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Chuck Schumer Biography

Chuck Schumer born Charles Ellis Schumer is an American politician serving as the senior United States Senator from New York. He has been the Senator Minority Leader since 2017.

Chuck Schumer Age

Born 23rd November 1950, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, United States.

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Chuck Schumer Wife

Schumer and his wife, Iris Weinshall, were married September 21, 1980. The ceremony took place at Windows on the World at the top of the north tower of the World Trade Center.

Chuck Schumer Children

The Schumers have two children, Jessica and Alison, both graduates of their father’s alma mater, Harvard College. The older daughter, Jessica, served as chief of staff and general counsel of the Council of Economic Advisers from May 2013 to August 2015. Alison was employed by Facebook, out of college, and is a marketing manager in the company’s New York office

Chuck Schumer Career

After graduating from Harvard Law School in 1974, Chuck was elected to the New York State Assembly, where he soon made his mark with his trademark vigor and relentless advocacy. In 1980, at 29, Chuck was elected as a congressman from the 9th Congressional District.

Chuck represented the 9th CD in Brooklyn and Queens for eighteen years, where he established his reputation as a consumer advocate and a pioneer in the fight against crime during the days of sky-high crime and murder rates that plagued communities throughout America. He was the leading sponsor of the Violence Against Women Act, which combats domestic violence and sexual assault, and the Brady Bill, which instituted mandatory background checks for handgun purchases. He championed the Hate Crimes Prevention Act, which organized data on crimes of bigotry and allowed federal authorities to prosecute these crimes. He also sponsored legislation that required banks and credit card companies to provide greater disclosure to consumers.

In 1998, Chuck was elected to the U.S. Senate; he became New York’s senior senator when Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan retired in 2000. Chuck kicked off his first Senate term by announcing he would visit each of New York’s 62 counties every year, a tradition he continues today to keep in touch with voters from every corner of the state.

Throughout his time in the Senate, Chuck has made improving New York’s economy his top priority, bringing affordable air service, like JetBlue, to Upstate New York. He has worked to successfully retain New York jobs that were at risk of leaving and to attract many new firms to New York to create many thousands of family-supporting new jobs. Chuck was the author of legislation that eliminated barriers that delay low-cost generic medications from entering the marketplace and led the charge to make college tuition tax deductible. He also aggressively championed agricultural measures to preserve vital market support programs for New York’s dairy farmers and crop growers. In 2013, Chuck worked across the aisle to pass a comprehensive immigration reform package, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, which passed the Senate with overwhelming bipartisan support.

After New Yorkers re-elected him in 2004, Chuck secured two powerful posts: a seat on the Senate Finance Committee, which oversees the nation’s tax, trade, social security and healthcare legislation, and the Chairmanship of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC). Chuck successfully led the DSCC for two consecutive cycles and greatly expanded the number of seats in his conference.

Following the elections of 2006, then-Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) appointed Chuck to serve as Vice Chair of the Democratic Conference, the number three position on the Democratic Leadership team. In 2016, Chuck was once again re-elected by the people of New York and at the same time, his colleagues elected him to serve as Leader of the Democratic Caucus, the first time a New York Senator has held the position.

Chuck Schumer Senate Minority Leader

The Senate Democratic team elected Schumer minority leader in November 2016. Schumer had been widely expected to lead Senate Democrats following the 2015 retirement announcement of his predecessor, Harry Reid. He is the first New Yorker, as well as the first Jew, to serve as a Senate leader.

Chuck Schumer Net Worth

As of 2018, Chuck Schumer’s net worth is $900,000

Chuck Schumer Salary

As minority leader of the Senate, Schumer makes $193,400 each year. Prior to his current role, he made $174,000 the set salary for senators and members of the House of Representatives.

Chuck Schumer Border Wall| Security

President Donald Trump and congressional leaders met Wednesday to discuss ways of ending the government shutdown. This as CBS2’s Marcia Kramer demands answers from Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, who, it turns out, has been a big supporter of controlling the borders for years.

It may turn out to be the burning question of the government shutdown: Just what is the definition of a wall? Because in 2006 Schumer, now one of the leaders of the anti-wall forces in Washington, voted to build 700 miles of fence on the U.S.-Mexico border.

