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September 15, 2021

Senate Leader Remarks, 9/14/2021


Mr. SCHUMER. Mr. President, we have a busy day in store for the Senate as we aim to hold a number of important votes before the start of Yom Kippur.

September 14, 2021

Senate Leader Remarks, 9/13/2021


Mr. SCHUMER. Madam President, first, I want to welcome back all of my colleagues from the August work period. As we return to Washington, as everyone knows, the Senate has a very busy schedule ahead of it.

August 12, 2021

Senate Leader Remarks, 8/10/2021

Recognition of the Minority Leader

Budget Reconciliation

Mr. McCONNELL. Madam President, later today, Senate Democrats want to take their next big step toward playing Russian roulette with our country. They want to begin pushing through a reckless taxing-and-spending spree that was authored by our self-described socialist colleague, Chairman Sanders. Today, the American people will learn exactly where each of their Senators stand.

August 10, 2021

Senate Leader Remarks, 8/9/2021

Mr. SCHUMER. Mr. President, now, it may have taken all weekend, but the Senate is now finally on the precipice of passing major bipartisan infrastructure legislation.  Last night, an overwhelming bipartisan majority of Senators voted to surmount the final few procedural hurdles and put the bill on a glidepath for passage tomorrow morning. The bill will represent a substantial downpayment toward the level of infrastructure investment our country needs, and for the first time, the Senate has come together around such a package in decades. I will have more to say about it before final passage.

August 9, 2021

Senate Leader Remarks, 8/8/2021


Mr. SCHUMER. Mr. President, well, this afternoon we pick up where we left off last night. The Senate has voted to advance the bipartisan infrastructure bill and bring debate on the substitute amendment to an end.  I would repeat that Democrats are ready and willing to vote on additional amendments to the bill before moving to final passage. Once again, that will require the cooperation of our Republican colleagues.  I hope they will cooperate so we can move more quickly. Otherwise, we will proceed by the book and finish the bill.  I said yesterday that we could do this the easy way or the hard way.  Yesterday, it appeared that some Republicans would like the Senate to do this the hard way. In any case, we will keep proceeding until we get this bill done.

August 8, 2021

Senate Leader Remarks, 8/7/2021


Mr. SCHUMER. Mr. President, this morning, we resume consideration of the bipartisan infrastructure bill. There will be a vote at noon to invoke cloture on the substitute amendment, which will move the process forward by the book.  Democrats are very eager to start voting on further amendments, but we need consent from the Chamber to schedule those amendment votes. We worked all day Thursday to come up with an agreement with our Republican colleagues on such a package but unfortunately were not able to. So we can get this done the easy way or the hard way. In either case, the Senate will stay in session until we finish our work. It is up to my Republican colleagues how long it takes.

August 6, 2021

Senate Leader Remarks, 8/5/2021


Mr. SCHUMER. Madam President, all week, as we all know, Senators have worked together to move forward on the bipartisan infrastructure bill.  Since the text of the bipartisan proposal was finalized on Sunday, both sides have had extensive opportunities to offer amendments. Senators have certainly taken advantage.

August 5, 2021

Senate Leader Remarks, 8/4/2021

Mr. SCHUMER. Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that following Senator Kelly's maiden speech, that Senators Johnson, Peters, and Carper be permitted to speak for up to 5 minutes each prior to the start of the vote.

H.R. 3684

Mr. President, for information of the Senators, the vote scheduled at 12:15 will likely begin closer to 12:30 p.m.  As you have seen, as America has seen, the Senate is moving full steam ahead on the bipartisan infrastructure bill. Since the legislative text of the bill was finalized, the Senate has considered eight amendments. Five amendments were led by Senators from the Republican minority, and seven amendments have received rollcall votes.  One amendment offered by the uncommon pairing of Senators Warnock and Cruz was adopted yesterday by voice vote. Miracles happen even here in the Senate.  So the Senate is making great progress on amendments, and we are going to make further progress very soon. While the specific number of additional amendments has yet to be agreed to, I believe we can consider another substantial tranche on the floor today. Senators should expect multiple rollcall votes this afternoon.

August 4, 2021

Outline of S.Amdt. 2137 to H.R. 3684: Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act

From the table of contents for S.Amdt. 2137 to H.R. 3684: Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act — Full Text (3 MB PDF)

Subtitle A—Authorizations and Programs
Subtitle B—Planning and Performance Management
Subtitle C—Project Delivery and Process Improvement
Subtitle D—Climate Change
Subtitle E—Miscellaneous

Senate Leader Remarks, 8/3/2021


Mr. SCHUMER. Mr. President, Senators continue to work through the bipartisan infrastructure bill here on the floor. Members from both sides want to be able to consider as many germane amendments as possible, but we want to work efficiently to allow those votes.

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