Charles E. Schumer

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Charles E. Schumer (D-NY)


Charles E. Schumer (b. November 23, 1950) is a Democratic member of the United States Senate, representing New York.

Schumer was born in Brooklyn, NY to parents Selma and Abe. He and his wife, Iris Weinshall still reside in Brooklyn with their daughters Jessica and Alison.

About

Schumer graduated from Harvard College and Harvard Law School in 1974 and subsequently ran for the New York State Assembly. His successful election to the seat at 23 made him the youngest member of the State Legislature since Theodore Roosevelt. In 1980, at 29, he ran for and won the seat in the 9th Congressional District, where he remained for 18 years.

He wrote the Omnibus Crime Bill, was the leading sponsor of the Violence Against Women Act, sponsored the Brady Bill (which instituted mandatory background checks for handgun purchases), he co-wrote the Assault Weapons Ban, sponsored the Hate Crimes Prevention Act, and sponsored legislation "that required banks and credit card companies to provide greater disclosure to consumers."

Schumer was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1998 and in 2006, Harry Reid (D-NV) appointed Chuck to serve as Vice Chair of the Democratic Conference.[1]

Committees

  • Committee on Rules and Administration, Chairman
  • Joint Economic Committee, Vice-Chairman
  • Senate Judiciary Committee
  • Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security and Citizenship, Chair
  • Subcommittee on Administrative Oversight and the Courts
  • Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights
  • Subcommittee on Crime and Drugs
  • Subcommittee on Terrorism, Technology and Homeland Security
  • Senate Finance Committee
  • Subcommittee on Healthcare
  • Subcommittee on Social Security, Pensions, and Family Policy
  • Subcommittee on Taxation, IRS Oversight, and Long-Term Growth
  • Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee
  • Subcommittee on Housing, Transportation and Community Development
  • Subcommittee on Financial Institutions
  • Subcommittee on Securities, Insurance and Investment[2]

Industry support

After the Supreme Court ruled against a measure in the McCain-Feingold Act on campaign financing, Schumber objected saying, "This activist and far reaching decision is even worse than we had feared. This opens the floodgates and allows special interest money to overflow our elections and undermine our democracy. The bottom line is, the Supreme Court has just predetermined the winners of next November’s election. It won’t be the Republican or the Democrats and it won't be the American people; it will be Corporate America."

Schumer is the top recipient of three of the top ten industries supporting legislators in 2010.[3]

Top ten industries supporting congress members in 2010[4]

Rank Industry Total Democratic % Republican % Top Recipient
1 Lawyers/Law Firms $22,668,990 83% 17% Harry Reid (D-Nev)
2 Health Professionals $14,307,929 63% 37% Harry Reid (D-Nev)
3 Retired $11,285,022 55% 45% Mark Kirk (R-Ill)
4 Real Estate $10,842,041 64% 36% Charles E Schumer (D-NY)
5 Securities/Invest $10,776,669 73% 27% Charles E Schumer (D-NY)
6 Insurance $9,062,842 57% 43% Charles E Schumer (D-NY)
7 Lobbyists $7,801,801 69% 31% Harry Reid (D-Nev)
8 Leadership PACs $6,624,511 64% 36% Roy Blunt (R-Mo)
9 Bldg Trade Unions $6,136,245 92% 7% Judy Chu (D-Calif)
10 Pharm/Health Prod $5,852,259 61% 39% Richard Burr (R-NC)

Support from Committees of Correspondence

Communist Party USA breakaway group Committees of Correspondence supported[5]Schumer's 1998 election bid.

Fifty members of the Metro NY CofC turned out on Oct. 24 to discuss the 1998 elections in the context of the fight to defeat the right. The discussion set the tone for the remainder of the meeting, and resulted in new efforts on the Living Wage campaign, education, organization and finances of the local CofC. The following statement was adopted: "The New York Metro Committees of Correspondence urges the defeat of all reactionary candidates and the election of Charles Schumer and Carl McCall, and a vote for Peter Vallone on the Working Families Party line, and further that this position be communicated to the membership in an immediate mailing."

