Press Releases

June 09, 2016

Rules Committee Approves Nomination of Dr. Carla D. Hayden to Serve as Librarian of Congress

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, released the following statement today after the committee voted to approve the nomination of Dr. Carla D. Hayden to serve as Librarian of Congress: "Leading the Library of Congress requires multitasking on a scale rarely seen in other government organizations," Blunt said. "I am confident Dr. Hayden will bring a great background and skill set to the job." Dr. Hayden was nominated in … Continue Reading


September 09, 2014

Senator Roberts: The First Amendment Must Itself be Preserved

WASHINGTON, DC - Taking to the floor of the U.S. Senate, Senator Pat Roberts today defended the First Amendment against Democrat Majority Leader Harry Reid's attempts to silence opposition. Audio and video here. Senator Roberts is the ranking member of the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration which has jurisdiction over federal election law. "Our founding fathers knew that those in power would be inclined to retain it and, unless constrained, would use their power to punish those who … Continue Reading


July 23, 2014

Senate Rules Committee Holds Hearing on the Disclose Act of 2014

WASHINGTON, DC-- The Senate Committee on Rules andAdministration convened a hearing today on S.2516, the Democracy IsStrengthened by Casting Light On Spending in Elections Act of 2014 or theDISCLOSE Act of 2014. The hearing featured remarks by U.S. Senator SheldonWhitehouse, the sponsor of the 2014 DISCLOSE Act. The committee also heardtestimony from two campaign finance experts. "U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis famously stated"Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants," … Continue Reading


July 23, 2014

Senator Roberts: DISCLOSE Act Suppresses Free Speech

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, Ranking Member of the SenateCommittee on Rules and Administration today made the following remarks at ahearing titled "The DISCLOSE Act (S.2516) and the Need for Expanded PublicDisclosure of Funds Raised and Spent to Influence Federal Elections: "For those of us who opposed the McCain Feingold bill, it is always aninteresting experience to hear concerns being expressed about the current stateof our campaign finance system. I opposed that … Continue Reading


June 25, 2014

Senate Rules Committee Holds Hearing on Improving Early and Absentee Voting Opportunities

WASHINGTON, DC - The Senate Committee on Rules and Administration heard testimony today from election experts on best practices involving absentee and early voting. "Part of being American is recognizing the importance of giving a voice to all Americans to participate in our democracy," Schumer said. "Today, with busy lives and work schedules more and more Americans are looking for alternatives to voting on Tuesdays." Congress established Election Day as a Tuesday in 1845 because that was … Continue Reading


May 14, 2014

Senate Rules Committee Holds Hearing on Improving Election Data Collection

WASHINGTON, DC - The Senate Committee on Rules and Administration heard testimony today from election experts on using election data collection to improve how elections are conducted across the country. "Without concrete data to guide us, we are often simply taking our best shot at the dartboard of election reforms," Schumer said. "While we have heard about great suggestions for reform, the starting place must be developing a solid understanding of what is happening in polling places across … Continue Reading


April 30, 2014

Schumer: Senate Democrats Will Bring Udall Constitutional Amendment to Undo McCutcheon, Citizens United Decisions to the Floor This Year

Senator Tom Udall's Constitutional Amendment Reverses Supreme Court Decisions Such As Citizens United v. FEC and McCutcheon v. FEC; Allows Congress and States to Regulate Campaign Finances Including Super PACs Schumer Made Announcement at Senate Committee on Rules and Administration Hearing Where Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens Testified Schumer: Amendment Would Prevent Us from Going Back to the Days of the Robber Barons Today, Senator Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), … Continue Reading


April 30, 2014

Senator Roberts: The First Amendment Doesn't Allow us to Silence Opposition

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, today said McCain-Feingold was a failed attempt to regulate free speech and further attempts to restrict political speech infringe upon the First Amendment. Roberts made these remarks at a Senate Rules Committee hearing entitled "Dollars and Sense: How Undisclosed Money and Post-McCutcheon Campaign Finance Will Affect the 2014 Election and Beyond." The following is Senator Roberts' … Continue Reading


April 10, 2014

Schumer Announces Step Toward Historic Name Change for Government Printing Office

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES STEP TOWARD HISTORIC NAME CHANGE FOR GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICES. 1947, The Government Publishing Office Act of 2014, Reported Out Of Senate Rules Committee Schumer: Updating the name of the Government Printing Office to the Government Publishing Office is the next logical step in this agency's long and proud service to our country WASHINGTON, DC-- U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, announced today that S. 1947, The … Continue Reading


April 10, 2014

Schumer Announces The SENTRI Act Has Passed The Senate Rules Committee

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES THE SENTRI ACT HAS PASSED THE SENATE RULES COMMITTEE Bipartisan legislation improves voting opportunities for service men and women including the creation of important safeguards for military and overseas voters Schumer: It is our obligation to do everything in our power to make sure our troops have an opportunity to register and exercise their right to vote WASHINGTON, DC-- U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, … Continue Reading


April 10, 2014

Schumer Announces Election Assistance Commission Nominees Thomas Hicks and Myrna PĂ©rez Clear Senate Rules Committee

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES ELECTION ASSISTANCE COMMISSION NOMINEES THOMAS HICKS AND MYRNA PÉREZ CLEAR SENATE RULES COMMITTEE WASHINGTON, DC-- U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, announced today that Thomas Hicks and Myrna Pérez, nominees to the Election Assistance Commission, have been reported out to the full Senate. Both nominees were reported out of the Rules Committee by voice vote on April 9, 2014. The nominees will now be … Continue Reading


