Democratic senator Chuck Schumer conceded that Obamacare is "part" of the reason health care costs are increasing:
"Our insurance department is empowered to protect families and we're going to watch them like a hawk to make sure they do," said Schumer. "Because if they don't, these rates could go through the roof."
A reporter asked Schumer, "Is it because of Obamacare?"
"It's in part because of Obamacarem, but health care costs have been going up by double digits for years and years and years."
If immigration reform passes Congress, the law will almost certainly have a way to allow those in the country illegally to eventually become citizens. But the bill, as it is written, contains a number of enforcement and border security benchmarks that must be met before the path to citizenship is opened for the 11 million or so illegal immigrants currently in the United States.
Two senior senators in the so-called Gang of 8 told reporters Thursday morning that Americans should not worry that the promised enforcement measures will not be implemented.
Chuck Schumer would not comment this morning on former congressman Anthony Weiner's political rehabilitation:
"Senator Schumer, before we go, need to ask you about somebody who -- some have called your former protege, Anthony Weiner," said the ABC host. "Obviously, he left Congress in disgrace, now is considering a run for mayor. I don't expect you to make endorsements for the mayor's race. But tell me: Does Anthony Weiner deserve a second chance?"
Senator Pat Toomey has finally posted the full text of "The Public Safety And Second Amendment Rights Protection Act," the so called gun Senate compromise bill, agreed upon by Toomey, Joe Manchin, and Chuck Schumer. Here's the text of 7,800 word bill:
Senator Schumer is playing to his softer, more rural side, again. First, he proposed subsidies to stimulate maple syrup production in upstate New York. Now, he wants to reduce the taxes paid by producers of hard cider.
Forget the sequester. If you're Chuck Schumer, there are ways around it. Consider the recent example of a U.S. Marine Corps band cancelling its scheduled performance at a St. Patrick's Day parade due to the "sequester"--and Chuck Schumer's successful "push" for the band to come anyway.
Senator Chuck Schumer is not down with the idea of people selling their tickets to the presidential inauguration next week. And he has "asked" Craigslist and eBay to cease and desist offering them. It is a matter of civic hygiene, don't you know. As the senator helpfully explained, "Having a ticket to the inauguration is a privilege, it's not something that should be used to make a profit."
In a private meeting Monday—not just any old private meeting, but a 90 minutes long private meeting!—New York senator Chuck Schumer was reassured by secretary of defense nominee Chuck Hagel that he didn't mean the many things he's said over the years and didn't stand by the many votes he's cast over the years. And while Schumer graciously allowed that "the Senate confirmation process must be allowed to run its course," he hopes "that Senator Hagel’s thorough explanations will remove any lingering controversy regarding his nomination."