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He's one of my favorites. That quiet tone shouldn't fool anybody.feedback
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May 19 2017 Trump Presidency
We can learn a lot about a person if we know what types of things he or she talks about or comments on the most frequently. There are numerous topics with which Chuck Schumer is associated, including Americans, Republicans, and healthcare. Most recently, Chuck Schumer has been quoted saying: “If one thing is clear from the meeting it is that Mr. Mueller has broad and wide ranging authority to follow the facts wherever they go, and that gives me some confidence and should give American people some confidence. Because he is a man of great integrity and experience.” in the article Rosenstein Tells Senate He Knew of Comey Firing Before He Wrote Memo.
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The fact that they are bragging about these highlights how little else they have accomplished legislatively.feedback

Because they're both involved in one of the most serious investigations we've seen in a very long time.feedback

Each Democratic senator's gonna make up his or her own mind. But I think the two are very much related.feedback

To destroy them would be a violation of law. But he should turn them over to Congress and to the investigators.feedback

It's not a criminal investigation. I see no need for a special commission yet.feedback

The key is getting some of our Republican colleagues to join us.feedback

To have that special prosecutor, people would breathe a sigh of relief because then there would be a real independent person overlooking the FBI director.feedback

The actions of the last week make all the more reason that he should not be attorney general.feedback

Over the last three decades of your career at the Department of Justice, you have developed a reputation for integrity and impartiality. That reputation is now imperiled by your participation in the abrupt dismissal of FBI Director Comey.feedback

The need for these briefings is even greater now than it was this morning, given what the president said this afternoon.feedback

Over the last three decades of your career at the Department of Justice, you have developed a reputation for integrity and impartiality. That reputation, along with the personal and public commitments you made to me and other Senators that you would be an independent, apolitical actor as Deputy Attorney General, earned you broad bipartisan support in your confirmation vote. And that reputation is now imperiled by your participation in the abrupt dismissal of FBI Director Comey.feedback

There are many questions to be answered and many actions that should be taken. We will be pursuing several things in the coming days, and we'll have more to say about those next steps in the days ahead.feedback

All we are seeking is some assurance that the subject of this investigation is not able to influence it or, God forbid, quash it.feedback

With all due respect, you're making a big mistake.feedback

If there was ever a time when circumstances warranted a special prosecutor, it is right now. It should not be a political appointee who makes such a decision.feedback

I do not have confidence in him (James Comey) any longer.feedback

Were these investigations getting too close to home for the president? It is troubling that Attorney General Sessions, who had recused himself from the Russian investigation, played a role in firing the man leading it.feedback

I have said from the get-go that I think a special prosecutor is the way to go, but now with what's happened it is the only way to go.feedback

I do not have confidence in him (James Comey) any longer. I told the president, Mr. President, with all due respect, you are making a big mistake. The first question the administration has to answer is, why now?feedback

Are reports that the President has been searching for a rationale to fire the FBI Director for weeks true? Was Director Comey's investigation making significant progress in a direction that would cause political damage for the White House? We need to get to the bottom of this… and get a handle on all of the facts so that we can grapple with them.feedback

The only way the American people can have faith in this investigation is for it to be led by a fearless, independent special prosecutor.feedback

There is now a crisis of confidence at the Justice Department and President Trump is not being held accountable because House Republicans refuse to work with us to do our job.feedback

With this first slate of lower court nominees, it seems that the President is intent on continuing to outsource the judicial selection process to hard right, special interest groups rather than consulting with Senators on a bipartisan basis. The president should work with members of both parties to pick judges from within the judicial mainstream, who will interpret the law rather than make it.feedback

Mark Green's decision to withdraw his name from consideration as Army secretary is good news for all Americans, especially those who were personally vilified by his disparaging comments directed toward the LGBTQ community, Muslim community, Latino community and more.feedback

A man who was the lead sponsor of legislation to make it easier for businesses to discriminate against the LGBTQ community; opposes gay marriage, which is the law of the land; believes being transgender is a 'disease'; supports constricting access to legal contraception; and makes deeply troubling comments about Muslims is the wrong choice to lead America's Army.feedback

This bill is going nowhere fast in the United States Senate. Rather than trying to pass a different version of the same Trumpcare bill that would mean higher costs and less care, Senate Republicans should refuse to follow their House colleagues over a cliff, reject repeal, and work with Democrats to improve our healthcare system in a bipartisan way.feedback

Even if the new version of Trumpcare passes the House – and we hope that it does not – its chances for survival in the Senate are small. We don't even know if the new version would survive under the rules of reconciliation.feedback

I sincerely hope that the Senate won't mimic the House and try to rush a bill through without hearings or debate or analysis.feedback

