U.S. Senator Charles Schumer in 1974 he was elected to the New York State Assembly. In 1980, at 29, Chuck was elected Congressman from the 9th CD and represented the district in Brooklyn and Queens for eighteen years. In 1998, he was elected to the U.S. Senate. Following the elections of 2006, he was appointed to serve as Vice Chair of the Democratic Conference and after his reelection in 2016 Senator Schumer became the Senate Minority leader.
John: I hear the phone ringing, hello Senator Schumer is that you?
Senator Schumer: Hi John, nice to talk to you. Thanks for getting me on the line.
John: Well tell me it’s unusual for you to call at the end of the show, what’s going on?
Senator Schumer: Well here what’s going on. I hear on your show that Senator Scott was talking about the disaster aid to Florida. Senator Scott might be new in the Senate, so I just thought I’d explain what goes on. We have disaster aid and when one part of the country is hurt every other part of the country comes together and helps them. Whether it’s hurricanes in Florida or Puerto Rico, or wildfires in California. We learned this with Sandy, when Sandy came there were people in the other parts of the country said let’s not give New York aid. And Peter King and I went and explained to them you don’t pick out one part of the country to give aid to and not another.
Senator Schumer: Unfortunately, what’s happened here is President Trump told Senator Scott, and other Republicans, no aid for Puerto Rico. Now Puerto Rico, the people there, the 3 million are American citizens and the answer is to do just what we did with Sandy. And give aid to everyone whose afflicted, don’t pick one region out and another not, and the House has said they will not pass aid to Florida or anywhere else unless it also contains Puerto Rico. It’s the same amount of aid for everybody, it’s the same program for everybody, but you just can’t pick your friends and say I want it for mine but not for somebody else. We had a bill, Democrats and Republicans agreed to it, to give the aid to all the areas afflicted by the recent hurricanes. And if Senator Scott got behind that we could pass it. Get aid for Florida, get aid for the rest of the country, get aid for Puerto Rico. That’s what I’m urging him to do.
John: Well Senator Schumer thank you for calling in, we’re almost at the end of the show. And we’ll catch up again sooner than later hopefully. Thanks for calling in.
Senator Schumer: Thank you John, good to talk to you.
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