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#15 – Chuck Schumer

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Charles Ellis Schumer is an American politician serving as the senior United States senator from New York, a seat he was first elected in 1998. A member of the Democratic Party, he also served as the Senate Minority leader since 2017. He is the current dean of New York’s congressional delegation.


Schumer was chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee from 2005 to 2009. He was elected Vice-Chairman of the Democratic Caucus in the senate in 2006. 1 In November 2010, he was also chosen to hold the additional role of chairman of the Senate Democratic Policy Committee 2


In April 2012, he introduced a bill that would kill Arizona’s anti-immigration law. He backed his position, saying; “States like Arizona and Alabama will no longer get away with saying they are simply ‘helping the federal government’ to enforce the law when they are really writing their laws and knowingly deploying untrained officers with a mission of arresting and anyone who might fit the preconceived profile of an illegal immigrant.”3


In May 2017, Schumer co-sponsored the Israel Anti-Boycott Act, which made it a federal crime, punishable by a maximum sentence of 20 years imprisonment,4 for Americans to encourage or participate in boycotts against Israel and Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories if protesting actions by the Israeli government. The bill would make it legal for U.S. states to refuse to do business with contractors that engage in boycotts against Israel.5


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