This has been the nefarious goal of the hard right for decades. This is what Bush did. They did tax cuts and then they said they had to cut Social Security. Some in the hard right, their ultimate goal is actually to cut Social Security and Medicare, even end it. This is a path for them. We're going to stop it.feedback

This is a good day, and it's a bipartisan day, so I'm not going to get into finger pointing. It was a bipartisan negotiation as I said. The leaders – Democrat, Republican, House and Senate – work well together. And why ruin that?feedback

This Republican amendment leaves Americans with pre-existing conditions as vulnerable as they were before under this bill. High-risk pools are the real death panels: they mean waiting forever in line for unaffordable health insurance.feedback

It is truly a shame that the president is degrading it because he didn't get 100 percent of what he wanted. You can't always get what you want.feedback

People here might say they hate the federal government. But the fact is, they need it to survive.feedback

You cannot do it without the standard deduction. He takes away state and local, as well, and middle-class people get far less of a benefit, many of them were hurt. One estimate said that millions would pay more, and the rich do extremely well.feedback

I think we had a strategy and it worked. Democrats and Republicans in the House and Senate were closer to one another than Republicans were to Donald Trump. We had the upper hand, and we maximized that leverage. We figured out our bottom line first, and we made it clear that we had the upper hand because the shutdown would fall on their shoulders.feedback

This agreement is a good agreement for the American people, and takes the threat of a government shutdown off the table.feedback

We still have a little bit of a ways to go, and we still have some poison-pill riders that they haven't dropped yet.feedback

The Republican plan is just steeped in hypocrisy. For the last eight years, all we heard from our Republican colleagues was that Obama was raising the deficit, and we need to cut programs that benefit the poor and middle class. All of a sudden, now, with a Republican president and a proposed tax cut for the wealthy, we're hearing from the other side of the aisle, Deficits don't matter.feedback

Our position has been clear and it's nothing news. No poison-pill riders. Now we're making progress — we're not there yet.feedback

We hope that Republicans don't pass it. But if it does, American politics will take its effect. It was out of touch with reality, that tweet.feedback

There are some sticking points that remain, but I'm optimistic we can come up with an agreement very soon.feedback

It is good that once again the president seems to be backing off his threat to hold health care and government funding hostage. Like the withdrawal of money for the wall, this decision brings us closer to a bipartisan agreement to fund the government and is good news for the American people.feedback

I think the Senate committee should move more quickly, it's gone very slowly.feedback

That's not tax reform. That's just a tax giveaway to the very, very wealthy that will explode the deficit.feedback

Before, the parties were negotiating quite well until Donald Trump and the White House threw a monkey wrench into it. If the president stepped out of it, we could get a budget done by Friday.feedback

It's really good news that the president seems to be taking the wall off the table in the negotiations we're having on an appropriations bill this week. It would remove the prospect of a needless fight over a poison pill proposal that members of both parties don't support. ... If the threat of the wall is removed, as I hope is the case, our negotiations can continue and we can, hopefully, resolve all of the outstanding issues by Friday.feedback

If the threat of the wall is removed – as I hope is the case – our neogitations can continue and we can hopefully resolve all of the outstanding issues by Friday.feedback

If the administration insists on funding for a wall in this bill, it will endanger the prospects of a bill passing and raise the prospects of a government shutdown.feedback

It would remove the prospect of a needless fight over a poison-pill proposal that members of both parties don't support.feedback

It's good for the country that President Trump is taking the wall off the table in these negotiations. Now the bipartisan and bicameral negotiators can continue working on the outstanding issues.feedback

This wall is un-thought-out and doesn't work. If the vast majority of his tax cuts are going to go to the wealthy, he won't be able to work with us.feedback

The only fly in the ointment is that the president is being a little heavy handed, and mixing in and asking for things such as the wall. We'd ask him to let us do our work, not throw in some last-minute poison pills that could undo it, and we could get this done.feedback

If the president stepped out of it we could get a budget done by Friday.feedback

The most vexing thing here, that really is just troubling, is this could have been prevented.feedback

Our Republican colleagues know that since they control, you know, the House, the Senate and the White House, that a shutdown would fall on their shoulders, and they don't want it.feedback

The next Penn panic could be an actual disaster, not just a wake-up call. It's a simple lesson that was learned from the JFK incident last year. When multiple law enforcement agencies are operating in the same area, it's critical that there be a joint command center to help coordinate security and responses to incidents.feedback

Until President Trump releases his full tax returns, a cloud of suspicion will remain and make it much more difficult to get tax reform legislation through the Congress.feedback

If President Trump is serious about passing real tax reform to help the middle class, he should start by releasing his own full tax returns to erase any doubt of where his priorities lie.feedback

We want to make sure it's a good budget that meets our principles. But so far, so good.feedback

