Senator Charles Schumer addressed a number of hot-button topics Friday during a stop in Columbia County.
In a wide-ranging question-and-answer session with reporters Friday, Schumer spoke at length on a number of topics, except one:Al Franken.
“I am not going to say anything more,” Schumer said.
He had no comment when asked why he waited so long to call for the resignation of the senator from Minnesota, following accusations of sexual misconduct.
Schumer spoke at a brewery in Chatham, one day after meeting with President Donald Trump and Congressional leaders at the White House.
“There was a spirit of cooperation in that room, and I hope that will stay,” Schumer said.
Thursday, Congress approved a two-week stopgap to avoid a government shutdown. Schumer is confident a federal budget deal can be reached by the end of the month. Top-priorities for Democrats in negotiations, he says, are funding for rural hospitals, increased funding for addiction treatment, and restoring DACA.
“There is no disagreement that it should be done. The question is when, where, how and why and those discussions are continuing,” Schumer said.
On the Republican tax plan, Schumer reinforced his position that it mainly benefits corporations and the wealthiest Americans.
"I want it to go to the middle class, the working people,” Schumer said.
Schumer highlighted an area of agreement with President Trump, saying he supports the president's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
The visit marks Schumer’s final stop on his tour of all 62 New York counties.