Minority News

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SCHUMER REVEALS: MORE THAN ONE THIRD OF NEW YORK'S TROOPS OVERSEAS ARE ROBBED OF FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT TO VOTE BY OUTDATED, INEFFECTIVE VOTING SYSTEM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


May 13, 2009

Schumer Releases Survey Suggesting Ballots of One in Four Troops Deployed Overseas Went Uncounted in '08 Election

Senator Unveils Disturbing Data, Culled By Surveying State Election Offices, As Senate Hearing Examines Flaws In Overseas Balloting Program Schumer Urges Qualified New Director For Office That Oversees Military Voting Process-Says Systemic Reforms Are Needed To Ensure Every Military Ballot Is Counted WASHINGTON, DC-U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, released troubling new data Wednesday suggesting that during the … Continue Reading


March 11, 2009

Schumer Reveals Groundbreaking New Study from Voting Experts: Up to 7 Million Registered Voters were Prevented or Discouraged from Casting Ballots in '08 Election

Survey Estimates Up To 3 Million Actively Tried To Vote, But Were Denied; 4 Million Registered Voters Were 'Discouraged' From Voting Due To Administrative Hassles Election Expert: Registration Problems Were To 2008 Election What Punch-Card Ballots Were In 2000 and Long Lines Were In 2004 Schumer: This Many Lost Votes Can Change An Election; Systemic Flaws in Registration Process Must Be Fixed WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer, Chairman of the Senate Rules and … Continue Reading


March 05, 2009

Centennial of the Russell Senate Office Building

Mr. President, I rise today to pay tribute not to a person, or an agency, or an institution, but to a building. That building, the Russell Senate Office Building, turns 100 years old today. The Russell Building has graced Capitol Hill for a century. Some of us have been fortunate to have our Senate office located in Russell. But all of us have had an occasion to attend a hearing, a meeting, or gathering in one of the building's rooms. If we take the time to stop and consider what's before … Continue Reading


February 25, 2009

Senators Schumer and Bennett Honor Contributions by Enslaved African Americans in Building of the U.S. Capitol

Washington, DC (Feb. 25, 2009) - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Bob Bennett, as well as other Members of the Senate, today passed S. Res. 53, a resolution to authorize the installation of a plaque honoring the contributions of enslaved African Americans in constructing the U.S. Capitol. This portion of the Capitol was built by slaves between 1793 and 1800, but their contributions were overlooked by historians for years and are largely unknown to the general public. The plaque will be … Continue Reading


September 08, 2008

Senators Feinstein and Kerry Welcome Changes in Voter Registration Policy at the Department of Veterans Affairs

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), and John Kerry (D-Mass.), co-sponsors of the Veterans Voter Support Act, today called the latest directive handed down by the Veterans Health Administration an important step forward in providing voter registration access to veterans in the Department's care. "The VA directive seems to be a significant turnaround in granting veterans the access to voter registration that they rightfully deserve," Senator Feinstein said. "Common sense … Continue Reading


July 10, 2008

Feinstein, Akaka and Kerry Urge Veterans Affairs Secretary to End Prohibition on Voter Regristration

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Daniel K. Akaka (D-HI), Chairman of the Veterans' Affairs Committee, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), and Senator John Kerry (D-MA), sent a letter today to Veterans Affairs Secretary James B. Peake, calling on him to end the current prohibition of voter registration at Department of Veterans Affairs facilities. Under current regulations, which Secretary Peake has the authority to revise, Veterans Affairs broadly prohibits third-party organizations from … Continue Reading


July 01, 2008

Senators Feinstein & Bennett Introduce Landmark Legislation to Improve Voting System Security and Election Administration

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Bob Bennett (R-UT), the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Rules and Administration Committee, today announced the introduction of bipartisan legislation that would require electronic voting systems used in federal elections to produce an independent voter-verified record of each ballot cast. "The bill is the culmination of extensive efforts over several months to come together to craft a bipartisan election technology … Continue Reading


May 23, 2008

Senators Feinstein & Bennett Announce Agreement on Bipartisan Electronic Voting Reform

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Bob Bennett (R-UT), the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Rules and Administration Committee, today announced an agreement on bipartisan legislation that would require electronic voting systems used in federal elections to produce an independent voter-verified record of each ballot cast. The bill, titled the Bipartisan Electronic Voting Reform Act, is the culmination of extensive efforts over several months by the two … Continue Reading


May 22, 2008

Senate Rules and Administration Committee Approves Nominees to Federal Election Commission

Washington, DC - The Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, chaired by U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), today approved the nomination of three new members to the Federal Election Commission. "This vote means the FEC is one step closer to restoring a working quorum. This vote comes not a moment too soon. It is unconscionable that in the middle of a presidential election year, with campaign committees spending millions of dollars, that we don't have our federal election watchdog … Continue Reading


May 15, 2008

Senator Feinstein Praises Smithsonian for Instituting Needed Improvements as Documented in New GAO Report

Washington, DC -U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today praised the Smithsonian for making needed improvements to its leave and compensation policies, making its operations more transparent and clarifying the roles and responsibilities of the Board of Regents, all of which were detailed in a new Government Accountability Office report released today. The following is Senator Feinstein's statement: "The past year has been a tumultuous one for the Smithsonian, but I think … Continue Reading


May 08, 2008

Senators Feinstein and Kerry Express Concerns About Apparent Reversal in Department of Veterans’ Affairs Policy in Providing Access to Voter Registration for Veterans

Washington, DC -U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and John Kerry (D-Mass.) today expressed concern about a new directive by the Veterans Health Administration that appears to reverse an earlier proposal to provide greater voter registration access to veterans in the department's care. On April 25, the Department of Veterans Affairs issued a directive that required all VA facilities develop comprehensive voter registration plans to assist veterans in voting. It also required … Continue Reading

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