April 09, 2014

Senate Rules Committee Holds Hearing on State Programs that Expand the Number of Registered Voters and Make Voter Lists More Accurate

SENATE RULES COMMITTEE HOLDS HEARING ON STATE PROGRAMS THAT EXPAND THE NUMBER OF REGISTERED VOTERS AND MAKE VOTER LISTS MORE ACCURATE State officials describe successful programs that automatically integrate motor vehicle records with voter rolls, and use regional list matching to reduce errors Schumer: We must focus on ways to prevent voter registration problems instead of trying to fix them at the polls WASHINGTON, DC-- The Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, chaired by U.S. … Continue Reading


March 12, 2014

Schumer to Introduce Legislation Aimed at Making Elections More Voter Friendly, While Also Increasing Efficiency and Reducing Costs for the Administration of Elections

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 12, 2014 SCHUMER, AT RULES COMMITTEE HEARING, ANNOUNCES HE WILL INTRODUCE LEGISLATION TO IMPLEMENT KEY PRESIDENTIAL COMMISSION ON ELECTION ADMINISTRATION RECOMMENDATIONS & UTILIZE TECHNOLOGY TO STREAMLINE AND IMPROVE AMERICAN ELECTIONS Schumer to Introduce Legislation Aimed at Making Elections More Voter Friendly, While … Continue Reading


February 12, 2014

SCHUMER HOLDS SENATE RULES COMMITTEE HEARING WITH TOP LAWYERS FROM ROMNEY, OBAMA CAMPAIGNS TO DISCUSS PRESIDENTIAL COMMISSION RECOMMENDATIONS ON IMPROVING ELECTION ADMINISTRATION

The bipartisan Presidential Commission onElection Administration has released its report outlining key findings andrecommendations on improving voting in America The bipartisan Commission's recommendationsinclude modernizing the registration process, expanding the period of time forvoting before Election Day and implementing state-of-the-art techniques tomanage polling places more efficiently The Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, chaired by U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer, held a … Continue Reading


January 29, 2014

SCHUMER HOLDS SENATE RULES COMMITTEE HEARING TO HEAR TESTIMONY ON STRENGTHENING MILITARY AND OVERSEAS VOTING

Bipartisanlegislation improves voter registrationand voting opportunities for service members, requires voter assistance as aroutine part of a service members' annual training and provides importantsafeguards to the right to vote for military and overseas voters Schumer:We must do more to make sure that our troops serving overseas receive theirballots in a timely manner and that those ballots get counted on Election Day WASHINGTON, DC-- U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer, Chairman of the … Continue Reading


December 11, 2013

Senator Roberts' Statement at Rules Committee Hearing on EAC Nominations

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, today issued the following statement at a hearing on the nominations of Thomas Hicks and Myrna Perez to the Election AssistanceCommission (EAC). (Audio and video of Senator Roberts' remarks here.) "This Commission is redundant and ought to be eliminated. If the majority sees the light maybe we can finally get rid of this commission and save the taxpayers some money," Senator … Continue Reading


November 22, 2013

Democrats Have Reduced Senate to a Rubber Stamp of the Obama Administration

U.S. Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, today spoke on the Senate floor against Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's (D-Nev.) use of the nuclear option to radically change the rules of the U.S. Senate. Audio and video of Senator Roberts' floor speech is here. The following is text of the Senator's prepared remarks: "Mr. President, under the rules of this body, it takes 67 votes to end debate on a rules change. As a continuing … Continue Reading


September 23, 2013

SCHUMER CELEBRATES ARRIVAL OF STATUE OF ROCHESTER HERO FREDERICK DOUGLASS TO U.S. CAPITOL BUILDING.

Douglass Statue in the Capitol After Five Year WaitSchumer Adds One more Statue of Prominent African Americans to the Capitol. Now there are Four Statues of African Americans - Out of More Than 180 Sculptures of Prominent Americans in the Capitol; Schumer: After a five year Struggle, This Statue to Honor Rochester Hero is placed in Emancipation Hall Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer celebrated the arrival of statue of Americanhero and Rochester resident, Frederick Douglass, to reside … Continue Reading


September 23, 2013

Schumer Introduces a Concurrent Resolution to Accept a Statue of Frederick Douglas

SCHUMERINTRODUCES A BILL TO FINALLY DELIVER STATUE OF ROCHESTER'S OWN GREAT AMERICANCIVIL RIGHTS HERO, FREDERICK DOUGLASS, TO U.S. CAPITOL BUILDING - AFTER FIVEYEARS OF LEGISLATIVE STALEMATE Schumer'sHistoric Resolution Would Direct Congress To Accept D.C.'s Douglass Statue -Completed In 2007 - To Reside In The Capitol And Immortalize A Hero FromRochester Only Two Out OfMore Than 180 Sculptures Of Prominent Americans In The Capitol Are AfricanAmerican Schumer: After ALong … Continue Reading


September 19, 2013

Schumer Announces FEC Nominee Lee Goodman and Ann Ravel Clear Senate Rules Committee

The nominees will fill Democratic andRepublican vacancies on the Federal Election Commission Schumer: Once confirmed, Goodman and Ravel canhelp restore the agency to fully functioning watchdog for the nation'scampaign finance laws WASHINGTON, DC-- U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, announced that Lee Goodman and Ann Ravel, nominees to the Federal Election Commission, have been reported out to the full Senate by the Committee. … Continue Reading

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