escuela de Derecho de Harvard , Schumer fue miembro de tres términos de la Asamblea del Estado de Nueva York desde 1975 hasta 1980. Sirvió en la cámara de Estados Unidos de representantes 1981-1999, primera representación de Nueva Distrito 16 del Congreso de York antes de ser redistribuido al décimo distrito del Congreso en 1983 y al noveno distrito del Congreso diez años después. En 1998, Schumer fue elegido para el Senado, derrotando al titular republicano de tres mandatos Al D'Amato . Fue reelegido en 2004 con el 71% de los votos, en 2010 con el 66% de los votos y en 2016 con el 70% de los votos.
Schumer presidió el Comité de Campaña Senatorial Demócrata de 2005 a 2009, supervisando 14 avances demócratas en el Senado en las elecciones de 2006 y 2008 . Era el tercer demócrata de rango en el Senado, detrás del líder de la mayoría del Senado Harry Reid y el líder de la mayoría Dick Durbin . Se desempeñó como vicepresidente del Caucus Demócrata en el Senado de 2007 a 2017  y presidió el Comité de Política Democrática del Senado de 2011 a 2017.  Schumer ganó su cuarto mandato en el Senado en 2016 y luego fue elegido demócrata por unanimidad. líder para suceder a Harry Reid , que se estaba jubilando.   En enero de 2021, Schumer se convirtió en líder de la mayoría del Senado y en el primer líder judío de cualquiera de las cámaras del Congreso.
Educación y vida temprana (1950-1974)
Schumer nació en Midwood, Brooklyn , hijo de Selma (de soltera Rosen) y Abraham Schumer.  Su padre tenía un negocio de exterminio y su madre era ama de casa.   Él y su familia son judíos ,  y él es primo segundo, una vez retirado, de la actriz Amy Schumer .    Sus antepasados se originaron en la ciudad de Chortkiv , Galicia , en lo que hoy es Ucrania occidental . 
Schumer asistió a las escuelas públicas de Brooklyn, obtuvo una puntuación de 1600 en el SAT y se graduó como el mejor alumno de James Madison High School en 1967. Compitió por Madison High en el concurso de televisión It's Academic .  Asistió a la Universidad de Harvard , donde originalmente se especializó en química antes de cambiarse a estudios sociales después de ser voluntario en la campaña presidencial de Eugene McCarthy en 1968 .  Después de graduarse magna cum laude y Phi Beta Kappa en 1971, Schumer asistió a la Facultad de Derecho de Harvard , donde obtuvo su Juris Doctor con honores en 1974. Pasó el colegio de abogados del estado de Nueva York a principios de 1975, pero nunca ejerció la abogacía, eligiendo una carrera en política en su lugar. [dieciséis]
Carrera temprana (1975-1998)
En 1974, Schumer se postuló y fue elegido miembro de la Asamblea del Estado de Nueva York , ocupando un puesto que anteriormente ocupaba el mentor de Schumer, el congresista Stephen Solarz .  Schumer cumplió tres mandatos, de 1975 a 1981, en las legislaturas 181 , 182 y 183 del estado de Nueva York .     Nunca ha perdido una elección.
En 1980, la congresista del distrito 16 Elizabeth Holtzman ganó la nominación demócrata para el escaño en el Senado del republicano Jacob Javits . Schumer se postuló para el puesto vacante de Holtzman en la Cámara y ganó.  Fue reelegido ocho veces del distrito con sede en Brooklyn y Queens , que cambió los números dos veces durante su mandato (fue numerado el 16 de 1981 a 1983, el 10 de 1983 a 1993 y el 9 de 1993). En 1982, como resultado de la redistribución de distritos , Schumer enfrentó un posible enfrentamiento con Solarz, pero el enfrentamiento no se materializó.   En preparación, Schumer "se dedicó a hacer amigos en Wall Street , recurriendo a los principales bufetes de abogados y casas de valores de la ciudad para donaciones de campaña". Les dije que parecía que tenía una pelea de redistribución muy difícil. para tener la posibilidad de ser reelegido, necesitaba ayuda ', le diría más tarde a Associated Press ". 
Schumer presentó la Ley de Restauración de la Libertad Religiosa (también conocida como RFRA) el 11 de marzo de 1993. 
Como miembro del Comité Judicial de la Cámara , Schumer fue uno de los cuatro miembros del Congreso que supervisaron la investigación de la Cámara (liderando la defensa demócrata de la administración Clinton ),  de las audiencias sobre el asedio de Waco en 1995 .
Senado de los Estados Unidos (1999-presente)
En 1998, Schumer se postuló para el Senado . Ganó las primarias demócratas con el 51% de los votos contra Geraldine Ferraro (21%) y Mark Green (19%). Recibió el 54% de los votos en las elecciones generales ,  derrotando al republicano titular de tres mandatos Al D'Amato (44%).
En 2004, Schumer fue reelegido con el 71% de los votos, derrotando al candidato republicano, el asambleísta Howard Mills de Middletown , y la conservadora Marilyn F. O'Grady. Muchos republicanos de Nueva York se sintieron consternados por la selección de Mills sobre el conservador Michael Benjamin , que tenía ventajas significativas sobre Mills tanto en la recaudación de fondos como en la organización.  Benjamin acusó públicamente al presidente del Partido Republicano , Sandy Treadwell, y al gobernador George Pataki, de intentar sacarlo de la carrera por el Senado y socavar el proceso democrático.  Schumer derrotó a Mills por 2,8 millones de votos.  Ganó todos los condados del estado excepto el condado de Hamilton , en Adirondacks , el condado menos poblado y más republicano.  Mills admitió la derrota minutos después del cierre de las urnas, antes de que llegaran los resultados. 
Una encuesta de SurveyUSA de abril de 2009 colocó el índice de aprobación de Schumer en 62%, con un 31% de desaprobación. 
Entre los antiguos asistentes de Schumer se encuentran el exrepresentante estadounidense Anthony Weiner , el ex senador del estado de Nueva York Daniel Squadron y los asambleístas del estado de Nueva York Phil Goldfeder y Victor M. Pichardo .  
Después de las elecciones presidenciales de 2016, Schumer opinó que el Partido Demócrata perdió por no tener "un mensaje económico fuerte y audaz" y pidió a los demócratas que impulsen reformas en la asequibilidad de las leyes universitarias y comerciales. 
Comité de Campaña Senatorial Demócrata
Schumer presidió el Comité de Campaña Senatorial Demócrata , parte del liderazgo del Senado Demócrata, con la responsabilidad principal de recaudar fondos y reclutar candidatos demócratas en las elecciones al Senado de 2006 . Cuando asumió este cargo, anunció que no se postularía para gobernador de Nueva York en 2006 , como muchos habían especulado. Esto evitó una elección primaria para gobernador potencialmente divisiva en 2006 entre Schumer y Eliot Spitzer , entonces fiscal general de Nueva York .
En 2006, el personal de DSCC obtener una copia de 2006 candidato a senador republicano de Maryland , Michael Steele 's informe de crédito . Un investigador del personal utilizó el número de seguro social de Steele para obtener su informe crediticio de TransUnion . El informe se pagó con la tarjeta de crédito DSCC emitida al supervisor del investigador. Después de una investigación interna, el Partido Demócrata de Maryland determinó que el informe crediticio se obtuvo ilegalmente y denunció el incidente al Fiscal Federal .  El empleado renunció y se declaró culpable de un delito menor de fraude informático y fue sentenciado a 150 horas de servicio comunitario.  El supervisor renunció al DSCC. 
Bajo Schumer, el Partido Demócrata ganó seis escaños en el Senado en las elecciones de 2006, derrotando a los titulares en cada una de esas carreras y recuperando el control del Senado por primera vez desde 2002. De las contiendas disputadas en el Senado en 2006, el Partido Demócrata perdió solo Tennessee . El líder entrante de la mayoría del Senado , Harry Reid, persuadió a Schumer para que sirviera otro mandato como presidente del DSCC.
En 2009, para el 111º Congreso , Schumer fue reemplazado como presidente del DSCC por el Senador Bob Menendez de Nueva Jersey.
