Majority News

April 15, 2010

SCHUMER PRESIDES OVER THE NOMINATION HEARING OF STEPHEN T. AYERS TO ARCHITECT OF THE CAPITOL POST

Ayers nominated to be the 11th Architect of the Capitol after 12 years of service Schumer: We are fortunate to have a nominee of his caliber for this important post WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, presided over the nomination of Stephen T. Ayers to be the Architect of the Capitol. President Barack Obama nominated Mr. Ayers to a ten-year term to be the next Architect of the Capitol on February 24, 2010. Mr. … Continue Reading


March 16, 2010

SCHUMER RELEASES DOCUMENTS USED IN JUSTICE’S DECISION TO FORCE SELL OFF OF VOTING UNIT


March 09, 2010

SCHUMER APPLAUDS JUSTICE DEPT. FOR REQUIRING ES&S TO SELL OFF VOTING MACHINE UNIT PURCHASED FROM DIEBOLD LAST YEAR

Senator, As Senate Rules Chairman, Had Led Fight To Urge Antitrust Investigation Into Merger Study By Senate Panel Found That Merger Would Have Given ES&S Three Times Market Share Of Next Closest Competitor WASHINGTON, DC-U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer, chairman of the Senate committee that oversees election issues, today applauded the Department of Justice's decision to require Election Systems & Software to sell off the voting systems unit it purchased from Diebold last November. … Continue Reading


February 11, 2010

SCHUMER OUTLINES LEGISLATION TO LIMIT FALLOUT FROM SUPREME COURT RULING THAT ALLOWS UNLIMITED CORPORATE SPENDING ON ELECTIONS

Bicameral Legislation Would Ban Foreign Corporations, Government Contractors from Making Political Expenditures Would Also Require Company CEOs To Appear On Camera In Any Ads Paid For With Corporate Funds WASHINGTON, DC-U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), Chairman of the Senate Rules Committee, and U.S. Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) on Thursday announced new legislation to mitigate the negative impacts of the Supreme Court's decision that allowed unlimited corporate spending on elections. … Continue Reading


January 29, 2010

SCHUMER STATEMENT ON SUPREME COURT RULING IN 'CITIZENS UNITED' CASE

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), the Chairman of the Senate Rules Committee, released the following statement Thursday regarding the Supreme Court's ruling in the Citizens United case: "This activist and far reaching decision is even worse than we had feared. This opens the floodgates and allows special interest money to overflow our elections and undermine our democracy. The bottom line is, the Supreme Court has just predetermined the winners of next November's election. It won't be … Continue Reading


January 19, 2010

SCHUMER, CORNYN ANNOUNCE PENTAGON HEEDS CALL TO PROVIDE UNPRECEDENTED VOTING ASSISTANCE TO EVERY SINGLE SERVICE MEMBER AND FAMILY MEMBER

In Response To Letter From Senators, Defense Dept. To Designate Military Installations Around World As One-Stop Shops For Voter Registration Just As DMVs Are For Civilians New Policy Means Service Members Will Be Offered Voter Registration Materials And Assistance Whenever They Are Deployed Or Transferred Between Bases WASHINGTON, DC-U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), Chairman of the Senate Rules Committee, and Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) announced Friday that the Defense Department, in … Continue Reading


January 19, 2010

SCHUMER, CORNYN URGE PENTAGON TO PROVIDE ‘MOTOR-VOTER’ ASSISTANCE TO EVERY SINGLE SERVICE MEMBER AND FAMILY MEMBER

In Letter to Secretary Gates, Senators Urge That Military Installations Be Designated As One-Stop Shops For Voter Registration Just As DMVs Are For Civilians Senators: Least We Can Do For Men and Women In Uniform Is Make Sure They Can Participate In The Very Democracy They Protect WASHINGTON, DC-U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), Chairman of the Senate Rules Committee, and Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) announced today that they are urging the Obama administration to require the Defense … Continue Reading


