To introduce a whole new tax regime, that would be modern tax reform. But that's too big a task.

Chuck Schumer

Chuck Schumer

Profession: Politician
Nationality: American

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Wall Street excesses helped lead to the Great Recession.

It is essential that all Americans take the time to honor and remember those individuals who gave their lives in defense of our liberty.

Barack Obama knows that to create an economy built to last, we need to focus on middle-class families. Families who stay up on Sunday nights pacing the floor, like my dad did, while their children, tucked in bed, dream big dreams. Families who aren't sure what Monday morning will bring, but who believe our nation's best days are still ahead.

Let me say this, to all of the chattering class that so much focuses on those little tiny, yes, porky amendments - the American people really don't care.

Well, the tough thing for them is that the Republican primary is pretty far over to the right, just as the Democratic primary is further over to the left than the average voter in each party.

Republicans always try to paint Democrats as weak on defense. This time, they can't. After all, Mitt Romney's idea of an overseas accomplishment is sending U.S. jobs there.

Reclassification is the best way to for us to preserve the Internet as an unfettered tool for communication and the sharing of ideas.

I'd like to see the health care professionals making decisions, not some bureaucrat in Indianapolis working for an insurance company.

You have to show Israel that it's not going to be forced to do things it doesn't want to do and can't do.

In a brave new world, a post-September 11 world, anyone is going to make certain mistakes. The mistakes that have been made on homeland security, on protecting our Nation from another terrorist attack, are mistakes of omission. We are simply not doing enough.

Do not let arguments of expediency persuade you. That is the slow road to oblivion. That is the tortured path to undoing step by step, bit by bit, as the river creates a canyon, the way of life that we love.

Most of the people I meet who are on unemployment are people who have had jobs for 25 years, lost them; they've been knocking on doors every week.

I'm totally opposed to vouchers. I will fight them tooth and nail.

But I don't think the Democratic Party is at eye level with the middle class.