Líder demócrata del Senado
La bancada demócrata del Senado eligió al líder de la minoría Schumer en noviembre de 2016. Se esperaba que Schumer liderara a los demócratas del Senado después de que Reid anunciara su retiro en 2015. Es el primer neoyorquino, así como el primer judío , en servir como líder del Senado. .  El 20 de enero de 2021, los demócratas obtuvieron la mayoría en el Senado con la juramentación de los senadores de Georgia recién elegidos Jon Ossoff y Raphael Warnock , luego de la segunda vuelta de las elecciones de 2020-21 y de las elecciones especiales , convirtiendo a Schumer en el líder de la mayoría, reemplazando a los republicanos. Mitch McConnell . 
La propensión de Schumer a la publicidad es objeto de una broma corriente entre muchos comentaristas. Se le ha llamado un "sabueso incorregible de la publicidad".  Bob Dole dijo una vez que "el lugar más peligroso de Washington es entre Charles Schumer y una cámara de televisión";  Barack Obama bromeó diciendo que llevó a la prensa a un banquete como sus "seres queridos".     Schumer a menudo programa apariciones en los medios los domingos. Algunos han citado su uso de los medios de comunicación como una forma exitosa de elevar el perfil de un político a nivel nacional y entre sus electores.  Schumer ha aparecido en The Daily Show siete veces. 
En Washington, Schumer ha sido uno de los principales creadores de consenso sobre los difíciles temas de la atención médica, la inmigración y la regulación financiera. 
Como presidente del Comité Conjunto del Congreso sobre Ceremonias Inauguradas para la Segunda Inauguración de Barack Obama , Schumer jugó un papel clave en la organización del evento, pronunció el discurso de apertura y se desempeñó como maestro de ceremonias .  Una fotografía de un sonriente Schumer mirando desde detrás de Malia Obama mientras Obama prestó juramento se volvió viral y se convirtió en un meme .  Aunque se le llamó una " fotobomba ",  técnicamente no lo era ya que estaba parado en el lugar correcto.   El Huffington Post bromeó, "claramente, el día de la inauguración perteneció a Chuck Schumer". 
Schumer se enorgullece de visitar cada uno de los 62 condados de Nueva York cada año y lo ha hecho en cada uno de los 16 años que ha servido en el Senado, el único senador de Nueva York que lo ha hecho.  Tiene la reputación de enfocarse en asuntos locales importantes para los neoyorquinos promedio que normalmente no se asocian con senadores de Estados Unidos, que van desde el turismo hasta los impuestos locales y la creación de empleo.     Cuando se reveló que Adidas planeaba poner fin a su contrato para la fabricación de camisetas de la NBA con American Classic Outfitters, una empresa de ropa del norte del estado de Nueva York , y subcontratar la producción en el extranjero, Schumer criticó a la empresa. , citando el riesgo para 100 trabajadores en la planta. 
Cuando se reveló que Canon Inc. estaba considerando mudarse de su sede corporativa en Long Island debido a una disputa sobre la financiación de la infraestructura vial, Schumer intervino para defender que el estado de Nueva York redirigiera los dólares de estímulo federal para realizar mejoras en las carreteras y mantener a la empresa y sus trabajos en Long Island.  Junto con sus colegas de la Cámara y el Senado, Schumer trabajó con éxito para acabar con un plan de privatización de Bush -era para los trabajadores de mantenimiento y servicios públicos en la Academia Militar de los Estados Unidos en West Point . El plan habría requerido entregar el trabajo de mantenimiento y servicios públicos a una empresa de Georgia . 
En noviembre de 2017, Schumer y la senadora Kirsten Gillibrand anunciaron $ 1,908,486 en fondos para los programas Head Start y Early Head Start en la Organización de Acción Comunitaria del Condado de Erie, Schumer dijo que los fondos federales producirían "resultados reales para los estudiantes jóvenes en el oeste de Nueva York al proporcionarles con los recursos que necesitan para triunfar tanto dentro como fuera del aula ". 
En enero de 2018, Schumer solicitó que el Departamento de Asuntos de Veteranos de EE. UU. Completara las adquisiciones finales de dos parcelas de 60 acres y 77 acres en Pembroke, Nueva York , e iniciara la construcción del Cementerio Nacional de Veteranos de New Western New York, diciendo la finalización del cementerio aseguraría que "los veteranos militares del oeste de Nueva York tendrán el entierro adecuado, en un sitio cerca de los hogares, las familias y las mismas comunidades a las que dedicaron sus vidas para defender y servir". 
En mayo de 2001, Schumer y el senador John McCain presentaron una legislación destinada a hacer más difícil para los fabricantes de medicamentos de marca mantener fuera del mercado los medicamentos genéricos más baratos.  Una coalición de grupos de consumidores apoyó la legislación y Schumer dijo a los reporteros que su promulgación reduciría los costos de los medicamentos recetados en más del 60% por receta, además de ahorrarles a los consumidores $ 71 mil millones durante la próxima década. 
En octubre de 2001, durante una conferencia de prensa, Schumer manifestó su deseo de que la ciprofloxacina genérica estuviera disponible para uso gubernamental. En ese momento, Bayer tenía derechos de patente exclusivos para su producto comercial, Cipro . Schumer también dijo que creía que el gobierno federal tenía la autoridad para ordenar la producción inmediata de ciproflaxina genérica para expandir las existencias gubernamentales de la droga. 
En julio de 2002, el Senado aprobó un proyecto de ley patrocinado por Schumer y McCain que podría reducir los costos de los medicamentos genéricos disponibles más rápidamente para los consumidores estadounidenses y, por lo tanto, generar ahorros de miles de millones de dólares en costos de medicamentos. La legislación también intentó evitar juicios frívolos por parte de fabricantes de medicamentos de marca que alegaban que los medicamentos genéricos infringían sus patentes. 
Después de la muerte de McCain en 2018, Schumer anunció en un comunicado que introduciría una legislación para cambiar el nombre de Russell Senate Office Building por McCain. [sesenta y cinco]
En noviembre de 2001, Schumer se unió a la también senadora de Nueva York Hillary Clinton para pedir una legislación que aliente a la Oficina Federal de Investigaciones a compartir información sobre el terrorismo con la policía local y estatal eliminando las barreras legales a dicha cooperación, citando informes del alcalde de Nueva York, Rudy Giuliani, de que el gobierno federal las autoridades no le dijeron a la policía de la ciudad lo que sabían. Schumer se unió a Patrick Leahy para informar que el Departamento de Justicia apoyó la legislación. 
En octubre de 2016, después de que el director del FBI, James Comey, anunciara la reapertura de una investigación sobre si Hillary Clinton , entonces candidata presidencial demócrata, manejó mal los correos electrónicos clasificados durante su mandato en el Departamento de Estado, Schumer dijo que había perdido la confianza en Comey.  En mayo de 2017, después de que el presidente Donald Trump despidiera a Comey, Schumer dijo a los reporteros que sabían que el FBI había estado investigando si la campaña de Trump había estado en connivencia con Rusia y ponderó si la investigación "se estaba acercando demasiado a casa para el presidente". .  En un discurso en el Senado, Schumer pidió una investigación "imparcial e independiente" sobre la interferencia rusa en las elecciones presidenciales de 2016, y anunció que los demócratas habían acordado que el fiscal general adjunto Rod Rosenstein no podría nombrar un fiscal especial para una investigación sobre la intromisión de Rusia; que Comey se reúna con el Senado; y que Rosenstein y el fiscal general Jeff Sessions se reúnan por separado con los senadores. 
En enero de 2018, Schumer dijo que desde que comenzó la investigación de Mueller, Estados Unidos "ha tenido que soportar conspiración tras conspiración de la derecha, congresistas republicanos, senadores y, por supuesto, la prensa de derecha, que actúa en total connivencia" en lo que respecta a sus puntos de vista sobre el FBI, y que el esfuerzo de los republicanos por desacreditar a Mueller "ahora se ha convertido en una paranoia delirante y egoísta".  En mayo, después de que la Casa Blanca invitara a dos republicanos y no demócratas a una sesión informativa de funcionarios del Departamento de Justicia sobre un informante del FBI que se puso en contacto con la campaña de Trump,  Schumer y la líder de la minoría de la Cámara de Representantes, Nancy Pelosi, enviaron una carta a El fiscal general adjunto Rod Rosenstein y el director del FBI, Christopher A. Wray, piden "una reunión informativa bipartidista de la Banda de los Ocho que involucre al liderazgo del Congreso de ambas cámaras". 
