Charles Schumer

The U.S. Senate is considering legislation that would attempt to boost the economic recovery by way of tax breaks for businesses. Senator Charles Schumer is a big booster of the bill.

Schumer defends lower student loan rates

Apr 17, 2012
Durrie

Federal Stafford Loans allow students to defer student loan payments while attending school full-time. Although current interest rates hold at 3.4%, they are set to double on July 1st as a result of the expiration of the 2007 College Cost Reduction and Access Act.

Speaking on the steps of Syracuse University on Monday, Senator Schumer pledged to put his weight behind a bill to keep student loans at their current rate for another year.

"It is now a greater burden than almost any other lending burden around," Schumer said. "For the federal goverment to charge 6.8 percent at a time when interest rates are so low, is almost highway robbery."

N.Y. Senator Charles Schumer is pressing for the release of a Syracuse native being held captive in Syria.

The debate continues in Washington over the extension of payroll tax cuts. House Speaker John Boehner says the tax cut legislation, expected to come up for a vote Tuesday, will not pass. 

Methamphetamine labs are increasingly springing up in rural counties, including Oswego County.  In a recent bust in Williamstown, two of the three arrested were just 20 years old.

New fee on Canadian tourists could hurt local tourism

Nov 25, 2011

New York Senator Charles Schumer was in Watertown this week to announce he'll fight a new fee that can be charged to Canadians crossing into the U.S. by boat or by plane.  

The new $5.50 fee was tucked into a Colombian Free Trade Agreement recently passed by the Senate. Schumer said the fee is likely to discourage tourism by Canadians in the north country. 

"The federal government may as well be putting stop signs up at every waterway, at every crossing, at every airport," said Schumer. 

U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer is calling on the Air Force to let Columbia College build a new facility at Hancock Air Base in Syracuse.  If it doesn't, the college that serves many military students, will shut down.

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