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U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer Urges Federal Aid For Broadway At Times Square Rally

U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer Urges Federal Aid For Broadway At Times Square Rally

U.S. Sen. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and the Broadway League renewed the call for dedicated federal funding for Broadway and other New York live venues today, reiterating the push for the $10 billion bipartisan Save Our Stages campaign.

“Today we are fighting hard to keep stages alive, stories told and shows going on,” Schumer said at an outdoor press conference in New York’s theater district near the Tkts Booth. The senator joked that he would demand “a Lion King’s share of federal relief” for Broadway.

Citing the $15 billion contributed by Broadway to New York’s economy last year, the 100,000 jobs, and the millions of tourists, Schumer called live performance “our pulse, our energy.” He said theater was particularly vulnerable to Covid since live venues were “the first to close under Covid and the last to open.”

Last month, Schumer endorsed the $10 billion bipartisan Save Our Stages bill co-authored by Senators Amy Klobuchar,

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