En septiembre de 2005, después de que el presidente George W. Bush nominara a John Roberts para presidente del Tribunal Supremo de los Estados Unidos , Schumer elogió la brillantez de Roberts, su "ser un abogado ante todo" y su "filosofía judicial, modestia y estabilidad" durante la reunión del Comité Judicial del Senado. audiencias de confirmación para Roberts. Pero Schumer dijo que la "compasión y humanidad" de Roberts eran cuestionables y objetó la negativa de la administración Bush de mostrar documentos que Roberts escribió durante su mandato como procurador general adjunto y la negativa de Roberts a responder muchas preguntas que le hizo el comité.  En junio de 2018, Schumer dijo que Roberts estaba degradando a la Corte Suprema a medida que se volvía más política, citando el fallo de la corte a favor de las clínicas antiaborto en California. Schumer dijo que el tribunal había "afirmado una prohibición de viaje claramente discriminatoria, desató una avalancha de dinero oscuro e ilimitado en nuestra política y ha eliminado un pilar clave de la Ley de Derecho al Voto" y, por lo tanto, se alineó con los objetivos de lo que él llamó "la extrema derecha". . 
En octubre de 2005, Schumer declaró que la candidata a la Corte Suprema de Bush, Harriet Miers, "no obtendría la mayoría ni en el Comité Judicial ni en la sala" y que sus audiencias de confirmación harían que reuniera apoyo u oposición de una manera que no se había visto. por cualquier otro nominado en la memoria reciente. 
En mayo de 2009, dijo a los periodistas que el proceso de confirmación de la candidata a la Corte Suprema de Obama, Sonia Sotomayor , sería "más una prueba para el Partido Republicano que para la Jueza Sotomayor", y calificó a Sotomayor de "justicia convencional" a quien los republicanos no tenían motivos para considerar. oponerse a. 
En marzo de 2016, después de que Obama nominara a Merrick Garland para reemplazar al fallecido Antonin Scalia , Schumer pidió que Mitch McConnell y Chuck Grassley celebren audiencias "para que Estados Unidos pueda emitir su propio juicio sobre si Merrick Garland pertenece a la cancha".  En julio de 2018, se informó que Schumer había abogado por que Trump nominara a Garland como una forma de atraer apoyo bipartidista, en lugar de nominar a alguien opuesto a la Ley de Cuidado de Salud a Bajo Precio y Roe v. Wade que sería más controvertido.  En noviembre de 2016, Schumer dijo que los demócratas "atacarían" al presidente electo Trump si no nominaba a los jueces de la Corte Suprema que eran de la corriente principal y que los republicanos no tenían "las manos limpias" por haber bloqueado la nominación de Garland durante meses. . 
En marzo de 2017, al final de las audiencias en el Senado para el nominado a la Corte Suprema de Trump, Neil Gorsuch , Schumer dijo que votaría en contra de la confirmación y pidió a los demócratas que se unieran a él para bloquear una votación a favor o en contra de Gorsuch. En su discurso en el piso, Schumer dijo: "Si este nominado no puede obtener 60 votos, una barrera que cumplen cada uno de los nominados del presidente Obama y los dos últimos nominados de George Bush, la respuesta no es cambiar las reglas. Es cambiar al nominado".  Los demócratas llevaron a cabo el obstruccionismo, pero los republicanos lo rompieron utilizando la " opción nuclear ", y Gorsuch fue confirmado al día siguiente. 
En julio de 2018, después de que Trump nominara a Brett Kavanaugh para reemplazar al retirado Anthony Kennedy , Schumer dijo que a Kavanaugh se le deberían hacer preguntas directas sobre el precedente establecido por Roe v. Wade y otros casos. Schumer señaló la opinión expresada por Kavanaugh sobre la posible decisión incorrecta en Estados Unidos contra Nixon y que esto podría significar que no responsabilizaría a Trump como juez. 
El 21 de agosto, Schumer dijo que estaba solicitando que los documentos del mandato de Kavanaugh en la Casa Blanca se compartieran con el Senado, argumentando que "retener documentos del Senado y del pueblo estadounidense bajo la falsa etiqueta de comité confidencial es un desarrollo oscuro para el Senado".  Después de reunirse con Kavanaugh, Schumer dijo que le había preguntado si creía que Roe v. Wade y Casey v. Planned Parenthood se habían decidido correctamente y que Kavanaugh no había respondido y la falta de respuesta "debería provocar escalofríos en la columna vertebral de cualquier estadounidense que crea en la libertad reproductiva de la mujer ". También dijo que Kavanaugh tenía la obligación especial de dejar en claro sus puntos de vista debido a su posición única como la única persona nominada a la Corte Suprema por un presidente que dijo: "Solo nombraré a alguien que anule Roe v Wade ".  Posteriormente, Schumer pidió al Comité Judicial del Senado que retrasara la audiencia de confirmación de Kavanaugh después de que el ex abogado de Trump, Michael Cohen, se declarara culpable de los cargos de fraude bancario, fraude fiscal y violaciones de la ley de financiación de campañas, calificando la declaración de "un cambio de juego". 
En una manifestación a favor del aborto en marzo de 2020 frente a la Corte Suprema, Schumer dijo: "Quiero decirte, Gorsuch, quiero decirte, Kavanaugh, que has liberado el torbellino y pagarás el precio. No lo sabrás. qué te golpea si sigues adelante con estas terribles decisiones ". Posteriormente, Roberts emitió una declaración calificando los comentarios de Schumer de "amenazantes", "inapropiados" y "peligrosos".  El senador Josh Hawley pidió que se censurara a Schumer . 
Neutralidad de la red
En noviembre de 2017, Schumer dijo: "Así como nuestro sistema de autopistas gratuitas ayudó a crear puestos de trabajo en Estados Unidos en el siglo XX, la neutralidad de la red ayudará a crear puestos de trabajo en el siglo XXI. Dar un paso atrás perjudica nuestra economía, el crecimiento de nuestro empleo y el medio ambiente". clase y gente trabajadora. Es un desastre ".  En diciembre, después de que la FCC votara para derogar las reglas de neutralidad de la red, Schumer dijo que Internet podría comenzar a parecerse a "una carretera de peaje, con los mejores postores navegando por 'carriles rápidos' privados mientras que el resto de nosotros avanzamos lentamente a lo largo de un solo tráfico "bloqueó el carril público; y podríamos vernos obligados a comprar paquetes de Internet como paquetes de cable, pagando más por sitios populares", y que la resolución que estaba introduciendo desharía los efectos de la votación. 
En enero de 2018, Schumer anunció que los 49 miembros del caucus demócrata apoyaron una resolución que anula el voto de la FCC sobre la neutralidad de la red y dijo que los republicanos del Congreso "tienen la oportunidad de corregir el error de la administración y mostrarle al pueblo estadounidense de qué lado están: grande ISP 'y grandes corporaciones' o consumidores ', empresarios' y propietarios de pequeñas empresas '".  En mayo, el Senado adoptó una medida para revivir las regulaciones de Internet de la era de Obama que imponen un trato igual para todo el tráfico web. Schumer calificó la votación como "nuestra mejor oportunidad para asegurarnos de que Internet sea accesible y asequible para todos los estadounidenses".  En junio, en respuesta a que la Cámara controlada por los republicanos no aceptara la resolución del Senado que restablecía las reglas de neutralidad de la red, Schumer dijo: "Los líderes republicanos de la Cámara dieron luz verde a los grandes ISP para acusar a los estadounidenses de clase media, propietarios de pequeñas empresas , escuelas, estadounidenses rurales y comunidades de color más para usar Internet ". 
Asignaciones del comité
Schumer formó parte de los siguientes comités del Senado en el 115º Congreso de los Estados Unidos : 
- Comité de Reglas y Administración
- Comité selecto de inteligencia (de oficio )
Membresías de caucus
- Caucus extracurriculares 
- Caucus NextGen 9-1-1 del Congreso 
Schumer is pro-choice, and has a 100% rating from NARAL Pro-Choice America, even though he received some criticism for attending a gala in 2007 hosted by Efrat, an organization that seeks to reduce abortion among Israeli Jews.
In 2002, Schumer authored a provision to an industry-sponsored bill intended to make it harder for people to erase their debts by filing for bankruptcy. Anti-abortion activists opposed the measure, claiming it restricted their ability to use bankruptcy courts to write off court fines. After the bill appeared to die in May, J. Dennis Hastert spokesman John Feehery opined, "Schumer really was pretty obnoxious about how this provision was going to hurt people who were pro-life and that really got some of our folks ginned up." In response, Schumer said the provision was a compromise with Henry Hyde and other colleagues and that it was opposed by people who did not properly read the law.
After Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy retired in 2018, Schumer voiced concern about Trump's choice of replacement, believing that they would try to overturn Roe v. Wade.
In March 2019, Schumer was one of 38 senators to sign a letter to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue warning that dairy farmers "have continued to face market instability and are struggling to survive the fourth year of sustained low prices" and urging his department to "strongly encourage these farmers to consider the Dairy Margin Coverage program".
Schumer voted on the impeachment charges of President Bill Clinton in both houses of Congress. Schumer was a member of the House of Representatives (and Judiciary Committee member) during a December 1998 lame-duck session of Congress, voting "no" on all counts in committee and on the floor of the House. In January 1999, Schumer, as a newly elected member of the Senate, also voted "not guilty" on the two impeachment charges.
Schumer has given legislative attention to consumer issues. He passed legislation that required uniform disclosure information on the back of credit card applications, notifying prospective cardholders of annual fees and interest rates. This standardized information is now known as the "Schumer box". Schumer has also aggressively pushed to end the practice whereby customers can be charged two ATM fees, one by their own bank and one by the bank that owns the ATM, if the ATM is outside their bank's network.
With Representative Nita Lowey, Schumer has been working to ban the chemical bisphenol A (BPA), often found in baby bottles and plastic children's food containers. The Canadian government has already banned BPA in baby bottles and children's products. Schumer is also seeking a ban on the use of cadmium, a carcinogen known to impair brain development in children, in toys and children's jewelry. When companies began selling gloves, pills, inhalers, diuretics, shampoos and other products during the 2009 swine flu scare, Schumer urged the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to open an investigation. In the end, the FTC put ten companies on notice and identified a total of 140 scams.
Schumer has championed college tuition tax credits, calling for and passing a $4,000 tuition tax credit for students as part of a host of tax credits and cuts passed to stimulate the economy in the 2009 American Reinvestment and Recovery Act.
Schumer received an "A" grade on the 2008 Drum Major Institute's Congressional Scorecard on middle-class issues.
In October 2013, Schumer announced his support for a proposal ending restrictions on shipping beer, wine, and spirits through the U.S. Postal Service, saying it would "help keep local post offices open by bringing in an estimated $225 million in new revenues to the USPS" and broaden the availability of beers and wines to consumers.
In 2013, Schumer said the death penalty would be "appropriate" in the case of the Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the perpetrator of the Boston Marathon bombing. "The federal law allows the death penalty. ... I wrote the law in 1994 when I was head of the crime subcommittee in the House. This is just the kind of case that it should be applied to."
In 2014, Schumer was recognized for helping to achieve the award of $700,000 in compensation from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for Gowanda, New York, as a result of the devastating flood there in 2009. A flash flood devastated the village, causing two deaths. Four feet of flood waters swept through the village, and caused much damage. Gowanda was declared both a state and federal disaster site.
Of the anticipated disbursement of FEMA monies to Gowanda, Schumer said:
FEMA and the state were sitting on Gowanda's money for way too long. It's about time that they made the village of Gowanda whole for the damage done in this flood. I've been advocating for this for months and months and months; I'm glad everyone came together and finally did the right thing.
In a November 2016 interview conducted in the weeks after Trump's election to the presidency, Schumer said that he and Trump were not friends and had had "civil conversations a couple of times" when Trump had contacted him. Trump had said earlier that year that he believed he would get along with Schumer and that he was "close to Schumer in many ways". In December 2016, Schumer called on Trump cabinet nominees to release their tax returns and in doing so follow the precedent set by Steve Mnuchin and Tom Price.
In February 2017, before Trump's speech to a joint session of Congress, Schumer predicted that the speech would be less memorable than ones delivered by Trump's predecessors due to what he called "a yawning gap between what he says and what his administration actually does for working Americans". Though acknowledging Trump's populist campaigning style, Schumer said Trump "governs like a pro-corporate, pro-elite, hard-right ideologue".
In March 2017, Schumer released a statement calling on Trump to apologize for claiming the Obama administration had wiretapped him during his presidential campaign. He advocated that Trump stop tweeting to better focus on working on behalf of the United States and said Trump had "severely damaged his credibility" by promoting conspiracy theories.
In June 2018, Schumer delivered a Senate floor speech decrying Representative Maxine Waters's call to harass members of the Trump administration as protest of the administration's policies: "I strongly disagree with those who advocate harassing folks if they don't agree with you. If you disagree with a politician, organize your fellow citizens to action and vote them out of office. But no one should call for the harassment of political opponents. That's not right. That's not American."
In August 2018, in response to Trump's charge that American Jews who vote for Democrats are "disloyal", Schumer tweeted, "When he [Trump] uses a trope that's been used against the Jewish people for centuries with dire consequences, he is encouraging—wittingly or unwittingly—anti-Semites throughout the country and world."
Schumer was participating in the certification of the 2021 United States Electoral College vote count on January 6, 2021, when Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol. Schumer and other members of Congress were removed from the Senate chambers. He and Mitch McConnell joined Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer in an undisclosed location. As the attack persisted, Schumer and Pelosi released a joint statement calling on Trump to demand the rioters leave the Capitol and its grounds immediately. When the Senate reconvened after the Capitol was secure, Schumer gave remarks, calling it a day "that will live forever in infamy". Later that day, he blamed Trump for the attack, calling on Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the Twenty-fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution to remove Trump from office. He also said he would support impeachment.
In April 2014, the United States Senate debated the Paycheck Fairness Act (S. 2199; 113th Congress), a bill aimed at addressing the gender pay gap in the United States. Republicans argued that the Democrats were attempting to use the votes on this bill and the issue of equal pay as political issues in the 2014 midterm elections. Schumer backed the measure and told reporters, "pay equity, that's women, that's 53 percent of the vote".
In March 2002, as the Senate worked on a compromise to save an election reform bill that stalled due to Republicans' believing it was not combative enough against voter fraud, Schumer and Senator Ron Wyden led a successful effort in protecting an amendment allowing first-time voters to be verified with only a signature.
Financial industry regulation
In 1987, then-Representative Schumer wrote a New York Times op-ed opposing repeal of the Glass–Steagall Act of 1933, titled "Don't Let Banks Become Casinos". In 1999, Schumer said in support of Congress's repeal of Glass–Steagall: "There are many reasons for this bill, but first and foremost is to ensure that U.S. financial firms remain competitive." Since 2010, the securities and investment industry has been the largest donor to Schumer's senatorial campaigns.
According to a December 14, 2008, New York Times article on Schumer's role in the Wall Street meltdown, he embraced the industry's free-market, deregulatory agenda more than any other Democrat in Congress, backing measures blamed for contributing to the financial crisis. A review of his record showed that he took steps to protect the industry from government oversight and tougher rules. Over the years, he helped save financial institutions billions of dollars in taxes or fees. The article claimed that Schumer succeeded in limiting efforts to reform and regulate credit-rating agencies the George W. Bush administration and the SEC had proposed.
The Charles Schumer-Rob Portman Senate bill of 2015 proposed to tax the $2.2 trillion multinational corporations are holding outside the country in tax-haven subsidiaries, on which 35% was already owed, as a one-time tax "at a rate significantly lower than the statutory corporate rate".
In his book released in March 2010, No One Would Listen, Bernie Madoff whistleblower Harry Markopolos passed along an unsourced claim that Schumer called the SEC for information about the Madoff investigation. Schumer denied this.
Schumer was involved with legislation to address the Darfur genocide. In 2009, he co-sponsored two bills calling for peace in Darfur. Both bills, S.455 and S.684, passed the Senate. He also voted for measures to help increase the efficiency of peacekeepers serving in Darfur.
In 2009, Schumer criticized Scotland's release of convicted Pan Am Flight 103 bomber Abdelbaset al-Megrahi and called for the United States to impose economic sanctions on the United Kingdom if Megrahi's release was tied to a massive oil deal between the United Kingdom and Libya.
In April 2017, after the Shayrat missile strike, Schumer said a "pinpointed, limited action to punish and hopefully deter Assad from doing this again is appropriate" while warning against the United States becoming further involved in Syria.
