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Schumer Remarks - Dec 20

Hi all,

Below are Leader Schumer’s floor remarks and talkers on the bipartisan omnibus government funding legislation released last night. Recent Senate Democrats’ tweets and videos are also below.

Please reach out with any questions.

1) Majority Leader Schumer Floor Remarks & Talkers On The Release Of The Omnibus Appropriations Bill:

Washington, D.C. – Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today spoke on the Senate floor on the release of government funding legislation that includes many important priorities, such as the Electoral Count Act, support for the people of Ukraine, making health care more affordable, and more. Senator Schumer’s remarks can be viewed here.

Last night, congressional appropriators reached an agreement and released a bipartisan, bicameral Omnibus Appropriations bill to fund the federal government for the fiscal year 2023.

The final package will be an aggressive investment in American families, workers, and national defense, giving our troops a raise, providing help for Ukraine, and fulfilling Democrats’ promise to defend democracy through the Electoral Count Act.

On the healthcare front, the omnibus package will make health care more affordable and more expansive for millions of Americans, permanently extend postpartum coverage for mothers on Medicaid and CHIP, take a swing against the mental health and opioid crises, invest in telehealth, and support rural and low-income hospitals.

On the manufacturing and science front, the omnibus package secures the first major down payment in building the tech hubs authorized in the CHIPS and Science Act, the largest dollar increase for the National Science Foundation of all time, funding for STEM workforce training that will spur chip growth across the country, and billions to support universities, national labs, manufacturers, entrepreneurs, and workers necessary for the U.S. to remain technologically competitive on the world stage.

The omnibus will also fully fund provisions of the PACT Act to support veterans suffering from burn pit exposure, secure the largest increase in Pell Grants in over a decade, bring Indian health services to parity with all other federal health care providers, and increase child care and housing access.

To end a historic Congress filled with bipartisan achievements, the Senate should act on the omnibus with due speed and cooperation before government funding runs out on Friday and will take the first vote towards passage as soon as this afternoon.

2) Leader Schumer & Senate Democrats Tweets and Videos – RT/Amplify

Leader Schumer: This omnibus package represents an aggressive investment in:

✔️American families

✔️American workers

✔️American democracy

✔️America’s national security

It'll give our troops a raise, make health care more affordable, fulfill the promise to defend democracy at home and abroad.

Senate Democrats (NEW VIDEO feat. Senator Leahy): Thank you for your decades of service to Vermont, to the Senate, and to the country, @SenatorLeahy!

Senate Democrats (VIDEO): This Senate Democratic majority is getting big things done.

Senator Manchin: GOOD NEWS: The Electoral Count Act, my bipartisan legislation w/ @SenSusanCollins to reform & modernize the outdated Electoral Count Act of 1887, will be included in the FY23 Omnibus Appropriations bill & will receive a vote in the Senate this week. MORE:

Senator Cardin: The omnibus also includes the bipartisan effort to reform the Electoral Count Act of 1887. This became necessary after the violent and illegitimate events of Jan. 6.

Senator Shaheen: Reforms to safeguard our elections and democracy are overdue. The Electoral Count Reform and Presidential Transitions Improvement Act will strengthen our democracy for generations to come - I’m glad these essential reforms will soon be law.

Senator Hassan: BREAKING: The end-of-year omnibus bill text includes major provisions to help address the opioid epidemic, including my bipartisan measures to:

•Expand access to medication-assisted treatment

•Help fill the shortage of doctors trained in addiction medicine

Senator Merkley: Advance appropriations for the Indian Health Service is included in the 2023 omnibus bill! I fought to include this to make sure health care for tribal patients is never interrupted. #AdvanceIndianHealth

Senator Rosen: This is a huge win for NV: my bipartisan bill to strengthen U.S. travel and tourism is included in this year’s government funding legislation. This industry and its workforce are the backbone of our state’s economy and I will keep fighting until this bill is signed into law.

Julietta Lopez

Director of Community and External Affairs

Charles E. Schumer

United States Senate Majority Leader

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