We don't just cut $30 billion checks and say, Buy all the toys you want.feedback

President Trump has just repeatedly failed to deliver on the promises he's made to American workers during the campaign. He hasn't stood up to China, who has robbed millions of Americans of jobs over the last several decades, has been a benefactor of loopholes in our buy America laws.feedback

He hasn't even tried to move legislation that would end tax breaks for companies who ship jobs overseas, something we Democrats have been advocating for years.feedback

If he doesn't release his returns, it is going to make it much more difficult to get tax reform done. It's in his own self-interest.feedback

Despite campaign promises that President Trump would fight for the American worker, reality hasn't matched his rhetoric. President Trump's empty executive orders and policies put profits over people, and wealthy CEOs over workers.feedback

This cynical strategy will fail. Our position remains unchanged: drop repeal, stop undermining our health care system, and we will certainly sit down and talk about ways to improve the Affordable Care Act.feedback

Any proposal from OMB Director Mulvaney or the administration that eviscerates the very agencies and employees dedicated to helping the middle class … will be met with strong opposition by Democrats in Congress.feedback

When the President fails to label them a currency manipulator, he gives them a green light to steal our jobs and wealth time and time again.feedback

The best way to get China to cooperate with North Korea is to be tough on them with trade, which is the No. 1 thing China's government cares about. When the president fails to label them a currency manipulator, he gives them a green light to steal our jobs and wealth time and time again.feedback

The best way to get China to cooperate with North Korea, is to be tough on them with trade, which is the number one thing China's government cares about.feedback

When China just released those 38 approvals for him a month ago, a natural question to ask is are they doing that because they're trying to win policy points related to American workers and the American people? No one knows the answer.feedback

I think Congress would be opposed to that. I think he'd need Congress's approval to do that. … I would tell him my view, and that of most of my caucus, is very, very dubious of a kind of large-scale military action we saw in Iraq. And dubious of military action generally.feedback

I think he just has an obligation to come clean. When you clean up the swamp, it's not keeping things secret and applies to yourself. The Chinese have done nothing on North Korea, and I don't think they will unless they think America is tough. The tougher we are on trade, the more likely China is going to think we're tough on North Korea. I for one am really, really wary and worried about getting committed to another land war.feedback

I hope Judge Gorsuch has listened to our debate here in the Senate, particularly about our concerns about the Supreme Court increasingly drifting towards becoming a more pro-corporate court that favors employers, corporations, and special interests over working America.feedback

It will make the cooling saucer of the Senate considerably hotter, and I believe it will make the Supreme Court a more partisan place.feedback

The consequences for the Senate and for the future of the Supreme Court will be far-reaching.feedback

They have had other choices. They have chosen this one.feedback

Making sure Assad knows that when he commits such despicable atrocities he will pay a price is the right thing to do.feedback

In 20 or 30 or 40 years, we will sadly point to today as a turning point in the history of the Senate and the Supreme Court, a day when we irrevocably moved further away from the principles our founders intended for these institutions: principles of bipartisanship, moderation and consensus.feedback

Mr. President, the 60-vote bar in the Senate is the guardrail of our democracy. When our body politic is veering too far to the right or to the left, the answer is not to dismantle the guard rails and go over the cliff, but to turn the wheel back toward the middle. The answer is not to undo the guardrails–the rules–it's to steer back to the middle and get a more mainstream candidate.feedback

We believe that what Republicans did to Merrick Garland was worse than a filibuster. We didn't hear two words in the long speech of Senator McConnell: Merrick Garland.feedback

We will sadly point to today as a turning point in the history of the Senate and the Supreme Court.feedback

I don't think there's any thirst to change the legislative rules. Most Democrats and most Republicans have served in both the minority and majority and know what it means.feedback

We believe that what Republicans did to Merrick Garland was worse than a filibuster. The nuclear option means the end of a long history of consensus on Supreme Court nominations, it weakens the standing of the Senate as a whole.feedback

We Democrats believe the answer isn't to change the rules, it's to change the nominee, as presidents of both parties have done when a nominee fails to earn confirmation.feedback

The answer isn't to change the rules. It's to change the nominee, as presidents of both parties have done when a nominee fails to earn confirmation. Instead, my Republican friends seem intent on breaking the rules for Judge Gorsuch, and are trying to find reasons to justify it.feedback

Both sides I know are pointing fingers at the other in this debate – saying that the other side started it. We did not even get our nominee, when Sen. McConnell broke 230 years of Senate precedent, didn't even allow Judge Garland a hearing or a vote.feedback

What the majority leader did to Merrick Garland by denying him even a hearing and a vote is even worse than a filibuster.feedback

