Saturday, January 23, 2016

NY values? Ted Cruz closes Capitol Hill office before blizzard, Schumer stays open

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., may have the last laugh when it comes to the debate about "New York values" ignited by Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.

Schumer was quick to note Friday that his staff remained at work in his Washington, D.C., office, while his Republican colleague from Texas and his staff were nowhere to be seen.

The door to Cruz's office on Capitol Hill was locked this morning, with no evidence anyone had shown up to work. His office phones had been switched over to a voicemail menu.

When asked whether his office would stay open as the Blizzard of 2016 approached Friday afternoon, Schumer said, "Hard work is a New York value. Of course we are open."

With no votes scheduled Friday, Schumer worked out of his New York City office, as he often does on Fridays. His full staff also showed up to work at his main office in Washington, D.C.

Schumer said he didn't agree with the definition Cruz gave for "New York values" when he took a jab at Donald Trump last week in a presidential debate. 

Cruz said he meant that New Yorkers tend to be "socially liberal or pro-abortion or pro-gay marriage" and focused on money and the media.

"By values does he mean values like Harriet Tubman had as she led slaves to freedom?" Schumer said Friday, referring to the woman who helped run the Underground Railroad from her home in Auburn, N.Y. 

"Or the values of all our brave soldiers at Fort Drum who defend our country every single day?," Schumer said. "Or the nurse at Crouse Hospital who works a double shift helping to save the lives of our friends and neighbors? Those are the New York values that I see every day."

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