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12.11.19

SCHUMER, BRINDISI ANNOUNCE INCLUSION OF FENTANYL SANCTIONS ACT IN MUST-PASS NATIONAL DEFENSE BILL SOON TO GET VOTE; FIRST-EVER TARGETED FENTANYL SANCTIONS BILL WILL HOLD CHINA AND OTHER FOREIGN TRAFFICKERS ACCOUNTABLE FOR ILLICIT TRAFFICKING; ALSO COMES WITH MORE TOOLS FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT

Bipartisan Fentanyl Sanctions Act, Included In National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) For Fiscal Year 2020, Will Direct Administration To Identify & Sanction Foreign Traffickers Of Synthetic Opioids On Annual Basis, Authorize New Funding For Law Enforcement & Intel Agencies; Pressure China, Mexico, And Other Synthetic Opioid Trafficking Countries To Crack Down On Traffickers China Is The World's Largest Producer Of Illicit Fentanyl And Currently Lacks The Capacity And Will To Enforce… Continue Reading


12.10.19

SCHUMER, ROSE ANNOUNCE INCLUSION OF FENTANYL SANCTIONS ACT IN MUST-PASS NATIONAL DEFENSE BILL SOON TO GET VOTE; FIRST-EVER TARGETED FENTANYL SANCTIONS BILL WILL HOLD CHINA AND OTHER FOREIGN TRAFFICKERS ACCOUNTABLE FOR ILLICIT TRAFFICKING; ALSO COMES WITH MORE TOOLS FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT

Bipartisan Fentanyl Sanctions Act, Included In National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) For Fiscal Year 2020, Will Direct Trump Administration To Identify & Sanction Foreign Traffickers Of Synthetic Opioids On Annual Basis, Authorize New Funding For Law Enforcement & Intel Agencies; Pressure China, Mexico, And Other Synthetic Opioid Trafficking Countries To Crack Down On Traffickers China Is The World's Largest Producer Of Illicit Fentanyl And Currently Lacks The Capacity To Enforce Th… Continue Reading


12.10.19

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE NATIONAL DEFENSE BILL EXPECTED TO PASS NEXT WEEK AUTHORIZES $40M+ IN FUNDING FOR NEW TOP-PRIORITY RAILHEAD AND UAV HANGAR AT FORT DRUM; SENATORS SAY PROJECTS WOULD MODERNIZE BASE INFRASTRUCTURE, ENHANCE READINESS

Fiscal Year 2020 NDAA, Which Is Set To Pass Congress Next Week, Authorizes $21M To Fully Fund Construction Of Updated Fort Drum Railhead To Ensure Installation's Ability To Enhance Deployable Readiness National Defense Bill Also Includes Authorization To Fully Fund Construction Of A New $23M UAV Hangar At Fort Drum, To Properly Service And House Additional Tactical UAVs Year-Round Senators: Railhead Improvement And New UAV Hangar At Fort Drum Would Keep World-Class Installation Ahead Of The Cu… Continue Reading


12.10.19

SCHUMER STATEMENT ON INCLUSION OF $18 MILLION AUTHORIZATION FOR ROME LAB IN FINAL NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION BILL EXPECTED TO PASS CONGRESS NEXT WEEK

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today released the following statement after he successfully secured a boosted $18 million authorization for the Air Force Research Laboratory in Rome, New York (Rome Lab) in the final National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020, which is expected to pass Congress and be signed into law next week: "This federal funding authorization is a green light for DOD to supercharge its investment in just the kind of cutting-edge quantum computing and artificia… Continue Reading


12.09.19

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $167K IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR BISHOP SHEEN ECUMENICAL HOUSING FOUNDATION, INC. IN MONROE COUNTY

Funding Will Be Used to Help Rehabilitate Homes in the Finger Lakes Region U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $167,720 in federal funding for the Bishop Sheen Ecumenical Housing Foundation, Inc. in Monroe County. The funding is provided through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Housing Preservation Grants program and will be used to help address health and safety hazards in 26 homes in Ontario, Seneca, Steuben, W… Continue Reading


12.09.19

SCHUMER SECURES PAID PARENTAL LEAVE FOR +114,000 NEW YORK FED EMPLOYEES IN FINAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION BILL; EXPECTED TO PASS CONGRESS THIS WEEK, 12 WEEKS PAID PARENTAL LEAVE FOR ALL +2 MILLION FED WORKERS ACROSS THE NATION FOR THE FIRST TIME IN U.S. HISTORY

