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Congressman Andy Biggs Introduces Resolution to Condemn Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer

March 5, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Andy Biggs introduced a resolution to condemn Senate Minority Leader, Chuck Schumer, for his recent threats towards U.S. Supreme Court Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh. Congressman Biggs issued the following statement:

“Threats towards any elected or appointed member of the three branches of our constitutional government are wrong and cannot be tolerated. Minority Leader Schumer is the leader of his conference, and, while he may offer public criticism about decisions with which he disagrees, he should not use rhetoric that is threatening and intimidating towards members of our independent judiciary. Even after he was called out by many of his own colleagues and the Chief Justice, Leader Schumer would not apologize for his threats. I am introducing this resolution today to send a message that this threatening rhetoric has no place in the U.S. Congress – especially from a leader of one of our parties. I hope my colleagues will join me on this resolution.”

Read the text of the resolution below:

H. Res. ___

Condemning Charles “Chuck” Schumer, Senator of New York

In the House of Representatives

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Mr. Biggs submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on ________________________________________

RESOLUTION

Condemning Charles “Chuck” Schumer, Senator of New York

Whereas, Senator Schumer participated in a rally outside of the Supreme Court of the United States on March 4, 2020, at which he directed a threat at Justice Gorsuch and Justice Kavanaugh;

Whereas, Senator Schumer specifically stated, “I want to tell you, Gorsuch. I want to tell you, Kavanaugh. You have released the whirlwind, and you will pay the price. You won’t know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions.”;

Whereas, elected officials, including Majority Whip Steve Scalise and Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, have already been victims of physical violence rooted in political disagreement;

Whereas Chief Justice John Roberts issued a statement shortly after these comments took place, saying, “Justices know that criticism comes with the territory, but threatening statements of this sort from the highest levels of government are not only inappropriate, they are dangerous.”

Whereas, Senator Schumer’s comments to not contribute anything positive to the public dialogue;

Whereas, Senator Schumer is the leader of his conference in the Senate and is held to a higher standard for his colleagues and the American people to follow;

Whereas, Senator Schumer’s comments are in direct conflict with the Constitutional process by which cases are deliberated and verdicts are issued by the U.S. Supreme Court;

Whereas, Senator Schumer is setting the foundation for public and political unrest should the case be decided contrary to his party’s preference;

Resolved, That—

  1. The House of Representatives condemns Senator Charles “Chuck” Schumer for rhetoric that threatens two Supreme Court justices and incites public discord, and is not befitting an elected Member of the U.S. Congress;
  2. It is the sense of the House of Representatives that Charles “Chuck” Schumer, Senator of New York, should –
    1. Issue a formal apology to Justice Kavanaugh and Justice Gorsuch for making threats and sowing seeds of discord;
    2. Issue a public statement that threats towards members of any of our three branches of government are not an appropriate reaction for anyone – especially those in elected office – to express disagreement with any duly elected or appointed member of the Executive, Legislative, or Judicial Branch.

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