Victoria E. Freile Rochester Democrat and Chronicle Published 5:25 p.m. UTC Jul 2, 2018 U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer on Monday announced that he plans to introduce new legislation allowing veterans to distribute poppies outside area post offices. The red poppy is the international symbol of fallen soldiers, and veterans groups worldwide distribute artificial replicas of the flower around holidays commemorating veterans and the war dead as a way of honoring their sacrifice and to raise money. Schumer, while in Henrietta on Monday announced that he has introduced legislation to allow Congressionally-chartered veterans' service organizations to continue annual acts, like distributing poppies and small American flags, on U.S. Postal Service property. Schumer said he hopes to be able to get the RAISE VET FUND Act (which stands for "restoring access improving service to enable veterans engaging to fundraise" act) to be signed into law by Oct. 1. "We must give veterans, who … [Read more...] about Schumer introduces legislation to allow veterans to share poppies outside post offices
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Democratic leader Charles Schumer said on Wednesday the Senate should reject any Supreme Court nominee put forth by President Donald Trump who would vote to overturn the Roe v. Wade abortion decision or “undermine” healthcare protections. In a speech on the Senate floor shortly after Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced that he was retiring, Schumer said, “The Senate should reject on a bipartisan basis any justice who would overturn Roe v. Wade, undermine key healthcare protections.” Schumer said. Kennedy’s plan to retire after three decades as a pivotal vote on the highest U.S. judicial body gives Trump an opportunity to make the court more firmly conservative. Under Trump, Justice Neil Gorsuch was appointed last year after the president’s fellow Republicans in the Senate in 2016 refused to consider former Democratic President Barack Obama’s nominee, Merrick Garland, until after November … [Read more...] about Schumer urges Senate to reject Supreme Court nominee who opposes…
WASHINGTON - Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement puts maximum pressure on Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer to block a hard-right replacement, one who would tip the court’s already-tenuous balance and undermine cherished precedents such as Roe v. Wade. But wily as he may be, the Brooklyn-born leader of Senate Democrats has precious few cards to play and no margin for error in preventing President Trump from seeing a lockstep-conservative win Senate confirmation. “Schumer can beat the drums as much as he wants, but there has to be a clear path to defeating a nominee in order to be effective,” said Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist Poll at Marist College in Poughkeepsie. “I don’t see that right now.” After Kennedy’s retirement announcement Wednesday, Trump promised he would pick a replacement from a list of 25 prospects - a virtual Who’s Who of conservatives mostly sitting on federal appeals courts and state … [Read more...] about Kennedy retirement puts Schumer on the hot seat
Share Tweet Share Email Comments Print Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer of N.Y. speaks during a news conference about the Paris climate agreement, Wednesday, May 24, 2017, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) ASSOCIATED PRESS Enlarge Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer has proven once again, with his latest critical comments regarding the historical meeting between President Trump and Kim Jong Un, that he is just another long time denizen of the polluted Washington swamp. He boldly stated that President Trump, by meeting with Kim Jong Un, gave “a brutal and repressive dictatorship the international legitimacy it has long craved.” But maybe this meeting could lead us a little closer to a peaceful solution. This is the same person who supported and commended President Obama and his efforts to sit down with the leaders of the brutal Iranian regime that supports worldwide terrorism and imprisons and kills its own people … [Read more...] about To the editor: Schumer approved Iran deal, why not North Korea?
U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer said Thursday that the state Workers' Compensation Board should grant death benefits to the widow of State Trooper Lawrence W. Lakeman. Lakeman died in 2007 of pancreatic cancer believed to have been caused by his service at the World Trade Center site after the 2001 terrorist attacks. The state rejected the claim from Audra Lakeman of Lockport because she didn't file within two years of her husband's death. Schumer said pancreatic cancer wasn't added to the list of benefit-eligible 9/11 diseases until February 2014, so Lakeman's 2015 filing should have been timely enough. "We owe it to brave first responders like Trooper Lawrence Lakeman – who answered the call after 9/11 and got fatally sick as a result – to take care of their families," Schumer said. … [Read more...] about Schumer supports widow’s claim for 9/11 death benefits