Apr 5, 2024 - Politics & Policy

Schumer outlines Senate's 2024 priorities before November election

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) departs the Senate Chambers on March 23, 2024 in Washington, DC.

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) departs the Senate Chambers on March 23 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Nathan Howard/Getty Images)

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Friday laid out his must-pass bills and legislative priorities before the November election.

Why it matters: This Congress has been largely confined to adopting bills to keep the government open, but a new letter Schumer sent to lawmakers outlines chances to pass some bipartisan measures.

Driving the news: Schumer pointed to hot button issues like a bill to potentially ban TikTok as a bipartisan priority.

The big picture: When it comes back next week, the Senate must deal with the impeachment articles against Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.

  • Schumer said again that senators would be sworn in as jurors the day after the articles are sent over to the chamber, but it is unclear how he will deal with a potential trial.
  • A simple majority vote is needed to dismiss the charges, and it is likely that Democrats have enough votes to do so.

Zoom in: The letter also makes clear that Schumer will act aggressively on what has been a top priority for years: Confirming Biden-nominated judges.

  • "First, we will continue our work to confirm President Biden's well qualified and diverse nominees," Schumer said in the letter to lawmakers.

Between the lines: Putting pressure on House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) to pass an aid bill for Ukraine, Israel and other U.S. allies is also at the top of the list for Schumer and Senate Democrats.

  • The Senate passed a $95 billion package in February, but Johnson has signaled that he wants to take a different approach to passing international support.
Go deeper