Minority News

June 25, 2010

SCHUMER: STALLING OF PRESIDENT OBAMA'S NOMINATIONS IS 'WORST IN MEMORY'

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer, Chairman of the Senate Rules Committee, delivered the following statement at the panel's hearing today on the rise of secret holds that have held up executive and judicial nominations in the Senate. Statement of Chairman Charles E. Schumer Senate Rules and Administration Committee Hearing on "Examining the Filibuster: Silent Filibusters, Holds and the Senate Confirmation Process" June 23, 2010 Good Morning. I would like to thank my … Continue Reading


June 25, 2010

SCHUMER STATEMENT ON HOUSE PASSAGE OF DISCLOSE ACT

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer, Chairman of the Senate Rules Committee, released the following statement Thursday after the U.S. House of Representatives passed the DISCLOSE Act to address the Supreme Court's ruling in the Citizens United case: "This is a major step towards preventing undisclosed, special-interest dollars from cascading into our political system. We intend to move the DISCLOSE Act as quickly as possible in the Senate." --Senator Charles E. … Continue Reading


June 22, 2010

SCHUMER TO CHAIR SENATE HEARING ON RAPID RISE IN USE OF HOLDS AND OTHER DELAYS TO BLOCK KEY NOMINATIONS

*** MEDIA ADVISORY *** Wednesday at 10 am: SCHUMER TO CHAIR SENATE HEARING ON RAPID RISE IN USE OF HOLDS AND OTHER DELAYS TO BLOCK KEY NOMINATIONS Panel Will Examine Large Jump in Obama vs. Bush Executive and Judicial Appointments Held Up in Senate McCaskill, Wyden, Grassley To Testify About Their Proposal To End Secret Holds WASHINGTON, DC-U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, will chair a hearing on WEDNESDAY, … Continue Reading


June 22, 2010

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES HIS APPOINTMENT OF CAP REGION RESIDENT BARBARA BARTOLETTI TO THE ELECTION ASSISTANCE COMMISSION’S BOARD OF ADVISORS

Schumer, Chairman of the Senate Rules Committee, Appointed Bartoletti to Advise the EAC on Voting Issues Bartoletti has Served as a Voting Advocate for More than Two Decades WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, announced his appointment of New Yorker Barbara Bartoletti to serve on the Board of Advisors to the federal Election Assistance Commission (EAC) . The 37-member Board of Advisors is responsible for … Continue Reading


June 01, 2010

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES FORMER VICE PRESIDENT WALTER MONDALE AS FIRST WITNESS FOR RULES COMMITTEE FILIBUSTER HEARING

Hearing to Focus on the Senate's Use of the Filibuster and Its Consequences Mondale Led Efforts in 1975 to Cut Off Filibusters with 60 Votes Former Senator Don Nickles Also Expected to Testify WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, announced that former Vice President and Senator Walter Mondale will be a witness at the second in a series of hearings on the Senate filibuster. Mondale will discuss … Continue Reading


May 28, 2010

SCHUMER STATEMENT ON THE NOMINATION OF WILLIAM J. BOARMAN TO BE PUBLIC PRINTER

Statement of Chairman Charles E. Schumer Committee on Rules and Administration Hearing on the Nomination of William J. Boarman to be Public Printer May 25, 2010 The Rules Committee shall come to order. Good morning. I would like to welcome everyone, including our Ranking Member, Senator Bennett, (and my fellow Rules Committee colleagues present here today) and especially our nominee, William (Bill) Boarman. The Government Printing Office was created by "The Printing Act" in … Continue Reading


May 26, 2010

SCHUMER STATEMENT ON HOUSE COMMITTEE'S PASSAGE OF DISCLOSE ACT

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, released the following statement Friday regarding the House Administration Committee's passage of the DISCLOSE Act to respond to the Citizens United ruling that opened the door to unlimited corporate spending on elections. Schumer is the chief sponsor of the Senate companion. "This is a major step forward in our effort to stop a flood of special interest money from drowning out the voices … Continue Reading


May 04, 2010

SCHUMER FLOOR STATEMENT ON THE DISCLOSE ACT

Floor Statement of Senator Charles E. Schumer on S. 3295, the DISCLOSE Act May 3, 2010 Mr. President, last Friday, I introduced S. 3295, the DISCLOSE Act, because Democracy Is Strengthened by Casting Light on Spending in Elections. I am joined by 40 of my Senate colleagues as cosponsors. Decades ago, Justice Louis Brandeis boldly said, "Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants." That's exactly what this bill will do - shine a light on the flood of spending unleashed … Continue Reading


April 29, 2010

SENATE DEMOCRATS UNVEIL LEGISLATION TO LIMIT FALLOUT FROM SUPREME COURT RULING THAT ALLOWS UNLIMITED SPECIAL-INTEREST SPENDING ON ELECTIONS—ANNOUNCE PLAN FOR SENATE PASSAGE BY JULY 4

DISCLOSE Act Will Require All Organizations Making Political Expenditures To Make Public Their Donors And Appear On Camera To Stand By Their Ads Legislation Also Bans Foreign-Controlled Corporations, Government Contractors from Making Political Expenditures Bill Was Developed Together With Obama Administration; Van Hollen, Castle To Introduce House Version Later Today WASHINGTON, DC-U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), Russ Feingold (D-WI), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Evan Bayh (D-IN) and Al … Continue Reading


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

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