McCon­nell to helm Se­nate GOP, Schumer new leader for Dems

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION + WORLD -

Se­nate Repub­li­cans re-elected Mitch McCon­nell on Wed­nes­day to be ma­jor­ity leader next year while Democrats picked Chuck Schumer to lead them, set­ting the chief ac­tors as the cham­ber pre­pares to push an agenda that will be dom­i­nated by Don­ald Trump and the GOP.

McCon­nell, 74, is a dis­creet but deadly mas­ter of the Se­nate’s leg­isla­tive chess game. His role will be to steer GOP bills to the desk of a pres­i­dent whose name he barely spoke dur­ing a tu­mul­tuous cam­paign.

As Se­nate mi­nor­ity leader, Schumer will as­sume his weak­ened party’s most pow­er­ful re­main­ing post as it strug­gles to de­fine its role in a Repub­li­can-dom­i­nated govern­ment. The New Yorker’s as­cen­sion has been a vir­tual lock since last year, when he quickly nailed down votes for the top job af­ter cur­rent Mi­nor­ity Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., an­nounced he’d re­tire. Other than Schumer, most of each party’s lead­ers will re­main in their posts.

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