In less than. two weeks Senator Mitch McConnell will relinquish that position to the Democratic Minority Leader from New York…
Politico takes a look at Schumer who will join. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in giving President Biden a slim majority with his Vice President Kamala Harris as the deciding vote in a 50/50 member new US Senate…
Schumer helped seize Democrats’ last majority in 2006 at the helm of the party’s campaign arm and has been strategizing on how to take it back since their 2014 wipe out.
Now Washington will find out if Schumer is cut out to govern the Senate during extremely high stakes: a new president confronting a crippling pandemic, a 50-50 Senate and fractious Democratic caucus, not to mention a GOP reeling from President Donald Trump’s post-election meltdown.
The two wins in Georgia offer Schumer both relief and new challenges. His path to reelection and through a 2022 Democratic primary in New York appeared easier after his party shocked the world in Georgia Tuesday. But his stewardship of the narrowest of majorities will also bring pressure on him to deliver amid his party’s ideological fault lines.
Democratic unity during the Trump era has been one of Schumer’s successes, but that’s been far easier to accomplish in the minority. In the majority, he will have to get Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren on board with Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), over and over and over again, or Joe Biden’s agenda will quickly stall.
Schumer spoke to Biden on Wednesday morning and said he pledged to the Biden administration he will have a “partner” in the Senate Democrati caucus, which will advance “bold change.” But he said he hadn’t yet talked to GOP Leader Mitch McConnell, and the two will need to put their bad blood aside to figure out how exactly Senate control will work with the chamber evenly divided and a Vice President Kamala Harris breaking ties.
Schumer, who will be the first Jewish Senate majority leader, once enjoyed close relationships with key GOP senators like John Cornyn of Texas and John Thune of South Dakota, sometimes serving as a back-channel negotiator before he was Democratic leader. But Republicans are now bracing for Schumer to run them over….
Schumer WILL have to work with McConnell on legislation that would require a super majority of 60 Senators….
image…U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and U.S. Vice President Joe Biden laugh during the National Prayer Breakfast at the Washington Hilton February 7, 2013 in Washington, DC. …Photo by Chris Kleponis-Pool/Getty Images