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Charles Schumer
  U.S. Senate Senate Minority Leader Schumer on 2020 Election and Coronavirus...  CSPAN  November 9, 2020 8:26pm-8:39pm EST

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. we cannot give up on commonsense measures like wearing masks just because we have grown tired of them. the senate will have a dizzy few weeks. i hope our democratic cap -- colleagues will put aside their all or nothing obstruction and .ave targeted pandemic relief in any event we need to fund the government, reach agreement with the house on the national defense authorization act and confirm more fully qualified nominees. so i look forward to finishing this year strong. our states and our country are counting on us. president,r: mr. last tuesday, our country conducted a national election. it was an election unlike any other in modern history.
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much of the voting was done before election day is held and the global pandemic forced states to adjust balloting and procedures. the counting of the votes to expected ormany hoped. some of the final tabulations are not yet complete. to be determined which party will hold the majority in this chamber. we do know a few things. first, most important, former vice president joseph biden will president of the united states. our dear colleague, the distinguished senator from california, harris will be the next vice president of the united states and on july 20 -- on gender 20th, the country will finally, finally turn the page on one of the most divisive and
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chaotic chapters in our history. president elect biden the country it is time to come together and heal, and there is no person better suited to the vicethan the former president. he will be a great president for all americans. vice president-elect harris has made history four times over. firstll be the asian-american woman, the first to serve as vice president of the united states. for theirlate them hard-won victory. more americans voted for vice president-elect harris and president-elect biden been any candidate in our history.
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they have given them an enormous burden and a decisive mandate to take the reins of the executive branch and marshall this government into action. they will assume the high office at a time of great challenge. our great nation faces the greatest economic crisis in 75 years. extraordinary inequalities of strike at the idea of america as a land of equal opportunity. climate change threatens the future of the american people have placed their faith in vice president biden to confront those challenges, to repair our democracy, to recover our economy, and rebuild a country and a planet for this generation
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and the next. i have no doubt their faith will be rewarded. i also have no doubt the task ahead is daunting. for athe country prepares change in administration, it must also brace for the daunting stage of the covid-19 pandemic. the united states recorded its 10 millionth case. we are confirming nearly 100,000 new cases of covid-19 per day. thanack to eclipse more one million new cases per week. as exhausted and impatient as we our lives and livelihoods to return to normal, experts are warning us the worst phase is still ahead. the quickest way to turn the tide, get back to normal, is to do what we should have been doing all along. take the virus seriously, listen
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to scientists, and dedicate the necessary resources to get the job done. president biden is already planning to do just that. he named experts and scientific advisors to serve on the covid-19 task force. it sends the signal that while the president-elect will not assume office for another few months, his administration will hit the ground running. his policy on covid-19 will refreshingly be dictated by facts, but science. science. soon we will have an administration that acknowledges the health-care crisis, that knows our economy will not fully recover until we solve it. i am confident a biden administration will do that. but congress must play its part, too. . nearly 15 million americans have lost health insurance through their employer.
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democrats have a solution. let's get it done and make sure those families have health coverage. medicaid programs are experiencing a huge influx of need while state budget struggle to bear the added costs. the heroes act ensures medicaid is strengthened and secured for the duration of this pandemic. let's get that done, too. today we received news the entire world has been waiting for. a u.s. company has developed a vaccine for covid-19 that according to preliminary research and news reports is 90% effective. the fda said it would approve a vaccine that was 50% effective, so while the fda needs to review have a vaccine that is 90% effective is about as good as it gets. democrats will do everything we can to make sure this vaccine or any vaccine is distributed
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quickly, fairly, equitably, and now are one of scale and derivative -- and delivery. the administration, whether it is the trump administration or the biden administration, must do everything to reach underserved communities, combat vaccine hesitancy, and ensure the vaccines are free to everyone. this will be a massive and complex undertaking unlike anything our country has seen. together, fromk the president to congress down to local community health authorities, to ensure it gets done right and against unfairly and against on equitably.
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-- it gets done fairly and it gets done equitably. pass a strong, comprehensive covid relief bill that actually meets the needs of the american people. excuse me. when it comes to health care education, testing, tracing, unemployment benefits, and other critical issues, this republican majority has proposed totally inadequate solutions. as the diseased surges across our country once again, there is no time for inadequate solutions. i hope now that the election is behind us, our colleagues are
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ready to come together in the search for an adequate bipartisan solution rather than the partisan stunt voting legislating we have suffered the past few months. moment ont to spend a something that will garner too much attention over the next few weeks. baseless claims by the president and his supporters that there has been widespread voter fraud and that the election was somehow stolen from president trump. ist kind of rhetoric extremely dangerous, extremely poisonous, to our democracy. as in any campaign, the president has a right to bring legal challenges, however, there is no legal right to file frivolous claims. lawsuits must have basis in fact and evidence. make no mistake, there has been no evidence of any significant
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or widespread voter fraud. joe won this election fair and square. the margins of his victory are growing by the day. former president george w. bush commendably acknowledged that fact when he congratulated president-elect biden, and vice president-elect harris on their victory. republican leaders in congress should also do the right thing. republican leaders must unequivocally condemn the president's rhetoric and work to ensure the peaceful transfer of power on january 20. i have been heartened to see a few of my colleagues, it is three, i believe, congratulate the winning ticket. too many, including republican leader, have been silent or sympathetic to the president's fantasies. even some nonpartisan members of the current administration.
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have refused to move forward with the formal process for an incoming administration. according to the washington post, the administrator of the general services administration has declined to sign a letter allowing president-elect joe biden's transition team to formally begin its work. it does not matter whether the president is happy about the results of the election. peaceful transfer of power is the bedrock of our democracy, it must proceed unimpeded. the gsa administrator should sign the paperwork immediately to allow the important work of the presidential transition to proceed. middle ofmains in the a worsening health and economic crisis. there is no excuse, none, for the administration to impede the new administration a process -- administration's efforts to deal with these challenges.
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there is no law or requirement the president trump concede the election or leave the office with grace. but as history prepares to write the final few sentences on the trump presidency, it will surely note how this president and his republican allies here in congress treated our democracy on his way out the door. >> c-span's "washington journal ." we will discuss policy issues that impact you. tuesday morning, a discussion of the senate leadership elections. and we will talk about the affordable care act case being heard by the supreme court. also, a discussion of the biden presidential transition with karen holt, virginia tech political science professor and white house transition project advisory board member.