Three years later, he said progress in ending illegal immigration was defined by, “construction of a 630-mile border fence that creates a significant barrier to illegal immigration on our southern land border.”

And he slammed people who called illegal immigrants undocumented workers.

“Illegal immigration is wrong, plain and simple. Until the American people are convinced that we will stop future flows of illegal immigration we will make no progress on dealing with the millions of illegals who are here now,” Schumer said.
So, why not a wall now, Mr. Schumer? Kramer demanded answers, engaging in the following Q&A with New York’s senior senator:

Kramer: “In 2006, you supported the Secure Fence Act. In 2009, you said you would pay for 630 miles of border fence. In 2013 …”

Schumer: “It has always been …”

Kramer: “Wait, 2013 the Border Security Economic Opportunity bill. All these things supported a wall.”

Schumer: “None of them have wall in it. Zero. And that’s why no wall was ever built. There is not a nickel of wall up.”

Kramer: “What’s the difference between a wall and a fence?”

Schumer: “A lot. It’s not just fencing. A fence works. You ask the experts. A big, concrete wall is expensive and it doesn’t work. You don’t just need fencing. You need drones, you need helicopters and you need roads. The agents can’t get people crossing the border because they can’t get there.”

In addition to “fencing” with Kramer, Schumer argued that President Trump doesn’t need $5 billion for a wall because he has yet to spend the $1.7 billion for border security he has already been given. The president has spent $341 million, according to Customs and Border Patrol figures.

MORE: What To Expect In Second Week Of Government Shutdown

CBS2’s Kramer wondered if Schumer’s opposition was just a tad political.

Kramer: “If Barack Obama had asked for $5 billion for a wall would you have given it to him?”

Schumer: “First, he wouldn’t have made such a dumb proposal that nobody supports.”

Kramer asked the same question to Rep. Peter King, a Republican who is against the government shutdown.

“They’d be down there with the bricks and the cement putting it right up,” King said of the Democrats.

Kramer asked Schumer about the president’s insistence that he’s flip-flopped on border security.

“I’ve been consistent from 2006,” Schumer said. “No one even talked about a wall in 2006, 2009, 2013.”

In 2009, he also said, “We must do as much as we can to gain control of our borders as soon as possible.”

And in 2019 that means no wall.

Chuck Schumer And Nancy Pelosi

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) respond to President Donald Trump’s national address about immigration and the US-Mexico border.

Chuck Schumer Approval Rating

Gov. Cuomo, Sen. Schumer have lowest approval ratings ever.

LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. (NEWS10) – New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and Senator Chuck Schumer have their lowest approval ratings ever, according to a Siena Poll released on 11th February 2019.

According to the poll, Gov. Cuomo’s favorability fell eight percent over the last month to 43 percent. Sen. Schumer saw his favorability drop six percent.

President Trump’s favorability among New York voters is up three percent.

Chuck Schumer Amy Schumer

Amy Schumer has a younger sister, Kim Caramele, who is a comedy writer and a producer, and a half-brother, Jason Stein, who is a musician in Chicago, Illinois. Schumer’s father was born to a Jewish family from Ukraine. She is a first cousin of U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer.

Chuck Schumer Book

He published a book called Positively American: Winning Back the Middle-Class Majority One Family at a Time, outlining strategies with which Democrats could court middle-class voters in January 2007 . One of his aides at the time Daniel Squadron helped to writing it, and they drew from the senator’s experience helping his party win in the 2006 midterm elections.

