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Senator Charles Schumer at the Plattsburgh Boat Basin July 6, 2021
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The U.S.-Canada border has been closed since March 20, 2020, with all but essential travelers limited since. There have been growing calls on both sides to reopen the border now that vaccinations are curtailing the spread of COVID-19. In Plattsburgh Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer said if there is not an agreement soon, the U.S. should unilaterally open its border.

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Senator Charles Schumer

Things have changed dramatically for the Democrats since fall.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Democrat Chuck Schumer, the Senate Majority Leader, speaks with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

Senator Charles Schumer calls on USDA to continue the Honey Bee Colony Survey
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On Friday afternoon, WAMC's Alan Chartock spoke with U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer on the Congressional Corner. Here is the transcript of their interview. 

Congressman Peter Welch at St. Albans food shelf
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Our region’s congressional representatives are discussing key provisions of the American Rescue Plan – the latest COVID relief bill that’s expected to be voted on in the U.S. House this week.

New York Senator Charles Schumer (left) and Vermont Congressman Peter Welch
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Congressional representatives have been meeting virtually with constituent groups as a new COVID relief package is negotiated in Washington.  In northern New York business interests recently heard from Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer, while Vermont’s Congressman spoke to business interests in the Rutland region.

Senator Charles Schumer discusses coronavirus relief with business owners in Peru, NY
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New York’s senior U.S. Senator was in the North Country Friday.  During a stop in Peru, south of Plattsburgh, he met with local business owners to discuss what he says is the need for more federal pandemic relief.

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Three members of Congress from New York are urging leaders of the Senate and House Armed Services Committees to prevent President Trump from redirecting funding for military projects to a wall at the southern border.

New York U.S. Senator Charles Schumer is calling on CSX to restore safety to a trestle in Ulster County, after rocks have fallen onto vehicles, damaging them and injuring passengers.

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New York’s two U.S. Senators are calling on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to deem General Electric’s Hudson River PCB cleanup incomplete. The EPA has said it would decide on GE’s request for a Certificate of Completion in early 2019.

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U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer was at the Essex Farm as part of a swing through northern New York today.

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A NASA astronaut will attend an event at pedestrian bridge Walkway Over the Hudson. The announcement comes following a push by Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer.

Groups Mobilize For Supreme Court Nominee Battle

Jul 10, 2018
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National groups both for and against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh are pouring money into ads. And progressive groups, saying they could be outspent, are embarking on a mass mobilization they believe will prove more fruitful than money. One of the progressive groups is focused on New York.

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U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer was in Plattsburgh, New York recently to promote the distribution of funds that will allow local law enforcement officers to obtain technology to detect the presence of fentanyl in the field.

Bill Owens: Trump And The Democrats

Sep 12, 2017

On the evening of September the 6th, at a meeting with Mr. Trump, Ms. Pelosi and Messrs McConnell, Ryan, and Schumer a negotiation ensued to resolve the debt ceiling, Harvey relief and a Continuing Resolution (known as CR - that essentially extends current spending into the future when Congress can’t agree on specific appropriations bills).  There was a back and forth amongst the assembled with the initial offer from the Republicans being a proposal for an eighteen month CR and debt ceiling raise to be included with Harvey relief of $7.85 billion, this was countered by a three month proposal from the Democrats; the Republicans then countered only to be pushed aside by President Trump who agreed with the Democrats.

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A crash last week in Rockland County involving a CSX train that hit a car-carrying trailer stuck on the tracks has U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer calling on the feds to take action.

Following last week’s derailment at Penn Station in New York City, the U.S. Senate Minority Leader is warning feds against making cuts to Amtrak.

New York U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, as well as Northern New York Congresswoman Elise Stefanik, have announced the passage of a bill they say would save hours of delays at Northern Border crossings.

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U.S. Senator Charles Schumer has announced more than one billion dollars in federal funding has been secured to support naval reactors, including two in the Capital Region.

New York Senator Chuck Schumer has announced his opposition to the Iran nuclear deal.

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  After the earthquake, many New Yorkers were frantically checking on relatives in Nepal.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Senator Chuck Schumer tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that Nepalese Americans need a helping hand. 

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  The Department of Transportation has issued regulations on oil trains.

But in today’s Congressional Corner, New York U.S. Senator Charles Schumer tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that they don’t go far enough.

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As in many other states, craft beer is on the rise in New York. But new snags have accompanied the brewing boom. U.S. Senator Charles Schumer recently stopped by a brewery in Dutchess County to push for malt barley crop insurance. Farmers and brewers alike say it would help craft brewers increase their locally-sourced ingredients.

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Hillary Rodham Clinton is expected to make an announcement regarding her plans for 2016 on Sunday.

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New York U.S. Senator Charles Schumer has issued a statement on Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid’s endorsement to lead the Senate Democrats after the Nevada statesman announced his retirement.

Reid gave his support to Schumer in an interview Friday morning.

Schumer, currently the Senate Democrats’ third-in-command, said he looked forward to working alongside Reid for the remainder of the session.

United States Senator Charles Schumer
Senator Charles Schumer

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer is calling for a federal ban on the sale of high-powered green laser pointers that have been used to injure and disorient airplane pilots around the country.

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White House officials recently held a year-end conference call highlighting progress made in the U.S. economy in 2014. They also discussed what they’d like to see accomplished in the new year.

The call recapped a year of continuing economic growth in the U.S., six years after the economic collapse that has served as the backdrop to the administration.

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New York’s two U.S. senators have announced funding for an airport in the Hudson Valley.

U.S. Senators Seek Transportation Funds For Newburgh

Jun 19, 2014
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New York’s two U.S. senators are pushing for federal funds to develop a long-term plan to upgrade transportation infrastructure in an Orange County locale. WAMC’s Allison Dunne has more.

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New York U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced this week more than $2.7 million in funding to help a village in Washington County make upgrades to its faulty sewer system. 

The Democrats announced a $2 million grant and $740,000 loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development’s Water and Environmental Program for the Village of Whitehall. The Washington County village near the Vermont border will use the funding to make repairs and comply with environmental regulations.

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U.S. Senator Charles Schumer criticized the Obama administration's recent proposal that would effectively cut $40 million from state sewer and water projects, jeopardizing more than 340 critical sewer upgrades in upstate New York.