In July 2017, Schumer voted for the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act, which grouped together sanctions against Iran, Russia, and North Korea.
In July 2018, after Trump criticized Germany's decision to approve a new Russian-German gas pipeline under the Baltic Sea bypassing Poland and Ukraine, Schumer and House Minority Leader Pelosi released a joint statement condemning Trump's comments as an embarrassment and his behavior as "another profoundly disturbing signal that the President is more loyal to President Putin than to our NATO allies".
In October 2020, Schumer called on the Trump administration to immediately suspend U.S. military aid to Azerbaijan, sent through the Pentagon's "building partner assistance program". According to critics, the aid could be used in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia. He co-signed a letter stating:
We have been very critical of U.S. security assistance to Azerbaijan given the country's human rights record and aggression in the region. Earlier this year, at Senator Menendez's request, the Government Accountability Office agreed to conduct a review of security assistance to the country to ensure that it aligns with U.S. interests; this violence indicates that it does not.
Schumer and Senator Lindsey Graham have been highly critical of the trade imbalance between the U.S. and China, and its alleged cause of Chinese currency intervention. They have asked both the Bush and Obama administrations to find China "guilty of currency manipulation" under a 1988 law. Schumer and Graham have introduced legislation in three successive Congresses to impose tariffs on Chinese goods for the purpose of raising the value of the Chinese yuan.
In 2017, Schumer wrote to Trump advocating for a block on China that would prevent it from purchasing more American companies to increase pressure on Beijing to help rein in North Korea's nuclear missile program. In May 2018, after Trump signaled his willingness to ease sanctions on ZTE in a bid for a trade deal with Beijing, Schumer observed, "This seems to be an area where Democrats and Republicans in the House and the Senate are coming together and telling the president, you've got to be tough on China, you have to have your actions match your rhetoric."
Before the Trump administration took concrete measures against China in late March 2018, Schumer and other Democratic leaders pressed Trump to focus more on China. Schumer said, "China has stolen millions of jobs and trillions of dollars [but] administrations from both parties haven't been strong enough to fight back."
Schumer was a supporter of the Iraq War Resolution but was very critical of President George W. Bush's strategy in the Iraq War; he suggested that a commission of ex-generals be appointed to review it.
In April 2002, during a Senate speech, Schumer called the Bush administration's Middle East policy "muddled, confused and inconsistent" and said the planned meeting between Secretary of State Colin Powell and Yasser Arafat would contradict Bush's stated stand against terrorists and those harboring them. Nat Hentoff of the Village Voice wrote in November 2006 that "the loquacious Schumer has been indifferent to the administration's war on the Constitution and on our laws and treaties", particularly on the issue of torture.
In July 2006, Prime Minister of Iraq Nouri al-Maliki stated that Iraq was urging the international community "to take a quick and firm stance to stop this aggression against Lebanon, to stop the killing of innocent people and to stop the destruction of infrastructure". In response, Schumer, Harry Reid, and Dick Durbin signed a letter to al-Maliki in which they charged him with failing to condemn the aggression of Hezbollah as well as Israel's right to defend itself, arguing the oversight raised serious concern about whether Iraq under his rule could "play a constructive role in resolving the current crisis and bringing stability to the Middle East".
Schumer was the first senator to call for U.S. support for Kurdish independence after the 2017 Kurdistan Region independence referendum, releasing a resolution calling for the U.S. government to change its policy to "support a political process that addresses the aspirations of the Kurds for an independent state". He called upon Iraq to "engage in a dialogue and peacefully determine the best way to accommodate the well-deserved and legitimate aspirations of the Iraqi Kurds".
In March 2006, the House Appropriations Committee voted to block an amendment allowing Dubai Ports World to operate some terminals at U.S. ports, an amendment that was inserted into the emergency supplemental funding bill for military actions in Iraq and Afghanistan. The same day, Schumer introduced an amendment barring a company from operating in a U.S. port if the company was owned by a country that recognized the Taliban's regime in Afghanistan, the amendment being touted as similar to the House measure. Senate majority leader Bill Frist subsequently asked for a quorum call that effectively gnarled proceedings, Schumer afterward opining that the Democrats had "bent over backwards to try and accommodate the Republican schedule" and that Frist's move meant Republicans did not want a vote at all.
In October 2009, Schumer said, "It cost us $6 trillion and 4,500 lives, approximately, to bring stability to Iraq. Just in terms of the loss of life and treasure, do we want to do the same exercise in Afghanistan?" He said the United States could potentially be able to keep itself safe without bringing stability to Afghanistan and advocated that American forces be scaled back in Afghanistan in favor of more reliance on unmanned drone attacks.
In April 2017, Schumer called for caution in Afghanistan, noting the casualties in Iraq, and said the military would have to come to Congress if it wanted more American soldiers in Afghanistan.
Iran nuclear deal
On August 6, 2015, Schumer announced his opposition to the nuclear deal with Iran. He planned to tell the White House, then his Senate colleagues, and then the public, but the White House leaked the news during the Republican debate in what CBS News described as an "apparent attempt to limit coverage". Arms control expert Jeffrey Lewis derided Schumer's decision, noting that Schumer was making factually incorrect claims about the amount of time in which the treaty would allow inspection of Iranian nuclear facilities. In what The Guardian described as a "shot across Schumer's bow", White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said that fellow Democrats might remember Schumer's decision when deciding whom to elect as their next majority leader.
Schumer supported Israel in the 2014 Israel–Gaza conflict. In March 2018, he told AIPAC's delegates that Israeli settlements in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, have nothing to do with the Israeli–Palestinian conflict.
Schumer is a co-sponsor of a Senate resolution expressing objection to the UN Security Council Resolution 2334, which condemned Israeli settlement-building in the occupied Palestinian territories as a violation of international law. He criticized Obama, saying: "past administrations—both Democrat and Republican—have protected Israel from the vagaries of this biased institution [the U.N.]. Unfortunately, by abstaining on United Nations Resolution 2334, this administration has not followed in that path."
In May 2017, Schumer co-sponsored the Israel Anti-Boycott Act, Senate Bill 720, which made it a federal crime, punishable by a maximum sentence of 20 years imprisonment, for Americans to encourage or participate in boycotts against Israel and Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories if protesting actions by the Israeli government. The bill would make it legal for U.S. states to refuse to do business with contractors that engage in boycotts against Israel.
Schumer introduced a Senate resolution celebrating the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem.
In May 2018, Schumer praised Trump for opening the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem, saying, "I sponsored legislation to do this two decades ago, and I applaud President Trump for doing it." He had previously accused Trump of "indecisiveness" for his delays in implementing the move by waiving the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995, as previous presidents had done.
In February 2017, Schumer said that North Korea had proved itself to be "an irresponsible nation in every way" and that China could be used to curtail North Korea as most of North Korea's imports and exports go through China. He advocated that the United States tell China "they have to put the wood to North Korea in a much more serious way than they have done so far." In August, after Trump said North Korea would be "met with fire and fury like the world has never seen" in the event of continued threats against the United States, Schumer released a statement advocating that the United States be "firm and deliberate with North Korea, but reckless rhetoric is not a strategy to keep America safe."
In May 2018, Schumer called for Kim Jong-un to be removed from the commemorative coin memorializing the 2018 North Korea–United States summit, calling Kim a "brutal dictator" and offering the Peace House as a more appropriate alternative. In June, Schumer was one of seven senior Democratic senators to sign a letter to Trump outlining the conditions of their caucus's support for any deal resulting from the North Korea-US summit. After Kim and Trump issued a joint statement, Schumer said the meeting between the two had given "a brutal and repressive dictatorship the international legitimacy it has long craved" and that the agreement lacked details on achieving a pathway to the Korean peninsula being denuclearized, how the United States would verify North Korea's disarming, and an assurance of cessation for enrichment of plutonium and uranium from North Korea. In a speech on the Senate floor, Schumer questioned what the United States had gained from the summit and added that the country had "won far stronger language on denuclearization" in previous agreements with North Korea. In response, Trump tweeted,
Thank you Chuck, but are you sure you got that right? No more nuclear testing or rockets flying all over the place, blew up launch sites. Hostages already back, hero remains coming home & much more!
