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Chuck Schumer Issues Strong Warning To Trump On Supreme Court And Dodd-Frank

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) | Getty

During an interview Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer made it clear that Democrats are drawing a line in the sand for the next administration, saying he is open to filibustering Trump’s Supreme Court picks and that has the votes to stop the President-elect from repealing the Dodd-Frank Act and “the rules we put in place to limit Wall Street.”

Schumer, who was picked by Senate Democrats to serve as minority leader following the retirement of Harry Reid, said he expects that the Senate’s Democratic minority would get help
from Republicans in a fight to preserve Wall Street regulations: “We have 60 votes to block him,” Schumer calculated.

Cleaning up the swamp in Washington. These are things that Democrats have always stood for, and frankly, Republicans have always been against. So we’re going to challenge President Trump to work with us on those issues where we can. If he doesn’t, he’ll be breaking his promise to particularly the blue collar workers, many of whom voted for him, on those particular issues.

But on issues where our values are at stake, where the president goes in a divisive direction, where his campaign did before, we’ll go against him and with everything we’ve got. We’re not going to repeal or help him repeal Obamacare. We are not going to roll back Dodd-Frank. I think they should forget about that. We have 60 votes to block them.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY)  |  Getty

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) | Getty

In his interview, Schumer also touched on the topic of Trump’s supreme court appointments, warning that if Trump “doesn’t nominate a mainstream candidate, we’re going to go at him with everything we’ve got … Because this is so, so important” including a filibuster.

While Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had suggested doing away with the filibuster, Schumer said Republicans “don’t come with clean hands, having delayed Merrick Garland for a whole year.”

The minority leader said nominations to the high court should get support from both parties, and said the filibuster is a way to enforce that on a president. He pointedly noted that when his party changed filibuster rules three years ago, they left intact the ability to filibuster at the Supreme Court level.

“I’ll underline that we did not change the rules for Supreme Court because we thought on something as important as this, there should be some degree of bipartisan agreement,” Mr. Schumer said.

Republicans will hold a 52-48 seat edge in the new Congress, making the filibuster one of the few tools that Mr. Schumer and his fellow Democrats can rely on to gum up the agenda being pushed by Senate GOP leaders.

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