Friday, January 27, 2023

Democratic Senate bloc re-elects Schumer as leader

WASHINGTON ( Associated Press) – Sen. Chuck Schumer was unanimously elected leader of the Senate Democratic caucus on Thursday with a 51-49 majority, ushering in a new era of divided power in Congress.

The Democratic bloc met behind closed doors at the Capitol to choose its leadership team for the new session that begins in January. The session proceeded quickly, optimistically and smoothly. Unlike the Republican candidates, the Democrats were elected by acclamation, and applause was heard in the hall.

“We had a great unified meeting, we were all pleased with what we were able to accomplish in the last Congress and we have aspirations — strong aspirations — to accomplish the same over the next two years,” Schumer said. crew.

As majority leader, Schumer has shown a surprising, if not without frenzy, equanimity in one of the most important sessions of Congress. But he faces new challenges in the next term, when Republicans take control of the House and aim to take on President Joe Biden.

Schumer stormed the Capitol on January 6, 2021, in the weeks following and has led the party during the COVID-19 crisis with unexpected legislative gains, many of them bipartisan.

Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois was re-elected to the number two spot and Senator Debbie Stabenow of Michigan was selected to the number three spot. Senator Patty Murray was nominated for President Pro Tempore. If the Senate confirms her in its next session, she will be third in line of succession to the presidency, after the vice president and the speaker of the lower house.

Senator Raphael Warnock received loud applause as he entered the meeting. His victory in Georgia expanded the reduced Democratic majority, along with John Fetterman’s victory in a Republican seat in Pennsylvania.

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