In a June 3, 2008, Wall Street Journal op-ed, Schumer wrote that cooperative economic sanctions from the U.S., Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China could topple Iran's theocratic government. In discussing the importance of Russia's cooperation, Schumer wrote, "Mr. Putin is an old-fashioned nationalist who seeks to regain the power and greatness Russia had before the fall of the Soviet Union." He added, "The anti-missile system strengthens the relationship between Eastern Europe and NATO, with real troops and equipment on the ground. It mocks Mr. Putin's dream of eventually restoring Russian hegemony over Eastern Europe." On June 10, the East European Coalition sent Schumer a letter about his article, writing, "As a supporter of democracy for the nations of Eastern Europe, which suffered greatly under 'Russian hegemony over Eastern Europe', your suggestion that these nations be used as bargaining chips in order to appease Russia is troubling, inexplicable and unacceptable."
In August 2013, after Russia granted asylum to Edward Snowden, Schumer said Putin was behaving like a "schoolyard bully", adding, "The relationship between the United States and Russia is more poisonous than any time since the Cold War because of all of this."
In December 2016, Schumer joined John McCain, Lindsey Graham, and Jack Reed in a letter to Majority Leader McConnell urging the formation of a Senate select committee on cyber. Schumer said the panel would focus on Russian meddling and potential threats from other countries such as China and Iran.
In December 2016, Schumer demanded a congressional inquiry into Russian meddling in U.S. affairs. In January 2017, in response to those questioning the U.S. intelligence community over its assessments, he said, "Let me tell you, you take on the intelligence community, they have six ways from Sunday at getting back at you". Later that month, he introduced legislation to limit executive action on Russian sanctions.
In a May 2017 Senate floor speech, Schumer called on the White House to release unedited transcripts of the meeting between Trump and Russian officials the previous week, saying the continued confidentiality would ensure "the American people will rightly doubt if their president can handle our nation's most closely kept secrets." In July, Schumer disavowed claims that the Democratic Party considered Russia its top priority and named health care and economic stability for working-class families as its primary concerns. "Obviously Russia is in the news. Obviously we want Bob Mueller to be able to pursue and our committees to be able to pursue their investigations unimpeded."
Schumer spearheaded a non-binding resolution in July 2018 "warning President Trump not to let the Russian government question diplomats and other officials". The resolution stated the United States "should refuse to make available any current or former diplomat, civil servant, political appointee, law enforcement official or member of the Armed Forces of the United States for questioning by the government of Vladimir Putin". It passed 98–0.
In 1994, then-Representative Schumer and Senator Dianne Feinstein authored the Assault Weapons Ban. Supporters of gun control legislation give Schumer much of the credit for passage of both the Assault Weapons Ban and the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act. The Assault Weapons Ban, which banned semi-automatic rifles, shotguns, and handguns with certain features, expired in September 2004 despite attempts by Schumer to extend it. He was one of 16 senators to vote against the Vitter Amendment, which prohibited the confiscation of legally owned firearms during a disaster.
While a target of gun rights organizations, Schumer has supported hunters, sponsoring legislation to provide millions in outdoor recreation grants to landowners who allow hunting and fishing on their private property. For these efforts, Field and Stream magazine honored Schumer in its "Hero Awards" in 2008. He supports tax deductions for hunters who donate venison and other game to feeding programs. In response to a question at a debate during his 2010 reelection campaign, Schumer denied having a handgun or a permit for one. He has produced a letter from the NYPD stating that neither he nor his wife, Iris Weinshall, has a handgun license from NYC. Schumer aide Brian Fallon said, "except for winning an NRA marksmanship award at age 14, the senator does not own a gun or have a license to carry one".
In February 2018, after the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, Schumer was one of four Democratic senators to sign a letter to Trump asserting that were he "to endorse legislation to require a background check on every gun purchase, without other poison pill provisions attached, we could finally move much closer towards the comprehensive system that you called for after the Stoneman Douglas attack" and that there was no justification for allowing people denied firearms by federally licensed dealers to "simply visit a gun show or go online to purchase the same gun that they were denied at the store".
In January 2019, Schumer was one of 40 senators to introduce the Background Check Expansion Act, which would require background checks for either the sale or transfer of all firearms including all unlicensed sellers. Exceptions to the bill's background check requirement included transfers between members of law enforcement, loaning firearms for either hunting or sporting events on a temporary basis, providing firearms as gifts to members of one's immediate family, firearms transferred as part of an inheritance, or giving a firearm to another person temporarily for immediate self-defense.
In March 2004, Schumer, Jon Corzine, Ted Kennedy, and Frank Lautenberg signed a letter to President Bush urging him to instruct staff to avoid taking action against whistleblower Richard Foster after Foster spoke out on the subject of White House efforts intended to keep Congress unaware of alternative higher cost estimates for the new Medicare prescription drug program.
Schumer supported Obama's health reform legislation; he voted for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in December 2009 and for the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010.
In 2009, Schumer proposed that any new government-run health insurance programs follow all the standards applicable to private insurance. He did this to "address fears that a public program would drive private insurers from the market". Schumer said he wanted "a level playing field for competition".
In May 2017, in response to an amendment by Fred Upton to the American Health Care Act, Schumer released a statement saying the amendment "leaves Americans with pre-existing conditions as vulnerable as they were before under this bill" and compared it to "administering cough medicine to someone with stage 4 cancer". After the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) showed the American Health Care Act would cause millions of Americans to lose health coverage, Schumer said, "Republicans in Washington and the president should read this report cover to cover, throw their bill in the trash can and begin working with Democrats on a real plan to lower costs for the American people." In June, Schumer sent McConnell a letter requesting that all senators meet to discuss the American Health Care Act, citing the need for both parties to "come together to find solutions to America's challenges". Later that month, Schumer estimated the bill had a 50% chance of passing the Senate and added that Democrats were doing everything they could to fight the measure, calling the legislation "devastating for the middle class".
In 1995, Schumer sponsored the Omnibus Counterterrorism Act of 1995 (H.R. 896) in the House of Representatives.
As a senator, Schumer has worked to secure homeland security funds for New York State and City and provide resources to its first responders. He delivered over $20 billion to support New York's security and recovery efforts after the 9/11 terrorist attacks on New York City and worked to deliver $200 million in Homeland Security funds to protect New York City mass transit.
In November 2001, Schumer announced hearings on George W. Bush's decision to try terrorists in military tribunals amid Washington concerns that Bush would skip the American legal system in handling such cases. Schumer said the hearing's two goals were to ascertain whether Bush had the power to form a tribunal apart from an attempt at interacting with Congress and whether a military tribunal was the most efficient instrument.
In August 2004, after American officials leaked the arrest of Muhammad Naeem Noor Khan to reporters, Schumer said he was troubled by the decision to reveal Khan's identity, citing the fact that the public had learned little of Khan's role in providing the information that led Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge to announce a higher terror alert level.
Schumer supported continuing to fully fund the FIRE Grant program the Federal Emergency Management Agency administered. The program allows fire departments and first responders nationwide to apply for grant funding for major purchases that localities have difficulty providing, namely apparatus and emergency vehicles. When the Bush administration pushed a plan to reduce the program from $1 billion to just under $300 million, Schumer helped lead an effort with local firefighters to block the cuts.
In 2006, Schumer led a bipartisan effort, with Republicans like Representative Peter T. King, to stop a deal the Bush administration approved to transfer control of six U.S. ports to a corporation owned by the government of United Arab Emirates (UAE), Dubai Ports World (see Dubai Ports World controversy). The 9/11 Commission reported that, despite recent alliances with the U.S., the UAE had strong ties to Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda before the 9/11 attacks. The measure in the House was H.R 4807, and in the Senate, S. 2333; these were introduced to require a 45-day review of this transfer of ownership. On March 9, 2006, Dubai Ports World withdrew its application to operate the ports.
In March 2018, Schumer said the bipartisan legislation sponsored by Bob Casey and Pat Toomey would assist the children of deceased first respondents afford college by increasing the availability of Pell grant funding.
In August 2018, Schumer announced that the Senate had passed $1 million in FY2019 funding for the national firefighter cancer registry as an amendment to the upcoming FY2019 Health and Human Services minibus appropriations bill. He said firefighters needed "first-rate medical care and treatment" for the work they did and the registry would help "researchers track, treat, and eventually prevent firefighters being stricken by cancer".
