Schumer Calls GOP’s Bluff on Immigration

By: Monday February 10, 2014 6:47 am

Since Republicans are trying to blame their refusal to move forward with immigration reform on the fact that President Obama is taking too many executive actions, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has a great offer for them. They can both pass immigration reform and prevent Obama from having any role in implementing the new law. They [...]

Don’t Give the President Control Over the Debt Limit, Eliminate It

By: Tuesday October 22, 2013 8:08 am

To deal with the fear of Congress possibly holding the debt limit hostage Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) wants to permanently give the power to the President. From the Hill: Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) will propose legislation that would make permanent a plan to take the decision to raise the country’s debt limit out of Congress’s [...]

The Push for Ray Kelly as Head of DHS Heats Up

By: Friday July 19, 2013 8:34 am

The push to make New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly the new head of the Department of Homeland Security has intensified significantly over for the past few days. In addition to Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) aggressively lobbying for Kelly, President Obama has now started saying positive things about his possible appointment. In an interview with [...]

Schumer Ups the Senate Reform Rhetoric

By: Friday May 24, 2013 6:33 am

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has joined Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (NV) in again talking about the possibility of Democrats using the nuclear option to curtain the filibuster. From The Hill: Senate Democrats are still angry over the Republican blockade of Caitlin Halligan, whom President Obama nominated in September of 2010 to serve on the [...]

Immigration Reform Moving Slower Than Expected

By: Monday April 8, 2013 8:24 am

The immigration reform process is moving slower than many of its prime supporters expected. Initially, the hope was to have bipartisan immigration reform proposals released at the beginning of this week in both the Senate and House, which now seems unlikely. On Face the Nation, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said the best case scenario is that [...]

Draft Immigration Reform Bills Could Emerge Next Week

By: Monday April 1, 2013 8:29 am

In both the Senate and the House bipartisan groups are very close to releasing draft immigration reform bills. It is possible we could see some preliminary legislative language as early as next week. In the Senate the Gang of Eight resolved a major sticking point about guest workers, which should allow the group to finish [...]

Democrats’ New Brand: Higher Taxes and Fewer Benefits

By: Tuesday October 9, 2012 11:35 am

Sen. Chuck Schumer’s (D-NY) statement today about the deficit has started a round of speculation about what it means for the prospect of a grand bargain. What I think is more interesting is what it says about what has become of the Democratic brand right before the election. From his Schumers’ office about his speech: [...]

Democrats on Selling Obamacare: The Sixth Time’s the Charm

By: Tuesday January 18, 2011 8:39 am

How many times have you heard Democrats claim that “this moment” will be the magical opportunity when they convince the American people to like the new health care law? The newest “opportunity” to win the public over is apparently the House Republicans’ push for repeal. From the Hill: “Our biggest failure was that we passed [...]

Obama Worked to Kill Democratic Fight on Tax Cuts

By: Friday December 10, 2010 8:21 am

Brian Beutler broke the story of how Obama was working to undermine Schumer’s $1 million tax cut compromise last week, but Glen Thrush fleshes it out even more today. Key graf: But privately, White House officials, who have long viewed Schumer as a talented but essentially self-promotional operator with no abiding loyalty to Obama, think [...]

Tax Cut Deal is Public Option Debate All Over Again: All Lies, No Fight

By: Tuesday December 7, 2010 3:09 pm

In a moment of angry accidental honesty, President Obama compared his recent deal with the Republicans on tax cuts to the fight over the public option. From a transcript of the press conference via Greg Sargent: This notion that somehow we are willing to compromise too much reminds me of the debate that we had [...]