H.R. 950, the Job Creation and Infrastructure Restoration Act of 1997 was introduced in the 105th Congress on March 5, 1997 by Congressman Matthew Martinez of California. It had 33 original co-sponsors, including Charles Schumer. The primary purpose of this emergency federal jobs legislation was to provide much needed jobs at union wages to crisis ridden cities by putting the unemployed to work rebuilding our nation's infrastructure (schools, housing, hospitals, libraries, public transportation, highways, parks, environmental improvements, etc. $250 billion is authorized for emergency public works jobs over a five year period.

Congressman Martinez had previously introduced this bill in the last Congress (as HR 1591) at the the request of over 50 prominent Labor leaders who formed the Los Angeles Labor Coalition for Public Works Jobs, which is why it is often referred to as the "Martinez Public Works Jobs Bill."[6]

This is the most significant jobs legislation introduced in Congress since Franklin Delano Roosevelt's New Deal established the Works Progress Administration (WPA). This bill is the WPA-type program for today. It has strong provisions which will put hundreds of thousands of unemployed building trades workers to work as well as provide jobs for victims of plant closures, welfare recipients who are parents, youth, and the long term unemployed. The public works projects which will be established under this bill will be built in communities with the highest levels of unemployment and with the greatest needs.
The goal of the New York Coalition for Public Works Jobs is to build the movement to pass the Martinez Jobs bill as part of the National Labor Coalition for Public Works Jobs. You can help by asking your union, community organization, or local government body to to join those who have already passed resolutions to endorse the bill. Such a resolution has been introduced in the New York City Council. Calling on additional Congressional Representatives to co-sponsor the bill is very important. We will be organizing petition campaigns, visits to elected officials, and demonstrations and other actions for a public works jobs program.

The leaders of the Los Angeles Labor Coalition for Public Works Jobs and its only affiliate New York Coalition for Public Works Jobs, were all known supporters or members of the Communist Party USA.

Los Angeles , National Labor Coalition For Public Works Jobs

A New York affiliate, New York Coalition for Public Works Jobs, c/o Utility Workers Union of America Local 1-2.

2000 WFP Convention

The New York Working Families Party 2000 Convention was held at the Desmond Hotel, March 26.

Attendees included;

Schumer told the conference that the support of labor was the decisive factor throughout his political career. "In my first race i was an underdog. but i had labor in my corner and I squeaked by and won. in 1998 no one thought i could beat Al D'Amato. But once again I had labor in my corner...We won because we stood for things. we can't be a successful party and movement unless we stand for things that matter to working people. the WFP has shown us this"

There were sizable delegations from ACORN and Citizen Action.[7]

WFP support

Communist Party USA members Elena Mora and Gabe Falsetta wrote a report for the People's World, of November 19 2004 "Many positives in N.Y. elections," commenting on the gains made by "progressive" candidates.[8]

At press time, Democrat Brian Higgins appeared very close to winning the 27th Congressional District seat, which represents parts of Buffalo. The GOP has held the seat for 12 years. The vote tally was extremely close and continuing.
Higgins had the strong support of labor and the Working Families Party. The WFP also attracted 150,000 votes on its line for Sen. Charles Schumer, and about 120,000 for Kerry. War Resisters League leader David McReynolds ran against Schumer as a Green Party candidate and garnered 33,000 votes.

FreddieMac funding for AAFE

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) and U.S. Representative Nydia Velazquez (D-NY) joined Asian Americans for Equality June 2, 2003, to announce Freddie Mac's $1.5 million grant to the newly created Lower Manhattan Affordable Housing Trust Fund (LMAHTF). The Fund will support the development and preservation of affordable housing in the Lower Manhattan neighborhoods most affected by the September 11th World Trade Center disaster.

"This is a great day for Lower Manhattan, especially the residents of Chinatown," said Senator Charles Schumer. "Chinatown has demonstrated great courage and resilience both after the tragedies of 9/11 and during the baseless SARS scare. With the help of partners like Freddie Mac, that courage and resilience is being rewarded and helping to rebuild and revitalize all of Lower Manhattan." [9]

Supported by Council for a Livable World

The Council for a Livable World, founded in 1962 by long-time socialist activist and alleged Soviet agent, Leo Szilard, is a non-profit advocacy organization that seeks to "reduce the danger of nuclear weapons and increase national security", primarily through supporting progressive, congressional candidates who support their policies. The Council supported Charles E. Schumer in his successful Senate run as candidate for New York.[10]

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