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Charles Schumer
  U.S. Senate Sen. Schumer on NYC Terror Attack  CSPAN  November 1, 2017 9:34pm-9:41pm EDT

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the wrong people when the lotteries, and guess what? who are the suckers to get those people? and we want a merit-based system, and we do not want chain , like the person able to bring in many, many members of his family. and we do not want that. thank you very much. they could, they could. they certainly could. he did. he did. they certainly could represent -- thank you, thank you very much, everybody. [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2017] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit] : following the new york city attack, the president was critical of chuck schumer, saying -- senator schumer was one of the sponsors of the bipartisan law signed by president george h w bush in 1990. republican senator jeff flake
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responded, tweeting, "actually, the gang of eight, including with theumer, did away diversity visa program as part of broader reforms. i know. i was there." criticized him and compared him to george w. bush after the 9/11 attacks. >> i rise this morning with a heavy heart. the study, the dear city of new york, no stranger to terrorism, was once again its victim yesterday. yesterday afternoon, a man deliberately drove a rented truck into groups of pedestrians and cyclists, killing eight and injuring about a dozen more. some of the injured were school children. biking orle were walking home, enjoying a brisk and beautiful new york autumn day. it is just tragic, and it leaves
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a hole in your stomach. our hearts go out to the victims and their families, and we wish all of the injured a full and speedy recovery, and we are also grateful, deeply grateful, to the new york police department and the first responders, especially officer ryan nash, 29 years old, who was the first on the scene. he reacted quickly and decisively to bring down the attacker, bring him into custody. who knows how much worse the tragedy would have been without his actions? mr. president, as one of thousands of new yorkers who regularly ride on the path where this attack took place, and in the last month, i have written on it twice, it hits close to him -- i have ridden on it twice, it hits close to home. my daughter went to the school and used the bike path i do not know how many times. this is our home.
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these attacks are meant to confuse and terrorize, but as the world has learned after 9/11 and will learn again, new york does not scare easily. new yorkers are resilient. we always bounce back. we will not let these terrorists get their way or affect our way of life. prevailnever let terror . true to form, something that made my heart swell with pride, new york city, the halloween parade marched on last night. thousands of school kids went right in today. bus.rists cannot stop they cannot change our way of life. we love new york. we love america. that bond holds us together. now, mr. president, i have seen the tweets from president trump. after september 11, the first thing that president bush did
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was invite senator clinton and me to the white house, where he pledged to do what was ever in his power to help our city. president bush, in a moment of national tragedy, understood the meaning of his high office and sought to bring our country together. president trump, where is your leadership? the contrast between president bush's actions after 9/11 and president trump's actions this morning could not be starker. again, mr. president, president trump, where is your leadership? i say in closing, i have always isieved that immigration good for america. i believe it today. president trump, instead of politicizing and dividing america, which he always seems
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to do at times of national tragedy, should be bringing us together and focusing on the real solution, anti-terrorism funding which he proposed to cut in his most recent budget. so i am calling on president trump to rescind his proposed cuts to this vital anti-terrorism funding immediately. our city relies on this funding to track potential terrorists, to snuff out attacks. the nypd, who bravely and quickly responded to the scene yesterday and brought the mayhem on thisd, depends anti-terrorism funding to keep our city safe day in and day out, so, again, i am calling on the president to rescind his proposed cuts to this vital
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anti-terrorism funding immediately. instead of dividing, instead of politicizing, do something real, mr. president. restore these funds now. i yield the floor. announcer: south carolina senator lindsey graham called on president trump to hold the man being held for the attacks in new york city as an enemy combatant. senator graham is a lawyer who says the united states could gather better intelligence against terrorists. he spoke on capitol hill. graham: all right. i think the recent event in new york is not only heartbreaking, and my thoughts and prayers, like everyone else, is with the victims o