Schumer is one of the Gang of Eight, a bipartisan group of four Democratic and four Republican senators who wrote and sponsored a 2013 comprehensive immigration reform bill. At the time, Schumer was the chairman of the Immigration, Refugees, and Border Security subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary Committee. In June 2013, the immigration bill passed the Senate with a strong majority—68-32, with 14 Republicans joining all Democrats—but the House of Representatives under Speaker John Boehner refused to take up the bill, and the legislation died.
In April 2012, Schumer introduced SB 1070, a bill that would kill Arizona's anti-immigration law, and ones like it if the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the states. He backed his position, saying: "States like Arizona and Alabama will no longer be able to get away with saying they are simply 'helping the federal government' to enforce the law when they are really writing their own laws and knowingly deploying untrained officers with a mission of arresting anyone and everyone who might fit the preconceived profile of an illegal immigrant."
In January 2018, Schumer stated that any agreement on the status of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals before its March expiration would have to be included in the spending bill. Schumer offered Trump congressional approval of more than $20 billion for his border wall in exchange for protecting recipients of DACA. Trump declined the offer. A week later, Schumer announced that conversations on immigration and border security were resuming between the White House and himself. In a March CNN op-ed, Schumer wrote that Trump had stood in the way of progress on "compromise proposals that both sides should be proud of" and charged Trump and the White House with using Dreamers as "bargaining chips to push forward their anti-immigrant agenda". He called on Trump to change course and said Americans would be aware that he was behind the prevention of Congress from settling the matter. In June, before a planned meeting between Trump and House Republicans for discussions on the compromise immigration bill, Schumer warned that House moderates would lose credibility if they succumbed to pressure and enacted "the hard right's agenda".
IndyMac Bank controversy
On June 26, 2008, Schumer took the extraordinary step of publicly releasing letters he had written to regulators about IndyMac Bank, the country's seventh-largest savings and loan association and ninth-largest originator of mortgage loans, which he considered a severely troubled institution. Schumer wrote that he was "concerned that IndyMac's financial deterioration poses significant risks to both taxpayers and borrowers and that the regulatory community may not be prepared to take measures that would help prevent the collapse of IndyMac." Many IndyMac depositors either panicked or, from another perspective, justifiably acted and withdrew funds in the 11 days before IndyMac failed.
A Treasury Department's Inspector General audit found that the primary causes of IndyMac's failure were associated with its business strategy of originating and securitizing Alt-A loans on a large scale. When home prices declined in the latter half of 2007 and the secondary mortgage market collapsed, IndyMac was forced to hold $10.7 billion of loans it could not sell in the secondary market. IndyMac's reduced liquidity was further exacerbated when account holders withdrew $1.55 billion in deposits in a "run" on the thrift after the public release of Schumer's letter. While the run was a contributing factor in the timing of IndyMac's demise, the underlying cause of the failure was the unsafe and unsound manner in which the thrift was operated.
Office of Thrift Supervision (OTS) director John Reich immediately blamed IndyMac's failure on the letter's release. Reich said Schumer gave the bank a "heart attack", saying, "Would the institution have failed without the deposit run? We'll never know the answer to that question." Reich and top deputies later resigned or were removed amid a Treasury Department audit and investigation revealing that Indymac had been allowed to backdate its financial reports.
Schumer conceded his actions might have caused some depositors to withdraw their money prematurely, but said, "if OTS had done its job as regulator and not let IndyMac's poor and loose lending practices continue, we wouldn't be where we are today. Instead of pointing false fingers of blame, OTS should start doing its job to prevent future IndyMacs." He added, "IndyMac was one of the most poorly run and reckless of all the banks ... It was a spinoff from the old Countrywide, and like Countrywide, it did all kinds of profligate activities that it never should have. Both IndyMac and Countrywide helped cause the housing crisis we're now in."
Despite IndyMac's condition before the failure, the financial media sharply criticized Schumer. CNBC financial analyst Jerry Bowyer charged that he was responsible for the "second largest bank failure in US history". While opining that IndyMac's failure was only a matter of time, banking consultant Bert Ely called Schumer's actions "wrong and irresponsible".
On October 18, 2008, The Wall Street Journal published an article suggesting that an investment company's interest in IndyMac might have prompted Schumer's letter. His reported close ties to the founders of OneWest Bank have long been of interest to many action groups. On December 22, 2008, The Washington Post reported that the OTS regional director in charge had been removed from his position for allowing IndyMac to falsify its financial reporting. The same day, conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh continued to blame Schumer and recast IndyMac's July bankruptcy as an "October Surprise" planned by Democrats to help win the 2008 election.
In April 2018, Schumer said that he would back efforts to decriminalize cannabis at the federal level. On April 20, a day known as 4/20, he announced his sponsorship of legislation "to remove marijuana from the country's list of scheduled substances". The bill would "establish funding streams for women and minority-owned marijuana businesses, and provide money for research into the public health effects of THC". On June 27, 2018, Schumer formally introduced the Marijuana Freedom and Opportunity Act.
Bush administration judicial nominations
In January 2004, after President Bush renominated Charles Pickering to the federal appeals court along with 30 other nominees who had failed to win confirmation under the previous Democratic-controlled Senate, Schumer stated his intent to prevent Pickering's confirmation and said the US could do better.
In 2007, after Bush nominated former federal judge Michael Mukasey to become attorney general of the United States (replacing Gonzales, who had resigned), Schumer expressed support for Mukasey. Despite appearing troubled by Mukasey's refusal to declare in public that waterboarding was illegal torture, Schumer announced on November 2 that he would vote to confirm Mukasey. He said that Mukasey had assured him in a private meeting that he would enforce any law declaring waterboarding illegal, and that Mukasey had told him Bush would have "no legal authority" to ignore such a law. The votes of Schumer and Dianne Feinstein to recommend Mukasey for confirmation allowed the confirmation to move on to the full Senate.
Schumer voted for the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in 1996. He opposed the Federal Marriage Amendment, saying in 2004 that DOMA made it obsolete.
In March 2009, Schumer announced his support for same-sex marriage, noting that it "was time". He previously supported civil unions. At a private dinner with gay leaders on March 22, 2009, Schumer said he not only supported same-sex marriage, he also backed a full reversal of DOMA. When the New York State Senate took up a bill to legalize gay marriage in December 2009, Schumer and other statewide officials aggressively lobbied wavering senators to support the legislation.
Subprime mortgage and foreclosure crisis
In September 2007, Schumer proposed that the Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight (OFHEO) raise Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac's conforming loan ("affordable") limits from $417,000 to $625,000, thereby allowing these government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs) to back mortgages on homes priced up to $780,000 with a 20% down payment.
After the March 2007 meltdown of the subprime mortgage industry, Schumer proposed a federal government bailout of subprime borrowers to save homeowners from losing their residences and to shore up communities that were seeing neighborhoods destabilized due to foreclosures and the resulting decreases in neighboring home values. As part of a package of regulatory reforms that Schumer pushed in response to the subprime foreclosure crisis, he called for the creation of mortgage industry regulators to protect borrowers from deceptive lending practices and called for the Securities and Exchange Commission to move from Washington to New York so that it was in closer proximity to the industry it was charged with overseeing.
Schumer's top nine campaign contributors are all financial institutions that have contributed over $2.5 million.
Taxes on high incomes
Schumer had been a staunch defender of low taxes on hedge fund and private equity managers in the past, arguing that this was necessary to protect the industry. Serving on both the Senate Banking and Finance Committees, Schumer was in a position to block attempts to tax their financial gains at the rate other taxpayers pay for income. But in 2010, he suggested that a hedge-fund tax would be acceptable and not hurt the industry.
In February 2012, Schumer said he disagreed with the Obama administration's call to raise taxes on those making more than $250,000 a year, calling for a million-dollar floor instead. According to Schumer, "there are a lot of people who make above 250 who aren't rich."
Technology and the Internet
In June 2011, Schumer and Senator Joe Manchin sought a crackdown on Bitcoin, saying it facilitated illegal drug trade transactions. "The transactions leave no traditional [bank transfer] money trail for investigators to follow, and leave it hard to prove a package recipient knew in advance what was in a shipment," which used the anonymizing network Tor. One opinion website said the senators wanted "to disrupt [the] Silk Road drug website".
Schumer is a sponsor of S. 968, the controversial PROTECT IP Act, which would restrict access to websites judged to be infringing copyrights. On January 18, 2012, the NY Tech Meetup and other cybertech organizations held a demonstration with 2,000 protesters in front of the offices of Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, who also supported the bill. Some demonstrators complained that the bill had originated with wealthy campaign contributors who would reward legislators for passing the bill.
