Chuck Schumer

October 8, 2021

Watch: Chuck Schumer elicits groans with ill-timed rant on Senate floor

On Thursday night, 11 Senate Republicans joined all 50 Democrats to end the debate on the deal to extend the debt ceiling until December. They’d reached a bipartisan agreement to avoid an economic catastrophe and were milling about on the Senate floor, talking amongst themselves. And at that moment, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) decided to launch into a rant against the Republicans.

“Republicans played a dangerous and risky partisan game, and I am glad that their brinksmanship did not work,” Schumer said. “Despite immense opposition from Leader McConnell and members of his conference, our caucus held together and we pulled our country back from the cliff’s edge that Republicans tried to push us over.”

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W. VA), who has pushed for bipartisanship, was visibly displeased with Schumer’s remarks. Video footage shows him shake his head and put his head in his hands. Eventually, about halfway through Schumer’s four-minute speech, Manchin gets up and walks away.

“I didn’t think it was appropriate at this time,” Manchin later told reporters. “We have to de-weaponize. You can’t be playing politics. None of us can — on both sides,” Manchin said. “Civility is gone.”

Sen. John Thune (R-SD), who voted to end the filibuster and pass the measure, said he confronted Schumer after his comments.

“I thought it was totally out of line,” Thune said. “I just thought it was an incredibly partisan speech after we had just helped him solve a problem.”

“I let him have it,” he added.


Chuck Schumer picked the wrong moment to go on a partisan rant

October 7, 2021

Senate reaches short-term debt deal, avoiding crisis

Senate leaders reached an agreement to extend the debt ceiling into December, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) announced Thursday.

“We have reached an agreement to extend the debt ceiling through early December,” Schumer said.

The agreement would increase the debt ceiling by $480 billion, which Treasury Department estimates indicate would extend the limit until Dec. 3. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) also confirmed the deal.

“The Senate is moving toward the plan I laid out last night to spare the American people from an unprecedented crisis,” McConnell said. “The pathway our Democratic colleagues have accepted will spare the American people any near-term crisis.”

The agreement would need to pass through the House before being sent to President Biden.


Default crisis dodged — for now — with Dem-GOP debt accord

September 24, 2021

Schumer announces ‘framework’ deal, but Democrats have ‘no idea’ what he’s talking about

On Thursday, Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) announced a deal between the Senate, House, and White House on a “framework” for paying for the $3.5 trillion social spending package. However, several Senate Democrats said they hadn’t seen any such framework.

Schumer said the deal was a “menu of options” for Democrats to pay for the eventual bill.

According to The Hill: “several Democrats — including key votes, members of leadership and senators on the panel responsible for coming up with the bill’s funding sources — said they hadn’t yet seen the framework and didn’t know what’s in it.”

Sen. Mark Warner (VA), a member of the Finance panel, said he didn’t have the “foggiest idea” of what was in the framework. “I’m almost as anxious to get that information as you are,” he added.

“No, I haven’t seen it,” Sen. Dick Durbin (IL) said.

Senate Budget Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders (VT) said he had “no idea” what was in the framework.

Michigan’s Sen. Debbie Stabenow went so far as to say that there was no agreement.

“We don’t have an agreement. We basically on [the] Finance Committee have gone through a list of things and what they would raise,” she said.


Democrats surprised, caught off guard by ‘framework’ deal

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