Chuck Schumer Electoral History

United States Senate election in New York, 1998

Party

Candidate

Votes

%

Democratic Chuck Schumer

2,386,314

Independence Chuck Schumer

109,027

Liberal Chuck Schumer

55,724

Total Chuck Schumer

2,551,065

54.62%

Republican Al D’Amato

1,680,203

Conservative Al D’Amato

274,220

Right to Life Al D’Amato

104,565

Total Al D’Amato (Incumbent)

2,058,988

44.08%

Marijuana Reform Party Corinne Kurtz

34,281

0.73%

Green Joel Kovel

14,735

0.32%

Libertarian William McMillen

8,223

0.18%

Socialist Workers Rose Ana Berbeo

3,513

0.08%

 

United States Senate election in New York, 2004

Party

Candidate

Votes

%

Democratic Chuck Schumer

4,384,907

Independence Chuck Schumer

216,198

Working Families Chuck Schumer

168,719

Total Chuck Schumer (Incumbent)

4,769,824

71.2%

Republican Howard Mills

1,625,069

24.2%

Conservative Marilyn O’Grady

220,960

3.3%

Green David McReynolds

36,942

0.3%

Libertarian Don Silberger

19,073

0.3%

Builders Party Abe Hirschfeld

16,196

0.2%

Socialist Workers Martin Koppel

14,811

0.2%

Majority

3,144,755

46.92%

Turnout

6,702,875

Democratic hold

Swing

 

Party

Candidate

Votes

%

Democratic

Chuck Schumer

2,710,735

65.4%

Republican

Jay Townsend

1,365,439

33.0%

Green

Colia Clark

39,815

1.0%

Libertarian

Randy Credico

25,975

0.6%

Total votes

4,141,964

100.0%

Democratic hold

Swing

 

United States Senate election in New York, 2016 

Party

Candidate

Votes

%

Democratic

Chuck Schumer

4,775,604

61.34%

Working Families

Chuck Schumer

241,381

3.10%

Independence

Chuck Schumer

150,457

1.93%

Women’s Equality

Chuck Schumer

45,297

0.58%

Total

Chuck Schumer

5,212,739

70.61%

Republican

Wendy Long

1,720,492

22.10%

Conservative

Wendy Long

267,186

3.43%

Reform

Wendy Long

17,781

0.23%

Total

Wendy Long

2,005,459

27.16%

Green

Robin Laverne Wilson

113,179

1.45%

Libertarian

Alex Merced

48,036

0.62%

None

Blank/Void/Scattering

406,189

5.22%

Total votes

7,785,602

100.00%

Democratic hold

Swing

Party

Candidate

Votes

%

Democratic

Chuck Schumer

2,710,735

65.4%

Republican

Jay Townsend

1,365,439

33.0%

Green

Colia Clark

39,815

1.0%

Libertarian

Randy Credico

25,975

0.6%

Total votes

4,141,964

100.0%

Democratic hold

Swing

 

Chuck Schumer Honorary degrees

Date

Institution

Degree

1999

Hofstra University

Doctorate

June 3, 1999

Hunter College

Doctor of Humane Letters (DHL)

May 21, 2000

Adelphi University

Doctor of Humane Letters (DHL)

June 2, 2002

New York Law School

Doctor of Laws (LL.D)

May 2004

Pace University

Doctor of Humane Letters (DHL)

October 21, 2007

Touro Law Center

Juris Doctor (JD)

2015

Brooklyn Law School

Doctor of Laws (LL.D)

Chuck Schumer Purchase of Gannett

Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) Feb. 12, 2019 jumped into the takeover battle for Gannett, initiated with a premium bid two weeks ago by a subsidiary of Alden Global Capital, parent of the Digital First chain.

As Gannett said in rejecting the offer, Schumer charged that Alden/Digital First are greedy liquidators of newspaper properties and thus a threat to the vitality of local journalism.

He made reference to half a dozen papers in New York state, already shrinking after years of Gannett’s management, that he said would stand to be cut to the bone and ultimately closed if Alden/Digital’s bid was successful.

Schumer also cited a lengthy investigative story in this morning’s Washington Post, making the case that Alden only wants Gannett so as to be able to sell off its real estate — and has already bought some Gannett office buildings through a separate subsidiary.

