Press Releases

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


July 15, 2013

Senator Roberts Blasts Leader’s Nuclear Option

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Rules and Administration today blasted the Senate Majority Leader's attempts to destroy the rights of the minority by breaking the rules of the U.S. Senate. "In breaking the rules to change the rules, the majority seeks to destroy what has made the Senate great," Roberts said. "The Senate has always been the one place where all Americans could be assured that they would have a voice. "Every American, … Continue Reading


June 12, 2013

Schumer Urges Confirmation of Davita Vance-Cooks to Lead Government Printing Office

Vance-Cooks Would be First Woman and FirstAfrican-American Confirmed as Public Printer of the United States Schumer: Ground-breaking Nominee is "Uniquely Qualified"and Ready to Serve WASHINGTON, DC-U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer, Chairman of the Senate Rules Committee, announced today that he will urge his colleagues to move expeditiously to confirm Davita Vance-Cooks as Public Printer of the United States, the executive who leads the Government Printing Office. If confirmed, … Continue Reading


April 25, 2012

SCHUMER CALLS FOR QUICK PASSAGE OF E-FILING LEGISLATION THAT WOULD INCREASE TRANSPARENCY OF CAMPAIGN FINANCE REPORTS

Senator ChairsRules Hearing on 'Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act' - Bill Would RequireSenate Candidates To File Campaign Finance Reports Electronically With FEC Bipartisan Legislation,Introduced By Senator Tester, Would Call For Senate To Abandon Burdensome &Costly Paper Filing System Schumer: BillWould Increase Transparency and Accessibility of Senate Candidate Filings &Save Taxpayers Thousands Annually Washington, DC -U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer, Chairman of the … Continue Reading


March 29, 2012

SCHUMER HOLDS SENATE RULES COMMITTEE HEARING ON NEW VERSION OF DISCLOSE ACT

Already In 2012,Outside Groups Have Spent $90M Influencing Elections-Many Raise Funds inUnlimited Amounts and Do Not Disclose Donors LegislativeHearing Focuses on S. 2219, DISCLOSE Act of 2012, Streamlined Proposal to RequireOutside Political Groups to Disclose Their Donors WASHINGTON,DC-U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer, Chairman of the Senate Rules Committee, convened a hearing today on S. 2219, the DISCLOSE Act of 2012. The bill is a new legislative effort to blunt the harmful impacts … Continue Reading


July 02, 2010

SCHUMER URGES MILITARY SERVICE MEMBERS TO REGISTER TO VOTE NOW FOR 2010 ELECTIONS

Armed Forces Voters Week and Overseas Voters Week Is June 28-July 7 Schumer Sponsored Military and Overseas Voting Law That Makes It Easier for Millions of Voters to Register and Vote in Elections WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, urged military and overseas voters to register to vote now to ensure their right to participate in this year's primaries and elections. The Department of Defense (DOD) is … Continue Reading


June 30, 2010

SCHUMER STATEMENT ON THE PASSING OF SENATOR ROBERT C. BYRD

Chairman Charles E. Schumer Remarks on the Passing of Senator Robert C. Byrd, as prepared for delivery June 30, 2010 Madam President, it is with deep sadness that I rise today to honor my colleague and friend, Senator Robert C. Byrd. The admiration that all of us in this body have for Senator Byrd is genuine and palpable. We already miss him dearly. I know that I speak for the entire Senate when I say that our thoughts and prayers are with Senator Byrd's family as they mourn … Continue Reading


June 25, 2010

SCHUMER UNVEILS LONG-AWAITED AND LONG-DESERVED PLAQUE COMMEMORATING ENSLAVED AFRICAN-AMERICANS WHO HELPED CONSTRUCT THE U.S. CAPITOL

Schumer, As Chairman of Rules Committee, Led Ceremony to Install Plaque in Senate Wing of U.S. Capitol Yesterday Schumer Was Original Co-Sponsor of Resolution Honoring Enslaved African-Americans for Their Contribution to Construction of U.S. Capitol Schumer: This Plaque Honoring These Brave Americans Is A Fitting Tribute to the Vital but Voiceless Work They Contributed to The U.S. Capitol Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer led a ceremony to install the long-awaited … Continue Reading


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

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