According To The Bureau Of Labor Statistics, Only 17% Of The Civilian Workforce In U.S. Receive Paid Time Off To Care For Newborn Children; U.S Lags Behind Majority Of Developed Countries In Providing Paid Time Off For New Parents Schumer During Negotiation Process For Upcoming Defense Authorization Bill, Relentlessly Worked To Secure Provision Mandating Three Months Of Paid Leave For All Federal Employees Becoming Parents; Today Announces Historic Progress With Provision's Inclusion In Final B… Continue Reading


12.08.19

FAA NOW STUDYING WHETHER TO MANDATE AIRLINES PROVIDE MORE LEGROOM & SEAT WIDTH FOR FLYING PUBLIC; SCHUMER DEMANDS STUDY BE COMPREHENSIVE & STRONG; JAMMING PEOPLE INTO PLANES LIKE A CAN OF SARDINES CREATES SAFETY & COMFORT ISSUES

In August 2018, Schumer Forced FAA To Study Seat, Legroom Standards On Airplanes-BUT The Results Of Required Study Were Due This Past October, And FAA Hasn't Handed In A Thing AND Those Current Tests Lack A Slew Of Traveling Variables On People with Disabilities, Kids, Pets; Senator Wants The Already-Late FAA To Fill In The Blanks Before Submitting Findings Schumer: The Only Thing Worse Than Shrinking Seats Is Shrinking The Study To Help Stop Them In The First Place. Just as the FAA tests air… Continue Reading


12.07.19

SCHUMER: BAD WEATHER OUT WEST MEANS SOME POTATO GROWERS MAY NOT BE ABLE TO FULFILL CONTRACTS WITH BIG RESTAURANTS & GROCERS BUT POTATO CROP ACROSS NY—LIKE ON LI—IS MORE AMPLE; SENATOR URGES NATIONAL RESTAURANT ASSOCIATION & OTHERS TO LOOK TO LI & NY TO BUY POTATOES

Suffolk County Is Third Biggest Potato Producing County In All Of NY & Can Help Meet Nation's New Demand Now & When Planting Begins In Spring, Boosting Farm Life & Jobs Locally National Potato Shortage, Predicted To Be Toughest In Years, Could Be Alleviated With New Suppliers Stepping In; Potatoes Are An Important Table Staple Schumer: New York Farmers, Like On LI, Would Not Hesi-'Tate' To Help Combat Potato Shortage, Which Boosts LI Standing at Long Island’s biggest pota… Continue Reading


12.06.19

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES $50 MILLION ORDER FOR L3HARRIS TECHNOLOGIES TO PRODUCE SOPHISTICATED, ENCRYPTED RADIOS FOR U.S. MARINE CORPS; SENATOR SAYS WORK WILL SUPPORT GOOD-PAYING JOBS FOR WORLD-CLASS ROCHESTER WORKFORCE

Schumer: Order Is A Win-Win-Win For Our Marines, L3Harris Technologies And The Rochester-Finger Lakes Economy U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that L3Harris Technologies in Rochester has been awarded a $50 million order to manufacture AN/PRC-160 HF Manpack radios for the U.S. Marine Corps. Schumer called the order a victory for the Rochester-Finger Lakes economy, as it will support good-paying manufacturing jobs in L3Harris Technologies' world-class workforce. 'This well-earned … Continue Reading


12.06.19

SCHUMER MEETS WITH MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL PRESIDENT & TEAM OWNERS TO DISSECT PLAN THAT COULD STRIKE MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL OUT OF UPSTATE NY; SENATOR CONTINUES EFFORT TO PICK-OFF MLB PROPOSAL TO UPEND MINOR LEAGUES

Reported MLB Proposal Revealed +40 Minor League Teams Nationwide May Lose MLB Affiliations, Including Franchises In Binghamton, Batavia, Auburn And Staten Island Schumer Recently Met With President Of Minor League Baseball, Pat O'Conner, & Owner Of Binghamton Rumble Ponies, John Hughes, To Seek Constructive Solutions To MLB Plan That Would Have A Devastating Impact On Upstate Communities; Schumer Also Met With Brian Parish, President of the Genesee County Baseball Club Schumer: We Stand Un… Continue Reading


12.06.19

SCHUMER: COUNTERFEIT ‘MOVIE MONEY’ USED IN FILMS BUT LOOKING VERY REAL IS FLOODING STORES THIS HOLIDAY SEASON, TRICKING RETAILERS & COSTING CONSUMERS WHO GET IT AS CHANGE; SENATOR URGES INTERNET ASSOCIATION TO PARTNER WITH SECRET SERVICE TO CURB COUNTERFEIT CASH & CATCH CULPRIT(S)