Schumer did not suggest government intervention but did urge philanthropists to considerer investments and grants to support local news

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update: 02.11.19

SCHUMER REVEALS: AS A RESULT OF THE GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN, FED BACKLOG OF NEW BEER APPLICATIONS PUTS GENESEE BREWERY & OTHERS AT RISK OF LOSING MILLIONS; SENATOR CALLS ON TTB TO IMMEDIATELY CLEAR MASSIVE LOG JAM & APPROVE GENESEE’S APPLICATIONS – TO AVOID LOSING MILLIONS IN REVENUE & HURTING ROCHESTER ECONOMY

With TTB Shuttered For Over A Month During Last Month’s Shutdown, Rochester-Finger Lakes Breweries, Distilleries & Wineries – Including Genesee Brewery – Were Unable To Secure Crucial Labeling & Other Approvals For New & Current Products, Placing Businesses At Risk of Costly Loss

With The Critical Summer Selling Season Fast Approaching & Another Potential Government Shutdown Looming, Schumer Urges TTB To Quickly Intervene & Process Approvals, Before Operations Lose Millions

Schumer To Feds: It’s Time For TTB To Approve ALE Of Genesee’s Applications In The CLINK Of An Eye

Standing at Genesee Brewing Company in Rochester, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today called on the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) to expedite the new product application process for Rochester-Finger Lakes breweries, distilleries and wineries that are currently at risk of missing out on selling new, seasonal products during the booming summer sales months. Schumer explained hundreds of New York State’s beer, wine and distilling businesses, including multiple in the Rochester-Finger Lakes Region, are now facing significant financial loss due to delays in obtaining routine approvals from TTB — a result of the thirty-five day government shutdown last month, including Genesee Brewing Company. Schumer urged that with another government shutdown potentially looming, TTB immediately exercise its discretion, as it has done in the past following exceptional events, to clear the backlog and expeditiously process applications from Rochester-Finger Lakes businesses.

“It’s no secret that the alcoholic beverage industry in the Rochester-Finger Lakes Region is booming, however, like so many other industries across New York, has been hurt by the recent government shutdown. With TTB shuttered for over a month during this unnecessary shutdown, a major backlog of new product applications from Rochester-Finger Lakes Breweries, including 42 from Genesee Brewery, built up, putting these companies in jeopardy of being unable to sell new products during the extremely profitable summer months,” said Senator Schumer. “So today I’m calling on TTB to intervene and expeditiously clear the backlog of approvals, including for Genesee Brewery and other Rochester-Finger Lakes alcoholic beverage companies, as failure to do so could dry out these businesses and the regional economy. I’ll do everything I can to push through this log jam so Genesee and other Rochester-Finger Lakes businesses can get their new and innovative products to market.”

Specifically, Schumer called on TTB to do the following:

1.     To the extent possible, redirect additional staff to process the backlogged label, formula, and permit applications until TTB has reached its processing time goals

2.     Authorize additional overtime until TTB is able to again meet its ten-day service standard for formula and label approvals

3.     Use its enforcement discretion with businesses in good standing who continued business activity during the shutdown to stay in business

Schumer said that TTB approvals are required for nearly every pivotal step in establishing and operating a brewery, winery or distillery. Additionally, he noted that approvals are required before a business can open, make a new product or label products.

Schumer explained that TTB’s backlog due to the government shutdown impacted producers large and small in New York’s beer industry, which includes over 420 breweries producing over $4 billion in annual economic impact. Schumer said that breweries have been especially harmed by the shutdown, as many rely on quickly securing TTB labeling approvals to sell new products, including seasonal beers. According to a recent press release from TTB, the label approvals backlog doubled during the shutdown to nearly 10,000 label approval requests.

Schumer said that delays in bringing these beers to market cause significant opportunity costs to brewers. For example, Genesee Brewery, the state’s oldest brewery that employs over 500 workers in Rochester, NY as well as Labatt USA and the Labatt Brew House in Buffalo, NY are at risk of losing millions in sales during the upcoming peak summer selling season, which accounts for 60% of annual commercial volume, unless TTB acts on 42 applications the brewery filed prior to the shutdown. Schumer explained that the approval of the 42 product registrations on-hold prevents Genesee and Labatt from bringing these products to market during the crucial summer selling season. Among the products in limbo are new products that took years to develop and are planned to be launched wide in 40 states starting this summer.