If Senator McConnell is willing to be reasonable and cooperate in a bipartisan way, we can avoid the nuclear option.feedback

Senator McConnell would have the world believe that his hands are tied. That the only option after Judge Gorsuch doesn't earn 60 votes is to break the rules, to change the rules. That could not be further from the truth.feedback

I've never seen such dedication and action in the grass-roots communities since the Vietnam War, until this year. And you're really helping us.feedback

Unfortunately, the Constitution doesn't say that when the president's under investigation he loses the ability to do this.feedback

They can choose to go nuclear or they can sit down with Democrats to preserve the grand traditions of this body.feedback

Senator McConnell will have the world believe that his hands are tied – that the only option after Judge Gorsuch doesn't earn 60 votes is to break the rules to change the rules. That could not be further from the truth. We did not get our nominee when Senator McConnell broke 230 years of Senate precedent and didn't even allow Judge Garland a hearing and a vote. We lost one. They lost one.feedback

You shouldn't change the rules. You should change the nominee.feedback

Our Republican friends are acting like, you know, they're a cat on the top of a tree and they have to jump off, with all the damage that entails. Come back off the tree, sit down and work with us.feedback

Anybody (especially the Fake News media) who thinks that Repeal & Replace of ObamaCare is dead does not know the love and strength in R Party!feedback

It's highly, highly unlikely that he'll get to 60. Each side didn't get their nominee. Let's sit down and come together ... and we will produce a mainstream nominee.feedback

I don't think there's any thirst to change the legislative rules – 60 votes for that. Most Democrats and most Republicans have served in both the minority and the majority and know what it means.feedback

He campaigned on behalf of the average person, well this is a test – will he side with the average person?feedback

If President Trump clicks his pen and signs this resolution, consumers will be stripped of critical privacy protections in a New York minute. Signing this rollback into law would mean private data from our laptops, iPads, and even our cellphones would be fair game for internet companies to sell and make a fast buck.feedback

I think most of our caucus wants to work with them. But it requires working in a compromise way. Our Republican colleagues are going along with that right now. But that's not how many of them feel. I think many of them want to work in a bipartisan way.feedback

He can prove that he cares about the Senate by not changing the rules.feedback

Senate Republicans are acting like if Gorsuch doesn't get 60 votes they have no choice but to change the rules. That is bunk.feedback

We made one mistake, we shouldn't have changed the rules for lower court judges ... but we never did it for Supreme Court. This is a much bigger mistake on their behalf.feedback

It's not vengeance for us. It's not payback. If they change the rules, it's their volition.feedback

I don't think they'll be able to come to any kind of agreement. It's virtually impossible. I have not done the research. I'm not going to throw out a name now before the process unfolds.feedback

The answer is not to change the rules. It's to change the nominee. We believe there are Republicans who are reluctant to change the rules, and we hope they won't do it.feedback

We're worried that this president is more susceptible to overreach than any other, and Judge Gorsuch has not shown any independence.feedback

If he changes, he could have a different presidency. He moved so far to the hard right that it's virtually impossible for us to work with him. And stop undermining ACA.feedback

Instead of spending taxpayer dollars on a pointless wall, we should be investing in creating jobs, and fixing our infrastructure – not in separating American families, harming kids and local economies who are without workers who work so hard. Immigrants are an integral part of this country. Democrats will be vigilant and strong in our commitment to upholding the promise of America and shielding immigrants from President Trump's policies. Senate Democrats are prepared to fight this all the way.feedback

It's going to be a real uphill climb for him to get those 60 votes.feedback

If Speaker Ryan wants the House to have a credible investigation, he needs to replace Chairman Nunes.feedback

The administration is asking the American taxpayer to cover the cost of a wall – unneeded, ineffective, absurdly expensive – that Mexico was supposed to pay for, and he is cutting programs vital to the middle class to get that done. Build the wall or repair or build a bridge or tunnel or road in your community? What's the choice?feedback

That's not presidential, that's petulance.feedback

To my Republican friends who think that if Judge Gorsuch fails to reach 60 votes we ought to change the rules I say: if this nominee cannot earn 60 votes, a bar met by each of President Obama's nominees, and President Bush's last two nominees, the answer isn't to change the rules - it's to change the nominee.feedback

If there was any doubt that big oil was back in charge under the Trump administration, today's executive order lays that to rest. It reads as if it was written in an Exxon boardroom, with no regard for the health and safety of the American people, or the planet.feedback

This executive order is nothing more than a giveaway to big oil at the expense of the health and safety of our children and the bank accounts of hard-working middle-class families. Simply put, the Trump administration has put the health of the American people and the future of our planet on the back burner all for the sake of lining the pockets of big oil and extreme-right special interests.feedback