January 19, 2010

GAO REPORT FINDS VOTING ACCESS, ASSISTANCE TO BE INCONSISTENT WITHIN LONG-TERM CARE FACILITIES

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today Senators Herb Kohl (D-WI) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) released a report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) on voting access for residents of long-term care facilities. The report found that 78 of the 92 localities GAO surveyed take steps to facilitate voting for long-term care facility residents, with nearly half having election officials visit the facility to assist with the voting process. GAO found that the most common type of voting support was … Continue Reading


January 19, 2010

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES ELECTION ASSISTANCE COMMISSION HAS AGREED TO TRANSLATE VOTER REGISTRATION FORMS INTO ASIAN LANGUAGES BEFORE START OF 2010 PRIMARIES

In 2002, Help America Vote Act Changed Content in Voter Registration Forms Making Previously Translated Forms Useless Asian Communities Across New York City Were At Risk Of Being Unable to Register to Vote Schumer: Asian Communities in New York City and Across The Country Will Now be Provided the Same Access to Democracy As Everyone Else Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, announced that the Election Assistance Commission … Continue Reading


January 19, 2010

PRESIDENT OBAMA SIGNS SCHUMER BILL TO EASE VOTING PROCESS FOR MILITARY, OVERSEAS VOTERS

New Law Places New Requirements on States To Mail Out Ballots To Troops In Time to Give them 45 Days to Return Their Ballots Also Requires Defense Department To Make Emergency Ballots Available Online So That Troops Can Print Them Out and Send Them Back WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), Chairman of the Senate Rules Committee, announced today that President Obama has signed into law his legislation to make it easier for U.S. troops to cast ballots from overseas. The … Continue Reading


January 19, 2010

SENATE PASSES BIPARTISAN BILL TO EASE VOTING PROCESS FOR MILITARY, OVERSEAS VOTERS

Legislation Would Place New Requirements on States To Mail Out Ballots To Troops In Time to Give them 45 Days to Return Their Ballots Bill Also Requires Defense Department To Make Emergency Ballots Available Online So That Troops Can Print Them Out and Send Them Back WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), Chairman of the Senate Rules Committee, Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) and Senator Ben Nelson (D-NE) announced Thursday that the full Senate has given final approval to … Continue Reading


January 19, 2010

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES SENATE COMMITTEE TO CONDUCT REVIEW OF PROPOSED DIEBOLD MERGER; SAYS DEAL NEEDS 'ADDITIONAL SCRUTINY' FROM CONSUMERS AND CONGRESS

Schumer, As Senate Rules Chairman, Will Solicit Input From State, Local Election Officials About Anti-Competitive Impacts Of Proposed Merger Findings Will Be Compiled Into Public Report That Will Be Shared With Justice Department Senator: More Information Is Needed On Voting Machine Merger And Possible Antitrust Problems WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), the Chairman of the Senate Rules and Administration Committee and a senior member of the Senate Judiciary … Continue Reading


January 19, 2010

SCHUMER TO UNVEIL HENRY CLAY PAINTING DONATED BY GENESEE COUNTY'S LEROY HISTORICAL SOCIETY TO U.S. CAPITOL

Painting Will Be Unveiled In Ceremony Tonight In The U.S. Capitol "The Great Compromiser" Was A Giant of the Senate and Former Speaker of the House of Representatives U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer and other Senate leaders will unveil the painting donated by the LeRoy Historical Society of a historic portrait of legendary Senator Henry Clay in the Old Senate Chamber at a special ceremony in the U.S. Capitol, tonight, September 23rd. Schumer will also meet with members of the LeRoy … Continue Reading


January 19, 2010

SCHUMER URGES JUSTICE DEPT. TO PROBE DIEBOLD'S PROPOSED SALE OF ELECTION MACHINE BUSINESS TO ITS BIGGEST COMPETITOR; SAYS DEAL COULD HAVE 'ADVERSE CONSEQUENCES' FOR HOW AMERICA VOTES

