Though Senate Democrats technically won't choose Reid's replacement until after the November 2016 elections, this is an early move to consolidate support around Schumer and prevent a potential divisive contest within the party. Back in 2010, when many expected Reid to lose reelection, intrigue between Durbin and Schumer about who would succeed Reid was the talk of DC for months. (Weirdly enough, Durbin and Schumer were housemates at the time, and had been for decades.) But Schumer has taken increasingly prominent roles in the Democratic caucus since then, consolidating what already looked like an advantage. Durbin's early endorsement of Schumer is a concession to what's long been the conventional wisdom in Washington: that Schumer had the votes locked up.
Senator Rand Paul said he did not believe that Edward J. Snowden deserved the death penalty or life in prison for exposing national secrets, but Senator Charles E. Schumer said he should stand trial and face the consequences.
Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said federal prosecutors should seek the death penalty for Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. During a Sunday appearance on CNN's "State of the Union," Schumer was asked by host Candy Crowley whether Tsarnaev should face capital punishment if he is found guilty, even though it is banned in the state of Massachusetts.
Senate Democrats, led by Chuck Schumer, announced a game plan on Tuesday for dealing with immigration law SB 1070, should the Supreme Court rule in Arizona's favor -- one that would ban states from creating their own immigration legislation.
Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., is pushing to pass the VOW to Hire Heroes Act in the Senate