Chairman Nunes is falling down on the job and seems to be more interested in protecting the president than in seeking the truth.feedback

He has not been operating like someone who is interested in getting to the unvarnished truth. His actions look like those of someone who is interested in protecting the president and his party.feedback

He's in charge, people want him to make their lives better, not make them worse because of some political anger or vendetta.feedback

They're going to repeat the same mistake they made on Trumpcare with tax reform. If he changes, he could have a different presidency. He's going to have to tell them he can't work with them and we'll certainly look at his proposals. But it's going to be guided on our values.feedback

But he's going to have to tell the Freedom Caucus and the hard-right special wealthy interests who are dominating his presidency ... he can't work with them, and we'll certainly look at his proposals.feedback

We have ideas, they have ideas, to try to improve Obamacare. We never said it was perfect. We always said we'd work with them to improve it.feedback

Judge Gorsuch's nomination will face a cloture vote & as I've said, he will have to earn sixty votes for confirmation.feedback

After careful deliberation, I have concluded that I cannot support Judge Neil Gorsuch's nomination to the Supreme Court ... he will have to earn 60 votes for confirmation. My vote will be 'no,' and I urge my colleagues to do the same.feedback

What are you gonna say to them, Vice President Pence? Under Trumpcare, this progress would evaporate and devastate Hoosiers. So one has to wonder, if Vice President Pence isn't looking out for his own state, who is he looking out for? We know who. The very wealthy in America.feedback

Certainly gives the appearance, if not the reality, of a lack of impartiality.feedback

I have concluded that I cannot support Neil Gorsuch's nomination. My vote will be no and I urge my colleagues to do the same.feedback

President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Judge Neil Gorsuch, was unanimously rebuked today by the Supreme Court.feedback

This is part of a continued, troubling pattern of Judge Gorsuch deciding against everyday Americans - even children who require special assistance at school.feedback

The Trumpcare bill is not a health-care bill – it's a reduce-taxes-on-the-wealthy bill. Republicans should, once and for all, work with us to improve the Affordable Care Act and renounce repeal.feedback

He's made a very poor impression on most, many of our members.feedback

You can bet that if the shoe was on the other foot – and a Democratic president was under investigation by the FBI – that Republicans would be howling at the moon about filling a Supreme Court seat in such circumstances. It is unseemly to be moving forward so fast on confirming a Supreme Court justice with a lifetime appointment while this big great grey cloud of an FBI investigation hangs over the presidency.feedback

The Department of Justice and Trump administration must allow Director Comey's investigation to move forward without any interference, meddling, or political pressure of any kind whatsoever.feedback

Judge Gorsuch may act like a neutral, calm judge, but his record and his career clearly show that he harbors a right-wing, pro-corporate special interest agenda.feedback

I have deep, deep doubts about him and his judicial demeanor, and the fact that he appears to be a calm, erudite person is not the key issue here. There are lot of people like that. It's what goes into how he decides cases.feedback

If Republicans insist on inserting poison pill riders … they will be shutting down the government and delivering a severe blow to our economy.feedback

Democrats in Congress will emphatically oppose these cuts & urge our Republican colleagues to reject them as well.feedback

It's really an issue that we feel strongly about in the Democratic Caucus.feedback

Given the chance, I have no doubt he'll do it again on the Supreme Court.feedback

We are on offense and united. They are on defense and divided, the opposite of what people would have predicted a month or two ago.feedback

They probably have ideas that would make it worse.feedback

Trumpcare would be a nightmare for the American people.feedback

The CBO score shows just how empty the president's promises that everyone will be covered and costs will go down, have been.feedback

The onus for shutting down government falls on the governing party, which is them. They will have to face down some of the ideologues in their caucus and, on things like the wall, face down the president.feedback

Obviously, the social issues are always looming out there with any justice. But where he's particularly vulnerable is in this antiworker, pro-corporate record. And second, he cannot really cite examples of him being independent other than saying, Ask people.feedback

There's a whole pattern. He sort of expresses sympathetic words in many of these cases, but then his decision is coldly – he would say pragmatic, we would say coldly – on the side of the big interests.feedback

The President initiated a call to me in November and assured me he wanted Mr. Bharara to continue to serve as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District. By asking for the immediate resignation of every remaining U.S. Attorney before their replacements have been confirmed or even nominated, the President is interrupting ongoing cases and investigations and hindering the administration of justice.feedback

The President initiated a call to me in November and assured me he wanted Mr. Bharara to continue to serve as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District.feedback

By asking for the immediate resignation of every remaining U.S. Attorney before their replacements have been confirmed or even nominated, the President is interrupting ongoing cases and investigations and hindering the administration of justice.feedback