Online Retailers Like Ebay, Amazon Stock Movie Money As Gag Gift Or Other Innocent Reason But New Secret Service Warning Details 25% Surge In The Counterfeit Currency Being Used In Marketplace, Duping Everyone Schumer Says Internet Retailers Are Unknowingly Making It Easy To Traffic Fake Cash By Selling It; Wants Internet Association, Which Reps Online Retailers, To Partner With Secret Service On Plan To Curb Nefarious Sales Schumer: It Shouldn't Be A 'Mission Impossible' To Tackle 'Movie Mo… Continue Reading


12.05.19

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES, 3+ YEARS SINCE PFOS DISCOVERY IN NEWBURGH WATER & AFTER ENDLESS DELAYS & FOOT-DRAGGING, INSTALLATION OF SCHUMER-SECURED FILTRATION SYSTEM, THE FIRST INTERIM REMEDIAL MEASURE, IS FINALLY COMPLETE; SENATOR SAYS TODAY MARKS FIRST STEP IN FINALLY RESTORING SAFE, CLEAN DRINKING WATER IN NEWBURGH

In 2016, The City Of Newburgh's Drinking Water Source, Washington Lake, Was Found To Be Contaminated By PFAS-Due To Use Of Firefighting Foam At Stewart ANGB; Toxic Pollution Endangered Health Of Thousands Of Residents Schumer Has Spearheaded Efforts To Take More Aggressive Action To Remediate Contamination On/Near Stewart Base, Including Securing Filtration System & Watching Like A Hawk To Break Bureaucratic Logjams; Today Announces Filtration System At Recreation Pond Is Officially Operabl… Continue Reading


12.05.19

IN PERSONAL MEETING WITH CANADIAN CONSUL GENERAL, SCHUMER PUSHES IJC PARTNERS TO SUPPORT INCREASED OUTFLOWS TO REDUCE SKY-HIGH LAKE ONTARIO WATER LEVELS; FURTHERS MAJOR PUSH TO REDUCE THREAT OF 3RD YEAR OF HISTORIC FLOODING, INCLUDING RAISING MOSES-SAUNDERS DAM OUTFLOWS

In Both 2017 And 2019, Lake Ontario Communities Were Ravaged By Intense Flooding, Leading To Millions In Damages; Today's Water Levels Are 19 Inches Higher Than November Average Schumer Says To Canadian IJC Partners That Measures Must Be Taken NOW To Fend Off Threat Of Repeat, Historic Flooding; Specifically, Urges Canadian Consul General To Push For Increased Shipping Safety Measures To Allow Increased Outflows At Moses-Saunders Dam Schumer To Canadian Officials: We Must Work Together To Mi… Continue Reading


12.05.19

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES STEWART AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE NAMED FINALIST FOR NEW STATE-OF-THE-ART AEROMEDICAL EVACUATION SQUADRON; SENATOR CALLS STEWART THE IDEAL HOME FOR ESSENTIAL NEW MISSION

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today released the following statement, after Stewart Air National Guard Base (ANGB) in Newburgh was announced as a finalist to host the Air National Guard's (ANG) new Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron (AES): "Stewart Air National Guard Base is entirely worthy of being named a finalist for the Air National Guard's Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, and when all is said and done, deserves to be selected. The existing infrastructure at this first-rate ANG installation,… Continue Reading


12.03.19

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES, FOLLOWING HIS ADVOCACY, FEDS HAVE ISSUED NEW FINANCIAL GUIDANCE TO LENDERS CONFIRMING THE LEGALITY OF INDUSTRIAL HEMP; SENATOR SAYS WITH REGULATORY UNCERTAINTY CLEARED UP, GROWING HEMP INDUSTRY CAN CONTINUE CREATING JOBS AND TAKING ROOT UPSTATE

While Industrial Hemp Growing And Selling Was Legalized This Year-Due To Schumer Provision In The Farm Bill-Many Banks & Other Financial Institutions Have Been Hesitant To Lend To Hemp Businesses Due To Confusion Over Legal Status Schumer Today Announces The Federal Reserve, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Financial Crimes Enforcement Network And Office Of The Comptroller Of The Currency Comptroller Have Confirmed That Banks Can Legally Extend Financial Services To Hemp-Oriented Busi… Continue Reading


12.03.19

SCHUMER CALLS CUMMINS CEO TO URGE COMPANY TO PRESERVE 1,700 VALUABLE JAMESTOWN JOBS; SENATOR CALLED CEO IN WAKE OF NEWS THAT THE COMPANY, CHAUTAUQUA COUNTY’S LARGEST PRIVATE SECTOR EMPLOYER, WOULD BE LAYING OFF THOUSANDS WORLDWIDE

