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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


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

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