Trumpcare means higher costs for less health care. Plain and simple.feedback

As deep as our skepticism runs when it comes to Senator Burr, it is exceeded by the confidence we have in Senator Warner.feedback

This is a tax cut for the wealthy with some health insurance provisions tacked alongside of it.feedback

Trumpcare doesn't replace the Affordable Care Act, it forces millions of Americans to pay more for less care.feedback

A watered down ban is still a ban. Despite the sdministration's changes, this dangerous executive order makes us less safe, not more, it is mean-spirited, and un-American. It must be repealed.feedback

And for the record, they were Krispy Kreme donuts.feedback

When I showed the president of Russia a Krispy Kreme doughnut and he ate it and said it was good, that was one of the more surreal moments I've had in politics.feedback

Who would have thought, one month into the fight over the ACA, it's the Republicans, not the Democrats, who are in disarray and pointing at one another like an Abbott and Costello show.feedback

It definitely was extremely misleading to say the least.feedback

Because the Department of Justice should be above reproach, for the good of the country, the attorney general should resign.feedback

There's nothing wrong with meeting with the Russian ambassador. If there was nothing wrong, why don't you just tell the truth? It was definitely extremely misleading to say the least.feedback

There is real concern that some in the administration may try to cover up its ties to Russia by deleting emails, texts and other records that could shine a light on those connections. These records are likely to be the subject of executive branch as well as congressional investigations and must be preserved.feedback

The speech he gave was one of the most anti-immigrant speeches that we heard any president ever give.feedback

There cannot be even the scintilla of doubt about the impartiality and fairness of the attorney general, the top law enforcement official of the land, because the Department of Justice should be above reproach, for the good of the country Attorney General Sessions should resign.feedback

You can't be a Roosevelt conservationist if you sell off public lands.feedback

The same time he's talking about medical research he's going to slash it. Education. He talked about the great issue of education. Same thing. His budget is going to slash education to smithereens.feedback

President Trump's speech had an air of unreality because what he said tonight was so different than how he has governed in the first 40 days.feedback

We chose him because in Kentucky, a very conservative state, ACA has been a big success. Everyone's for it. The governor, coming from the heartland of America, also talked about how Donald Trump is breaking his word to the American people.feedback

I mean, the immigrant community is rightfully scared of what President Trump has done. His executive order goes far beyond anything that anyone proposed. People are cowering.feedback

The odds are very high we will keep ACA. It will not be repealed.feedback

It is clear from this budget blueprint that President Trump fully intends to break his promises to working families by taking a meat ax to programs that benefit the middle class. A cut this steep almost certainly means cuts to agencies that protect consumers from Wall Street excess and protect clean air and water.feedback

This is not even close to a normal Cabinet. I have never seen a Cabinet this full of bankers and billionaires, folks with massive conflicts of interest and such little experience or expertise in the areas they will oversee.feedback

This isn't a replacement, it's a recipe for disaster.feedback

We'll have to wait and see what happens. I hope they won't jam up the supplemental (spending bill) with poison pills.feedback

Emails! Remember emails? 'We should get them out!' they said about Hillary Clinton. ... If they weren't worried about them, then why rush?feedback

There needs to be an independent and transparent investigation because the White House knew for weeks that General Flynn misled the vice president and that his discussion about sanctions with the Russian government could potentially compromise our national security because he was subject to blackmail.feedback

When the FBI looks into a matter, they do so alongside prosecutors from the Justice Department. Those prosecutors should not be reporting to the first senator who endorsed Donald Trump's campaign.feedback

Was General Flynn directed or authorised to do what he did? What was the extent of his conversations and contacts with Russia? Why did they act only when they were caught misleading the media?feedback

President Trump ought to see the handwriting on the wall that his executive order is unconstitutional. He should abandon this proposal, roll up his sleeves and come up with a real, bipartisan plan to keep us safe.feedback

I said to him, You have an obligation to publicly condemn the actions of President Trump.' He said, Well, I'm disheartened by them. To whisper to a senator behind closed doors that he's disheartened without condemning, without making a public statement is not close to enough.feedback

If I were a prosecutor, I'd say this case has real potential.feedback

I certainly hope that this anti-free-speech attitude is not traveling down Pennsylvania Avenue to our great chamber. This is not what America is about – silencing speech, especially in this chamber.feedback

The bar for a Supreme Court nominee to prove they can be independent has never, never been higher.feedback

Sessions "is probably the most anti-immigrant member of this body, Democrat or Republican. And many of us on this side believe immigrants are an asset to America, not a liability.feedback

His ability to be an independent check will be front and center throughout the confirmation process.feedback

Our values are what matters to us. These Cabinet nominees almost to a person, many of them, certainly the big eight, are against our values.feedback

This Supreme Court will be tried in ways that few courts have been tested since the earliest days of the Republic.feedback

