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Chuck Schumer

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Charles Ellis Schumer (1950–) is the Senior United States Senator from New York[1]. In 2017, he became the current Minority Party Leader in the Senate, succeeding the retired Harry Reid.[2] He graduated from Harvard[3] and has served in both the House and Senate. He is the son of Abe and Selma Schumer, and is Jewish.[3]

Political positions[edit]

Social issues[edit]

Although he voted for the Defense of Marriage Act as a Representative,[4] he later revoked his previous view and came out in support of same-sex marriage in 2009.[5]

He co-sponsored a bill in October 2001 that condemned violence and bigotry towards Sikh-Americans in the name of anti-terrorism.[6]

He is also pro-choice.[7]

He also supports decriminalizing marijuana at the Federal level.[8]


Banks and financial industry[edit]

As a Representative, he opposed the repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act,[9] but later supported the repeal as a Senator.[10]

A New York Times report from 2008 showed that Chuck Schumer has had a lengthy history of protecting the financial industry from stricter government oversight and regulations.[11]

Net neutrality[edit]

Chuck Schumer is supportive of net neutrality, stating:

"Just as our free highway system helped build jobs in America in the 20th century, Net Neutrality will help build jobs in the 21st century. To take a step back hurts our economy, our job growth and middle-class and working people. It is a disaster."[12]


Schumer voted for the Affordable Care Act,[13] but does not have a clear opinion on whether he supports any specific universal health care proposals.[14]

Foreign policy[edit]

As representative, Schumer voted yes for authorization on air strikes and using necessary force against Yugoslavian forces in Kosovo in the 1990s. As a senator, he was also one of 77 Senators in October 2002 who voted yes on what would become the disastrous Iraq War.[15]

Schumer was opposed to the Iran nuclear deal.[16]

Schumer is also pro-Israel, siding with the country in the 2014 Israel-Gaza conflict,[17] and supporting Trump's decision to move the US embassy to Jerusalem.[18]


Schumer voted in favor of the USA PATRIOT Act.[19]


  1. Official Senate page for Chuck Schumer
  2. Democrats shake up Senate leadership The Boston Globe. November 16th, 2016.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Chuck Schumer Fast Facts CNN. November 12th, 2018
  4. House votes for DOMA
  5. Chuck Schumer comes out for gay marriage NY Daily News. March 23rd, 2009.
  6. Chuck Schumer's views on war and peace
  7. Chuck Schumer's views on abortion
  8. Schumer introduces measure to decriminalize marijuana The Washington Post. April 19th, 2018.
  9. Don't Let Banks Become Casinos The New York Times. August 2626, 1987.
  10. CONGRESS PASSES WIDE-RANGING BILL EASING BANK LAWS The New York Times. November 5th, 1999.
  11. A Champion of Wall Street Reaps Benefits The New York Times. December 13th, 2008.
  12. SCHUMER STATEMENT ON NET NEUTRALITY Senate Democrats. November 21st, 2017.
  13. Senate votes on the ACA United States Senate. December 24th, 2009
  14. Meet the Press — December 16, 2018 NBC News. December 16th, 2018.
  15. Chuck Schumer's views on war and peace
  16. Chuck Schumer Opposes Iran Nuclear Deal, Shaking Democratic Firewall The New York Times. August 5th, 2015.
  17. Protesters condemn Gillibrand and Schumer's Israel support Politco. October 6th, 2014.
  18. Schumer applauds Trump on moving US Embassy to Jerusalem The Hill. May 14th, 2018.
  19. Senate votes on the Patriot Act United Sates Senate. October 25th, 2001