The senator, in Rochester to push for clinic funding and honor the late Rep.Louise Slaughter, is trying to pass a resolution for the Mueller report's public release
ROCHESTER — U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer reacted to the end of Robert Mueller's Russia investigation during a press conference in Rochester Monday morning.
Attorney General William Barr released a summary of the report Sunday, saying the special counsel found no evidence proving the Trump team worked with Russians to influence the 2016 presidential election.
Schumer says that statement raises more questions.
"We can't jump to a conclusion one way or the other unless we see everything that Mueller has come up with and so we hope that we can get the full report and the underlying documentation as soon as possible then both the Congress and the American people can make their own judgments," Schumer said.
Schumer is trying to quickly pass a resolution urging the public release of Mueller's report, but he's being blocked by Republicans.
Schumer said Monday that since President Donald Trump supports releasing the report, "there's no good reason for anyone to object."
Shortly after the Senate opened, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell objected to Schumer's request. He says the Justice Department needs more time to wrap up Mueller's two-year probe.
The House unanimously approved the resolution last week.
Schumer was in Rochester for the dedication of the Amtrak station as the Louise M. Slaughter Rochester Station, honoring the late Fairport Democrat who served in the House of Representatives from 1987 until her death in 2018. A sign atop the station's entrance was unveiled, as were two dedication plaques now hanging in the station lobby, all designed and installed by Rochester business Premier Sign Systems.
While in Rochester, the senator also appeared at the University of Rochester Medical Center to launch a major push for passage of recently introduced legislation he co-sponsored to extend funding for the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHCs) pilot program, which authorizes the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to provide enhanced payments through Medicaid to hospitals and health care providers in eight states, including New York, to offer comprehensive opioid addiction and mental health care services. URMC is the only hospital in the state that's home to one of these clinics, for which funding is to expire in June, Schumer noted.
Slaughter played a pivotal role in the replacement of the former, circa-1970s Amtrak station with the new, much larger station that opened in late 2017. Slaughter secured $18.5 million in federal funds for the project, starting in 2010 for the preliminary engineering phase, and convened many meetings with constituents, businesses, and local stakeholders to make sure the new station would be accessible to all travelers and serve as an efficient and worthy gateway to Rochester.
At 9,500 square feet, the new station is fully compliant with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act, unlike the old station which, according to a release from Schumer's office, lacked basic traveler amenities and did not have adequate tracks to simultaneously accommodate both east and westbound trains, which contributed to delays. The new station has two dedicated tracks to handle trains moving in both directions. Total funding to construct the station included $23.4 million from the state Department of Transportation, $20.4 million in federal funding, and $500,000 from the City of Rochester.
“Louise loved Rochester and its people and would brag about Rochester to anyone within earshot of her trademark lyrical voice," Schumer stated. "I can’t think of a more fitting way to welcome the thousands of travelers upon their arrival in Rochester than with Louise’s own picture and words on these plaques and with her name atop this station. Louise loved and fought every day for her community, and this station would not now exist without Louise’s vision and determination. While we honor her with this dedication today, the real testament to Congresswoman Slaughter’s work is represented by each person every time they are able to pass through this new gateway to Rochester.”
Monday's ceremony was attended by Slaughter's daughter Megan Secatore and her husband Richard Secatore; her daughter Emily Robin Minerva and her husband and daughter Michael Minerva and Ione Minerva. Officials in attendance incuded New York Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul; Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren; state Department of Transportation Assistant Commissioner Pat Meredith; Amtrak Government Affairs Northeast Regional Manager William Hollister; the Rev. Harmon Stockdale; and Slaughter’s staff members including Patricia Larke, Roberta Wilson, Katie Condello, John Kreckel.