We're not going to do what the Republicans did, but if the candidate is out of the mainstream, I can tell you I will fight and my caucus will fight tooth and nail against them.feedback

The Senate must insist upon 60 votes for any Supreme Court nominee, a bar that was met by each of President Obama's nominees. The burden is on Judge Neil Gorsuch to prove himself to be within the legal mainstream and, in this new era, willing to vigorously defend the Constitution from abuses of the Executive branch and protect the constitutionally enshrined rights of all Americans. Given his record, I have very serious doubts about Judge Gorsuch's ability to meet this standard.feedback

The answer should not be to change the rules of the Senate, but to change the nominee to someone who can earn 60 votes. Sixty votes produces a mainstream candidate.feedback

This is a blanket ban. It hurts innocent people and doesn't stop terrorism. It's just appalling.feedback

What we are talking about here is life and death for so many people. I will not rest until these horrible orders are repealed.feedback

Tears are running down the cheeks of the Statue of Liberty tonight as a grand tradition of America, welcoming immigrants, that has existed since America was founded has been stomped upon.feedback

This decision could have damaging implications? for communities across New York state and the country, from delaying testing for lead in schools to restricting efforts to keep drinking water clean to holding up much-needed funding to revitalize toxic brownfield sites.feedback

Mr. President: if you really want to put America first, label China a currency manipulator.feedback

It's hard for me to imagine a nominee that Donald Trump would choose that would get Republican support, that we could support.feedback

Senate Democrats are walking the walk on repairing and rebuilding our nation's crumbling infrastructure. We ask President Trump to support this common sense, comprehensive approach.feedback

Ultimately, this proposal is an empty facade that would create chaos – not care – for millions of Americans.feedback

There are so many of these nominees that have different views than what the president-elect, now the president, campaigned on that of course there should be scrutiny. Now will we win some of these fights? Possibly. That's why we have a debate.feedback

If I were the Republicans, of course I'd want to ram a cabinet like this through. I'm embarrassed by it.feedback

But where our values are different we're going to oppose him, whether it's the Affordable Care Act or rolling back the limitations of Wall Street or clean air or clean water. It's our values that will decide things, plain and simple.feedback

We're not going to oppose something because the name Trump is on it, as they did.feedback

We look forward to beginning a debate on Congressman Pompeo in the hopes that he can also receive a quick vote.feedback

Never before has the Senate considered such an ethically challenged slate of nominees for key Cabinet positions.feedback

The "American people and Senate Democrats are not going to stand for it.feedback

When other previous Cabinet nominees failed to pay their fair share in taxes, Senate Republicans forced those nominees to withdraw from consideration. If failure to pay taxes was disqualifying for Democratic nominees, then the same should be true for Republican nominees.feedback

This isn't a witch hunt. These are serious and disquieting allegations.feedback

The President-elect claims he wants to drain the swamp, but Congressman Price has spent his career filling it up.feedback

We're willing to look at making it better, but we sure as hell ain't gonna repeal it – and we're certainly not gonna repeal it when our [Republican] friends there don't even have a plan to replace it with.feedback

In the past, Sen. Sessions has been no friend of the Voting Rights Act. And the attorney general is the protector of the Voting Rights Act.feedback

Bear in mind President-elect Trump's nominees pose particularly difficult ethics and conflict-of-interest challenges. They come from enormous wealth, many have vast holdings and stocks, and very few have experience in government.feedback

Jamming all these hearings into one or two days, making members run from committee to committee, makes no sense. It is only fair that they are given a thorough and thoughtful vetting.feedback

He has been more anti-immigration than just about any other single member of Congress.feedback

I am not aware of any occasion in the four decades since OGE was established when the Senate held a confirmation hearing before the nominee had completed the ethics review process.feedback

Rather than ensuring that nominees are thoroughly vetted and will remove themselves from conflicts of interests, Senate Republicans are trying to ram them through as quickly as possible.feedback

The proposed resolution does not bring us any closer to the goal of a two-state solution. Peace must come from direct negotiations between the two parties.feedback

They're now responsible for the entire health care system; all the problems in the health care system are going to be on their back.feedback

We are united in our opposition to these Republican attempts to Make America Sick Again.feedback

Republicans should stop clowning around with America's health care. Don't #MakeAmericaSickAgain.feedback

We don't know if he broke the law. But there is certainly enough serious questions to warrant a serious investigation.feedback

This is not a time for calling names.feedback

It would make America sick again and lead to chaos instead of affordable care.feedback

They're repealing, we're not. It's their obligation to come up with a replacement.feedback

My worry is, with the hard right running the show, that the likelihood of the nominee being mainstream is decreasing every day. You know it when you see it.feedback