Schumer, As Senate Rules Chairman, Raises Flags Over Proposed Merger On Antitrust Grounds Says Deal Could Give One Company Control Over 75 Percent of Election Machine Market Senator: Competition Is Needed To Reduce Chances of Widespread Election Fraud WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), the Chairman of the Senate Rules and Administration Committee and a senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, raised alarm bells Monday over Diebold's proposed sale of its … Continue Reading


January 19, 2010

SCHUMER REVEALS: MORE THAN ONE THIRD OF NEW YORK'S TROOPS OVERSEAS ARE ROBBED OF FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT TO VOTE BY OUTDATED, INEFFECTIVE VOTING SYSTEM

Military Voters Are Not Given Enough Time To Vote; Must Request, Receive and Return Ballots - All By Mail In New York State, Process Takes A Snail-Like 82 Days Schumer: Thousands Of New York's Heroes Are Being Disenfranchised U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today revealed that over 8,000 troops from Upstate New York State have been robbed of their fundamental right to vote by an absentee voting system that is outdated and inefficient. It currently takes as much as an astounding 82 days for … Continue Reading


January 19, 2010

SCHUMER URGES DOJ: SUE STATES THAT FLOUT VOTER REGISTRATION LAW

Sixteen Years After Federal 'Motor-Voter' Law Required Public Assistance Agencies To Provide Registration Materials To Eligible Voters, At Least 18 States Were Not Complying Last YearLaw Accounted For 2.6 Million New Registrants In First Two Years After Taking Effect, But Registrations Processed At These Locations Have Decreased 79 Percent Since 1996Clinton Administration Made Practice of Suing States To Force Compliance During 1990s, But DOJ Turned A Blind Eye To Problem Under … Continue Reading


January 19, 2010

SCHUMER PUSHES FOR FULL FUNDING FOR VOTING RIGHTS LEGISLATION

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer, Chairman of the Senate Rules Committee, has asked the Senate Budget Committee for $470 million in previously allocated funds to help states pay for the new statewide voter lists and better voting machines they are mandated to provide under the 2002 Help America Vote Act (HAVA). "Congress has passed legislation to make elections better and fairer, and it authorized money for states to carry it out," said Schumer. "The states need help to … Continue Reading


July 23, 2009

Schumer Announces Full Senate Approves Bipartisan Bill to Make Voting Easier for Military Voters

Bill Passes With Unanimous Support As Amendment To Defense Authorization Measure-Full Bill Could Pass As Early As Later Tonight Legislation Would Place New Requirements on States To Mail Out Ballots To Troops In Time to Give them 45 Days to Return Their Ballots Bill Also Requires Defense Department To Make Emergency Ballots Available Online So That Troops Can Print Them Out and Send Them Back WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), Chairman of the Senate Rules Committee, … Continue Reading


July 15, 2009

Schumer, Chambliss & Nelson Announce Key Senate Committee Unanimously Approves Bipartisan Bill to Make Voting Easier for Military Voters

Bill Passes With Overwhelming Bipartisan Support; Senators Now Plan To Add Measure To Pentagon Bill Being Debated on Senate Floor This Week Legislation Would Place New Requirements on States To Mail Out Ballots To Troops In Time to Give them 45 Days to Return Their Ballots Bill Also Requires Defense Department To Make Emergency Ballots Available Online So That Troops Can Print Them Out and Send Them Back WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), Saxby Chambliss … Continue Reading


July 09, 2009

SCHUMER, CHAMBLISS & NELSON ANNOUNCE BIPARTISAN BILL TO GUARANTEE MILITARY BALLOTS FROM OVERSEAS NEVER GO UNCOUNTED

Senate Meeting Set For Next Week To Give Committee Approval To Bill; After That, Senators Plan To Add Measure To Pentagon Bill About to Hit Senate Floor Legislation Would Place New Requirements on States To Mail Out Ballots To Troops In Time to Give them 55 Days to Return Their Ballots Bill Also Requires Defense Department To Make Emergency Ballots Available Online So Thhat Troops Can Print Them Out and Send Them Back WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), the Chairman … Continue Reading

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