Cummins Recently Announced Plans To Lay Off 2,000 Workers Worldwide; Schumer Called Company's CEO & Urged Him To Keep Jobs At Jamestown Engine Plant Schumer, Following Call to Cummins CEO, Says He Is Very Optimistic Company Will Work To Minimize Impact On Jamestown Engine Plant & Its 1,700 Local Jobs Schumer: Cummins' Jamestown Engine Plant Is Productive & Profitable, Company Must  Shield Its World-Class Workers From Layoffs U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer recently called C… Continue Reading


12.03.19

Following Catastrophic Floods, Brindisi, Schumer, Gillibrand Lead Bipartisan, Bicameral, Push for President Trump to Approve Disaster Declaration

New York Senators And Upstate Representatives Send Letter To President Urging Declaration Disaster Lawmakers: Strong Support Of The State Of New York's Request For A Major Disaster Declaration Congressman Anthony Brindisi, Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, joined by Representatives Elise Stefanik, Antonio Delgado, John Katko, Paul Tonko, Tom Reed and Brian Higgins, lead a bipartisan letter to President Donald Trump urging him to approve a major disaster declaration in New Yor… Continue Reading


11.27.19

SCHUMER: AS FINGER LAKES HEMP FARMERS RAISE MAJOR CONCERNS WITH PROPOSED FED GUIDELINES, USDA RUSHES THROUGH VITAL RULEMAKING PROCESS, LEAVING UPSTATE FARMERS WITH MANY LOOMING ISSUES; SENATOR CALLS ON USDA TO EXTEND COMMENT PERIOD, HEAR OUT FINGER LAKES HEMP PRODUCERS & IMPROVE REGS BEFORE FINALIZING PLAN

USDA's Recently Proposed Hemp Guidelines Would Set A Full Slate Of Regs On The Rapidly-Emerging Industrial Hemp Industry; Farmers Fear Rules, If Not Wisely Devised, Could Restrict Growth & Economic Potential Schumer Calls For 60-Day Extension Of Comment Period To Ensure All Stakeholders, Including Farmers, Growers, Manufacturers & Producers, Have Their Concerns Heard Schumer: Proposed Hemp Regulations Need Time To Germinate Before They're Finalized To Ensure Stakeholders Reap Maximum… Continue Reading


11.27.19

WITH WYOMING COUNTY HAVING THE HIGHEST SUICIDE RATE IN FINGER LAKES & WNY REGIONS, SCHUMER STANDS WITH LOCAL FARMERS TO LAUNCH 2-PRONGED PLAN TO COMBAT DEVASTATING TREND WITHIN FARMING INDUSTRY; WITH INTENSIFYING PRESSURE ON FARMERS, FEDS MUST DO FAR MORE TO REACH UPSTATE NY FARMERS IN PAIN & SAVE LIVES IN WNY

Farmers & Ranchers Are Disproportionately Impacted by Suicide; However, No Comprehensive CDC Data On The Crisis Exists To Address The Mental Health Crisis On Rochester-Finger Lakes Farms & Throughout Upstate, Schumer Calls On CDC To Conduct Comprehensive & Much-Needed Study On Farmer Suicides; Urges Congress To Pass Seeding Rural Resilience Act ASAP Schumer: WNY And Finger Lakes Farmers Are Calling Out For A Lifeline-The Feds Need To Lead & Extend A Hand, Now Standing at Pat… Continue Reading


11.26.19

SCHUMER REVEALS: ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS HAS SPECIAL POWERS TO REACT TO EMERGENCIES LIKE ONE NOW UNDERWAY IN SUFFOLK FROM RECENT STORMS THAT WASHED AWAY ESSENTIAL BARRIERS; SENATOR CALLS ON CORPS TO STEP IN AS LOCAL COMMUNITIES FEAR RISK OF FLOODING AS MORE STORMS LOOM

Schumer Says October Storms, Including Two Nor'easters, Battered Suffolk Shores & Stabilization Projects Like West Of Shinnecock Inlet & Fire Island Inlet To Moriches Inlet; Thanksgiving Storm Possible, Too With Damage Already Done to Public Infrastructure And Access Roads, Communities Like Southhampton, Brookhaven, Islip & Others At Breach Risk, Schumer Says Feds Must Add Sand & Lend Engineering Hand Schumer: Army Corps Should Use Law On Books To Assist Suffolk ASAP Standing … Continue Reading

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