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Charles Schumer
  Sen. Chuck Schumer  CSPAN  January 16, 2021 6:24pm-6:30pm EST

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a family. one of the reasons i care so deeply about these issues is because i want those things for my family and for every other family i know that's why all of you serve as well. so i look forward to working with each of you and with all of south dakota's leaders to improve our state for today for the next generation. may god bless the great state of south dakota. [applause] the white house did not release a weekly address this weekend.
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senate minority leader chuck schumer delivered the final weekly democratic address ahead of the senate impeachment trial of the president. sen. schumer: my fellow americans, i speak to you in the midst of a time of great uncertainty and great unrest. but also of hope and opportunity. as we prepare to fulfill one of democracy's oldest traditions, the peaceful transition of power, we continue to reckon with the aftermath of a deadly attack on the capitol last week. one of the darkest days in american history, a day that will live in infamy. the damage to our institutions and the capitol building itself was despicable. loss of life, including one police officer was needless and tragic. make no mistake, the rioters who attacked the capitol on january 6 be brought to justice. we in congress will make sure that such a breach in security never happens again. soon, the senate will conduct a second impeachment trial for president trump for inciting the
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violence on the capitol building last week. president trump will be held accountable for what he is done. at the same time, the senates work on behalf of the american people will not be deterred. the nation is facing unprecedented challenges. the greatest pandemic, the greatest public health crisis since the spanish flu. income inequality, racial injustice, the senate democratic majority along with president biden and our colleagues is committed to delivering the bold change our country demands and health that our people need. as soon as president biden and vice president harris are sworn in, we will set to work to provide the american people further relief from the covid pandemic including increasing direct payments to working families to $2000.
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we must further support vaccine distribution and deliver help to state and local governments, families, and small businesses. we also must help the biden harris administration hit the ground running. the senate will quickly work to confirm his cabinet and other nominations. the new democratic senate will also conduct a rigorous investigation that led to the tragic events of january 6 including the role of white supremacy disinformation, and the disparity in force between the trump administration response to the capitol writers and administrations response to protesters last summer. we will do all this and more climate change, immigration reform, voting rights, health care. senate democrats will get to work on the biggest challenges we face and get our country finally back on track.
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the american people have entrusted senate democrats with an enormous responsibility. we will work every single day to reward the faith that you have placed in us. >> inaugural address is have a feel, and ambience of where the new president plans to take the country. think about the inaugural of jfk, there was a feel of freshness, newness of turning the page. you get the sense from inaugural. this will be an opportunity for
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president-elect biden to deliver what he thinks the tone of the event ought to be. >> if you look at inaugural addresses, the most effective ones are the ones in which the new president points forward and really talks about his agenda. not necessarily in great specificity, because you don't have the time to do that. it is more of a thematic speech. but clearly and confidently looking forward. >> sunday night at 8:00 eastern on c-span q&a. >> you are watching c-span, your unfiltered view of government. c-span was created by america's cable television companies in 1979. today, we are brought to you by these television companies that provide c-span2 viewers as a public service.