Chuck Schumer (NY)

Noah Axelrod

Keystone Pipeline

Pros:


  • Increase in jobs
  • Growth in communities in Alberta
  • Lots of money
Cons:



  • Possible environmental consequences
  • We will not be entirely energy independent

Wage Increase

Pros:


  • Makes good business sense
  • Give more money to workers who need it
  • Would generate $840 million dollars in economic activity
Cons:

  • Creates a drop in employment
  • More expensive to hire first-time workers
  • In 2014, employers will be required to provide a package of essential health benefits or pay a penalty. This will add $1.79 an hour to the cost of hiring an employee

Chuck Schumer Bio

Chuck Schumer was born in Brooklyn on November 23, 1960. He went to Harvard College, then graduated to Harvard Law School. He got his law degree but has never practiced law and went into politics instead. He served in the House of Representatives from 1981 to 1999. Was elected to the Senate in 1999. Will be up for reelection in 2016. I don't think that the keystone pipeline will be a major campaign issue, but the minimum wage increase might be.

Stance on Major Issues

  • Voted yes on stem cell research
  • Voted yes on $825 billion for economic recovery package
  • Voted yes for $60 billion stimulus package for jobs, infrastructure, and energy
  • Supports civil union but not gay marriage
  • Voted yes to sexual orientation being a hate crime
  • Voted no on constitutional ban on same sex marriage
  • Voted no on increasing penalty for drug offenses
  • Stricter sentencing on hate crimes
  • Voted yes on tax incentives for energy production and conservation
  • Voted on on capping foreign aid at $12.7 billion
  • Voted yes on banning high capacity magazines

Opinion on Minimum Wage and Keystone Pipeline

He supports increasing the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. Opposed the keystone pipeline. Has been criticized for knowing nothing about foreign oil.