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Schumer Makes Case for Senate Majority at Convention

New York senator is expected to be the next Democratic leader

New York Sen. Charles E. Schumer, left, gets a tour of the stage at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Monday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
New York Sen. Charles E. Schumer, left, gets a tour of the stage at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Monday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

PHILADELPHIA — The next Senate Democratic leader will make the case that a Hillary Clinton presidency needs a Democratic majority in Congress to get things done.  

“We Democrats fight for an America that works for everyone, that’s focused on leveling the playing field for all of us,” Charles E. Schumer will say in his speech to the Democratic National Convention Tuesday night.  

“And when Hillary Clinton wins the White House, and Democrats win back the Senate majority, that’s what we’ll do,” states excerpts of the New York senator’s prepared remarks obtained by Roll Call.


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Schumer is expected to succeed Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada when Reid retires next year. Currently the Senate’s third highest ranking Democrat, Schumer quickly locked up his leadership bid  shortly after Reid announced his retirement.   

If Clinton, the presumptive nominee, wins the White House, and Democrats take back the Senate, Clinton will find herself once again working closely Schumer.  

The pair represented New York for eight years in the Senate, which Schumer plans to highlight in his convention speech.  

In the excerpts, he recalled watching her work to save a naval plant in upstate New York, and to ensure health care for first responders to the 9/11 attacks.  


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Schumer laid out a slew of policy goals if Clinton and Senate Democrats are victorious in November. First among them is filling the vacancy on the Supreme Court with a justice “who will protect women’s rights, voting rights, and finally undo Citizens United,” the New York Democrat said of the law allowing unlimited political spending by corporations.  

Schumer also said a Democratic Senate would raise the minimum wage, ensure equal pay for women, and address college affordability.  

The senator added that they would work to pass “comprehensive immigration reform,” an elusive goal since the the so-called “Gang of Eight” deal passed a Democratic-led Senate in 2013, but stalled in the Republican-led House.  

Schumer will also take a shot at GOP nominee Donald Trump, borrowing a line from the real estate mogul’s reality television show, “The Apprentice.”  

A Democratic Senate, Schumer said, “will say to Americans ‘you’re hired,’ instead of ‘you’re fired.'”

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