In March 2012, Schumer and Senator Richard Blumenthal gained national attention after they called upon Attorney General Eric Holder and the Department of Justice to investigate practices by employers to require Facebook passwords for employee applicants and workers.
Schumer has been described as an ally of Facebook amid debates around regulating Facebook or probing its involvement in various controversies, including Russian interference in the 2016 election. In July 2018, Schumer confronted Senator Mark Warner, one of Facebook's harshest critics, and told him that he ought to work with Facebook, not act in ways that could harm it, because they needed a working relationship with Facebook. Schumer's daughter works as a marketing manager at Facebook.
U.S. Attorney firings
As chair of the Subcommittee on Administrative Oversight and the Courts, Schumer took a lead role in the investigation of the dismissal of U.S. attorneys controversy. Although he was at one point criticized for being a lead investigator of the affair while also chairing the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, such criticism was not sustained after the full dimensions of the controversy became apparent.
On March 11, 2007, Schumer became the first lawmaker in either chamber to call for Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to resign for firing eight United States Attorneys. In an interview on CBS News's Face the Nation, Schumer said that Gonzales "doesn't accept or doesn't understand that he is no longer just the president's lawyer". When Gonzales's chief of staff, Kyle Sampson, resigned on March 13, Schumer said during a press conference that Gonzales was "carrying out the political wishes of the president" and declared that Sampson would "not be the next Scooter Libby", meaning that he did not accept that Sampson had sole responsibility for the controversy.
Like other members of the Senate Judiciary Committee from both parties, Schumer was angered during Gonzales's testimony on April 19, 2007; Gonzales answered many times that he didn't know or couldn't recall details about the controversy. When Schumer's turn came to ask his last round of questions, he instead repeated his call for Gonzales to resign, saying that there was no point to further questioning since Gonzales had "answered 'I don't know' or 'I can't recall' to close to a hundred questions" about the firings (most press reports counted 71 instances) and didn't seem to know about the inner workings of his department. Gonzales responded that the onus was on the committee to prove whether anything improper occurred. Schumer replied that Gonzales faced a higher standard, and that under this standard he had to give "a full, complete and convincing explanation" for why the eight attorneys were fired.
Controversia y critica
In 1994, Schumer joined the Anti-Defamation League and the American Jewish Congress in a campaign to get the IRS to revoke the tax-exempt status of the Palestinian-American charity the Holy Land Foundation, which by the time it was shut down in 2001 was the country's largest Muslim charity.
In June 2010, while speaking at an Orthodox Union event in Washington D.C., Schumer made comments about Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip that were later criticized. He pointed to statistics to show that the Palestinian citizens of the West Bank were experiencing "economic prosperity", crediting this to their government's cooperation with the Israeli government on combating terrorists. He then criticized the Palestinian citizens of the Gaza Strip for voting for the Hamas militant organization, calling on Israel to "strangle them economically until they see that's not the way to go", while also stating that Israel should continue providing "humanitarian aid" to Palestinian civilians. He argued that the Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip is justified not only because it keeps weapons out of the Palestinian territory, but also because it shows Palestinians living there that "when there's some moderation and cooperation, they can have an economic advancement." Schumer added, "The Palestinian people still don't believe in a Jewish state, in a two-state solution. More do than before, but a majority still do not ... They don't believe in the Torah. They don't believe in King David. So they don't think it's our land".
While discussing an immigration bill on the Senate floor in 2010, Schumer likened Indian tech giant Infosys Technologies to a "chop shop". When his statement set off a wave of outrage in India, he acknowledged his characterization was incorrect. The remark was also called "outrageous" by U.S.-India Business Council head Ron Somers.
Schumer is noted for his love of cycling in New York City, especially around his home in Brooklyn. In 2011, he was reported to have joined a group of neighbors on his street in Park Slope, near Prospect Park. They attempted to remove a new "protected" bicycle path on their street, which ran adjacent to the curb, with a protection buffer provided by parallel-parked cars next to the bike lane. While Schumer has not taken a public position on the traffic-calming project, whose most prominent feature is a two-way protected bike path, his wife, Iris Weinshall, is a prominent advocate against the project, and the New York Post reported that Schumer has lobbied against the bike path behind the scenes. In addition, a major Schumer campaign contributor has fought a controversial pro bono legal battle against the project, drawing criticism.
Statement about Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch
In March 2020, Schumer came under controversy for statements he made about Supreme Court justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, both of whom were nominated by Trump. Schumer At a rally outside the United States Capitol while the Supreme Court was hearing an abortion-related case, Schumer said that if Kavanaugh and Gorsuch voted against abortion rights, they would have "unleashed a whirlwind" and would "pay the price". He then said, "You won't know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions." Republicans and Democrats, as well as Chief Justice John Roberts, condemned these comments as inciting violence. A spokesman for Schumer said the comments were in reference to the political price Senate Republicans would pay, and criticized Roberts for following a "right-wing" attack to misinterpret the comments. Schumer later apologized for the comments.
In January 2007, Schumer published a book, Positively American: Winning Back the Middle-Class Majority One Family at a Time, outlining strategies by which Democrats could court middle-class voters. One of his aides at the time, Daniel Squadron, helped write it, and they drew from Schumer's experience helping his party win in the 2006 midterm elections.
Schumer and his wife, Iris Weinshall, were married on September 21, 1980. The ceremony took place at Windows on the World atop the north tower of the World Trade Center. Weinshall was New York City's commissioner of transportation from 2000 to 2007. Schumer and Weinshall live in Park Slope near Grand Army Plaza.
The Schumers have two children, Jessica and Alison, both graduates of their father's alma mater, Harvard College. Jessica, served as chief of staff and general counsel of the Council of Economic Advisers from May 2013 to August 2015. Alison is a marketing manager in Facebook's New York office. In 2018, Jessica gave birth to a son, making Schumer a grandfather.
|Right to Life||Al D'Amato||104,565|
|total||Al D'Amato (Incumbent)||2,058,988||44.08%|
|Marijuana Reform Party||Corinne Kurtz||34,281||0.73%|
|Socialist Workers||Rose Ana Berbeo||3,513||0.08%|
|Democratic gain from Republican|
|Working Families||Chuck Schumer||168,719|
|total||Chuck Schumer (Incumbent)||4,769,824||71.2%|
|Builders Party||Abe Hirschfeld||16,196||0.2%|
|Socialist Workers||Martin Koppel||14,811||0.2%|
|Working Families||Chuck Schumer||183,672||4.00%|
|Total||Chuck Schumer (incumbent)||3,047,111||66.33%|
|Working Families||Chuck Schumer||241,381||3.10%||N/A|
|Women's Equality||Chuck Schumer||45,297||0.58%||N/A|
|Green||Robin Laverne Wilson||113,179||1.45%||+0.45%|
Schumer has been awarded several honorary degrees in recognition of his political career. These include:
|New York||1999||Hofstra University||Doctorate|
|New York||June 3, 1999||Hunter College||Doctor of Humane Letters (DHL)|
|New York||May 21, 2000||Adelphi University||Doctor of Humane Letters (DHL)|
|New York||June 2, 2002||New York Law School||Doctor of Laws (LL.D)|
|New York||May 2004||Pace University||Doctor of Humane Letters (DHL)|
|New York||October 21, 2007||Touro Law Center||Juris Doctor (JD)|
|New York||2015||Brooklyn Law School||Doctor of Laws (LL.D)|
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Stephen J. Solarz
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from the 45th district
Daniel L. Feldman
|U.S. House of Representatives|
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from New York's 16th congressional district
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from New York's 10th congressional district
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from New York's 9th congressional district
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| Democratic nominee for U.S. Senator from New York|
1998, 2004, 2010, 2016
| Chair of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee|
|New office|| Vice Chair of the Senate Democratic Conference|
| Chair of the Senate Democratic Policy Committee|
| Senate Democratic Leader|
Chair of the Senate Democratic Conference
| United States Senator (Class 3) from New York|
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| Chair of the Joint Economic Committee|
| Chair of the Senate Rules Committee|
| Chair of the Joint Printing Committee|
| Chair of the Joint Library Committee|
| Chair of the Joint Inaugural Ceremonies Committee|
| Ranking Member of the Senate Rules Committee|
| Senate Minority Leader|
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