We have said that we will oppose nominees who are out of the mainstream, plain and simple. We haven't talked about hearings, we haven't talked about any of these other issues.feedback

Republicans will soon learn that you can't keep the good parts of the ACA and remove the rest of the law and still have it work. That's what they're struggling with. That's why they're not getting anywhere. What they would do would throw the entire insurance marketplace into chaos, plain repeal.feedback

The Republican plan to cut health care wouldn't make America great again, it would make America sick again.feedback

You take on the intelligence community, they have six ways from Sunday to get back at you.feedback

We'll fight him tooth and nail when he appeals to the baser instincts that diminish America and its greatness.feedback

We don't want this investigation to be political like the Benghazi investigation. We don't want it to just be finger pointing at one person or another.feedback

The fact that they're hacking our political system and trying to influence the outcome, as it seems to be, that is serious, serious stuff.feedback

He'll be questioned thoroughly, should he be the nominee, and all of these allegations and talks about his closeness with Putin will come forward.feedback

This issue should not and must not turn into a political football.feedback

It's imperative that our intelligence community turns over any relevant information so that Congress can conduct a full investigation.feedback

The president elect ran on a campaign with explicit direct promises to coal country, and he won coal country big, that's for sure. So we are simply asking our president-elect, to communicate to the people in his party, to get on board, live up to the promise we made the miners many years, decades ago.feedback

We had no intention of shutting down the government.feedback

Turning the Labor Department over to someone who opposes an increase in the minimum wage, opposes the overtime rule that would raise middle class wages, and whose businesses have repeatedly violated labor laws might be the surest sign yet that the next cabinet will be looking out for the billionaires and special interests, instead of America's working class.feedback

We're beginning to see the fault line emerge, the divisions that will dominate Washington. Only this time, instead of the fault lines falling between Democrats and Republicans, they're falling between the president and his own party.feedback

Speaker Ryan has pushed to privatize Medicare for years and the President-elect has nominated a champion of that effort. The people who are genuinely and rightly scared are millions of American seniors who don't believe privatization of Medicare will be in their interest.feedback

It's clear that Washington Republicans are plotting a war on seniors next year. Every senior, every American should hear this loudly and clearly: Democrats will not let them win that fight. We say to our Republicans that want to privatize Medicare, go try it, make our day.feedback

Every senator is now going to have to say, whether they're for terrorists getting guns or against terrorists getting guns.feedback

He is going to meet with the NRA. ... What's he going to come out saying? 'Oh the NRA and I agreed we shouldn't have terrorists have guns,' but doing nothing about it.feedback

The only way to slam the door on inversions for good is to pass tough, strong legislation and reform our tax laws.feedback

These regulations will make potential inverters and foreign acquirers think twice before making the leap, and those bad actors should be on notice that we intend to clamp down even further.feedback

There is no excuse for a backhoe being on the track that a train, that a live train was running on.feedback

As someone who lives in New York who has experienced the horrors of terrorism close up and personal, the idea of having someone on the Supreme Court who understands those issues, as well as their horrible human effect, is very comforting.feedback

It's crystal clear after talking to him that Judge Garland has both a brilliant legal mind and a heart of gold.feedback

That's a great slogan. Maybe he'll change.feedback

Doesn't that say a lot. it says something about what people think he'll be as president.feedback

She persuaded her husband to support the Brady Law, and their advocacy was instrumental in helping us pass it.feedback

One of the most vexing things when you travel on an airplane is there's almost no legroom on your standard flight. There's been constant shrinkage by the airlines.feedback

The House bill is better than nothing, but it's not good enough. We absolutely must close the loophole that allows anyone to legally make a gun that could be rendered invisible by the easy removal of its metal part. Under current law, it is legal to make a plastic gun so long as it has some metal in it, even if it is easily removable. The bill we'll try to pass in the Senate would fix that.feedback

A terrorist, someone who is mentally ill, a spousal abuser, a felon can essentially open a gun factory in their garage.feedback

We will take this money back by taxing virtually all of it. So, let the recipients of these large and unseemly bonuses be warned: If you don't return it on your own, we will do it for you.feedback

You know, it's easy to quibble over details, but when you hear that 596,000 jobs were lost in one month, the time is to act. The time is to move. The time is to create jobs, not have partisan fighting, and that is what we did here today.feedback

Democrats are not lined up as a unit to try and block every nominee that the president puts forward, but if it's a nominee who is considerably out of the main stream, we will have no choice but to try and block that nominee on the floor, but we hope and pray it's not that type of nominee.feedback

It is vital that Judge Roberts answer a wide range of questions openly, honestly and fully in the coming months. His views will affect a generation of Americans and it is his obligation during the nomination process to let the American people know those views.feedback

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