From Kathy Hochul to Chuck Schumer.
Kirsten Gillibrand has been making a concerted push for contributions before the latest financial filing deadline this week, with emails ranging from the most junior member of the House–Hochul–to today’s missive from one of the Senate’s leaders.
Senator Charles Schumer is trying to exert some pressure on House Speaker John Boehner, in advance of the speaker’s address to the Economic Club of New York tonight.
Schumer hosted a noon conference call with Roger Altman–the former deputy Treasury secretary in the Clinton administration who now runs Evercore Partners–to lobby Boehner to take the threat of default off the table in the upcoming negotiations about raising the debt ceiling.
“There is one standard and one standard alone for judging his speech,” Schumer said. “Speaker Boehner must provide unwavering assurance to the credit markets that no matter what happens he will not allow the United States to default on its obligations.”
Schumer called on Boehner to resist the freshman in his caucus, who have threatened not to vote for an increase without deep spending cuts, and he cited Boehner’s own comments last year, when the speaker said the new members would have to deal with the issue “as adults.”
“Speaker Boehner needs to have that adult moment right here and now,” Schumer said.
After Bin Laden
Minutes after President Barack Obama announced the death of Osama bin Laden, the blocks surrounding the World Trade Center site were flooded with people. “It’s awesome,” said 22-year-old Laura Cunningham, holding a Budweiser can while perched on the shoulders of her 6-foot-tall friend, Greg. “It’s weird to celebrate someone’s death,” she added. “It’s not exactly what we’re here to celebrate, but it’s wonderful that people are happy.”
President Obama will be at the World Trade Center site tomorrow and–while former President George W. Bush won’t be joining him–a number of New York’s congressional representatives will be making the trip back from Washington.
Senators Schumer and Gillibrand will both be in attendance. Congressman Nadler, who represents ground zero, will also be there. As Read More