Similarly, Schumer said that several of New York’s small craft breweries, such as Three Heads Brewing in Rochester, have been forced to delay the launch of their new products, creating costly losses for the smaller businesses.  Three Heads had been planning for months to go into production with their seasonal summer beers in early 2019 but have now been forced to scrap those plans because their TTB applications are in limbo.  This backlog has created a domino effect that in turn creates additional delays of up to six weeks for packaging and labeling of new beers.  The result is that Three Heads has not been able to produce new types of packaged beers for February and March.

New York’s burgeoning alcohol beverage industry makes up 420 breweries, 400 wineries, 40 cideries and 100 distilleries and, with Schumer noting its status as a major economic driver that hinges on TTB support. In recent years, Schumer has pushed for increased funding for TTB to hire additional federal inspectors to review applications and worked to implement policies that streamline approvals needed by distilleries, breweries and wineries. Unfortunately, Schumer said, the backlog caused by the recent government shutdown puts small and large businesses alike at a major disadvantage. So, Schumer asked that TTB take the necessary steps to quickly move through the backlog, so that the alcohol beverage industry can continue to thrive.

A copy of Schumer’s letter to TTB appears below.

I write on behalf of New York State’s hundreds of beer, wine, and distilling businesses that are now facing significant financial loss due to delays in obtaining routine approvals from the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) as a result of the thirty-five day government shutdown last month. Many of these businesses are confronting financial jeopardy if TTB is unable to expeditiously clear its approval backlog now that government has reopened.  As the potential for another government shutdown looms, I urge TTB to exercise its discretion, as TTB has done before following exceptional events, to clear the backlog and quickly process applications from these businesses.

TTB approvals are required for nearly every pivotal step in establishing and operating a brewery, winery or distillery and are vital for a business to open and make or label a new product. However, TTB’s backlog due to the government shutdown impacted producers large and small in New York’s beer industry, which includes over 420 breweries producing over $4 billion in annual economic impact. Breweries have been especially harmed by the shutdown, as many rely on quickly securing TTB labeling approvals to sell new products, including seasonal beers. TTB’s most recent press release indicates that the label approvals backlog doubled during the shutdown to nearly 10,000 label approval requests. Delays in bringing these beers to market cause significant opportunity costs to brewers.  For example, Genesee Brewery, the state’s oldest brewery that employs over 500 workers in Rochester, NY as well as Labatt USA and the Labatt Brew House in Buffalo, NY are at risk of losing millions in sales during the upcoming peak summer selling season, which accounts for 60% of annual commercial volume, unless TTB acts on 42 applications the brewery filed prior to the shutdown.  The lack of TTB approval of the 42 product registrations on-hold prevents Genesee and Labatt from bringing these products to market during the crucial summer selling season. Among the products in limbo are new products that took years to develop and are planned to be launched wide in 40 states starting this summer.

Similarly, several of New York’s small craft breweries have been forced to delay the launch of their products, creating costly losses. Homer Hops Brewing in Cortland County, New York is awaiting a federal operating permit from TTB needed to launch a multi-barrel brewery and tasting room. The family-and-friends-owned business will produce over 15 beer recipes made from local ingredients under New York State’s Farm Brewery program. Homer Hops Brewing submitted its application for a federal operating permit in November 2018, but has already canceled events they were set to participate in or host as its permit approval has been delayed.

New York’s alcohol beverage industry makes up 420 breweries, 400 wineries, 40 cideries and 100 distilleries and is a major economic driver that hinges on TTB support. In recent years I have pushed for increased funding for the TTB to hire additional federal inspectors to review applications and worked to implement policies that streamline approvals needed by distilleries, breweries, and wineries. Unfortunately, the backlog caused by the recent government shutdown disadvantages small and large businesses alike. I ask that you take the necessary steps to quickly move through the backlog so that the industry can continue to thrive.

Specifically, I ask that TTB:

  1. To the extent possible, redirect additional staff to process the backlogged label, formula, and permit applications until TTB has reached its processing time goal
  2. Authorize additional overtime until TTB is able to again meet its ten-day service standard for formula and label approvals
  3. Use its enforcement discretion with businesses in good standing who continued business activity during the shutdown to stay

 

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